Last Call: “Dungeons & Dragons” Cartoon Edition
Unlike many of you young whippersnappers out there, I was a child of the ’80s. And back then, Saturday mornings were all about the cartoons. From 5:00 a.m. until about noon, all the major networks aired were cartoons. For instance, in 1985 (stay with me on this, kiddos), on NBC you had Snorks, Pink Panther and Sons, Smurfs, Alvin and the Chipmunks, something called Kidd Video (I don’t remember that one) and Mr. T.
On ABC, the lineup was Superfriends, Mighty Orbots, Turbo Teen, Dragon’s Lair, New Scooby Doo Mysteries, Scary Scooby Funnies and The Littles.
Finally, on CBS, it was Shirt Tales, Get Along Gang, Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies, Dungeons and Dragons, Bugs Bunny/Road Runner and VidKids.
Now, Dungeons & Dragons was my all-time favorite cartoon from that era. I thoroughly-enjoyed watching the exploits of teenagers Hank the Ranger, Eric the Cavalier, Diana the Acrobat, Presto the Magician, Sheila the Thief, Bobby the Barbarian and Uni the Unicorn as they navigated their way through the foreign and mysterious world of The Realm, which they were pulled into via a roller coaster ride. Their only guide was the Dungeon Master, a little man that understood the ways of the Realm and was their only ticket back home.
I have to admit I enjoyed the cartoon probably because I played Dungeons & Dragons. I was entranced with the game ever since I saw it being played for the first time in E.T. So, call me a dork, a spazz or a geek, I’ll stand up and be proud, not be meek.
Whoa. Revenge of the Nerds theme song on the brain. Sorry about that.
Anyhoo, there is your 1980s cartoons history lesson for the week and a trip down memory lane for me. Let’s move on to more important business.
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Alrighty-then. Do what you do, people.