I won’t go so far as to say that I grew up in front of the television. I spent a lot of time in school, attending after school activities, and running around the neighborhood with the other kids. This was the era of free-range childhood. Still, I did watch a lot of television. I started a list the other week of some of my favorite animated TV show themes. In composing that list, I realized that a disproportionate amount of that list was full of pieces of my childhood. Your era and nostalgia feels may vary. Now, let’s start with the first part of this list.
“Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears” (1985 – 1991)
Years after I last saw and episode of this show, I still remember every single word of this song. It helps that it’s been covered a few times, notably by an a cappella group called The Brown Derbies. For the longest time, their rendition served as the default ringtone on my phone. There’s just something about the joyful and, dare I say it, bouncy nature of this song that never fails to put me in a great mood.
“Muppet Babies” (1984 – 1991)
Just writing down the title of this show puts the song into my head. Before I knew that identifying with a song on a personal level was a thing, I totally felt the lyrics of this one. Whenever things didn’t go my way, I’d close my eyes and make believe so I could be anywhere. No, it wasn’t avoiding my problems, it was altering my perspective. Nothing was so bad that my imagination couldn’t make it better. Thanks, Kermie.
“X-Men” (1992 – 1997)
Almost every Saturday morning while I was growing up, my dad took my brother and I off to Adventures in Science. Therefore, I always ended up missing my beloved “X-Men” TV show. When I got to watch it, the theme song just sounded like freedom. Sure, the show itself doesn’t hold up. I tried watching it with some friends a while back. It was. . .well, the theme song is still awesome. So, there’s that. Thank goodness for small favors.
“DuckTales” (1987 – 1990)
The main reason I decided to do this list was because of the announcement of the “DuckTales” reboot. Now, a part of me wants to complain that it wasn’t broken and a reboot will not be the “DuckTales” I knew and loved. The rest of me realizes that I just need to let go and embrace the potential awesome of the new “DuckTales.” That said, they better include this amazing theme song or at least a nod to it. It’s iconic.
“Sailor Moon” (1992 – 1997)
I think I was in Middle School when I first started watching “Sailor Moon.” It came on 4 p.m. every afternoon. I would sneak up to my parents’ room to watch it. It’s one of those songs that puts me in my girl power happy place. A few months ago, I decided to listen to the soundtrack. I can’t help but grin at the utter ridiculousness of this theme song. It’s gloriously, wonderfully cheesy.