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George of the Jungle (1967)
Go Go Gophers (1966)
Hong Kong Phooey (1974)
The Incredible Hulk (1982)
Linus & Lucy (1965)
The Road Runner Show (1966)
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (1969)
Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends (1981)
"Go Go Gophers" was a cartoon segment on "Underdog" produced from 1966
to 1968. It was briefly spun off into its own series on CBS
(1968-1969) as only re-runs (no new episodes). It was a cartoony
play on the popular comedy series, "F Troop" (1965-1967). Like
it's live-action counterpart, "Go Go Gophers" involved the American
Army in the Old West and Indians. The Army was comprised of
wolves, and the Indians were gophers. Unlike "F Troop", the
cartoon could be misconstrued as offensive to Indians. I think
that's a bunch of baloney, but some people want to be sensitive.
The music of this theme song is quick and catchy. It crosses an
Indian backbeat with traditional American military marching music.
Incredible Hulk (1982)
This cartoon series is probably the least-known of all Hulk media, but
it has the coolest theme music of any Hulk show or movie. It's
purely instrumental, with no voiceovers. The music is a very
steady stomping beat, with a somewhat militaristic overtone. I'm
assuming the stomp was made to resemble the Hulk, and the marching
music was made to resemble General Ross.
"The Incredible Hulk" ran for only 13 episodes on NBC. It was a
segment of "The Incredible Hulk and the Amazing Spider-Man", which was
an hour-long show that also featured episodes of "Spider-Man & His
Amazing Friends". This cartoon series of the Hulk is my
favorite. It was produced by Marvel Productions. However,
one of the executive producers was David H. DePatie, and it's done a
lot in the style of a DePatie-Freleng production.
A pure instrumental, no voiceovers. I absolutely love this
tune. It's one of the very best. The locale of the show is
the swamp, so it's only natural that this tune has a swampy, Cajun
Also referred to as "The Peanuts Theme". This catchy, jazzy
instrumental was done by the Vince Guaraldi Trio and debuted in the
very first Peanuts TV special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas". Since
then, it has become the signature tune for Peanuts. EVERYBODY who
knows about Charlie Brown and Snoopy has heard this theme.
Spider-Man has had many theme songs over the years, but this is the
best-known. I like this one, but I don't know if it's my
favorite. It has kind of a funky, jazzy feel. Very
city. Hearing this theme, you'll know it's not set in the country.
Mostly instrumental, with a few voiceovers to announce
"Spider-Man". I think this is an excellent cartoon series with
animation that beats the 1967 original, but it just didn't last.
"Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends" came out in the same year and
beat this show in popularity by a mile. Hey, Spider-Man is
awesome, but Spidey with Iceman and a sexy superchick named Firestar
was destined to draw more interest. This might be my favorite of
Spider-Man's theme songs.
His Amazing Friends (1981)
This is another awesome Spider-Man theme song. Mostly
instrumental, with a few voiceovers at the beginning and end. It
just sounds super and fantastic and lively. I've always liked
it. Out of all the Spider-Man themes, this is about the only one
where you can picture Spidey smashing through walls and other
things. It's action-packed!