Thesis: A successful children’s cartoon in the 80’s required three elements: an occupation, a natural kind, and the ability to fight crime, broadly construed.
Case in point, from a late-night conversation:
“…the Mighty Ducks.”
“They were hockey players. Who were ducks.”
“And they fought crime.”
Discussion point: I admit one has to construe “crime” broadly to include the Decepticons and whoever it was that were the foes of the Care Bears. I submit, however, that this is a legitimate construal.