As a primer for today's discussion please go here and check out all the theme songs. Now I know that far too many people tend to look back on their childhoods with fond memories and say "man, such and such was so much better when I was a kid." But this one is for real: Cartoons when we were young are SO much better than they are now. And the proof is in the pudding, just see how sweet those opening songs were! And this is only a small handful of the quality shows we all grew up with. I personally watched the first 8 shows on that list (and have vague memories of M.A.S.K too), and straight up delighted in watching the intros for those shows. How can you not smile hearing the siren and then the synthesized "duuuh da da da duuh" of Inspector Gadget? Or that funky bass line followed by "Life is like a hurricane" for Ducktales? I just know you sang out "Ch-ch-ch-chip N' Dale, Rescue Rangers!" (And as a side note, it still amuses me that they were dressed as Indiana Jones and Magnum PI.) I used to watch Smurfs right before supper on weeknights, so much that my brothers called me "Gergamel." Those smurfing assholes. And I liked Alvin and the Chipmunks because there was me and my 2 brothers, and Alvin and his 2 brothers (though I always wondered why Alvin got top-billing). I haven't talked about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in a while, but to be frank I was a Turtles freak when I was a kid. I'll get into that next week.
And Muppets? Well I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for the Muppets. We'll probably talk about that sometime too. But to tide you over check this out.