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Voltron: Defender of the Universe
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Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #11: Voltron: Defender of the Universe

The Voltron: Defender of the Universe Theme Song opens with the voice of Optimus Prime, the heroic leader of the Autobots on “The Transformers”, Peter Cullen. Even though most of the music is in the background, and there’s no singing, a spoken-word theme really works with the deep, authoritative voice of Peter Cullen. The music that does play in the background, written by John ...

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #12: Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
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Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #12: Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids theme song summarizes what happens in every episode. The Junkyard Gang get together and sing songs, playing instruments made from parts they found in the junkyard. They have fun together, just being themselves, but sometimes they have to deal with very real issues. That’s where the learning plays a big role. Typically, each episode covers an issue or ...

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #13: Josie and The Pussy Cats
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Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #13: Josie and The Pussy Cats

The story of Josie and The Pussy Cats is longer than the 16 episodes that spanned the 1st season in 1970-1971. They officially “jumped the shark” when they ran the second season (after a year of re-runs) as Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space. They survived on Saturday morning cartoons across 6 years and 3 different networks, mostly with re-runs of the first Josie and The Pussy ...

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #14: George of the Jungle
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Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #14: George of the Jungle

George of the Jungle is what we like to call a “guilty pleasure” in the realm of cartoon theme songs. The drum beat is purely hypnotic. “Boom-boom, boom-boom-ba-doom.” In the opening theme, George is shown swinging on vines, repeatedly running into trees, face-first, as he is warned by the singers of the theme song to “watch out for that tree!” George lives in ...

Wanted and Unwanted
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Voltron Force: Wanted and Unwanted Review

Voltron Force: Episode 10: Wanted and Unwanted is a Prison episode, where we find the Voltron Force involved in a plan to free political prisoners from a place called The Void. Sky Marshall Wade runs this prison to keep the worst of the worst, and anyone loyal to Voltron, out of his way… for good. It’s the type of prison where the food is ugly slop, everyone has to wear ...

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #15: Looney Tunes
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Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #15: Looney Tunes

Everybody knows Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and the rest of the Looney Tunes characters. They have become a part of our culture, and they have been re-invented and re-booted on TV and in the movies. We almost didn’t include this theme in our list, because then you would have to differentiate between Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes. When you write songs for 10-minute Cartoon Shorts ...

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #16: Battle of the Planets
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Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #16: Battle of the Planets

Battle of the Planets is the Americanized version of the Japanese Gatchaman series. This isn’t going to be a debate over which is better, G-Force or Gatchaman. G-Force, which includes our heroes Mark, Jason, Princess, Keyop, and Tiny, are known for their superhuman abilities, and their trademark “Whirlwind Pyramid” formation. Their ship, the Phoenix, is almost as famous as the ...

Voltron Force: Dark Blue
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Voltron Force: Dark Blue Review

In this latest episode of Voltron Force: Episode 9: Dark Blue, Vince pulls a Daniel, and does something very brave, brash, and bold, without asking the rest of the team first. The difference in this episode is that Daniel doesn’t have anything to do with it. Once again, we break new ground, on a new Planet, seeing Voltron with a new configuration and weapon. And this time, there is a ...

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #17: Thundercats
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Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #17: Thundercats

You don’t have to know everything about the Thundercats to really enjoy the theme song that kicked off every episode, starting in 1985. However, once you have seen and heard the opening theme, you can’t help but want to be consumed by the lore behind these feline heroes. The fansite, ThundercatsLair.org, sums up the Cartoon series better than we could: “Fleeing the dying planet ...

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #18: Woody Woodpecker
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Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #18: Woody Woodpecker

Being one of the oldest cartoons on this list, there were many versions of Woody Woodpecker. In the beginning (1940), Woody was completely insane, as if he had been made from the Daffy Duck mold. He also looked too thin, his beak was long, his feet were large, his face was goofy, and his feathers were the dull Technicolors. Over the years, he was drawn slightly different each time, and he ...

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #19: G.I. Joe
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Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #19: G.I. Joe

You just couldn’t get more patriotic in a cartoon than in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. The principles of fighting for freedom, never giving up, and always being there to defend our country really resonated with kids in the 80’s. It didn’t hurt that no characters ever seemed to get hurt amongst all that action. To top it off, at the end of every episode, there was a PSA which ...

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #20: Underdog
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Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #20: Underdog

Underdog was certainly a formidable hero. Similar to Superman in many respects, he had a reporter girlfriend (Sweet Polly Purebred) and an alter ego (Shoeshine Boy), and he changed into his costume (U on the chest with a cape) in a Phone Booth. He always spoke in rhymes, which made it easy for kids to quote him all the time. His most famous quote is “There’s No Need to Fear, Underdog ...

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