Best Saturday Morning Cartoon Shows Ever!
Man I miss hearing these Saturday morning cartoon show theme songs. Granted I may not have even been alive when most (ok some) of them were made, there were plenty of re-runs every Saturday morning to keep me happy. I had most of these on VHS, mainly from adjusting the rabbit ears and recording them myself (making the effort to edit out the commercials).
Which of these was your favourite and was there a comic book cartoon adaptation that I’ve missed? Post a link with it’s intro in the comments section below.
Is there anyone out there that doesn’t know and love this intro song, even before Homer did his infamous Spider-Pig version of it. The show itself was kinda shit but has given us so many memes in recent years you can’t complain.
I’m not sure how many different versions they did of Super-Friends, I came across another one with Dyno-Mutt and a couple of fucking annoying teenagers. So instead I chose the version with the Wonder-Twins and just the one annoying monkey.
Ok I know Spider-Woman wasn’t especially popular back in the day, but this version of Jessica Drew made me the modern Spider-Woman fan I am today. Just flying around saving the world from mummies but still running a magazine and wearing a scruffy tie suit. Love it. (For kicks Google the voice actor of Spider-Woman, the once beautiful yet now terrifying Joan Van Ark. Will totally ruin the illusion… on second thoughts, don’t do that).
I only really remember two or three episodes of this show and I maintain the Wonder-Woman crossover was 80s excellent and she should have gotten her own show.
Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends (1980s)
Now this, this WAS my childhood. This is in my opinion THE best version of Spider-Man shown on screen to date. The camaraderie between the 3 heroes was excellent, it was basically FRIENDS but with super powers.
Pryde of the X-Men (1990s)
I had to include the Pryde of the X-Men pilot, even though a series never materialised from it. It was this show that I stumbled across in a discount bargain bin that first introduced me to the X-Men and then to comics. It has a lot to answer for… in a good way.
Batman: The Animated Series (1990s)
Critics would argue that the original Batman animated series was by far and away the best, and I’d have a hard time disagreeing with them. The animation, the plot, the story-telling was on a level that no one had seen before and remains the cornerstone of comic book cartoons.
X-Men – TAS (1990s)
These X-Men were way more popular in the 90s and the first and second seasons are still good to fun to watch. Things started going south when they started trying to recreate popular comic book storylines such as the Phoenix Saga and the Phalanx Covenant. Days of Future Past held up quite well though I think.
I only watched this series after discovering Justice League, so a lot of the time was spent catching up. The Bruce Timm-inspired animation is still my favourite to date and Tim Daley did a great job voicing the Man of Steel for all that time.
Spider-Man – TAS (1990s)
Spider-Man, Spider-Man, radioactive Spider-Man. Not quite as catchy as its 1960s predecessor but this version of Spidey was still awesome even with Prince Eric voicing Peter. Speaking of voice-overs actors, there were a whole host of incredibly talented and famous actors that appeared on that show such as Mark Hamill, Linda Gary & Jennifer Hale but also Edward Asner, Hank Azaria, Malcolm McDowell, James Avery. Seriously, the list goes on and on and on.
Justice League Unlimited (2000s)
I have no more excuses, I was a full grown adult when this show premiered and I loved every single second of it. The 4 season that Justice League ran for are re-watched once a year and I still find nuances and moments that hit how much attention went into making this show a good show, not just a Saturday morning cartoon.
Let me know what you think and send us links to your favourites below.