80’s and 90’s Cartoon Themes

We all remember the TV shows that helped raise us with a certain amount of fondness…until today. The three of us tear into a cornerstone of our childhood by discussing the theme songs of cartoons from the 80’s and 90’s. It’s a huge pool of songs and there’s some we definitely won’t get to that you’ll probably think of as you’re listening (or even as you’re reading this), but we picked the ones to discuss that we thought were the best or at least interesting.

We end up discussing 70+ songs in this podcast series. In order to make the tournament manageable we started by giving a “keep, toss or meh” ranking to each song and agreeing to move the ones with the highest preliminary score in to the later rounds for deeper discussion. Once that’s done though, there’s no more criteria. This is 100% subjective and coming straight out of our 8-12 year old hearts. Which song will be left standing at the end of all of this, who knows?

Episode Listing

Part 1 (Episode 13)
Part 2 (Episode 14)
Part 3 (Episode 15)
Part 4 (Episode 16)
Part 5 (Episode 17)
Part 6 (Episode 18)
Part 7 (Episode 19)

Along with each episode we’ll expand our youtube playlist so you can hear the songs that discussed with each episode.

Theme Listing

Here’s the scaled back listing of the 70 songs we discuss on the podcast. If it’s not on this list, it doesn’t mean we didn’t think of it, just that we didn’t include it here. But feel free to comment about some songs that you think should’ve made it on this list.

Theme Brice Stanley Aaron Total
Alvin and the Chipmunks 1 1 1 3
Animaniacs 1 1 1 3
Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers 1 1 1 3
Darkwing Duck 1 1 1 3
Doug 1 1 1 3
Duck Tales 1 1 1 3
Freakazoid 1 1 1 3
Goof Troop 1 1 1 3
Gummi Bears 1 1 1 3
Inspector Gadget 1 1 1 3
Muppet Babies 1 1 1 3
Pokemon 1 1 1 3
Rugrats 1 1 1 3
Scooby Doo 1 1 1 3
South Park 1 1 1 3
Tale Spin 1 1 1 3
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 1 1 3
The Flintstones 1 1 1 3
The Jetsons 1 1 1 3
The Simpsons 1 1 1 3
Tiny Toons 1 1 1 3
Winnie the Pooh 1 1 1 3
X-Men 1 1 1 3
Pepper Ann 1 1 1 3
Recess 1 1 1 3
Dexter’s Laboratory 1 1 1 3
Magic School Bus 1 1 1 3
A Pup named Scooby Doo 0 1 1 2
Carmen Sandiego (again, not exactly a Cartoon) 0 1 1 2
fat Albert 1 1 0 2
GI Joe 1 1 0 2
Jem 0 1 1 2
Pinky and the Brain 0 1 1 2
sesame street 0 1 1 2
Silver Hawks 1 0 1 2
The Adam’s Family (it was a Cartoon) 1 1 0 2
The Pink Panther (there was a newer one during this time period) 0 1 1 2
The Smurfs 1 1 0 2
Thundercats 1 1 0 2
Transformers 1 1 0 2
Rocko’s Modern Life 0 1 1 2
Ghostbusters (maybe cheating because it’s also a movie) 1 1 0 2
Batman: The Animated Series (the one from Fox) 0 1 0 1
Captain Planet -1 1 1 1
Fraggle Rock 0 1 0 1
Gargoyles (Not wild about this one, but it was a pretty good show) -1 1 1 1
Mr Rogers -1 1 1 1
The Super Mario Brothers Super Show (If you don’t remember, this is a rap…enjoy) 0 1 0 1
Mighty Max 0 1 0 1
Arthur 0 0 1 1
danger mouse 0 0 0 0
Dragonball Z (the funimation intro, not the Japanese one) 0 0 0 0
Go Bots 0 0 0 0
My Little Pony (because we’re equal opportunity) 0 0 0 0
Sonic the Hedgehog (the one that sounds like Hall of the Mountain King and the other one) 0 0 0 0
Spiderman 0 1 -1 0
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes 1 0 -1 0
Bonkers -1 0 0 -1
David the Gnome -1 1 -1 -1
Denver, The Last Dinosaur 0 0 -1 -1
Fantastic Max -1 0 0 -1
He-Man -1 0 0 -1
Wildcats 0 0 -1 -1
Voltron 0 -1 -1 -2
Captain Bucky O’Hare 0 -1 -1 -2
Eureka’s Castle (not…exactly a cartoon) -1 0 -1 -2
She-Ra -1 0 -1 -2
The Snorks (bastard cousins of the smurfs) -1 0 -1 -2
Digimon…? -1 -1 -1 -3
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