Everyone loves trivia about their favorite animated features and series, but with over 100 years of animation history behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite names in cartoons in this continuing video series. You think you know cartoons? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

This week we're taking a look cartoons' most truly outrageous stars of all time, Jem and the Holograms. After finding success with GI Joe and Transformers, Jem was an attempt by Hasbro to use an animated series to conquer the pink aisle at the toy store the same way they had the action figure aisle. In this video, learn about the history of Jem from its conception to its connection to superhero comics to its connection to GI Joe and Transformers, all the way to its successful and not-so-successful latter day adaptations.

Show notes:

  • You can buy the entire original Jem and the Holograms series on DVD in one package here.
  • If you want to check out the current, super rad Jem and the Holograms comics series, start here.
  • If for some reason you want to watch the 2015 Jem movie, here it is on DVD or Blu Ray.
  • Or if you have strong nostalgic feelings for Jem's replacement, Maxie, you can get all 32 episodes of Maxie's World here.

Check out some installments of our other video series below, and let us know which cartoon series you think we should cover next in You Think You Know Cartoons?