>It's crime fighting time
Watched the hell out of this show as a kid. The intro is incredibly good and well animated.
>80's /m/ cartoon thread?
Sweet. There's many of them that don't get discussed around here much. Hell some 80's cartoons that weren't normally /m/ can even go that path sometimes.
Ah man, I wish I had made an 80's Western animated General then.
I'm a Canadian kid. I had Global, YTV and Fox Kids. Global ran Inspector Gadget, and COPS a lot.
I don't think any station around here ran RoboCop show, which is why I didn't see it until recently. The show is pretty fun and silly. It works better if you're a diehard fan of the first RoboCop film, and see how they translate an R-rated adult film into a toy focused Saturday morning cartoon show.
>minor character in the film, just the developer of ED 209, not really a villain
>Show: He's a cyborg and recurring villain
>Film he's the SWAT team leader, and minor character
>Completely neutral when it comes to RoboCop, and only attacked him because he had orders
>Show: Completely against RoboCop and hates him.
>Chaotic Evil crime boss
>Low level weapons like shotguns, drives a van and a sports car
>Show: Flies some jet that would cost 50 million or upwards
Also it does the standard RoboCop sequel ploy of reverting Murphy's personality to when he's Robotic. I guess none of the sequels knew what the hell to do with his personality.
>Home releases are low quality, or non-existent
>DVD only typically
>piracy is nowhere near as dedicated as anime piracy
>Much of it still stuck in the avi/divx hell
For example: I can only find RoboCop animated in .avi format.
The Centurions - guys wearing lightweight exo-suits to which interchangeable weapons can be attached, fighting against a mad cyborg genius who wants to roboticize the world.
Funfact: Sunrise did animation services for this one.
Likewise for this as well, though they did it along with SHAFT and some others
It's a shame it got cancelled because of Tonka's dicking around.
This one may be stretching the /m/ classification a bit... also made by TMS for the Amercian market: The Bionic Six! An entire family of bionically-enhanced superheores.
>It's a shame it got cancelled because of Tonka's dicking around
I know, right? I found a really murky quality torrent of the entire series though. Google around, you may find it if you want.
Another promotional cartoon from Marvel, who made the 80s cartoon series for G.I.Joe, Transformers and Inhumanoids. This one was only a mini-series though.
>no 1080p torrents of these shows
and there never will be
I did always liked how studios like TMS tried to stretch their appeal to broader market as well, even if the execution of their efforts kinda varied. Any other studios other than Sunrise and I.G. did something similar?
Most of what I know is that many different Japanese studios did work for several 80s cartoons on a work-for-hire basis. Or American companies would buy whole Japanese series and adapt them, for the U.S. (Voltron, Robotech, etc.). Very few Japanese companies did like what TMS did with Orbots and Bionic Six, at least to my knowledge.
More cybernetically enhanced sci-fi lawmen: The Galaxy Rangers!
This one seems to have a much-beloved soundtrack.
Here's an interesting one: Spiral Zone!
Based on a Bandai toy line, adapted to the U.S. by Tonka, got an American cartoon.
The second link leads to a Japanese-dubbed episode.
I get a kick out of American cartoons getting dubbed into Japanese, but only when they're done well.
April was like my second cartoon crush... first would've been Rainbow Brite.
Stop looking at me like that. The way DiC drew their cartoon girls back in the 80s, many of them have achieved legendary waifu status nowadays.
Here's another one that's stretching it a bit, mainly because it's 90s, not 80s.
It's like the creators of this show said:
"Okay, we have robots as the main focus of this show. What toyetic gimmicks can we give them?"
"How about ALL OF THE GIMMICKS?"
That's why we have transforming robots, combining robots, ninja robots, rapping robots and extreme sports robots all in the same show. And it was awesome.
Sorry if I missed it but: Dinosaucers!
I had one episode of this taped, and the tape my parents used had my little sisters ultra-sound on it originally, so there was always a few seconds of ultra-sound before the show started. haha
That's pretty much all I can remember from the 80s without including the obvious mecha anime adapted for the U.S. I'm trying to find the intro for this rare cartoon called "Power Masters" (not Transformers-related), but it seems to have been taken down form the Tube.
>Sunrise did animation services for this one
Only the intro and the stock transformation sequences, iirc. It's still one of the first times animation was ever outsourced to Japan though, and the show looks bad ass compared to other 80's shows as a result.
Ah 80s toy commercial cartoons, even the ones I didn't see as a kid feel so nostalgic.
Osamu Dezaki worked on this one.
The most important lesson learned from the Silverhawks opening theme is that metal isn't real.
Would https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cFHETq0Bzo count? Found it in the relateds for C.O.P.S ; looked pretty /m/ ish
Ok, that Archaeopteryx is making me feel very confused in the pants...
Starcom actually just got a DVD release (I just ordered one from Amazon).
Bots Master. No mention of this show can be complete without bringing up the 3D scenes. Which, were ok for it's time, but made some of the action scenes a little confusing. Another obligatory mention, Lady Frenzy was pure sex.
The lesson I got from Silverbolts was that people can breathe in space.
I don't know about these days, but back ten years ago when I went to comic cons there were video bootleggers with stuff that wasn't in wide circulation online that went back to the VHS days when it came to old tv shows.
Might be worth nosing around some dealers that aren't just a pile of crabsticks.
Yeah, the Robocop cartoon was actually pretty good. One thing I always found odd about the Robocop cartoon was the accompanying toyline was called 'Robocop andthe Ultra Police' so I was expecting that it would be more of a team show like COPS, but the Ultra Police only ended up appearing in one episode.
Also, what was it about the 80's and turning R rated movies into kids cartoons? Rambo, Robocop and there was even an Aliens cartoon planned. Too bad we never got a Terminator cartoon, where John Connor and his multi-racial team of GI Joe stand-ins foil Skynet's plans to destroy humanity every week.
Yeah, Albegas was planned to be the third series to go into Voltron. They put out toy for it.
Robocop tv series wasn't that bad either.
I guess it counts, if you're willing to include 90s cartoons.
>Ok, that Archaeopteryx is making me feel very confused in the pants...
So who do you prefer, Pteryx or the teenage blonde human?
80s DiC girls man, I warned you about them...
If you want terribad quality.
What's the quality like? If torrents don't exist perhaps we could make some based on Hulu streaming.
>at least a few shows posted on this thread either have some torrents up
Half don't. The other half are .avi/divx blurry low bit rate rips. Western animation piracy is garbage.
Bionic Six was one of the much less toy-intensive shows.
Fucking Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers literally had no toys:
>Too bad we never got a Terminator cartoon, where John Connor and his multi-racial team of GI Joe stand-ins foil Skynet's plans to destroy humanity every week.
We only didn't get that because Skynet sent a Terminator to the past to eliminate the person who pitched it.
You beautiful bastards! Sorry I just saw this thread now. Love me some nostalgic cartoons what taught me how to be a man. Ya'll have added most of the great ones, but I'll contribute with some more to keep this party going.
God, I miss awesome cartoon theme songs. Less /m/anly, but there were also ones like Laser Tag Academy and Pole Position.
I remember one of my older brothers having a Galaxy Rangers lunchbox set with thermos and everything. Thought it was the coolest looking thing ever back in the day. If not for having older siblings I probably would have missed out on a lot of the coolest cartoons; shit played for a year or two then disappeared forever when new shows with new toys emerged.
1. Half of the time these shows are animated by Japanese studios anyways. So they at least count as American-Japanese co-productions.
2. Non-Western sci-fi, robots and mecha is great and often serves as inspiration for Japanese series.
That is absolutely insane. That's up there with the best animated intros I've seen.
I bet the actual show is crap, of course, but holy shit. Dat shading.
>Watching the frankly astounding Silverhawks intro
>Randomly watching Megazone 23 part II
>suddenly Silverhawks pinball machine
Well, that was random and unexpected.
>Too bad we never got a Terminator cartoon, where John Connor and his multi-racial team of GI Joe stand-ins foil Skynet's plans to destroy humanity every week.
They already made that show. It was called Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future.
I loved Orbots opening. And the girl-robots were pure waifu material.
Was Galaxy Rangers one of the first cartons with internal continuity? I loved the characters revisiting places from earlier episodes and people remembering what had happened.
>>piracy is nowhere near as dedicated as anime piracy
>>Much of it still stuck in the avi/divx hell
This REALLY pisses me off. Even in some private trackers which usually have higher quality rips for western content than TPB, cartoon DVD rips are still based on antiquated DivX shit. I hope one day to learn about making autist-quality DVD rips someday and get some stuff out.
1. Less dedicated fanbase.
2. Anime fans are on the cutting edge of video processing and playback. They dont' do western shows.
We have to step in and fix it ourselves. I'm thinking of getting RoboCop The Animated Series and giving it a proper mkv rip.
Also check out kickass, there are some newer mkv/h.264 rips out there for some western shows. Some. And even then, the dvd qualities are just not that great.
How could I forget Ring Raiders?
Toys by Matchbox. 5-episode mini-series that never got a regular full season. Animated by DiC, designs by that Aeon Flux guy.
The premise: a task force composed of jet jockeys and fighter pilots form different eras must stop an evil group of time-travelling aerial terrorists from taking over the world and messing with time.
Yeah, fair enough, but in the very small spot in my brain that remembers bad cartoons, it was all prop planes and being a bad cartoon. That opening shows jets(and shouts Ring Raiders a bunch) but does not show how shitty the rest of the show was.
Episodes of Ring Raiders are up on the Tube, so you can check them for yourself. Quality of the show aside, it certainly wasn't "all prop planes". There were only like one or two characters that used prop planes. Most of them used jets. And a rescue copter.
The late 90s/early 2000's had some decent shows too. Here's a western show about actual mecha! Heavy Gear.
Phantom 2040: A kinda weird, but well doen cyberpunk take on the old comic hero.
War Planets: Alien races team up to battle a giant robotic planet that literally eats worlds.
The Action Man CG cartoon is surprisingly decent, and deserves some credit for turning maths into a viable, if goofy superpower.
>got renamed to Shadow Raiders in Canada because "war" is a bad word
the Beast Planet teleported elsewhere and still at large
It still hurts. Cool show otherwise, though.
>War Planets: Alien races team up to battle a giant robotic planet that literally eats worlds.
That was done by Mainframe in their prime. They also did Beast Wars and Reboot. Also great shows to check out. Reboot especially got amazing in season 3-4. Got really serious and gritty.
Holy shit why have I never seen Starcom before? 3 eps in and there's classic Toei-style 80s mechanical drawing all over the place. It's probably above Ulysses 31 in terms of animation quality so far unless it takes a dive in the next few episodes.
Some of the battle animation is beautiful.
And Malvanna is the sexiest.
90s had a bit of /m/ as well.
There was a post-apocalyptic cyberpunk dystopia.
Also, two guys and a jet fighting kaiju.
90's and early 00's had some of the best /m/ western animation. I think it's mainly because at this time they started to combine some of the toyetic concepts from the 80's with better storytelling, including ongoing plots, continuity, character development, even character deaths.
We have of course, Exo Squad, which imo is the best western /m/ animated show (despite the often cheap animation and weird 90's dayglo designs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR7ktkOEeFw
Wing Commander Academy, which is ten times better an adaptation than that pile of shit of a movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z0JSfCejY4
Roswell Conspiracies, a nice X-Files like series from the story editors of Beast Wars (TF scribe Simon Furman even wrote the series finale): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bVHpMvedOs
Starship Troopers Roughneck Chronicles which is a decent adaptation that combines the power armor/ mecha concepts of the novel with the movie:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-97DMohl6o
To name a few.
Yeah I loved Starcom. Shame it only lasted one season. Great toys too. I still have my Starmax Bomber, although age has not been kind to it and only the basic body is still intact.
One thing I always found funny is that Emperor Dark, far from being the standard Evil Overlord these shows usually had, seemed more like a NEET who'd rather stay in his room all day doing experiments than conquering the universe.
>Emperor Dark, far from being the standard Evil Overlord these shows usually had, seemed more like a NEET who'd rather stay in his room all day doing experiments than conquering the universe.
I'm 4 eps in now and it seems that the usual corporate meddling has reared its head. ie: airing episodes in the wrong order.
Episode 3 had Malvanna appear and talk about wanting to doublecross emperor Dark. We had never seen these characters before. And she develops a crush on one of the good guys. But we don't know who she is because she's just appeared.
Then Episode 4 had Emperor Dark and Malvanna being introduced..! The hell?
I think the best thing about the Wing Commander is that they actually went to the trouble of getting Mark Hamill, Tom Wilson and even Malcolm frickin' McDowell to voice their characters. You could tell that the creators really cared about the lore and wanted to keep it in line with the game universe.
Which is far more than you could say for the live action movie.
>C.O.P.S, Divsion 2, The Tank Police & Robocop protect a city. Is crime fucked or FUCKED.
FUCKED for sure. but the colateral damage would astronomical thanks to the tank police and Div 2
100% of Special Vehicles Division 2's destruction is due to Ota. Fire that one guy, and they go from a maligned group causing destruction to the best most well run force in media.
Thanks for convincing me to finally give in and order the show; I've been waffling on it cuz like
said, I wasn't sure if the show could live up to that intro. But the price sure is tempting.
Not exactly. Saint Seiya characters have various powers and abilities all over the place. Visionaries characters' had powers that were a little more limited, more strictly defined.
You should still watch it anyway.
Yes. He is sorely missed.
Ah the 1980's, when the Cartoon industry was deregulated and Toyetic was the name of the game.
It's French, they always have a tendency to go all in on whatever concept they hit on
It was also the time when they were running with 3D and CG in general.
>Reboot especially got amazing in season 3-4. Got really serious and gritty.
Because they finally got the shackles of ABC's S&Ps off after they got cancelled when Disney took over and YTV picked them up and basically went 'we love you guys, do whatever you want and we'll green light it.'
YTV is a Canadian station. The rules for Canadian shows is much looser. It's just that most Canadian shows are rebroad-cast American ones which come pre-censored, and the original content tends to be TVO or CBC (educational, PG-rated). You can have mild nudity or swearing past a certain point if you want.
Reboot season 3-4, and especially War Planets were pretty brutal and gritty. War Planets had soldiers dying repeatedly in episodes. Hostages being executed. They were solid PG rated shows.
It's a total shame that there aren't new shows made in this style. It could be like Canadian-anime. Most Canadian animation now is just meant for the American market.
I think Shuki levy has done the majority of the intro themes for much of the eighties and early nineties.
I think Centurions is a show that I think is a show that you can do a remake of. just add some halo elements to the suits, keep the crazy cyborg scientist wanting to turn the world into robots, just give him a better reason on wanting to do so. have gratuitous mech porn when they combine with the weapons, and mech gore when they're out there fighting robot bad guys and bam got some animated vanquish going.
Just the best mobster ever, passing through.
I had the toy for this badass when I was a kid. Everything in his little bio card was "Unknown: no witnesses willing to testify". He wasn't in the episodes nearly enough, though.
He doesn't has an organ, just a stradivarius.
I don't suppose anyone has found the soundtrack to C.O.P.S. yet?
Sometimes the music gets releases later on as a bonus or is just released by the artist on a whim. Like bits from the Thundercats soundtrack.
It was... okay. Nothing really knockout spectacular, but entertaining. And pretty animation every so often, like Thundercats.
It suffers from the same depictions of outer space that the original Thundercats did... namely, that people can breathe and talk in deep space and not worry about explosive decompression or anything, even though Silverhawks had after-show educational segments that were supposed to teach kids about outer space.
>Nobuteru Yuki did the character design for Bionic Six
Wait, really? The designs in that show don't really look much like his usual style.. than again the same could be said for his Little Tail Bronx work so what do I know.
I always wondered about this, was there ever any official crossover between Thundercats and Silverhawks? I know that they were by the same creators but was there ever anything like with Transformers and GI Joe (where a retired Cobra Commander showed up in one episode of Transformers)?