Classic TV Animated Intro Songs of the '80s

by ElMaruecan82 | created - 12 May 2018 | updated - 12 May 2018 | Public

This is nostalgia time, to the lucky ones whose childhood coincided with the 80's and those who had the luck to catch many re-runs in the early 90's, here's a selection of animated TV series (American, European, Anime etc.) whose intro songs* transcended the passing of years and are still hitting a sensitive chord whenever they listen to them. (If you don't remember any of them, you won't have a hard time finding them on Youtube)

Which of these classic TV animated intro of the '80s is your favorite?

After voting, you might discuss the list here


*there's got to be lyrics, dude! No instrumental intros allowed!

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1. Inspector Gadget (1983–1986)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A bumbling bionic police inspector stumbles about on his cases, while his niece and dog secretly do the real investigative work.

Stars: Don Adams, Holly Berger, Frank Welker, Luc Durand

Votes: 16,833

2. DuckTales (1987–1990)

TV-G | 23 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The globe-trotting treasure-hunting money-making adventures of billionaire Scrooge McDuck and his nephews.

Stars: Alan Young, Russi Taylor, Terence McGovern, Chuck McCann

Votes: 26,838

3. Denver, the Last Dinosaur (1988–1990)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

When an unusually intelligent dinosaur unexpectedly hatches from a fossilized egg in present-day California, a friendly group of human teenagers adopts him and teaches him how to hide from prying eyes and master skateboarding.

Stars: James Swodec, Loïc Baugin, Stéphane Bazin, Béatrice Bruno

Votes: 2,104

4. Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985–1991)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

A group of reclusive humanoid bears and a few trusted humans explore their lost heritage and prevent their enemies from exploiting it.

Stars: June Foray, Noelle North, Lorenzo Music, Katie Leigh

Votes: 8,459

5. The Transformers (1984–1987)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Two opposing factions of transforming alien robots engage in a battle that has the fate of Earth in the balance.

Stars: Frank Welker, Peter Cullen, Corey Burton, Christopher Collins

Votes: 19,031

6. Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea (1985–1987)

TV-Y7 | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

An underground civilization named Arkadia launches an expedition for exploring the world of the surface to restore its fading sun.

Stars: Jeanine Forney, Chris Benard, Amandine Rajau, Louis Arbessier

Votes: 616

7. Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds (1981– )

24 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

In 17th century France, young Dogtanian travels to Paris to fulfill his ambition to become one of the King's Musketeers. He befriends Athos, Porthos and Aramis and falls in love with Juliette. A doggy version of the tale.

Stars: Eduardo Jover, Gloria Cámara, Manuel Peiró, Jesús Nieto

Votes: 1,978

8. The Mysterious Cities of Gold (1982–1983)

TV-Y7 | 28 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A trio of kids must search throughout 16th Century South America for personal answers linked to the legendary El Dorado.

Stars: Janice Chaikelson, Adrian Knight, Michael Rudder, Terrence Labrosse

Votes: 3,206

9. Count Duckula (1988–1993)

TV-Y | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The misadventures of a vegetarian vampire duck and his servants.

Stars: Barry Clayton, Jack May, Brian Trueman, Jimmy Hibbert

Votes: 3,184

10. The Poddington Peas (1989– )

5 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

The adventures of a community of anthropomorphic peas, who live in a town of over-turned flowerpots at the bottom of the garden.

Star: Neil Pearson

Votes: 94

11. Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats (1984–1987)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The misadventures of the feline troublemaker while the Catillac Cats gang have adventures of their own.

Stars: Danny Mann, Mel Blanc, Donna Christie, Roger Carel

Votes: 2,219

12. Il était une fois... la vie (1987– )

30 min | Animation, Family

The workings of the human body explained by animated characters.

Stars: Roger Carel, Marie-Laure Beneston, Alain Dorval, Gilles Laurent

Votes: 4,031

13. Ulysses 31 (1981–1982)

25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

To return home and restore his cursed crew, a great hero of space and his child companions must find the Kingdom of Hades against all evil opposition.

Stars: Matt Birman, Jacques Ebner, Claude Giraud, Séverine Morisot

Votes: 1,659

14. The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin (1987–1988)

TV-Y | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Illiop Teddy Ruxpin (Illiops being bear-like creatures) leaves his homeland in Rillonia with his friend Grubby, an octopede, in search of adventure. They meet up with an inventor named ... See full summary »

Stars: Phil Baron, Will Ryan, John Stocker, Robert Bockstael

Votes: 553

15. The Smurfs (1981–1990)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The Smurfs are little blue creatures that live in mushroom houses in a forest inhabited mainly by their own kind. The smurfs average daily routine is attempting to avoid Gargomel, an evil man who wants to kill our little blue friends.

Stars: Don Messick, Danny Goldman, Lucille Bliss, Frank Welker

Votes: 13,942

16. C.O.P.S. (1988–1989)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Crime

A team of specially enhanced policemen fights crime in the year 2020.

Stars: Ken Ryan, Zevi Wolmark, Len Carlson, Paul De La Rosa

Votes: 1,227

17. Diplodo (1987–1988)

Adventure, Animation, Family

The series Diplodo focuses on five dinosaur-like creatures, known as the diplodorians. These creatures are from Diplodorianrex, the sister planet of Earth, which lies in the fourth ... See full summary »

Stars: William Coryn, Alain Flick, Michel Gudin, Lionel Henry

Votes: 59

18. David the Gnome (1985)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

The fantastic adventures of David and his wife Lisa traveling around the world to save the animals and defeating the trolls.

Stars: Matilde Conesa, Jane Woods, Teófilo Martínez, José María Cordero

Votes: 1,986

19. Lucky Luke (1983–1984)

30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

An animated series based on the European comic book about an American cowboy described as "The man who shoots faster than his shadow." Lucky Luke, with his horse Double Six, travels the Old... See full summary »

Stars: Jacques Thébault, Robert Ridgely, Fred Travalena, William Callaway

Votes: 2,929

20. Alvin & the Chipmunks (1983–1990)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Three chipmunk brothers, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore. The trio have been adopted by and are living with Dave (human). Each show finds the boys getting into trouble and new and unusual situations.

Stars: Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, Frank Welker, Dody Goodman

Votes: 2,631

21. The Care Bears Family (1985–1988)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The Care Bears live in a faraway place up in the clouds called Care-a-Lot. They travel around the world on Missions in Caring, whilst evil villains such as Professor Coldheart and Lord No Heart, try to thwart their plans.

Stars: Dan Hennessey, Bob Dermer, Luba Goy, Melleny Melody

Votes: 2,706

22. The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! (1989)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Mario Brothers, Princess Toadstool, and Toad go on various adventures while battling the evil King Koopa.

Stars: Lou Albano, Harvey Atkin, John Stocker, Danny Wells

Votes: 2,850

23. Around the World with Willy Fog (1981– )

TV-G | 24 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A furry version of Jules Verne's classic adventure story of a British gentleman's challenge to circumnavigate the world in 80 days.

Stars: Banjô Ginga, Ichirô Nagai, Ken'ichi Ogata, Gregory Snegoff

Votes: 2,458

24. Beverly Hills Teens (1987– )

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

The teens of Beverly Hills shows us what is it like to live the life of spoiled rich teens.

Stars: Stephen McMulkin, Mary Long, Jonathan Potts, Karen Bernstein

Votes: 314

25. Saint Seiya (1986–1989)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A group a young warriors known as 'Saints', each in possession of a 'cloth' guarded by a different constellation, must protect the reincarnation of the goddess Athena as she attempts to keep the Earth from being destroyed by evil forces.

Stars: Hideyuki Tanaka, Tôru Furuya, Ryô Horikawa, Kôichi Hashimoto

Votes: 8,262



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