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Could it be Ulysses 31? Its original release was 26 half hour episodes shown from October 10, 1981 to April 3, 1982, but indeed, Wikipedia lists broadcasts in the UK from 1985 to 2009. It was a French-Japanese collaboration, so that would fit with you thinking of it as European, and dubbed. The plot line of the series (made by the French Jean Chalopin) ...


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The show you describe sounds exactly like Captain Planet and the Planeteers 5 young adults who were given rings that when combined with a mantra, summoned Captain Planet Show was very much about environmentalism Villains were called Eco-Villains


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This seems to be the scene you're thinking of: It's not actually from a series at all, but rather from the music video of Pearl Jam's song "Do the Evolution". According to the Wikipedia entry on the song: The animated music video for "Do the Evolution" was co-directed by Kevin Altieri, known for his direction on Batman: The Animated Series, and Todd ...


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Noah's Island (1997 - 1999) The series focused on the adventures of a community of animals on a floating island that was originally part of the Canadian Coastline before being struck by a flaming meteorite. Their leader is a polar bear named Noah, and the community includes a pair of woolly mammoths called Salomi and Mammothsbody, as well as a group of ...


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IO9 wrote about this earlier this year, concluding that "Third Earth" is actually just our Earth, far in the future. 3) There were actually plenty of humans on the show. While the ThunderCats and their weird animal allies and foes were obviously ThunderCats' stars, the show was not devoid of humans, who stopped by on a reasonably regular basis. There ...


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Some elements of your description match with The Centurions, an animations series + associated toy line dating back to the 80s: It had a group of men and a woman who were part of some special elite group. The main protagonists are three men (later episodes add two more guys) forming the eponymous special sqad, but there is an important female character ...


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This is BraveStarr, which aired from 1987 to 1988 and which was produced by Filmation Studios. The cowboy in question was Marshal BraveStarr. It took place on a distant planet called New Texas. There were plenty of alien species around. What gave it away for me was the horse — it's good you mentioned that detail. BraveStarr's horse was named ...


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The cartoon debuted in October 1992, a year after the X-Men comics underwent a major shakeup a year earlier. Therefore, the cartoon was heavily influenced and based upon the status quo from that 1991 shakeup. The X-Men's roster was divided into two teams for the two X-Men comics being published. The Gold Team starred in the long-running Uncanny X-Men series ...


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Yes. In Scooby Doo on Zombie Island, they encounter real undead and werecats. In digging deeper, most of the direct-to-video Scooby Doo movies in this era also feature real supernatural creatures. Scooby Doo (2002) featured real demons. Scooby Doo 2, Monsters Unleashed contained real monsters, although they were brought to life through "scientific" ...


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This is Blue, Child of the Earth, an obscure (and I mean obscure) French cartoon from the 80's. I remember a line from the title song as "Blue, the future lies (or rests) with you!" You can watch the English-dubbed (but still written in French!) opening here. The line "Oh Blue, our future lies with you" happens at 0'40. I think the antagonist of the show ...


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Aero Troopers (2003)? From the jacket below, which features a robotic-looking fish (and what do you know, it's got Mark Hamill in it!): In a world beyond imagination where fantastic tree villages float in mid air, a young boy named Joshua dreams of adventure. Forced from his home by an evil mechanical beast called Nemeclous, he discovers a fantastic ...


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There is no reason that Star Trek, the Animated Series shouldn't be canon. Not a single reason except for the one that DVK jokingly remarks in his comment; because Roddenberry said so. They used the same books, the same references, the same writers. The writers of the animated series used, essentially, the same writers' guide that was used for the live-...


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You're thinking of the episode "Hooked Up". The plot synopsis: Batman discovers several teenagers addicted to a new form of virtual reality, which causes harmful side effects and pushes many of its users to crime to pay for their habit. Things worsen when Max, who has been pressing Terry to let her take a more active role in his crimefighting, ...


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No. On the TV series, the Planeteers rings were powerless when the good Captain was summoned. In the episode where he attempted to return to the rings but was unable to do so for two of the Planeteers (they were, as I recall, on the Space Shuttle) he rematerialized with a different color scheme (incorporating only those two colors) and had only their ...


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Yes, they did. I'm not sure of the details but Scooby saw the real Loch Ness monster after the gang solved the mystery.


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I also remember watching this show in the 90's. The cartoon is the European Noah's Island where a group of talking animals discover a floating island that can be steered by directing lava through constructed channels. The animals elect a polar bear leader "Noah" and use the island to travel the globe.


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This was answered in the Futurama live event (see at 29:18) : Matt Groening said they are cartoon.


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The events are consistent with the book. Laketown was previously known to Smaug as Esgaroth. “I don’t know if it has occurred to you that, even if you could steal the gold bit by bit—a matter of a hundred years or so—you could not get it very far? Not much use on the mountain-side? Not much use in the forest? Bless me! Had you never thought of the catch? ...


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I believe this is Deltora Quest The evil Shadow Lord has taken control of the kingdom of Deltora and has driven the land and its people into misfortune and suffering. Lief, the son of a blacksmith, has just turned sixteen and is entrusted, along with his two companions Bard and Jasmine, with an important mission: to retrieve the stolen seven magical ...


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Fangface (1978 - 1980) Highly derivative of Scooby-Doo (which was also created by Ruby and Spears) with a bit of the Tasmanian Devil and I Was A Teenage Werewolf thrown in, Fangface features four teenagers — buff and handsome leader Biff, his brainy and beautiful dusky-skinned girlfriend Kim, short, stocky and pugnacious Puggsy and tall, skinny ...


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Goober and the Ghost Chasers It ran for one season consisting of sixteen episodes in 1973. It is very similar to Scooby-Doo and was created by the same production studio, Hanna-Barbera Productions. The Wikipedia plot summary mentions he can become invisible as you say (emphasis mine). Similar to Hanna-Barbera's successful Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, ...


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IMDb's episode list for the second season of Batman Beyond has the following description for "Hooked Up": Batman investigates a ring of troubled kids who are so addicted to powerful virtual reality fantasies that they will do anything to continue them. There is a good chance that this is the episode you are looking for.


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I also think it's Captain Power, except that there ARE Captain Power cartoons: the VHS casettes "Future Forces Training," "Bio Dread Strike Mission," and "Raid on Volcania." They're fixtures of my childhood. The trench run is probably the Volcania raid, which is predominantly inside the Volcania pyramid structure. All three have live action intros and ...


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You are most likely thinking of Robotech. This was a an 80s era anime in which the mechs were piloted from the inside and were transformable from a fighter jet to a bipedal batteloid and a hybrid of the two in guardian mode. Additionally the smaller mechs were stationed aboard the SDF-1, a giant alien battlecruiser that could also change into a robotish/...


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In the film's source novel (Who Censored Roger Rabbit?) there's every indication that toons have been around as long as regular humans. There's some speculation that toons and humans are both offshoots of the same evolutionary tree. Had the DeGreasy boys been discovered frozen beneath some Arctic tundra, a good case would probably have been made for ...


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Probably Huntik, an American-Italian cartoon aired between 2009 and 2012. I remember the main character is a young blond boy who goes to school in, if I remember correctly, a European country. The blonde guy, Lok, goes to school in Italy. He finds a stone(?) that his father hid in their house that can summon creatures/monsters. He's in his house ...


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Could this be The Telebugs? The Telebugs is a British cartoon from the 1980s about the adventures of three robots with televisions for heads. The Telebugs were a hi-tech trio of merry monitored robots created by absent-minded Professor Brainstrain. These robots were, in the professor's own words, 'Pwogwammed to help people in twouble', but more ...


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This wasn't a cartoon (there was some CGI overlap but it was basically live action), but in the late '80's there was a sci-fi show called Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future. The show involved humans using high-tech "power suits" to fight a global empire of robots led by a cyborg named Lord Dread. It had a toy line as well, including toy fighter ...


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Canonicity of Star Trek: The Animated Series is disputed, but is generally considered canon except where it conflicts with the live-action series and movies. Originally, TAS was canon. It was canon for 15 years after it first aired - it was only after the first season of TNG that Roddenberry officially got it de-canonized. As of June 2007, The Animated ...


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