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Mr. Benn

Aired: 1971-’72

Stargate for the under-12s, Mr. Benn sees its titular banker disappear through a magical fancy dress shop and into a range of adventures, usually returning before the mysterious fez-wearing shopkeeper hits him with late fees. It was all the handiwork of an unassuming Devonshire illustrator called David McKee – and, frankly, big high-fives to him. McKee later created King Rollo, a benevolent monarch who looked a bit like Paul Giamatti in Ironclad, but Benn is the one we really love. Of course, the animation looks a little creaky now and it’s not so easy to get behind a banker these days, but as kids, this was escapism of the purest kind, kindling the imagination with magic, pirates, knights and a dragon or two.

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21 Nice Layout
like that you can pick the picture icons instead of flipping through each page. More

Posted by spark1 on Wednesday October 30, 2013, 14:19

22
Great list! Would have to add teenage mutant ninja turtles and captain scarlet More

Posted by pkcotter on Wednesday October 30, 2013, 12:08

23 Reboot
one of the first major cg animated shows from the 90s, ground breaking in its day. More

Posted by spark1 on Wednesday October 30, 2013, 10:17

24 RE: Gold! Gold! Always believe in your soul...
Just saw this online - if you love the original - this will blow your frickin mind... http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/the-mysterious-cities-of-go ld/27955/premiere-date-for-the-mysterious-cities-of-gol d-season-2 More

Posted by Robble3676 on Wednesday October 30, 2013, 09:41

25 But wait...
... no 'Jem & the Holograms'? Like X-men, it also tackled tough themes, had a mostly female cast (which meant the female characters weren't just a tag-along kid sister or stay-behind secretary), and had some pretty nifty tunes (especially by "Punk" band The Misfits). It wallowed in way too much pink (Because: girls! And: 80s!), but it certainly had better plot-lines than all the princesses and magical friendship going on over at 'Lady Lovelylocks' (I can't even recall if that show actually had a plot) and 'My Little Pony.' Honourable mention to 'Rainbow Brite.' More

Posted by HighwayJoe on Wednesday October 30, 2013, 01:01

26 That opening!
Oh my god! You got the "Felinos Cosmicos" opening to 'Thundercats'! I grew up watching the show in Spanish, and my mind just inserts that bit into the song no matter how many years have passed. Still THE best opening animation for any show of the 80s (or since, to be honest)--I was so mesmerized by the speed of it as a kid that I'd slo-mo my VHS (Mom taped the show for my sisters and I if it aired during school) just to see if I was missing anything. It is truly a work of art from the folks at Rankin-Bass. More

Posted by HighwayJoe on Wednesday October 30, 2013, 00:32

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Ignore that ThunderCats comment :S More

Posted by LB on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 23:53

28
Some great choices, but I think 'Defenders of the Earth' and 'ThunderCats' also deserve a mention More

Posted by LB on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 23:49

29 RE:
L: Cynric Awww, no mention of The Legend of Prince Valiant. I'd swear I'm the only person who even remembers that show. it was superb. remember it too.xosquad anyone? More

Posted by Captain Black on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 21:43

30
Awww, no mention of The Legend of Prince Valiant. I'd swear I'm the only person who even remembers that show. it was superb. More

Posted by Cynric on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 19:30

31
So much nostalgia! So many of these shows were part of my childhood (and sad to say my early adulthood as well). I was disappointed in not seeing Johnny Quest. Also I loved watching the Bugs Bunny/Road Runner hour every Saturday morning, so I was surprised not seeing that as well! I have to admit, I didn't care for Animaniacs, I found them more annoying than entertaining. More

Posted by nostrebornod on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 18:10

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where is dragon ball z? , dbz could thrash most shows on there except batman the animated series More

Posted by jaguark101 on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 16:22

33 Gold! Gold! Always believe in your soul...
When I was a student I harped on about the Mysterious Cities of Gold when we discussed our favourite kids TV shows and no one had a clue what I was on about. It completely passed them by and for a long time I thought I had made up part of my childhood. Thank you for saluting this gem which for some weird reason I can remember was on at 4.35 on Tuesdays on CBBC. More

Posted by stilli666 on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 16:20

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where is dragon ball z? , dbz could thrash most shows on there except batman the animated series More

Posted by jaguark101 on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 16:20

35 Jamie And The Magic Torch
No love for Jamie. Sniff sniff! More

Posted by AquaDragon2K on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 16:11

36 Starfleet
Oh yeah bl**dy 'ell, just forgot Starfleet hahahaha It had Puppets that looked like Pogo Paterson from Grange-Hill, a Crab Faced Dude, some sexy bint and a Black version of football pundit Jimmy Hill that went by the name of Barry Hercules I think.........lol I'll get me coat More

Posted by klepto4 on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 16:01

37 Terrahawks
Oh yes I had a bad case of the Zeroids back in the day, but they certainly weren't voiced by Windsor Davis lol........At least I think that's who voiced them. Anyhow great list with most of my favorites, but missing Space Sentinels, Tarzan and some other obvious ones, but as long as it has Ulysses 31 (film needed), Dungeons and Dragons (Lord of the Rings/Hobbit Films will cover that one nicely thankyou..plenty of D&D creatures there), Battle of the Planets and a few others that I could mention, I iz quite happy! More

Posted by klepto4 on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 15:55

38
This list is ok, but it doesn't have Bots Master. Sing along now: "My name is Ziv Zulander, Z.Z. for short, you know I fight the Corp I'm the BOTS MASTER!" Also honourable mention should go to tiny british live action productions like The Ink Thief or the more successful Demon Headmaster. More

Posted by oldmanrupee on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 15:20

39 If you want weird, what about Ludwig
A silver egg and some link with Beethoven, I seem to remember...and what about Issy Noho, magic panda...those 70s really were trippy! Good choices elsewhere though, even if I'm a bit too old to remember some of them (the early 90s were post student days, so I missed most of the ones from then...) More

Posted by jonesyboy on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 15:00

40 Whoops!
Just seen MCOG @ number 17. Wrist has been slapped! More

Posted by AquaDragon2K on Tuesday October 29, 2013, 14:43

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