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Classic Animated Children’s TV Theme Tunes & Titles From the 80’s: Part 2

Classic Animated Children’s TV Theme Tunes & Titles From the 80’s: Part 2

26 Feb 2018 General

After putting together our first compilation of classic 80’s animated TV titles/theme tunes, we realised there were way too many to cram into one article. So here we are again, with a second part – enjoy ten more nostalgic-inducing animated intros from your childhood!

Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is an American animated adventure comedy television series created by Tad Stones and Alan Zaslove. Chip and Dale are two chipmunks who start a detective agency, Rescue Rangers, along with their friends Gadget, Monterey Jack, and Zipper. Read more about Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers

Year: 1989–90
No. of series: 3
No. of episodes: 65
Composer: Mark Mueller

The Shoe People

The Shoe People was created by James Driscoll, who got the inspiration for the show from noticing that the style and appearance of people’s shoes told you about their owners’ personalities. He then wondered what stories these shoes could tell about themselves when they were new and when they had gradually worn out. The Shoe People was the first series from the West to be shown in the former Soviet Union and became so popular there that they sold over 25 million Shoe People books. Read more about The Shoe People

Year: 1987 – 1992
No. of (original) series: 1
No. of episodes: 26
Composer: Justin Hayward

Count Duckula

Count Duckula is a British animated comedy television series created by British studio Cosgrove Hall Films and produced by Thames Television as a spin-off from Danger Mouse, a series in which the Count Duckula character was a recurring villain. The stories often center around Duckula’s adventures in search of riches and fame, assisted by the castle’s ability to teleport around the world. Read more about Count Duckula

Year: 1988–1993
No. of series: 4
No. of episodes: 65
Composer: Mike Harding

The Trap Door

The Trap Door is a British animated series that revolves around the daily lives and the misadventures of a group of monsters living in a castle. Although the emphasis was on humour and the show was marketed as a children’s programme, it drew much from horror and dark fantasy. The show was created by British animators Terry Brain and Charlie Mills. Read more about The Trap Door

Year: 1984
No. of series: 2
No. of episodes: 40
Composer: Bob Heatlie

The Family-Ness

The Family-Ness was created by Peter Maddocks of Maddocks Cartoon Productions (which also produced Penny Crayon and Jimbo and the Jet Set in a similar style). Family-Ness was about the adventures of a family of Loch Ness Monsters and the MacTout family, particularly siblings Elspeth and Angus. The ‘Nessies’ could be called from the loch by the two children by means of their “thistle whistles”. Read more about The Family-Ness

Year: 1984-85
No. of series: 1
No. of episodes: 25
Composer: Roger and Gavin Greenaway

Charlie Chalk

Charlie Chalk is a stop motion animation series produced by Woodland Animations. The series tells the story of Charlie Chalk – a jolly clown who, after falling asleep whilst fishing out at sea, ends up on a strange island by the name of Merrytwit. Read more about Charlie Chalk

Year: 1988-89
No. of series: 1
No. of episodes: 13
Composer: Mike Redway

Jimbo and the Jet-Set

Jimbo and the Jet-Set follows the adventures of Jimbo, an anthropomorphic aeroplane who was originally intended to be a Jumbo Jet, but his designer could not tell the difference between inches and centimetres, resulting in his diminutive size. The series was created by Maddocks Cartoon Productions. Read more about Jimbo and the Jet-Set

Year: 1986-87
No. of series: 1
No. of episodes: 25
Composer: Roger Greenaway, Gavin Greenaway

Pigeon Street

Pigeon Street, created by Alan Rogers and Peter Lang, featured the everyday adventures of a group of characters living on Pigeon Street, an area of flats and terraced housing in a British city. Characters included Clara the long distance lorry driver, her cohabiting partner Hugo the chef, Mr Baskerville the detective, Mr Jupiter the astronomer, Mr Macadoo the petshop owner and twins, Molly and Polly, who were only distinguishable by the letter M and P on their jumpers. Read more about Pigeon Street

Year: 1981
No. of series: 1
No. of episodes: 13
Composer: Benni Lees

SuperTed

SuperTed is an animated series about an anthropomorphic teddy bear with superpowers, created by Welsh writer and animator Mike Young. Originally created by Young as a series of stories to help his son overcome his fear of the dark, SuperTed became a popular series of books and led to an animated series. Read more about SuperTed

Year: 1983-86
No. of series: 3
No. of episodes: 36
Composer: Chris Stuart, Mike Townend

Alfred J. Kwak

Alfred J. Kwak is a Dutch-German-Japanese anime television series based on a Dutch theatre show. Unlike many other cartoons targeted for children, Alfred J. Kwak features exceptionally mature and often sad themes. Alfred loses his parents and his brothers and sisters after a car hits them. Henk the mole, a good friend of the Kwak family, raises the little orphan duck. Read more about Alfred J. Kwak

Year: 1989-90
No. of series: 2
No. of episodes: 52
Composer: Erik van der Wurff, Harry Sacksioni, Herman van Veen

Bonus: Thomas the Tank Engine

Although not strictly animation (stop-motion was occasionally employed for instances in which a human or animal character would move, and hand-drawn animation was used in Series 3 to create bees!) – the theme tune and opening sequence was too good not to include. Enjoy this full extended version of the opening sequence!

Year: 1984-present
No. of series: 21
No. of episodes: 512
Composer: Mike O’Donnell

If you haven’t already, check out Part 1 of our Animated Children’s TV Titles From the 80s article, which features: The Raggy Dolls, Heathcliff, Inspector Gadget ,Thundercats, DuckTales , Alvin & the Chipmunks, The Real Ghostbusters, Penny Crayon, Poddington Peas, Danger Mouse. And let us know your favourite theme tunes of the 80’s in the comments below!

Don’t forgot to check out our last compilation of animated TV titles from the 80s here – featuring: The Raggy Dolls, Heathcliff, Inspector Gadget, Thundercats, DuckTales, Alvin & the Chipmunks, The Real Ghostbusters, Penny Crayon, Poddington Peas, and Danger Mouse!

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