Live Poll: Classic TV Animated Intro Songs of the '80s

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This is nostalgia time, to the lucky ones whose childhood coincided with the 80's and those who had the luck to catch many re-runs in the early 90's, here's a selection of animated TV series (American, European, Anime etc.) whose intro songs* transcended the passing of years and are still hitting a sensitive chord whenever they listen to them. (If you don't remember any of them, you won't have a hard time finding them on Youtube)

Which of these classic TV animated intro of the '80s is your favorite?

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls026238289/

https://www.imdb.com/poll/Aw_ZUnOXqus/

*there's got to be lyrics, dude! No instrumental intros allowed!
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although i'm of the age where i find myself still singing the theme song to 'magilla gorilla', of these newer themes, one does pop out immediately, which i must admit to having a penchant of bringing to my lips occasionally...

'...do do do do do inspector gadget...' 

that gets my vote...
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I might overplayed the 'generational' thing, my Dad knows pretty well the 'Inspector Gadget' theme and a few from my list (we have a few connected memories with the Gummi bears lol).

I think it's interesting that you can be familiar with your generation's cartoons as well as those that were airing when you were a teen or when your children grew up, as if it could skip generations. Right now, I can't get that damn Peppa Pig tune out of my head, and I enjoy Masha and the Bear :)

I think the 80's and early 90's were truly the Golden Age of TV cartoons not much because of the quality but also the diversity of TV programs. I associate the 70's with Hanna Barbera (Japanese Anime hadn't yet reached its peak) but what makes my childhood memories so treasured is that I also had these cartoons on TV, not to mention the Golden Age stuff (Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes etc.)
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My vote:
DuckTales (1987–1990), woo hoo

2nd Choice:
Go, go, Inspector Gadget (1983–1986)
Some of the theme songs, I would like to forget. Thank goodness Barney and the Teletubbies were mostly live action instead of animated.
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DuckTales (1987–1990). Woo-hoo indeed!
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If you didn't already know what it was, Teddy Ruxpin doesn't even really sound like a kids show, lol... 
Illiop Teddy Ruxpin (Illiops being bear-like creatures) leaves his homeland in Rillonia with his friend Grubby, an octopede, in search of adventure. They meet up with an inventor...
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Please correct:
Which of these classic TV animated intro songs of the '80s is your favorite?
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Classic, you say? Not considered without:


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My favorite:  Il était une fois... la vie: the series and the song, even though I didn't know about either until a few years ago when I was in Europe. 

May I suggest three minor edits?

This is nostalgia time, to the lucky ones whose childhood coincided with the 80s and those who had the luck to catch many re-runs in the early 90s; here's a selection of animated TV series (American, European, Anime etc.) whose intro songs* transcended the passing of years and are still hitting a sensitive chord whenever they listen to them. (If you don't remember any of them, you won't have a hard time finding them on Youtube)

You're so right, by the way: I found myself humming a couple of the songs, lol. 
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Elmo, please make the edits ruby and I suggested.
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I just did, thanks.
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Check this, ruby (from the same "Once Upon a Time" series)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISd3id070jI
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Is Alfred J. Kwak famous enough internationally? (the outro song is more famous and wow, available even in Arabic)

I guess none of you guys have heard of Benjamin Blümchen and Pumuckl?
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You wouldn't believe how many intros were incredibly catchy and haunting in the Arabic language, check this:

Little Princess Sara
Original Japanese intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDsJhdhTEMA
German intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zkh2o9poAe4 
French intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CC-Bg8QwsJw 
Arabic intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywwFuGZrlcc


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That Arabic intro is really beautiful.
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I hope people aren't bothered by the way I plug my reviews lol, if it's of any disturbance I can stop.
PS:I grew up with 50% of French intro songs, some were pretty badass
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Great poll, I was expecting to have seen more of these cartoons, but most are either unknown or forgotten by Me.

I voted for Saint Seiya, but not due to the original theme, but for the fantastic song that was used instead in Latin American countries were it still is a very popular and dearly remembered cartoon. They managed a catchy song that surpases the original and I still sing from time to time.