When I was a kid, terrestrial TV was only on for 12-hours a day and the hours of 4 pm to 6 pm were when they screen the stuff for kids like Sesame Street, The Electric Company and cartoons. The closest I got to fandom obsession (i.e. feverish scribblings of Mary Sue-inserted fanfics) were the anime that they screened like Tosho Daimos, Voltron and Sabre Rider and the Star Sheriffs in particular.
Back then, the Filem Negara Malaysia made a number of cartoons based on Malay folklore and Aesop's fables to be screened in the late afternoon. The animations were pretty well crafted, although the vocal dramatisation left much to be desired. It also spawned one of the favourite cautionary tagline of my schooldays: "Jangan, Monyet!" (Literally: Don't do it, Monkey!)
Ah, what fond memories ...
I remember the Jangan, Monyet! cartoon. I think it was the catchphrase of every Malay kid back in the day.
I am contemplating looking up Saber Rider; but I am afraid that I'd despoil my lovely childhood memories the way I watched Airwolf re-runs and realising that Stringfellow Hawk is one damaged mother with some seriously unsexy issues. And there goes one of my childhood crushes down the miasma-laden drain of regrets.
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