When I was growing up Yogi Bear was one of my favourite cartoons. My brothers and I used to love watching the antics of the lovable but trouble-prone bear and his sweet but long-suffering side-kick Boo Boo. Jellystone Park was where they resided and their main mission in life was to swipe as many ‘pic-a-nic baskets’ from the visiting public as possible, much to the dismay of the park’s caretaker, and Yogi’s nemisis, Ranger Smith.
THE A TEAM: L-R: Face, Murdock, B.A & (front) Hannibal
‘(Ten years ago / In 1972), a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire… The A-Team.’
One of the great things I really love about old school TV shows is the theme music. There are some great theme songs from back in the day, which I still can’t get enough of, such as the one from classic 80s US drama The Equalizer (left).
I tried to put together my top 10 themes but ended up with about 30! Then I cut them down again, taking out the shows I have in the pipeline to write posts about.I’m not sure how many I ended up with, about 15 I think, but anyhow below are some of my fave TV theme tunes, from back in the day, in no particular order.
The A Team, Karate Kid, Ghostbusters and Gremlins… What have these all got in common? They are all classic 80s TV/ film franchises being remade or given sequels for a brand new audience. The trailer for the new Karate Kid film, out later this year, has already started circulating, as has the promo clip for the big screen version of The A Team. While Ghostbusters 3 and Gremlins 3 have both been confirmed as ‘in the works’, with the idea each will contain the 3D element re-popularised with the massive success of Avatar.