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The '80s Cartoon Intros That Defined Our Childhood

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I don't think anyone could argue that there was a better decade for cartoons than the 1980s. Whether they had epic narrators, incredible synth theme songs, or just showed us our favorite characters, as soon as we saw any of these intros, we knew we in for an awesome time.

1. Ulysses 31

This show was basically the Greek myth of Odysseus, but in the 31st Century and in spaaaaaaaaaaaace. There was something weirdly satisfying about singing along to all those "Ulyyyyyseeeeeeeees" parts.

2. Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears

A show based on candy had no business being this good, but here we are. Admit it, as a kid you would have given anything to get some of that Gummiberry juice so you could bounce around too.

3. SilverHawks

Made by the same people who made Thundercats (including a lot of the same voice actors), SilverHawks follows a group of bionic, partly metal space police who protect the galaxy from Mon*Star and his gang. This intro proved that all shows should have a shredding guitar solo in their theme songs.

4. Dungeons & Dragons

Based on the tabletop role-playing game that was supposedly turning us into Satanists, the cartoon version followed a group of friends who are transported to the "Realm of Dungeons & Dragons" by riding a roller coaster.

5. Care Bears

Obviously I don't need to tell you who the Care Bears are, absolutely everyone watched it. Good luck getting this theme song out of your head for the rest of the day.

6. Galaxy High

What could be cooler than going to a high school on an asteroid?

7. M.A.S.K.

Basically M.A.S.K. was G.I. Joe meets Transformers, so what more could you really want from life in the '80s?

8. Heathcliff

Heathcliff just couldn't ever stay out of trouble, could he?

9. Star Blazers

There are two things that a lot of '80s cartoons have in common: being set in space and being Japanese productions. Star Blazers was the first one to become popular, but if you try watching it now it's hard to ignore just how....adult it was for a kids show.

10. Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers

It took me way too long to realize that their outfits were modeled after Indiana Jones and Magnum P.I.

11. Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs

You can't go wrong with a good old-fashioned western, but set in space, complete with gun-slinging law men and mechanical horses.

12. Pole Position

We all remember the beloved arcade game Pole Position, but for about four months at the end of 1984 it was also a TV show. And a TV show with a killer synth theme song at that.

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