10 Awesome YouTube Homages To 80s and 90s Cartoons

By Megan O'Neill 

There’s nothing quite as enjoyable as reminiscing about old cartoons from the 80s and 90s—from Transformers and GI Joe to My Little Ponies and Jem, the last two decades of the 20th century will always be remembered for their awesome cartoons.

Inspired by an awesome X-Men stop motion animation that crossed our desks this morning, we were inspired to throw together a list of some of the best homages to 80s and 90s cartoons on YouTube.  We hope you enjoy watching them as much as we enjoyed putting them together!  What was your favorite cartoon of the 80s or 90s?

X-Men 1992 Cartoon Intro: Stop Motion

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the early 90’s X-Men cartoon, Kyle Roberts’ Reckless Abandonment Pictures created this sweet stop motion rendition of the classic X-Men cartoon intro.

TNMT 2012 Stop Motion Intro (1987)

Here’s another sweet stop motion from Kyle Roberts—this one is a recreation of the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles intro, featuring a cover of the theme song by The Boom Bang.  Who was your favorite turtle?


There are no words to describe this crazy He Man homage except “Heyyeyaaeyaaaeyaeyaa!”

Transformers Stop-Motion Bumblebee beats Optimus Prime

Here’s another sweet stop motion video—this one pegs Bumbleebee against Optimus Prime in an epic Transformers homage.

Chrispy – Inspector Gadget (Dubstep Remix)

You’re going to want to turn your speakers up for this next one and shout “Go Go Gadget dancing legs!”  It’s Inspector Gadget dubstep time!

GI Joe PSA – Porkchop Sandwhiches – NSFW

This classic GI Joe PSA, overdubbed, has been viewed over 3 million times.  Note: This is not safe for work due to language and pork chop sandwiches.  Check out more of these overdubbed PSAs in The Best of GI Joe PSAs.

Jem and The Holograms Live Action Movie?

What is Jem and The Holograms was made into a live action movie?  It would probably look something like this.

Pony Gangnam Style

So I’m aware that this video is in the style of the new My Little Ponies cartoon—the one that all the Bronies are going crazy for.  But because the new cartoon is a revamped version of the classic 1980s cartoon, and because this video is amazing, I decided it was a good fit for this list. Enjoy!

Nathan Flutebox Lee & WanDan Knightrider Theme

This is one of the most amazing cartoon theme covers in the history of cartoon theme covers.  Nathon Flutebox Lee and WanDan perform an amazing Knight Rider cover.

The Cartoon Medley (FreddeGedde)

And finally, we know there are a lot of great 80s and 90s cartoons we’ve missed out on in our list, but odds are that FreddeGedde has got ‘em all covered in this awesome cartoon medley.

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video expert here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.