Strip Talk #04: ‘80s and ‘90s themes are the soundtrack of my life

Lyn­d­sey Mosley, editor-in-chief

I don’t throw the title “child of the ‘80s” around often. The def­i­n­i­tion is some­one, like myself, that was born between the years 1975 to 1986 that remem­bers the pop cul­ture of the era because they lived through it. Myself? I am a quin­tes­sen­tial child of that time. I remem­ber WWF, Trans­form­ers, G.I. Joe, My Lit­tle Pony, Cab­bage Patch Kids, Rain­bow Brite, Jem and the Smurfs well. I got up on Sat­ur­day morn­ings to watch most of those shows and when I got home from school it was TMNT, Duck­tales, Dark­wing Duck and the USA Car­toon Express all the way. So, why are we rehash­ing all of these titles? Sim­ple: They had some of the best intro themes of all time.

Don’t get me wrong, the ‘90s had some great stuff, too. X-Men the Ani­mated Series, Fox’s Spider-man, Doug, Goof Troop. All are great shows with excel­lent intro­duc­tions. So what is it about this these two peri­ods of ani­mated tele­vi­sion? Was it because I was young and in-tune to music through cho­rus at school? Pos­si­bly. But more likely it’s the fact that this was the golden age of ani­ma­tion, a time when good car­toons were rou­tinely intro­duced with flair, savvy and a well-sung intro­duc­tion that told you every­thing you needed to know about the show.

That’s the crux of why this was such a good time for ani­mated tele­vi­sion. Take, for exam­ple, Trans­form­ers. Every­thing you ever needed to know about the Auto­bots and Decep­ti­cons, their bat­tles and their affil­i­a­tions were told in 30 sec­onds through singing. Same thing with Duck­tales, Pow­er­puff Girls and TMNT. Some­times you didn’t even need singing to tell the story. X-Men’s instru­men­tal intro famously showed the prin­ci­pal cast and the fight of mutant kind.

As a child of the ‘80s it was hard not get­ting up to see many of these shows every morn­ing while get­ting ready for school. Now, it’s hard as an adult not to tear up when I hear the instantly rec­og­niz­able themes of my child­hood past. Thanks to YouTube, I’ve found I’m not the only one wish­ing for the return of the golden age of car­toons. The ‘80s and ‘90s were the gold stan­dard for hook­ing an audi­ence into a show that may or may not have shapeshift­ing robots, teenage mutant ninja tur­tles or race­cars, lasers, air­planes to spin in Duck­burg. I look for­ward to the day when I have a child old enough to under­stand and appre­ci­ate the era that mom learned about good ani­mated television.

Lyn­d­sey Mosley is edi­tor of Gam­ing Insur­rec­tion and a proud self-proclaimed child of the ‘80s. You can con­tact her via email at gicomics@gaminginsurrection.com

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