The Late Movies: Cartoon Action Heroes Based on Movies of the Late '80s

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Action hero-inspired cartoons of the late '80s and early '90s were extremely popular. Production companies greenlighted animated series based on heroes from books and films. Everyone from Rambo to Conan the Barbarian had their own animated series. Here, six of our favorites.

Karate Kid cartoon

Only around for a short 13 episodes in 1989, this show was created in hopes of capitalizing on the film's success.

Conan the Adventurer cartoon

This two-season series ran for just over a year and spawned a small toy line.

James Bond Jr. cartoon

The nephew of the world's most famous spy had his own show in 1991.

Rambo cartoon

This series, inspired by the books and Sylvester Stallone films, debuted on April 14, 1986 as a five-part miniseries. It was renewed as a daily cartoon but canceled after only a few months.

RoboCop cartoon

Based on the original movie, the first RoboCop animated series features cyborg cop Alex Murphy. The series was created by Marvel Productions.

Police Academy cartoon

Like many other shows on this list, this series lasted two seasons for a total of 65 episodes in 1988 and 1989.

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