This article originally appeared on eightieskids.com
One image from a 1980s Saturday morning TV show can instantly take you back to your childhood.
With this in mind we’ve compiled a list of 20 cartoons that you may have forgotten ever watching. How many do you remember, and which was your favourite (if you can manage to pick just one)?
20. Mysterious Cities of Gold
It’s hard to imagine the children of today getting excited about a story set against the early colonisation of America in the 16th century, but us 80s kids went crazy for The Mysterious Cities of Gold. It obviously didn’t hurt that the French-Japanese co-production had an unbelievably catchy theme tune.
Mysterious Cities of Gold centred on a young Spanish hero named Estaban, who – in search of his long-lost father – joins a band of explorers who head out to South America looking for the lost cities of the title. 39 episodes were made between 1982 and 1983, and the narrative was continued with a revival of the series in 2012, picking up where the original series left off.
19. Willo the Wisp
If you were a pre-schooler in early 80s Britain, Willo the Wisp might very well have been the very first TV cartoon you ever saw. This oddball series of 5-minute stories centred on a colourful cast of creatures living in a mystical wood, with narration from the title character: a friendly embodiment of the ghostly will-o’-the-wisp of English folklore.
Kenneth Williams, master of arch-camp and veteran of the Carry On films, provided the narration and all the voices (the title character was even modelled on him). 26 episodes of Willo the Wisp were made in 1981, and the ‘toon was later revived in 2005 with James Dreyfus on vocal duties.