Sketch vs. the 80s
I am an 80s kid technically but I was born in 1984 so I missed most of the 80s and should probably consider myself a 90s kid. 1987 was about when I started actively watching cartoons as kid so it comes as no surprise that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, DuckTales and Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers tend to mean more to me and have most nostalgia attached to them than the 80s cartoons that came before them. Where as many people slightly older than me would swear by ThunderCats, Gem, Rainbow Brite, Transformers, Robotech, BraveStarr, The Real Ghostbusters, M.A.S.K., He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra: Princess of Power, Voltron: The Defenders of the Universe and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (have you noticed a lot of 80s shows had really long titles). I have no such nostalgia for any of them and have only seen some of them in rerun broadcast and I even largely ignored those.
I recently bought some on DVD and have found others streaming legally Hulu and similar websites and now I shall begin watching them and giving my thoughts on each as I watch them. I will probably revisit the 80s cartoons I did grow up watching in the process just to see how they stack up to these series I’m watching intently for the first time. Think of it as The Notaku Diaries for the toy pushing action animated series broadcasted in the United States back in the 80s. I’m doing these reviews in a rather informal fashion throwing in riffs as a go along as an attempt to both entertain and educate. We’ll see how it works out.
Will the 80s get their revenge on me in the end? Time will tell but I am sure that if nothing else it will be an interesting experience. Now get out your mood rings, your hammer pants and your neon colored spandex. Cause the 80s are back again.
Welcome to my nightmare,
Andrew “Sketch” Hingson
Here’s a list of all the reviews related to this on-going project.