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The ABC Weekend Special was a weekly 30-minute anthology TV series for children that aired Saturday mornings on ABC from 1977 to 1997. It featured a wide variety of stories that were both live-action and animated, so it totally counts as a Saturday Morning Cartoon in my opinion.

Many people confuse The ABC Weekend Specials with the ABC Afterschool Specials, so let's get this straight right now - Similar to the ABC Afterschool Special that had started five years previous, the ABC Weekend Special differed in that it was primarily aimed at younger viewers following ABC's Saturday Morning cartoon lineup, whereas the ABC Afterschool Special was known for its somewhat more serious, and often dramatic storylines dealing with issues concerning a slightly older teen and pre-teen audience.

Basically, if it felt like you were supposed to learn something about life and/or adolescents from it? It was an ABC Afterschool Special.

Unfortunately, to further complicate matters, they took a bunch of the ABC Afterschool Specials that had been aimed at slightly younger audiences and re-packaged them into episodes of The ABC Weekend Specials.

The ABC Weekend Specials were a huge downer to me, as they signified the End Of The Cartoons. Oh sure, I could probably flip around the dial a bit and find some syndicated cartoons, or over on ABC they always had re-runs of Jonny Quest and The Jetsons if there wasn't a sporting event of any kind that they could air. The ABC Weekend Special meant I had to go get dressed :(
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I never personally watched this cartoon, but those who did watch it seem to have enjoyed it quite a bit so I can't really say anything about it. Maybe it was your favorite, who knows? Leave some memories in the comments below, and then head over to vote for it in our Best of 1988/1989 Poll!
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The New Adventures of Winnie The Pooh came to us in the fall of 1988 and it was kind of epic. At the time, we kids may have thought "Oh great another cartoon for BABIES", but looking back on it I now see just how brilliant this cartoon was! THe Animation style, the storylines, the voice-acting - OMG THE VOICE ACTING!!! They had done a few new Pooh cartoons in the early 80's where the voices were just... well they *tried*, but the voices just weren't right. But with THIS cartoon, they got pitch-perfect voices for each and every character matching almost *exactly* with the original cartoons (which is NOT an easy thing to accomplish)!

I have all kinds of love for this cartoon. Share some love or dissenting opinions in the comments below, and then if you haven't already done so go ahead and vote for it in our Best of 1988/1989 Poll!
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Alf Tales was a spin-off of the popular Alf cartoon, which was a prequel spin-off of the live-action-and-puppet sit-com Alf. Of the three, this was the weakest link. For some unknown reason, Alf and his Melmakian friends would reenact Earth Fables and Stories each week. Weird.
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PERSONAL FAVORITE!!! The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley was the last "New" cartoon I ever made a point of waking up early enough to watch. Martin Short's "Ed Grimley" character was all the rage with my nerdy little friends and I, we impersonated him all the time and were ecstatic to see a weekly show of his adventures. And of course, the cherry on the top of this totaly mental misadventure every week was the bonus live-action COUNT FLOYD!!!

(The back-story of Count Floyd, as loyal viewers of SCTV knew, is that he was an anchorman for the SCTV Evening News Team who made money on the side by hosting the late-night horror movies and, later, bringing the B-movies to Saturday Mornings for the kids).

Love, love, LOVE this show! Share the love in the comments below and then go vote for Ed in our Best Of 1988/1989 Poll!
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I'm going to go ahead and dub this "Best Cartoon That Nobody Has Ever Seen", based purely on the people involved (even though I've never actually seen an episode). You've got a young pre-Ren-And-Stimpy John K. working on this show, the man who was quoted as saying something like "If you can close your eyes and still tell what's going on in the cartoon, you've done it wrong; you may as well just produce it as a Radio Show" (paraphrased because I can't be bothered to Google).

Was this a favorite of yours? Leave some memories or reflections on the subject in the comments below, and then maybe even go and vote for it in our Best of 1988/1989 Poll!
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By the time this season aired, The Smurfs had become somewhat of a joke. The kids who had grown up seeing the first episodes were now too old for such a "Baby Cartoon" and so most of us (like me) never gave this season a chance. Which of course is a crying SHAME, since it took a decidedly sci-fi turn and went in to the subject of TIME TRAVEL!


I have never actually watched an episode from this season of the Smurfs, but in my head it's already the best season ever :)

Agree or disagree? Leave some words in the comments below for the purpose of open discussion, and maybe even vote up this show in our Best Of 1989/1990 Poll!
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A lot of people had no idea that this cartoon ever existed. Heck, even *I* didn't know it existed until I found a Karate Kid lunch box at a local thrift store a few years back! Looks kind of awesome, I think?

And just to make us all feel a little bit older, Ralph "The Karate Kid" Machio just turned 50 this week. FIFTY YEARS OLD.

If you're an ancient relic like me or you just have something nice to say about this cartoon feel free to leave a message in the comments below. And if you're so inclined, feel free to go vote this up in our Best of 1989/1990 Poll!
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Captain N: The Game Master. I have nothing to say, positive or negative. It was a cartoon that was on and I'm pretty sure I watched it, didn't it have a cross-dressing prostitute in a jar as the main bad guy or something?

Leave your fond memories and/or observations regarding this cartoon in the comments below, and then feel free to head on over and vote it up in our Bext of 1989/1990 Poll!
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I wish I could find higher quality episodes of this show on-line, as I've developed a fascination with John Candy over the past few years and I've never even seen this cartoon.

What do YOU remember about it? Leave some comments below and then if you really liked this show go ahead and vote it up in our Best of 1989/1990 Poll!
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Every time I see Rude Dog & The Dweebs on a list of 80's cartoons, I want to see it. I've never actually watched an episode, I just want to see if it's really as bad as what my mind has built it up to be in my mind. Those opening credits make me wince in the same way my older brother winces when he sees Bell Bottoms and Afros. It reminds me entirely too much of this:

Anybody even remember Rude Dog and/or The Dweebs? Leave some kind words in the comments below and maybe somebody else will love it enough to vote for it in our Best of 1989/1990 Poll!
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Hot on the heels of the success of "The Land Before Time", somebody thought "Hey we should make a cartoon about baby dinosaurs for Saturday Morning!" ANd so the highly forgetable "Dink The Little Dinosaur" was born. I personally think it failed because of the name... "Dink"? Really???

Love it or hate it, leave some comments below :) And if you happen to love this show you may want to go and vote for it in our Best of 1989/1990 Poll!
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Beetlejuice could have ended up being a terrible cartoon, but somehow they pulled it all together in a way that just really clicked for Saturday mornings :) I can't remember any specific episode of this show but vividly remembering that every time I watched it I thought "Oh MAN I need to watch this cartoon more often!"

Memories, comments, warm-fuzzy feelings regarding The Ghost With The Most? Leave 'em in the comments below! And if you haven't already done so (most of us have), go vote for this show in our Best of 1989/1990 Poll!


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