She-Ra – Princess of Power is an American animated television series produced in 1985 by Filmation. It is a spinoff of Filmation’s highly successful He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series, aimed primarily at a young girls’ audience to counter-balance the latter show’s popularity with boys. As was the case with its predecessor, the show was based on a toy line by Mattel (titled Princess of Power, itself a spin-off from Mattel’s Masters of the Universe line) and was produced with financial backing from Mattel to promote the toys. The show follows the adventures of She-Ra, He-Man’s twin sister, who is leading a group of freedom fighters known as the Great Rebellion in the hope of freeing their homeworld of Etheria from the tyrannical rule of Hordak and the Evil Horde. She-Ra makes her début in He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword, a full length animated movie that was created by compiling together the first five episodes of the-then forthcoming syndicated series: “Into Etheria”, “Beast Island”, “She-Ra Unchained”, “Reunions” and “Battle For Bright Moon”. The series premiered in 1985 and was cancelled in 1986, after 2 seasons and 93 episodes. Click here to watch the intro to She-Ra »3 Comments
Hoppity Hooper was an animated television series produced by Jay Ward in 1964, originally broadcast on ABC (1964-67), originally co-sponsored by General Mills and Topper Toys, and later syndicated under the title Uncle Waldo’s Cartoon Show.
The first two episodes were actually produced in 1960, and featured Alan Reed as Fillmore. The series wasn’t picked up for broadcast until September 1964, and by that time Reed was unavailable, because of his commitment with another ABC animated TV series, The Flintstones, as the voice of Fred Flintstone. Therefore, Bill Scott was named to do the voice of Fillmore. Click here to read more and watch a clip from the show »2 Comments
What a Cartoon! (promotionally known as World Premiere Toons, later known as The What a Cartoon! Show and then, The Cartoon Cartoon Show), was an American animation showcase project created by Fred Seibert for Hanna-Barbera Cartoons to be run on Cartoon Network. The project consisted of 48 short cartoons, intended to return creative power to animators and artists, by recreating the atmospheres that spawned the great cartoon characters of the mid-20th century. Each of 48 short cartoons mirrored the structure of a theatrical cartoon, with each film being based on an original storyboard drawn and written by its artist or creator.
The shorts from the project first aired on February 20, 1995 and promoted as World Premiere Toons. During the original run of the shorts the series was retitled as The What a Cartoon! Show until the final short aired November 28, 1997. The project served as the launching point for multiple successful Cartoon Network series, including Dexter’s Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, I Am Weasel, The Powerpuff Girls, and Courage the Cowardly Dog. The series is influential for birthing a slew of original Cartoon Network hits and helping to revive television animation in the 1990s. Click here to see a click from Godfrey and Zeek on What A Cartoon! »1 Comment
The Angry Beavers is an American animated television series created by Mitch Schauer for the Nickelodeon channel. The series revolves around Daggett and Norbert Beaver, two young beaver brothers who have left their home to become bachelors in the forest near Wayouttatown, Oregon. The show premiered in the United States on April 19, 1997 and completed its run on November 11, 2001 (with several episodes remaining unaired). The show started airing on the Nickelodeon Canada channel when it launched on November 2, 2009. It will return to Nicktoons for Nicktoons Rewind in the Summer of 2011. Click here to watch the intro to Angry Beavers »5 Comments
Arthur is an American/Canadian animated educational television series for children, created for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). The show is set in the fictional American city of Elwood City, and revolves around the lives of 8-year-old Arthur Read, an anthropomorphic aardvark, his friends and family, and their daily interactions with each other. There is a strong emphasis on the educational value of books and libraries as well as relationships with friends and family members. The series is often noted for dealing with social and health-related issues that affect young children, such as the death of a pet, dyslexia, and more recently cancer, Asperger syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease. Click here to read more and watch the intro to Arthur »1 Comment