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« Reply #15 on: July 29, 2015, 11:12:25 AM »

Agh, I miss those childhood days of looking forward to waking up early Saturday morning to catch the best cartoons on TV in my star wars pajamas, favorite stuffed animal with me, hot cocoa, toast and my cocker spaniel (1987-2005) waiting patiently by my side for dog food or some stimulating activity outside the family room. I watched all those shows you guys mentioned earlier. I was a big fan of MASK, Voltron, Silverhawks, GI Joe, Transformers and Visionaries in the 80s. In the 90s it was Batman ToS, Captain Planet, EXO Squad, Chip & Dale Rescue Rangers, Tailspin, Darkwing Duck, Gargoyles and more.

Like others here, in the late 90s, I started to move on to watching anime after cartoon popularity began to wane a bit here in the west. My first foray was into Robotech in the early 90s then a bunch of more adult anime like Ninja Scroll and Akira came afterwards. I collected a ton of anime in the early 2000s when the DVD boom started and busted after companies began going under after 2005. I can't tell you guys how bummed I was when I found out Bandai Entertainment didn't make it -- because for me that meant the end of bringing Gundam to the west dubbed and able to own from an affordability perspective.

Thanks to Cartoon Network's Toonami/Adult Swim time slot, I think a lot of us got exposed to some cool anime shows that have made us all lifelong fans of animation in general. Shows like Cowboy Bebop and Ghost in the Shell, I have to tip my hat to.

I prefer to watch anime dubbed, so I don't really keep up with all the simulcasts on Crunchyroll these days so I'm a bit out of touch with pop anime culture. I catch new anime nowadays on Netflix when something is released there and will buy an anime blu-ray rarely, but that's about it. But again, thanks to my childhood growing up in the 80-90s, I'll probably remain a lifelong fan of cartoons.

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« Reply #16 on: July 29, 2015, 02:01:21 PM »

Like many of you, I was a "cartoon kid" in the 1980s and in the late 1990s I got into anime, so I tend to have "nostalgia feelz" for 1980s cartoons and 1990s anime.  I remember those days when I'd get up jumpy and cheerful at 6 o'clock on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons and my parents would grumble, "dammit, why can't this kid get up like this on a school day?"  

When I was a child living in Holland, one of my dad's colleagues used to have his retired uncle videotape American cartoons for me and whenever said colleague was in the US, he'd bring back tons of VHS tapes of American cartoons.  I watched the living daylights out of those!  That's how I became familiar with slightly more obscure shows like Mighty Orbots, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, Turbo Teen, along with the usual suspects that they showed on BBC (like Transformers, Thundercats, MASK.)  

I also remember circa age 7 or so, this one neighbor girl (who was probably 5 or 6) and I used to run around all the time pretending to be He-Man and She-Ra.  This sticks out to me because to any 7 year-old boy, little girls are annoying as fuck but this particular one was actually cool.  I liked hanging with her, and luckily our parents all got along so we ran together all the time.  I'm not a parent, but that's one thing I realize needs to be in a parenting manual- getting along with the parents of your kid's friends.  

EDIT: And natros- that's a good point that a lot of the folks creating cartoons now are folks our age who grew up with 1980s and 1990s cartoons (which most everyone in this thread has said were fantastic cartoon decades).  In much the same way, a lot of folks creating video games are people our age who grew up with the NES, Genesis/Megadrive, Super NES; came of age with the PSOne, N64...  This is big reason why I feel like we're seeing the positive gaming and cartoon trends we're seeing. 

And note must be made of The Amazing World of Gumball.  That cartoon is insanely imaginative and downright hilarious.  Probably one of the niftier shows to come out in recent years.   

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« Reply #17 on: August 04, 2015, 05:49:25 PM »

Oh I just wanted to say that Phineas and Ferb was like my favorite show in college except for that awkward period where I was interested in politics/actually an adult and only watched MSNBC.

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