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The Saturday Morning Memorial Animated Series Poll: nominations

We're polling the best/most-loved/most-votes-receiving animated series of all time/from times that we personally remember!

How to vote

Email your ballot, consisting of at least 10 and at most 25 series titles, to cartoons at jklol.net. Include your ilx username for auditing purposes. Do not add rankings to your list of titles, just put number 1 at the top and number 25 at the bottom. Please use the title as collated in the official list of nominations whenever possible, as this will help me disambiguate similarly-named series. If you want to vote for something not nominated, please provide at least enough information to, for example, identify the specific wikipedia page for the series run you're voting for.

Theme song side ballot

Separately from the main ballot, you may optionally submit your top animated series theme songs. If you do, please vote for at least 5 and, why not, up to 25. Some good/mind-destroying tunes in this bunch.

Nominated Series

Please review the official nomination list, also copied in the nomination thread for redundancy. Voting for a non-nominated series risks your vote being discarded without notification if there's ambiguity about qualification or identification but is otherwise OK with me.

Deadline

Whenever I feel like it, but no earlier than August 25th, 2019, which gives you three whole weekends to binge on garbage from the 80s, you reprobate Gen Xers.

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 17:02 (two months ago) link

I'm prob going to use the voting weeks to finally watch a bit of NGE, Cowboy Bebop, Bojack Horseman and Steven Universe. Not sure if I'll vote for anything I didn't already love but those ones have been on my "to check out" list for a long time.

emil.y, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 20:28 (two months ago) link

yeah hmm maybe i should finally watch eva for this

ciderpress, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 20:30 (two months ago) link

That screenshot is so good.

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 20:34 (two months ago) link

it's good. animation is good.

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 20:35 (two months ago) link

aside from everything Oliver Postgate has ever made, I urge you to all check out A Town Called Panic/Panique Au Village if you haven't, it is sensational

imago, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 20:49 (two months ago) link

I have seen and adored the movie! It appeared on American Netflix a few years back. I think I checked out the series a bit at the time but didn't plow through them all.

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 21:11 (two months ago) link

i recall you saying so! the movie is a pinnacle yes but the series well worth finding as well :)

imago, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 21:49 (two months ago) link

If the DCAU were lumped together as one nomination, I'm fairly confident that it would take the top spot (top three at least). As is, it'll be interesting to see where the constituent shows land.

Liberals are insane in the mimbrain!!! (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 21:55 (two months ago) link

I imagine B:TAS, Batman Beyond, and Justice League, at minimum, can each do well enough on their own

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 21:58 (two months ago) link

Given how the chips have fallen (BOOHISS), I'd say BTAS and JLU (as distinct from JL) are the locks, but Beyond? My impression was that it wasn't exactly the hotness.

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 23:11 (two months ago) link

I always thought Batman Beyond was kinda lame. Best were BTAS, STAS and both JL series

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 23:14 (two months ago) link

I didn't see the nomination thread. One current show that airs in weird spurts is Summer Camp Island. Some episodes are comparable to Over The Garden Wall. Good stuff.

ilm jive mind (FlopsyDuck), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 23:21 (two months ago) link

I started working through the DCAU series I hadn't seen a little while back. What I've seen of Beyond hasn't blown me away. Static Shock, otoh, turned out to be a surprisingly-decent b-tier show.

Liberals are insane in the mimbrain!!! (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 23:27 (two months ago) link

(Which I'm sure is largely aided by the creators of the character being writers and producers on the show.)

Liberals are insane in the mimbrain!!! (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 23:33 (two months ago) link

This will be hard, I'm going to give this an even spread of "ubiquitous to my childhood actual Sat morning cartoon" type stuff (mostly 60s-80s toons) and important/newer shows.

I mean I'd never watch Roger Ramjet now, but it has to get a vote because it was an absolute staple of dinnertime in the early 80s in my house.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:28 (two months ago) link

a few deep into Steven Universe and Gravity Falls. not really feeling them very much – but the character Amethyst from SU looks, sounds and acts so much like my old hair stylist it cannot be a coincidence. (tho after a shit load of googling i can find zero connection).

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 02:47 (two months ago) link

Hey, a poll where I'm a viking*! I plan to vote in both shows and theme songs, gotta find some time to throw a ballot together

* not a literal viking, that wouldn't make sense

Vinnie, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 04:08 (two months ago) link

I watched a couple more episodes of Over the Garden Wall and found it much more charming than the first episode!

Also wtf is this and should I seek it out (seeing that it made the nominations):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udeH8ghanXg

Coelacanth Green (Leee), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 04:27 (two months ago) link

My stepson's been (re re re) watching Gravity Falls over the last few weeks, thre show is great but dear god I am sick of the theme tune now.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 06:06 (two months ago) link

LOL and that now reminds me, theres no Voltron in the overall list. hahaha.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 06:07 (two months ago) link

No one posted Hong Kong Phooey? I didn't nom as I assumed it would have been nominated.

― Dan Worsley, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 18:59 (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

Or Undercover Elephant! Or The Hunter!

The Pingularity (ledge), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 07:35 (two months ago) link

Completely forgot about Voltron. I enjoyed the first few seasons of the Netflix series but then dropped off, for some reason.

I considered nominating Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog for a bit there, but thought better of it.

Duane Barry, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 09:36 (two months ago) link

What I've seen of Beyond hasn't blown me away.

it's spider-man-as-batman with kevin conroy and bruce timm going full kirby! what's not to like?

Criss Angel Raw: The Mindfreak Unplugged (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 10:42 (two months ago) link

(admittedly i haven't seen a frame of it in like 15 years but still)

Criss Angel Raw: The Mindfreak Unplugged (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 10:42 (two months ago) link

I don't dislike what I've seen (which honestly isn't that much), it just hasn't grabbed me the way almost all of the other DCAU stuff does. Imma get back around to continuing with it eventually. Maybe this poll is the motivation I need.

Liberals are insane in the mimbrain!!! (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 12:19 (two months ago) link

i'm warming up to Gravity Falls nut Gonna give up on Steven Universe. the Bowie rip off theme song also really gets under my skin.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 13:58 (two months ago) link

It always reminded me too much of Sufjan Stevens.

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 14:02 (two months ago) link

Re: theme songs, if you don't vote for the Raccoons theme tune you're dead inside.

emil.y, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 14:07 (two months ago) link

steven universe is worth sticking w/ imo.

also if you're checking out SU + GF, check out AT too, and then bravest warriors + bea + puppycat which are from ppl who worked on these other projects but are shorter weirder online shows.

Mordy, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 14:08 (two months ago) link

if AT = Adventure Time, no worries – i'm already a big fan. i can see the influence on SU for sure.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 14:12 (two months ago) link

There's a lot of Hanna-Barbera stuff I vaguely expected to see nominated and didn't: the original Yogi Bear Show, Top Cat, Hong Kong Phooey, Jetsons, Snagglepuss...

Not sure I'd have voted for any of it, maybe Yogi and TC at the bottom of my ballot, so NBD for me, just surprised.

Re: theme songs, if you don't vote for the Raccoons theme tune you're dead inside.

OTM! I tried to answer the "what songs have an epic 80s mysterious night-time vibe like this?"* q on the "Self Control" thread but my brain got stuck on the Raccoons theme tune and thought it might be, you know, a bit of a category error to reply to a question about actual pop hits with a cheesy kids' show theme tune (which is great) (at least it's great if you're 8 years old or drunk, anyway)

* probably not the actual phrasing of the question what it got rewritten as in my head

a passing spacecadet, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 14:25 (two months ago) link

Hanna-Barbera is mostly garbage imo. I don't know how they were so successful at creating a slew of iconic characters that everyone knows because they sure didn't do much to make them memorable.

Liberals are insane in the mimbrain!!! (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 14:35 (two months ago) link

I agree that Raccoons has the best theme tune, however I have found that plenty of people don't know it has a mostly-non-Rraccoons music video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usFFKNRB2z8

I have watched this more times than I'd like to admit.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 14:47 (two months ago) link

Want to reiterate that as usual it’s ok to vote for things that aren’t nominated, I just reserve the right to bounce them if I’m confused.

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 14:49 (two months ago) link

nom list is missing The Yoga Bear Show

Mordy, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 14:59 (two months ago) link

i got my shortlist down to 56 items now i just need to figure out how to halve that and how to weigh stuff that was beloved to me as a child vs stuff i enjoyed mostly as an adult

Mordy, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 15:00 (two months ago) link

Hanna-Barbera is mostly garbage imo. I don't know how they were so successful at creating a slew of iconic characters that everyone knows because they sure didn't do much to make them memorable.

― Liberals are insane in the mimbrain!!! (Old Lunch), Wednesday, August 7, 2019 9:35 AM

Alex Toth, Iwao Takamoto, Doug Wildey, Daws Butler and Don Messick, Ruby & Spears, Michael Maltese, just for starters. "Didn't do much to make them memorable" way off the money.

Manfred Hemming-Hawing (WmC), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 15:02 (two months ago) link

god there's so much to get through here lol

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 15:07 (two months ago) link

how to weigh stuff that was beloved to me as a child vs stuff i enjoyed mostly as an adult

for instance i'm sure Doug would not hold up in 2019 as one of my favorite animated shows of all time and yet this poster is currently hanging over my desk:

https://i.imgur.com/nFljJhW.jpg

Mordy, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 15:11 (two months ago) link

I'm reading about some of the H-B cartoons during the kitchen sink/dumpster era of the 70s and it's kind of impressive how brazen they were in ripping off their own properties

untuned mass damper (mh), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 15:12 (two months ago) link

I mean, they wanted to do a Jetsons spin-off, CBS wanted something with the Partridge Family instead, so they made... Partridge Family 2200 A.D.? Sure, why not!

untuned mass damper (mh), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 15:13 (two months ago) link

25 titles eh?
one more write-in vote idea: OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes

ilm jive mind (FlopsyDuck), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 15:17 (two months ago) link

i would not complain about longer ballots

Mordy, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 15:18 (two months ago) link

c'mon u only get to vote in a best animated series of all time list once in yr life

Mordy, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 15:18 (two months ago) link

another write in idea for yall: Amazing World of Gumball, The

ilm jive mind (FlopsyDuck), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 15:20 (two months ago) link

anime division:

1. yes, everyone should watch eva

2. i will be placing sailor moon very high on my ballot even though it is the most uneven work of art i love, long stretches of it even suck because, like dragon ball, it was so hideously popular that they stretched out the plot arcs to near-indefinite lengths. the third season (sailor moon s) is, however, pretty amazing and consistent regardless, and i'd recommend anyone who wants to know why sailor moon is any good at all check out an episode or two from it, even though it'll probably make zero sense, it's a deceptively complicated show with overlapping timelines and time travel and ancient and future utopian kingdoms on the moon etc. the show is occasionally plagued by regressive attitudes about gender roles but by s it's fully about how everyone is a lesbian

3. if you would like to get into an anime for the purposes of this poll that isn't 250 episodes long, i recommend the 12-episode haibane renmei, which in its goodheartedness and its devotion to the intricacies of its world is as close as we'll ever get to a studio ghibli animated series (barring nadia: the secret of blue water which given its miyazaki origins is the ghibli animated series but it's 30-something episodes long and a subset of those episodes actively suck, which is why i've never finished it)

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 15:20 (two months ago) link

adult swim division:

1. home movies: i hope everyone is aware of how devastatingly good this show was. metalocalypse and bob's burgers are fine and often funny, and dr. katz is amazing, but this is bouchard and small's peak, which is weird because from the jump it's so haphazardly- and improvisationally-made and has a weirdly personal aspect, but by the time the third season starts, it just feels like it's made with so much... love? every character has this wonderful individual presence and pretty much all the jokes are character-derived and it's such a rich and warm experience

2. space ghost: still my favorite williams street show, even though it's the first (?) and the longest, even the very earliest episodes have this sense of surreality and ridiculousness and total freedom that could only come from repurposing a bad hanna barbera cartoon into a talk show format. the thom yorke/björk episode ("knifin' around"), which iirc aired shortly after the show entered the adult swim lineup instead of being a free-floating 11pm/midnight-ish show that i regularly confused with cartoon planet (same characters, no interviews, lot of good brak songs), still gets me rolling on the floor clutching my sides. aqua teen (which was a space ghost spinoff!!!) in many ways pushed this style further but i don't have nearly as much affection for it

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 15:35 (two months ago) link

oh god i should've nominated aggretsuko

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 15:36 (two months ago) link

og Space Ghost (as opposed to Space Ghost: Coast to Coast) deserves some love

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 15:36 (two months ago) link

Just got back from my holiday, assumed I'd missed voting in this, but there's still time? I could throw together a ballot tonight if you'll allow it Silby!

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 2 September 2019 12:54 (one month ago) link

There’s still time, I might allow the remainder of the week. I’m still hoping a few Brits who have been participating in the threads will get ballots in. Also, people who are not men are heartily encouraged to submit ballots, especially if you are just lurking. If you’re reading this and have an ilx account you are an eligible voter!

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Monday, 2 September 2019 16:23 (one month ago) link

Very cool, will get to work.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 2 September 2019 17:35 (one month ago) link

Ballot update! So far I have 16 ballots, voting for at least 166 different shows.

Waiting on ballots from quite a few who have been active in the threads! Trayce, imago, TT, mh, Brad, DJP: be part of history

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 00:35 (one month ago) link

deadline

I shall be tabulating final results and communicating them to rollout associates Leee and Thermo at an unspecified time over this upcoming weekend. Ballots received after Friday 9/6 Anywhere on Earth (https://time.is/Anywhere_on_Earth) may not make it in, so consider that your deadline.

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 00:42 (one month ago) link

just submitted a very 90s baby ballot

jakey mo collier (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 02:06 (one month ago) link

Mine was 2010/80s baby split

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 02:20 (one month ago) link

is "TT" me? because i sent mine in a while back.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 03:02 (one month ago) link

oh you send me an email! nm!

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 03:03 (one month ago) link

tt not TT

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 03:26 (one month ago) link

Yes lol sorry

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 03:31 (one month ago) link

worry not, we'll be there!

imago, Tuesday, 3 September 2019 09:17 (one month ago) link

SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron
I'm not sure how my all time favorite animated show missed the nomination list but I'll be voting it #1 in show and theme song.

ilm jive mind (FlopsyDuck), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 14:20 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI8ZDzMCjMI

ilm jive mind (FlopsyDuck), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 14:27 (one month ago) link

Despite not being important enough to get a shout out in the "ballots, please" list, I'll try to get something in by tomorrow.

emil.y, Tuesday, 3 September 2019 14:58 (one month ago) link

emil.y you are absolutely important enough I just ran out of steam typing people's names I feel badly for excluding you

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 15:50 (one month ago) link

Aw, sorry for making you feel bad, I'm just already in a wallowing-in-self-pity mood today. Need to console myself with some '80s kids toons or something.

emil.y, Tuesday, 3 September 2019 16:16 (one month ago) link

Half thought about doing this but I'm not sure if just typing out The Raccoons 30 times would be helpful

Joe Proroguin' (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 16:27 (one month ago) link

Crap sorry I forgot. I have a list done just not sorted, will try and finish it today.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 01:31 (one month ago) link

Oh shit, I don't think I ever raised this but now I'm actually sorting my ballot: Liquid Television was an anthology show, rather than one consistent animated series - does it actually count? It was ridiculously formative for me, but I feel like it goes against the rules of the poll to vote for it...

emil.y, Wednesday, 4 September 2019 18:09 (one month ago) link

Anthology shows are probably more out of scope than in but it's on the list so plz vote for it if you like

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 18:14 (one month ago) link

It contained at least one of the other entries (Aeon Flux) iirc

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 4 September 2019 18:59 (one month ago) link

Only partially, right? I.e. the series was full-length (20-something minutes).

Melon Musk (Leee), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 19:17 (one month ago) link

Yeah, series was its own thing spun off from the Liquid Television shorts.

Time to Make a Pizza Pact! (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 19:24 (one month ago) link

I decided to cut it out, I don't think it does fit the brief even though it was ace. Have sent my ballot through now, it was massively rushed but I've not really had the right head on to do this properly so I just went with my gut/ruthlessly cut.

emil.y, Wednesday, 4 September 2019 20:34 (one month ago) link

trust your gut, it's all in fun, we just want to have a fun list to look at in the end! Thanks emily!

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Wednesday, 4 September 2019 20:49 (one month ago) link

compiling a ballot. as it stands, my top 3 is the two most wholesome things on the nomination list sandwiching the least

imago, Thursday, 5 September 2019 11:05 (one month ago) link

will be turning in a ballot by tomorrow at worst

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 5 September 2019 12:58 (one month ago) link

Sorry, I completely forgot about this, but I will send a ballot today.

Tuomas, Friday, 6 September 2019 08:38 (one month ago) link

Tuomas! 🙌

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Friday, 6 September 2019 14:28 (one month ago) link

Done by tonight. tt as well

imago, Friday, 6 September 2019 14:45 (one month ago) link

are you sending confirmation emails?

normal fucking rockman (voodoo chili), Friday, 6 September 2019 15:39 (one month ago) link

Yes, but upon processing, not receipt.

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Friday, 6 September 2019 15:43 (one month ago) link

sent! (twice, bc i screwed the first ballot up by forgetting to vote for something)

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 6 September 2019 16:29 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0wkHixS6iA
good theme

ilm jive mind (FlopsyDuck), Friday, 6 September 2019 16:57 (one month ago) link

lol the subject line of the ballot I sent was accidentally "Animated ballot FlopsyFuck"

ilm jive mind (FlopsyDuck), Friday, 6 September 2019 18:55 (one month ago) link

Sent my ballot too.

Tuomas, Friday, 6 September 2019 19:08 (one month ago) link

Voted!

tangenttangent, Friday, 6 September 2019 21:40 (one month ago) link

x2!

imago, Friday, 6 September 2019 21:53 (one month ago) link

ilx's favorite bloc

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Friday, 6 September 2019 22:08 (one month ago) link

Sent!

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 6 September 2019 22:35 (one month ago) link

sent mine!

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Friday, 6 September 2019 23:23 (one month ago) link

don't wait for me, won't be able to send one..

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 7 September 2019 11:19 (one month ago) link

Likewise, alas, but looking forward to the results.

a passing spacecadet, Saturday, 7 September 2019 19:04 (one month ago) link

There’s still time, I might allow the remainder of the week. I’m still hoping a few Brits who have been participating in the threads will get ballots in. Also, people who are not men are heartily encouraged to submit ballots, especially if you are just lurking. If you’re reading this and have an ilx account you are an eligible voter!

― president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Monday, September 2, 2019 6:23 PM (six days ago)

The deadline was Friday but I agree that more female input would of been good. I cut Sailor Moon from my theme song list. I didn’t realize that a top 25 would have so much competition.

ilm jive mind (FlopsyDuck), Sunday, 8 September 2019 00:49 (one month ago) link

The official deadline has passed but it’s not too late until I’m done and I’m not done yet :)

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Sunday, 8 September 2019 00:57 (one month ago) link

Sent. Sorry it was so late, I dont look at ILX as much as I used to and I plum forgot.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Sunday, 8 September 2019 23:46 (one month ago) link

With Trayce's ballot in under the wire, I have sent the top 77 animated series of ilxor dot com to my lovely and talented Rollout Assistants. Once they're ready to go, I'll put up a results thread! In the meantime, go ahead and kibitz!

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Monday, 9 September 2019 00:18 (one month ago) link

what's the # of points for #77? i'm curious how many ballots you need in one of these things to get to 77 without single-voter entries

ciderpress, Monday, 9 September 2019 00:46 (one month ago) link


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