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10 Things That Didn't Need Their Own Cartoon

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Whenever a franchise gets popular, you can bet the companies behind it will want to market it to as wide an audience as possible. Once upon a time, this meant that just about any toy line, movie, or video game you could think of would get a kids cartoon series. Some, like Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, were awesome. Others, like these 10, are just weird.

1) Donkey Kong Country (1997)

Nelvana

The Source Material: Popular platformer video games on the Super Nintendo about a family of apes that fight crocodiles to recover their bananas.

The Show: The characters from the games still duke it out, but spend more time going through strange adventures. Also, for some reason, it was a musical. Literally every episode had at least one song and dance sequence.

2) ProStars (1991)

NBC

The Source Material: Athletes Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson, and Wayne Gretzky

The Show: Said athletes have superpowers based on their sports, and use them to fight crime, give kids advice, and save the environment. None are voiced by the real athlete, and the show was so poorly received it was canceled after three months.

3) Hammerman (1991)

ABC

The Source Material: Rapper MC Hammer, best-known for "Can't Touch This"

The Show: Hammer (né Stanley Burrell) plays himself as a youth center worker who transforms into the superhero Hammerman via a pair of magic dancing shoes (that can talk). It lasted 13 episodes.

4) Highlander: The Animated Series (1994)

Gaumont

The Source Material: Mature film/TV action series about a centuries-long conflict between humans who are Immortal. They behead each other with blades, and when only one is left, they will achieve a new level of power/existence called "The Quickening."

The Show: A post-apocalyptic science fiction show where a devastated Earth has been overtaken by the Immortal warlord Kortan. Quentin MacLeod, the last surviving Immortal to contest Kortan, must achieve The Quickening and save what's left of earth.

5) Street Fighter (1995)

InVision Entertainment

The Source Material: Popular fighting game series by Capcom featuring a massive cast of characters.

The Show: The undercover peacekeeping force "Street Fighter" must fight M. Bison's evil Shadaloo organization. Based more on the live-action movie than the game, features some amazingly bad voice acting.

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