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(Pocket-lint) - Lovefilm has announced that cartoon series from the 80s and 90s are enjoying a boom time at present, with animated kids' shows from the periods experiencing massive increases in views in 2013.

He-Man may have the dodgiest haircut in cartoon history, but his 1983 adventures are in huge demand, with He-Man: Masters of the Universe getting 76 per cent more views than usual of late. However, the biggest climbers are 1989's Super Mario Brothers Super Show and the 1987 TV spin-off of the popular film The Real Ghostbusters. They have gained 385 per cent and 375 per cent more views recently.

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Other kids' cartoons to have increased in popularity on the video-streaming platform include The Smurfs, He-Man spin-off She-Ra: Princess of Power, Inspector Gadget and 1997's more recent tales of busting ghosts, Extreme Ghostbusters.

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Superhero cartoons have proved popular too, with 80s and 90s versions of the X-Men, Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk also seeing large increases in views.

"There is always a feeling that the shows from your own childhood made up the golden age of TV, so it is fascinating to see that viewers are revisiting classic series such as He-man and The Smurfs," said Helen Cowley, editor of Lovefilm. "It is also great to hear that parents are sharing these shows with their children, introducing a new generation to this timeless content." 

Writing by Rik Henderson.