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    Disney Afternoon - The Golden Era Of Cartoons

    DuckTales, Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck, TaleSpin and Gummi Bears... the pinnacle of cartoon shows. If you agree, you were probably born in the late 80's or early 90's. Take a stroll down memory lane with me and try NOT to smile or sing along with the themes!


    Duck Tales Theme

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    Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

    Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers Theme

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    Adventures Of The Gummi Bears

    Gummiberry Juice Theme (Drinking Song)

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    Get crunked with dose GUMMI BEARZ

    Now, 25 years later college students are drinking their own Gummiberry Juice and, what a surprise, they're discovering how high they can bounce too. Regardless, this show was heartfelt and showed me how cool fantasy could be!

    Adventures of the Gummi Bears Theme

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    Darkwing Duck

    Darkwing Duck Theme

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    No fault of its own, TaleSpin is probably my least favorite of the Disney Afternoon shows. The main character is Baloo the bear, but unlike his Jungle Book counterpart he is a pilot. Also adapted from the Jungle Book is King Louie (now refined to just "Louie") who runs Baloo's favorite bar!

    The premise of the show is that Baloo's services are purchased by Rebecca Cunningham and they, along with a young, former air pirate named Kit travel around battling Don Karnage's gang of Air Pirates and delivering things to those who can pay. Kit comes to see Baloo as a paternal figure, referring to him as "Papa Bear" while Baloo calls him "L'il Britches," much like Baloo called Mowgli in the Jungle Book.

    The other main villain, Shere Khan is yet another character from the Jungle Book, but in this incarnation he is a businessman who controls the economics in Baloo's land of Cape Suzette. Looking back, there are some political and historical themes in this show that I never appreciated.

    TaleSpin ran (or flew) from 1990 - 1991.

    TaleSpin Theme

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    Further Reading

    Buzzfeed staff member Brian Galindo has posted a couple great things about this:

    10 Wonderful Archived Artworks from Disney Afternoon

    The Amazing DuckTales Remastered Trailer Will Have You Singing

    ...and of course, our dear friend Wack-ipedia!

    The Disney Afternoon on Wikipedia