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    Care Bears

    Care Bears

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    ABC (ended 1988)
    The Care Bears keep watch over the earth to keep bad feelings at bay. Whenever a kid is feeling down, they are there to help bring a smile to the child's face. They live in a city in the sky, named Care-A-Lot. They hold meetings in the Hall of Caring to discuss important matters. Their cousins live in the Forest of Feelings. The Care Bear Cousins' leader is Braveheart Lion. Each bear and cousin has a special power, related to the symbol on its tummy. When they unite, they can use the Care Bear Stare to beam good energy at their enemies, such as No Heart, Professor Cold Heart, Shrieky, and Beastly. The bears have two modes of transportation, Cloudmobiles and Rainbow Rollers, which they fly down to earth on whenever there is trouble. They are alerted to problems by the Care-O-Meter. The Care Bears Family combined old episodes of Care Bears with new ones.moreless
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    Thundarr the Barbarian

    Thundarr the Barbarian

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    ABC (ended 1982)
    Thundarr the Barbarian was a half-hour Saturday morning cartoon series that premiered on October 4, 1980 on ABC. It was a Ruby-Spears Enterprises Production. The show takes place 2000 years after the Earth was nearly destroyed by a runaway planet in 1994. The Earth is now populated by various new animal species, mutants and monsters, and is ruled by the 7 Citadels of Sorcery, a group of evil sorcerers who use a combination of magic and highly advanced technology to rule over the hapless populace. The series revolve around the trio of Thundarr, Ariel and Ookla, as they make their way through the world on horseback, defeating evil wherever they may find it, their motivation being that they themselves had escaped the clutches of the vile sorcerer Sabien, Ariel's evil stepfather. Ariel herself is a powerful sorceress. Thundarr, a former slave, won his freedom and was given a magic sunsword, a powerful weapon he can use to battle evil. Because it's magic, it was created to function only in his possession. He can ignite and retract the blade at will. When not in use, the hilt can be placed on his wristpack, readily available when it's needed. Ookla is a Mok, one of various new species that exist in post-apocalyptic Earth. He has great strength and is skilled with a bow and stun arrows. But he also has great heart and can be affectionate to his friends. The Earth of the future is littered with half-destroyed relics and monuments of the modern day world, and many of the episodes take place in recognizable locales such as New York City or Mount Rushmore that have been changed as a result of the great cataclysm that destroyed Old Earth in the year 1994. While this is a dramatic series, much of the show's humor revolves around Thundarr's relative lack of knowledge of our modern day Earth, as well as various antics from Ookla. Ariel, who has a great knowledge of history can usually fill in the gaps for them. But the trio devote most of their time battling wizards and other forms of evil that threaten humanity. This is the show's opening narration: Thundarr, the Barbarian! In the year 1994, from out of space comes a runaway planet, hurtling between the Earth and the Moon unleashing cosmic destruction. Man's civilization is cast in ruin. Two thousand years later, Earth is reborn... A strange new world rises from the old; a world of savagery, superscience, and sorcery. But one man bursts his bonds to fight for justice! With his companions Ookla the Mok and Princess Ariel, he pits his strength, his courage, and his fabulous Sunsword against the forces of evil. He is Thundarr, the Barbarian!moreless
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    The Littles

    The Littles

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    ABC (ended 1986)
    This is DIC's first animated show (with the second being Inspector Gadget) and it first premiered in September of 1983 on ABC. The Littles is loosely based on The Borrowers from a creative author named John Peterson. This series focuses on one particular family of Littles - Grandpa, Mom and Dad, Dinky, and the two youngest: Tom and Lucy. In their quest to become productive adults, the Littles and their 12-year old huge friend Henry face the same kinds of problems that young children face every day - issues of friendship, jealousy, honesty, prejudice, consideration for others, kindness, responsibility, risk-taking ... and more. Each episode of the Littles focuses on one such issue, presenting it in explicit, concrete terms. And young, attractive characters with whom children can identify carry out these actions, they serve as excellent role models for young viewers. Younger and older children, boys and girls, loners and social butterflies...all can find a character with whom to identify and from whom to learn. And last but far from least, the character of Grandpa, a wise, experienced, older Little who clearly loves and cares for the Little kids, functions as the kind of non-threatening, non-didactic teacher to whom children respond. He frequently articulates the lesson inherent in the action as he interacts with and advises the Little children. He is the best kind of teacher. The exciting adventures of the Littles and the suspense generated by their frequent narrow escapes from Dr Hunter are designed to capture and hold young viewers' attention. The explicitness with which each lesson is articulated and role models with whom children can identify are designed to ensure that children note and understand the embedded pro-social content as they derive delight from the action. Theme Song Henry: "I have a very special secret, i'm the only one who knows about tiny people living in our walls called The Littles". Lucy: Hello Henry Bigg! Henry: Hello, Lucy Little! Grandpa: Wait a second, Dinky Little! Dinky: No time, Grandpa Little! Lucy: Jump, Tom Little! Henry: Someone's Coming Mr. Little: Come home kids! Lucy: Quick slick! Second Version - 1984-1985 Here Come The Littles, always running to and fro, here come the Littles, there living with ya don't ya know? One day when Henry went away, the littles fell inside his suitcase. He laid it down just half-ways. When he opened his luggage and the littles jumped out. They've been the best friends ever since. He's kept in secret there existence. Inside the walls they've always been. You cant stop the littles cause the littles dont stop! Second Version - Final Season: 1985-1986 Here come The Littles (Hurry Up Grandpa), Traveling around the world, They go from one land to the other, They know theres so much to discover,(Come on Then) Here come The Littles so you better watch out They learn with such Fascination, in almost every situation Here come the littles so you better watch out. Ending Theme - All Seasons We are the littles, tails that squiggle to and fro, we are the littles were living with you dont ya know? we keep a secret from the outside. From Mr. Bigg we gotta hide, we use a pencil for a slide, you can't stop the littles cause the littles don't stop. The show is based on a series of books written by John Peterson.moreless