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Stop Motion Recreation of X-Men Cartoon Intro

Stop Motion Recreation of X-Men Cartoon Intro

If you were comic book fan in the early 90s, the X-Men cartoon was a really big deal. First, it was the X-Men, which reinvigorated the comic book industry at that time. Second, the cartoon was not dumbed down for kids at all. Some of the more violent aspects were removed, but the cartoon stayed as dark as the source material and tackled mature subject matter. Best of all, it had one of the most kickass intros to ever grace an American cartoon.

4Kids unveils Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal Season 1 Intro for Toonzai lineup

4Kids unveils Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal Season 1 Intro for Toonzai lineup

It wont be long now – just a few more days until fans get their look at the new Yu-Gi-Oh! series, as 4Kids readies Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal. Set to debut on October 15th, the story is set in Heartland city, following the adventures of Yuma Tsukumo. Like the main characters in each series of the franchise, Yuma hopes to become a champion of all Duel Monsters. Certainly helps matters when he teams with Astral, a mysterious spirit in search of his lost memories – that just happen to have been turned into 99 different Xyz Monster cards, called Numbers (despite being named with letters! Whatever, they’re in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game, so that makes us happy!) and scattered around the world. The Numbers can possess duelists, which makes them a popular target for Numbers Holders and Numbers Hunters. Excited yet? Now, take a sneak peek at the intro and theme song for season 1 of Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal, right here

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #1: Star Blazers

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #1: Star Blazers

Welcome to ToonBarn’s #1 Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Song of All Toon Time, Star Blazers. Not one Cartoon Theme Song List we saw on the internet included this theme song. Unbelievable! It is our #1 because it is a very powerful piece of music that you want to sing along with during every episode. The song brings your emotions out because you can feel the struggle of the Star Force in their quest to save the Earth from the Gamilons.

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #2: Scooby Doo, Where are You!

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #2: Scooby Doo, Where are You!

There have been many versions of Scooby Doo, in TV and Movies, and many versions of Scooby Doo theme songs. Don’t even get us started on the ones that included Scrappy Doo. For years, Scooby Doo has been fighting “The Simpsons” for the Guinness Book World Record for most episodes of a cartoon. Way before the Scooby Doo franchise “jumped the shark” with Scrappy Doo, in 1969, there was “Scooby Doo, Where are you!” Apparently, it was the exclamation point that won over the question mark because it was being yelled by Shaggy. This version of the theme song is the first, and still the best, after all these years.

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #3: Speed Racer

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #3: Speed Racer

Speed Racer was the first Japanese cartoon bought by an American Production company, overdubbed in English, and edited for children. It set the precedent for more English-spoken adaptations of Japanese animation. The large red M on the hood of the Mach 5, Speed Racer’s amazing race car, was assumed by U.S. viewers to stand for the Mach 5. In reality, it is the emblem for Mifune Motors, the family business in the Japanese version, Mach Go Go Go. The same can be said of the M on Speed’s helmet. This was a homage to Japanese movie actor, Toshiro Mifune. Since the shows were dubbed from Japanese to English, Peter Fernandez had to match the dialogue to the characters’ mouths and make sure all the words were spoken in a short amount of talking time. This resulted in a very iconic Speed Racer trait – the characters’ quick style of talking in staccato.

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #4: Phineas and Ferb

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #4: Phineas and Ferb

Ah, summertime! The days of warmth, no homework, swimming, amusement parks, and getting more done in one day than most of us do in a lifetime. Oh, that last one only applies to Phineas Flynn and Ferb Fletcher, the most inventive and innovative step-brothers ever to avoid being busted by their sister, Candace. This show manages to put more in one episode than you can fit in a month. In the same respect, the upbeat, fast-talking theme song covers many of the adventures of Phineas and Ferb, all within a New York minute (ok, 57 seconds).

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #5: The Flintstones

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #5: The Flintstones

As the 5 o’clock whistle blows at the quarry, Fred lets out a really loud, “YABBA DABBA DOO!!”, and slides down the back of his brontosaurus, racing home in his car, as fast his two feet will carry him. This iconic opening of the theme song is your introduction to “The Flintstones”, a modern stone-age family from a town called Bedrock. After he gets home, Fred picks up his family and the Rubbles and they all drive down to see a Drive-In movie. Hey, how is Dino supposed to enjoy the movie with Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm on his head? This must have been the event that brought about the idea for the sunroof in a car. Seriously, who wants to fix that roof every time they see a movie?

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #6: Super Friends

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #6: Super Friends

Ahhh! Saturday Mornings with Cereal and Super Friends. This made for a perfect combination, even if the show wasn’t very good. The Theme song was very good. The Super Friends Theme starts out with a type of roll call as a strong beat is placed. The images shown are of each character highlighted in the middle, then placed into their spot under the Super Friends Marquee. It then introduces each of the 4 main Superheroes, showing them in action, including the 3 Junior Superheroes, who are really just super sleuths. Narrating this theme with a powerful and effective voice is Ted Knight, who also did narrating duties for the show as well.

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #7: The Jetsons

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #7: The Jetsons

Unlike other cartoons in this list, The Jetsons aired on Prime-time TV on Sunday Nights on ABC, instead of Saturday Mornings, where most cartoons lived back in the day. The Jetsons had the distinction of being ABC’s first program to ever be broadcast in color. The Jetsons were the polar opposites of The Flintstones. The Flintstones were from the pre-historic past, and The Jetsons showed us a glimpse of the future. Just like the Flintstones with the boulder, stone, and rock theme, every name and every place is a pun of something futuristic or spacey. For instance, a Maserati would be called a Moonseratti, and the school’s name is Orbit High School. From waking in the morning, to going to school or work, to getting ready for bed, every person used a plethora of time-saving conveniences, handled by gadgets built into every building or vehicle. And although they had these conveniences, they still had day-to-day struggles that made their lives seem not-that-different from our lives.

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #8: Spider-Man

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #8: Spider-Man

Spider-Man was the first animated adaptation of the Spider-Man comic book series, created by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko (first seen in Amazing Fantasy #15, August 1962). Season 1 contained mostly stories involving classic Spider-Man villains from the comic book series, who, when caught in Spider-Man’s web, were left for the Police to find, along with a note signed, “Courtesy of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.” Stan Lee, who created the character, served as story consultant for the first season of the show.

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #9: Pink Panther

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #9: Pink Panther

“The Pink Panther Theme” is a jazzy instrumental piece of music, composed by Henry Mancini, originally written as the theme for the 1963 film, “The Pink Panther”. It was later nominated for the 1964 Academy Award for Original Music Score. The cartoon character created for the opening credits of the movie by David DePatie and Friz Freleng was animated in time to the tune. This character, starting in 1969, would appear on TV on Saturday Morning Cartoons. The Pink Panther Show was comprised of one cartoon featuring Inspector Clouseau, sandwiched by two Pink Panther entries. In between cartoons, they would use a “filler” sequence, featuring both the panther and Inspector together, with announcer Marvin Miller acting as an off-camera narrator, talking to the panther.

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #10: Justice League

Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #10: Justice League

The Justice League Cartoon Series followed the adventures of the newly formed Justice League, which included Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, J’onn J’onzz, and Hawkgirl. Although the series itself is animated in traditional 2-dimensional style, the opening credits are rendered in 3D with toon shading. This gives a very powerful accent to some very powerful music. The characters seem even stronger and more heroic in the 3D form.

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