Cartoons that I grew up with

Posted: 28th May 2008 by Jacky Yong in Movies and TV Shows, Silly me

I was looking at this commercial of the new Kia Proceed car featuring Vandal, and I couldn’t help noticing the funny reference it made to Voltron.

Saw it in PaulTan’s website.

That got me nostalgic. I went to Youtube to search for more of my memories, memories that are very much a part of me. So I list them down here, in no particular order.


Colourful lions that merge to become a giant fighting robot! It was a time before Transformers were mainstream. I really can’t remember any stories from the show, nor any names of the characters. I just know there was one princess, one big guy, one shorty, and err….. two others. Damn. Very shallow character development huh?


Can you even forget the show? It’s a Barbie show in 2D. I know, I know, it’s a girlie show, but who cares? Shows about singing, dancing and gyrating girls never fail to excite me! 😀 The show is about the eternal bickering between the group Jem and the Misfits, again very shallow character development. But then again, I know shit of English when I was 10 years old.


Need I say more? It’s a phenomenon when it was shown in Malaysia back then. Shows about vehicles disguised as fighting machines impressed us simple minded little boys more than Transformers, at least to me. I even had at least 3 of these toys. They must have become collector’s items by now. Hmmm … wonder if I should sell them on eBay?


It was a great show. I prefer the original Transformers series when there it was not polluted with Constructicons, or Dinobots and the such. I remember there was this sticker book where you buy these stickers and trade them with friends. I wonder what happened to the sticker book.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT)

I remembered how I pestered my mom to buy me a certain chocolate drink from the supermarket in order to get a certain merchandise of TMNT. It was kinda stupid, but I actually enjoyed the show. Every character was unique, and for the first time in my kiddie life, I can actually understand the story, ANY story!


Anybody my age will surely remember this. A couple of eccentric characters clad in colourful leotards who meows and growls like cats (except for Jagar). I can remember all their names without referring to the wikipedia. Lion-o, Chetarah, Pantera, Wily-kit, Wily-kat, Snarf. (I know their names, their spellings might not be right though) Who can forget the chant of Lion-o’s Eye of Thundera, Give me sight beyond sight! Or the “Thunder, thunder, thunder, thundercats, HOOOOOO!!!!!“, and his sword elongates. Sounds cool at that time, but cheesy like hell. When the Proton Waja debuted with the then new Proton badge, everybody immediately identified it with the Thundercats badge!


No, this is not some kind of a mail client for Mozilla. It’s a cool looking spaceship that looks a lot like the American space shuttle. Two booster rockets, a main rocket and a flying ship.

He-man / She-ra

One of the earliest cartoons that I watched over TV3, same as Smurfs below. I don’t know what I find so amazing about muscular men running around wearing nothing but an underwear. Puberty gone wrong? Now She-ra, she’s hot! I remember nothing about any of the stories, but hell yeah, I remember She-ra!


Oh man, they rawk! I didn’t understand a word that they say, but their tools are so cool! I remember the ecto-plasma that always accompany a ghostly encounter, the guns they use and the trap to suck them in. And the giant chamber they use to store the ghosts. Stupid when you think about it now, but hey, it worked for me!

Danger Mouse

The only British speaking cartoon around. Being British, the cartoon is full of talkings and conversations. I could never understand it, but I still loved the show nonetheless.

Carebears / My Little Pony

Okay, okay, I’m a sissy! But I’m also man enough to show it! I loved the Carebears, and the little ponies. The rainbow that they shine from their colourful tummies always get the bad guys. And the little ponies were always so cute! 😀


Classic! I don’t think it qualifies to be listed here, since the Simpson standalone show started when I was already a teenager. But the fact that I watched the early versions of it in the Tracy Ullman Show is justifiable enough. Back then, I didn’t know that it was going to be a big hit. But soon enough, the Simpsons became bigger than Tracy Ullman, and got its own prime time. And the rest is history. The Simpsons continues to be shown until quite now I think…..

The Smurfs

This marks the first time I really enjoyed cartoon. We got transmission to TV3 when we moved to Kampar when I was 7 years old. I remembered how excited I was when I was exposed to colourful advertisement and different cartoon shows, more interesting than the ones over RTM. Smurfs came is as one of my favourites.

Mospeada / Macross

Another classic! When I first saw Mospeada, I was still in Mambang Diawan. Meaning I was less than 7 years old. But that show lingered on. Only recently I dig back articles about the show to read the sypnosis. I didn’t know what the story was about at that time, but I know now. The characters involved were colourful, the story line was solid, and the gadgets were cool. It came across to me as a Japanese version of Lord of the Ring. Great stuff this is!

Inspector Gadget

The original cartoon that were to become the prelude to the movie much later. Come on, the show is really quite lame. A fumbling inspector who has a lot of gadgets from his mechanical body, but it was his niece and her faithful dog that solves all of his cases. Inspector Gadget only manages to spoil the day for them. And oh, let’s not forget about the faceless nemesis with his deep voice and equally evil cat.

Some are really forgettables. But I have definitely seen them nonetheless because they do impact my childhood, one way or the other.

Visionaries – This is one of the very forgettable cartoons that I saw that never really register in my head, until I accidentally bumped into it in YouTube. I barely recall that the show was sponsored by one baby talc powder. I think it’s Carrie. I remember the commercial more than the show in fact!

Alvin and the Chipmunks

Amigos and Friends

The Jetsons – Forgettable, until someone mentions it to me.

The Flintstones – This is big in the US, but leaves little impression upon me.

Captain Caveman (…. and son!)

The Centurions

Defenders of the Earth

Scooby Doo

Pink Panther – The only thing that gives me want to put this in the list is the catchy song! Which is still catchy!


Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs

Dennis the Menace

Duck Tales

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

G.I. Joe

The Heathcliff – alternative to Garfield


The Littles

The Spiral Zone

StarCom – Hell, I can’t remember the cartoon, but I remember the cool toys that came out of it!

Silverhawks – The combination of five heros into one seems to dominate cartoons in the 80’s doesn’t it?

Denver the last Dinasour – Another cartoon with catchy tune. Nothing excites me more than the sight of a dinasour who plays the electric guitar wearing sunglasses. Yeah right!

The OTHER Ghostbusters – Nobody knows this, but there is another Ghostbusters. I have slight recollection of this. Watch the video, see if it rings any bells.

There are other cartoon which I think are great, but they do not make it into this list because they are relatively new. For example Spongebob Squarepants, Futurama etc.

Some of these clips makes you think back of your childhood doesn’t it? If you are that old, you would have agreed with me. Any of these cartoons makes it into your list?

  1. Daniel says:

    Thanks alot! that brings back memories. was looking at kamen rider black ,Flashman ,M.A.S.K, GI Joe and some more i forgot the name but the image is still in my head hehe.Cheers.

  2. Jason says:

    Hey. This page is awsum! Was also in nostalgia mood and found all the ones i was looking for plus reminded me of more I had forgotten about.. I do remember that OTHER Ghostbusters!!

    I’m actually trying to find more about a cartoon I used to watch. All I can remember is that it was set in space and it featured a flying Tall Ship (i think) if anyone knows what it was called please let me know… please email me at

  3. Jacky Yong says:

    Thanks for agreeing with me at some of the cartoons. Great way to remind ourselves of our childhood.

    I don’t remember about the flying Tall Ship though. Anybody here can help Jason here?