Dungeons and Dragons
When you think about it, there wasn’t much from 80s kid-dom that didn’t have a Saturday Morning Cartoon. Smurfs, Snorks, Care Bears, Star Wars… hell, even Mr. T got his own show. So of course one of the most popular games from our favorite decade deserved a cartoon, too, right?
Even if you didn’t huddle in your mom’s basement every weekend with your 12-sided die and your DM guide, there was a pretty good chance you still caught the cartoon every Saturday morning on CBS. It only lasted three seasons (’83-’85), but it was hugely popular… and really, what’s not to love?
Six kids (spanning genders and races, as good PC shows should) and a cute little unicorn all traveled the countryside together, battling all manner of meanies… including that crazy 5-headed dragon and the dreaded Venger. Sure, the Dungeon Master (remind anyone else of Yoda, by the way?) was there to give them tips and weapons, but it was those daring kids that always saved the day.
The voice talent featured an Eight is Enough reunion of sorts, with Willie Aames (also of Charles in Charge fame) voicing Hank the Ranger, while little Adam Rich was Presto the Magician. And don’t forget the 80s-tastic Frank Welker as Uni (and the 5-headed dragon, too, for that matter).
We may not have ever found out if the kids made it back home to that amusement park (the final episode ‘Requiem’ was never produced), but that’s okay. We like to think that Ranger, Barbarian, Magician, Thief, Cavalier, and Acrobat are all still out there keeping our world (or whatever world) safe.
We ♥ Dungeons and Dragons.