As a child of the 80s and 90s, music videos were a huge part of my pop culture experience and the one thing that always stuck out at me were when these videos used animation. It was often experimental and boundary pushing but for my young mind it was worlds colliding. Here are my top 5!
No good blog is complete without an “underrated” list, but that’s not why I wrote this. Actually, there is a fascinating type of market forensics that comes into play after a film that was expected to perform well… doesn’t.
Some movies that didn’t perform well in theaters are considered classics today (Wizard of Oz, Willie Wonka, etc). Many more movies performed well in theaters that are considered crap today (do I really need to list them?).
For a select few, there is a sad limbo designated for films that are great movies but are being held back by the metrics by which they’re judged: critical rating or profit. And that’s the setup for this list…
The 1980s were a time of excessive everything: excessive clothing patterns, colors, money (wealth or lack thereof), hair volume, glitter for some reason…
One particular excess was the “toy cartoon” (or “30 minute commercial” if you prefer). All “your” favorites fall into this category: He-Man, GI Joe, My Little Pony, Care Bears, Transformers, and even my beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
By the time you get to the end of the ’80s, companies had turned to video games for “cartoon worthy content.” Shows like Captain N: The Game Master and Legend of Zelda (obligatory “well excuuussssee me, Princess!”) fall into this category.
For some reason, when the 1990s roll around that content search had extended to turning ’80s movies into kids cartoons – and many times those movies were rated R! And that’s the setup for this list…