A-Z of 80s CArtoon T-SHIRT IDEAS FOR MEN AND WOMEN
Why not celebrate your childhood with one of these retro T-shirts?
If you grew-up during the 70s, then you will certainly remember this loveable cloth cat. There were only ever 13 episodes, but this series is many people's favourite from their childhood. Characters included a little girl named Emily, a rag doll called Madeleine, Professor Yaffle the wooden woodpecker bookend. Oh, and I must not forget the mice who did a lot of heaving!
This unusual cartoon was aired in the 1970s and featured a family of shape-shifting, blob creatures with no legs. They were thoughtful of the environment and tried to educate kids to be environmentally aware. There are a couple of top quality T-shirt designs available which are both available in many colours and sizes for both Men and Women. The other design is featured below.
There were just 13 episodes of Bod (each one started with the announcement "here comes bod") which was originally shown in 1975 on BBC TV. The cartoon was repeated until 1984 and featured the voices of Dad's Army's John Le Mesurier, and Kids TV presenters Derek Griffiths and Maggie Henderson.
Button Moon T-ShirtsJust about everyone in the UK has heard of Button Moon - even if they didn't watch it. This series of ten minute animations was shown on ITV between 1980 and 1988. Interestingly, the theme tune was composed by Peter Davison (Doctor Who) and his actress wife Sandra Dickinson - they are now separated.
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Danger Mouse T-Shirts
This was a very British 80s cartoon that featured the voices of comedy greats David Jason (as Danger Mouse) and Terry Scott (as his sidekick Penfold). There will, no doubt, be many of you who have fond memories of coming from school and settling down in front of the TV to watch this cartoon - that includes myself!
Ivor The Engine T-shirts
This was a very British and old-fashioned animation which featured a lovable steam engine called Ivor. There are a number of designs available and in various colours. These tees would make a lovely gift idea for someone who grew up watching the animated series back in the 1970s.
Transport yourself back to Cuckoo Land with one of these retro cartoon T-shirts. Although regarded as an 80s cartoon, the series originally aired on ITV from 1976 to 1979, but was repeated during the 80s. Best memories for me are Jamie's pet dog Wordsworth and his mother saying "sleep well, Jamie" at the start of each episode.
This cartoon was one of my favourites from my childhood, and I always used to get excited about what character Mr Benn was going to transform himself into in the fancy dress shop. There were only ever 13 episodes, but one extra episode was shown in 2005 entitled Gladiator.
Roobarb & Custard T-Shirts
I adored this wibbly wobbly style cartoon which was first shown back in the 70s. It used to be shown on a weekday tea-time just before the news, and was narrated by the late, great Richard Briers. However, Custard (the pink cat) was one of those annoying characters that would make my blood boil!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles T-shirts
This very well-known 80s cartoon series followed four anthropomorphic turtles (Yeah, I've never heard that word before either, but basically they had human traits) who shouted out "Cowabunga!" quite a lot. Can uyou remember their names, though? They were Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael.
The Muppet Show T-Shirts
Now, I just adored the muppets! Created by Jim Henson, the comedy puppet series originally ran for five series (12 episodes) on ITV from 1976 until 1981. Kermit the Frog features on this retro T-shirt shown here. However, there are oodles of other T-shirts available featuring the muppet characters.
The Smurfs T-Shirts
Who's old enough to remember collecting Smurf figures at their local National petrol forecourt? I managed to collect about a dozen smurfs, and Papa smurf was my favourite character. The blue, gnome-like creatures became so popular they topped the music charts in 16 countries with "The Smurf Song".
The Trap Door T-Shirts
Okay, so this wasn't actually a cartoon, but an animated series featuring clay models. Each story followed the adventures of a group of monsters who lived in a castle. 40 episodes were created and each one lasted for five minutes. You may also remember the voices for the characters which were provided by Willie Rushton, and it just wouldn't have been the same without him! The Trap Door is now considered a cult classic.
Tom And Jerry T-Shirts
This classic cartoon was a firm favourite in our household, and the duo's slapstick antics used to have us all in stitches. The cat and mouse first appeared in the 1940s and was originally created by Hanna-Barbera for MGM. In the 60s another series of cartoons was created by Chuck Jones, although, personally, I much preferred the originals which were regularly repeated on TV during the 70s and 80s.
Top Cat T-Shirts
I must've spent a lot of time watching cartoons as a child because here is yet another firm favourite. The most effectual Top Cat was the leader of a gang of alley cats who were always up to no good and trying to outwit Officer Dibble. This funny Hanna-Barbera cartoon was created in the 1960s but the 30 episodes were regularly repeated.
There are actually dozens of designs available with a Transformers theme, and the one shown is a cybertron contrast design. The first toys started to appear around 1984 with the TV series and movie quickly following. TV ads for the transformer toys (I can still remember the "robots in disguise" song in the ad) were regularly shown during the 1980s.
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