Remember when you burst out of bed on Saturday mornings at
the crack of dawn to catch all-new episodes of your favorite animated and
live-action shows. You’d were glued to the TV for hours, stuffing your face
with sugar-coated cereal – right after you fished out the prize and made the
box bulge – while popular characters of the day invited you into their wacky
Times, they sure have changed.
Not only is the no-frills animation of your childhood all
but a memory, but somebody better be on their death bed for you to witness the
weekend sunrise after a long workweek.
Still, you can reminisce. To facilitate this blast from the
past, we’ve chosen 10 of the weirdest intros to crazy cartoons and live-action
series that you didn’t think twice about then but can now appreciate in all
their trippy glory given your worldly wisdom. Take a ride on the magic carpet –
or school bus as it were – and when you’re done, let us know your picks for
trippiest intros in the comments section below.
The 1980s gave us an abundance of trippy cartoon intros,
which makes it all the more difficult to whittle down our selection to only 10.
One spot, however, definitely belongs to the Smurfs, who, after having their
entire village burnt to the ground and flooded by evil wizard Gargamel, close
the opening credits of “Smurfs’ Adventures” running from vicious cat, Azrael,
and hiding in the stump of a tree. A bit dark for a Saturday morning kids’
You have to be pretty daft to miss the blatant suggestion in
Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears that drinking a special concoction will
give you magical powers. When we were kids, it was Gummi Berry juice. Now it’s
gin and juice. Feel free to forward your rehab bills to the House of Mouse.
Where to begin? If the rabid beaver or claymation
pterodactyl didn’t scare the bejesus out of you, then Paul Reubens portraying a
perpetual man-boy with a talking plush chair, beatnik puppet band, and a
bodiless genie probably did. Unless, of course, you were already high on
Cinnamon Toast Crunch by the time it came on.
Your rowdy ride to school had nothing on “The Magic School
Bus,” which saw Ms. Frizzle’s science class gliding through the depths of the
ocean, soaring through space, and exploring the insides of the human body –
boogers and all. We wish we were kidding. Don’t miss the snot rocket halfway
5. Los Fruittis
Unless you speak Spanish, you probably missed this
foreign-born cartoon that made its way to the United States in the early 1990s.
“Los Fruittis” was set on a volcanic island inhabited by a community of fruits
(angry lemons with shark-like teeth among them), nuts, vegetables, legumes, and
plants. At least they’re suppose to be fruits and veggies; besides the banana
and strawberry, it’s hard to tell what the rest of the characters are in this
very lengthy 2-plus-minute intro, which is clearly the result of too much
6. 12 oz. Mouse
We can pretty much assume that “12 oz. Mouse” creator Matt
Maiellaro – also half responsible for “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” – was high as a
kite when tossing around ideas for the spastic intro to this animated series
that ran 20 episodes on Adult Swim. He might be a pyromaniac, too.
Nickelodeon has a storied past of creating cartoons that
appeal to both kids and adults – though for entirely different reasons.
“SpongeBob SquarePants” is among the network’s most popular, and its intro
(much like Clarissa) explains it all.
The original Pokemon intro is trippy all right, but there’s
an episode out there that tops it. In December 1997, at least 618 children in
Japan suffered seizures triggered by a scene that featured a “vaccine bomb”
detonated to destroy a computer virus. A flashing red light in the eyes of
Pikachu followed for five seconds, which allegedly caused many of the kids
watching at the time to have an epileptic reaction that including convulsions
Have suggestions for
the trippiest cartoon intros of all time? Let us know in the comments below.