This post is a bit of a departure from my usual fare, but I couldn’t help but write about my top five favourite cartoon theme songs from childhood after reading an excellent post on the five greatest TV theme songs by the lovely Emma of emmakwall (explains it all). After reading her post, the Ducktales theme immediately popped into my head, and from there on out I couldn’t stop thinking about all the cartoons I loved as a kid and how amazing their theme songs were.
Here, without further ado, are five of my absolute favourites that cause a massive wave of nostalgia for me.
Ducktales, a-woo-hooo! This theme is amazing. I occasionally get it stuck in my head for no reason whatsoever. It’s just so funky and upbeat and somehow very motivating. My only concern with this theme is the “might solve a mystery, or rewrite history” lyric. Is Uncle Scrooge some kind of historical revisionist? I mean, that can’t be good, he’s clearly a fiscal conservative, who knows what other kinds of aggressive right-wing views he holds. Other than that, top notch theme.
I remember absolutely loving the Count Duckula theme as a child. I had some episodes that my mum had taped off the television onto a good old VHS tape and I always used to rewind the theme and listen to it several times before actually watching the episode. Such a good tune, with a killer bass line.
Ship To Shore is one of those shows that most Australian children who grew up in the early 90s remember. It was a serial live-action show that had a prime after-school timeslot and an engaging enough story to stick along with over time. I can’t really remember the exact story but it had some great elements – fun adventure, seaside shenanigans, foolish villains. And what Australian child of the 90s could ever forget the jaunty synthesiser panflute of the theme tune. I don’t think I’ll ever forget it, because it’s too catchy for its own good.
Lift Off is another one for Australian children of the 90s only I’m afraid, and it’s another strangely catchy tune with no lyrics. What I love about this theme and intro is its frankly creepy surrealist imagery, and if you ever get a chance to actually watch an episode of it (which I did recently, thanks to Youtube), you’ll see how downright strange and disturbing the show really was. There was a plant with a magical eyeball, a frill-necked lizard that was informing on the human characters to an army of reptiles, a sentient lift in an apartment building that took children to strange places without their consent, and a nightmarish doll that had no face but was able to communicate and interact with the children. Seriously the weirdest children’s show possibly ever, and the intro conveys that very well indeed.
I remember not really enjoying watching the contents of the episodes of The Trap Door because they were kind of boring and repetitive, but the theme is absolutely, undeniably amazing. It’s short and sweet and packs a huge punch for a quick theme. Such great synths and vocals.
- Round the Twist
- Art Attack
- Raggy Dolls
- Hey Arnold!
- Chip and Dale: Rescue Rangers
- Victor and Hugo
- Where’s Wally
- Darkwing Duck
What were your favourite cartoons as a kid? Were their theme songs flawless as well? Please share!