Oh, to be a child once again! Those were the days, especially as an 80s/90s kid in the Middle East, when recess meant one of two things: Playing games with the neighborhood kids down the street, or binge watching the best cartoons the very few TV channels available had to offer (long before SpaceToon and Cartoon Network came to life).
Whether it was crying over girls’ faves Sally and Lady Lady (dubbed mostly from their original Japanese into classical Arabic), or laughing at the silliness of everyone’s favorites The Flintstones and Pinky and the Brain (for kids with paid Satellite/Cable subscriptions), the nostalgia that hits when reminded of those cartoons makes any Arab adult in their late twenties/early thirties teary-eyed and filled with a warm fuzzy feeling.
Many Generation X peeps would argue that the reason why those cartoons were so popular is because of our lack of channel choices at the time, in addition to their mostly emotional sotrylines and moving music that really got to them as children. So why don’t ya get nostalgic and take a trip down memory lane with Al Bawaba as we delve into what made some of these cartoons so relatable to kids from this region and left them stuck in their memories to this day.