16 Cool Facts About Your Favorite 80s Cartoons

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THUNDERCATS

Unlike other cartoons, early advertising for ThunderCats was aimed at parents and explained the values that the show would be teaching children. Scripts were reviewed by a psychologist to ensure that these promises to parents were kept. Telepictures even created lesson plans for teachers to use in connection with the show.

In 1986, a visually-impaired character, Lynx-O, was added to ThunderCats. He was portrayed as wise and equal to the other Thundercats. Lynx-O’s addition also provided an opportunity to teach viewers about the Braille writing system.

 

teenage mutant ninja turtles

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

In the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie, the car horn in the Turtle’s van played the theme song from the cartoon. But you probably didn’t see that movie — the one with Megan Fox — because, well, it starred Megan Fox and it totally sucked.

The concept for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was intended to be a humorous mutation of the Daredevil comics. The Turtles were mutated by the same canister of radioactive material that changed Steve Murdock into Daredevil. Daredevil was trained by The Stick and fought a group of ninjas called The Hand. The Turtles were ninjas trained by Splinter and fought The Foot.

Also, the original Turtles comic book was dark and bloody. So, the opposite of what the cartoon that debuted in 1987 became.


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