The very first G.I.Joe animation was seen in the 1982 television commercial for Marvel Comics' G.I.Joe #1. Sunbow Productions produced all of the G.I.Joe animation between 1982 and 1988.
In 1983, Sunbow produced the five-part G.I.Joe syndicated television mini-series, The M.A.S.S. Device. In 1984, it was followed up by The Revenge of Cobra mini-series. In 1985, The Pyramid of Darkness launched the daily cartoon that ran for two seasons. Sunbow concluded their run of G.I.Joe animation with G.I.Joe : The Movie in 1987.
In 1989, another fledgling animation studio, DIC Animation, animated the
further cartoon adventures of G.I.Joe with their mini-series Operation:
Dragonfire. DIC also animated two seasons of cartoons in 1990 and
1991. However, DIC operated on a much lower budget and the results were of a much lower standard of quality than the Sunbow cartoons.
In 1995, Sunbow produced a new G.I.Joe cartoon for the new toyline, Sgt. Savage and the Screaming Eagles. It was the first and only episode to feature these characters. The episode was came packaged with the figure, Commando Sgt. Savage, and was never aired on T.V.
In 1996, GI Joe Extreme came out. It lasted for two seasons before being cancelled.
In 2002, new commercials were made for the new G.I.Joe vs. Cobra toyline. These commercials were created using CGI instead of being animated. This CGI company, ReelFX, went on to create two made-for-tv movies: Spy Troops and Valor vs. Venom.
In 2005, Gonzo produced a new cartoon series, Sigma 6. It followed the events of the CGI movies and lasted for two seasons.
In 2009, the poduction company Titmouse created G.I. Joe: Resolute. An hour long animated movie, it debuted in segments on the internet before being shown in full on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.
Also in 2009, Paramount Pictures released the live action film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.