Cartoon Network has been an integral part of our lives since its inception. While it has changed over the years, everyone born in the ’90s can relate to the wonders created by our super-awesome animated friends. How about a trip down memory lane with these classics?
The SWAT Kats are a heroic duo who fight crime in Megakat City. Chance “T-bone” Furlong (left) and Jake “Razor” Clawson (below) make up the team. Once proud members of the Enforcers, they were kicked out after severly damaging the Enforcer headquarters after a dangerous pursuit of Dark Kat, a master criminal. Forced to pay off their debt working at the city junkyard, they decide to fight crime their own way. After building the Turbokat from parts from the junkyard they now fly high protecting the city from crime.T-bone is the pilot of the Turbokat. As one of the best pilots ever, his skill with the Turbokat is unmatched. He likes to take charge, sometimes disregarding blatent danger. He is also the more physical of the two, being larger and stronger than Jake.he gunner of the team is Razor. Known for his razor-sharp shooting skills, he makes shots others can only dream about doing. Razor is smaller than his partner but he is more agile. He typically thinks before he shoots and always tries to find a way without violence first.
Timon & Pumbaa, also known as The Lion King’s Timon & Pumbaa, is an American animated television series made by theWalt Disney Company. It centers on Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog from the Disney film franchise The Lion King, without most of the other characters in the franchise. The show ran for three seasons on CBS in the United States, and BBS in Canada from September 1, 1995 to November 1, 1998.
The show stars Timon, a meerkat, and Pumbaa, a warthog, both characters from the Disney animated film The Lion King and its sequels. Taking place after the events of the original film, it focuses on the lives of the characters, showing them having misadventures in the jungle and sometimes finding themselves across the globe in various settings, such as Canada, the United States, France, and Spain.
Everyone’s heard of Tom and Jerry, the only popular show where a mouse constantly outsmarts and beats the living hell out of a cat 10 times its size. Tom and Jerry was created in the 1940s by the legendary Hanna and Barbera duo, who were also responsible for classics like the Jetsons, the Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, and Yogi Bear. Although it wasn’t until over 20 years later that Tom and Jerry became an actual television show. Before the mid 60s, Tom and Jerry was released as a series of Theatrical Shorts, which ran no longer than 10 minutes a piece, that people paid to see in theaters. Sort of like the old Super Man and Mickey Mouse theatrical shorts. However, the Tom and Jerry most of us are familiar with were the original TV run episodes which were first aired in 1965 and directed by creative genius Chuck Jones. Lets face it, the Chuck Jones era Tom and Jerry episodes were the best. You never got tired of seeing Tom come up with his devious plans and have them backfire on him in the most hilarious ways, and watch as he retreats and comes up with another ridiculous plan. Its sort of like a more sophisticated a modern version of Sylvester and Tweety from Looney Tunes.
Everyone who grew up between the 60s and today know the song Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby because of Tom and Jerry. I remember the show coming on cartoon network pretty frequently on weekday afternoons. And lets face it, you almost felt bad for Tom always failing and having his plans backfire, in a way you wanted him to get his way whether that be successfully find a date with a girl cat, eat his food uninterrupted, or simply keep the house clean for its owners without having some dick ruin it for him. Jerry was a bit of a douche, although he was simply getting a few laughs and was one of the first known trolls. Tom and Jerry had the simplest plots, yet always kept you interested because they were so lighthearted and sarcastic in nature, and you wanted to see what new plan Tom had in store, and how Jerry was going to foil it. Tom and Jerry continued to air into the 70s, 80s, 90s, and even 2000s, although each decade the show ran under another name, and under different studios. Although the original 60s episodes are really the most nostalgic for me, I remember a few 70s and 80s episodes, although really never saw too many of the 90s or 2000s episodes.
Tom Jerry is still making animated movies today, although Barbera, Hanna, and Jones have been long dead, they’ve been written by younger guys. Tom and Jerry still runs reruns on cartoon network and more kids are still getting exposed to this awesome show.
Who doesn’t remember watching Looney Tunes as a kid, regardless of age, nationality, religion, or gender. Unless you’ve never watched TV in your life, you’ve seen at least one episode of Looney Tunes, its one of the most universal cartoons of all time, as well as arguably the most popular. Names like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and Tweety Bird have become just as iconic, if not more iconic, than Disney’s own Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy. Looney Tunes isn’t really one specific cartoon or show, but rather a collection of different ones consisting of different characters and plots. Looney Tunes was created in 1930, with a short film called Sinkin’ in the Tub, whos main character Bosko, portrayed a racial stereotype of blackface. Over the years, Warner Brothers created more Looney Tune short animations. Porky was introduced in 1935, Daffy in 1937, Bugs in 1940, Tweety in 1942, Sylvester and Yosemite Sam in 1945, Marvin the Martian in 1948, Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner in 1949, and Tasmanian Devil in 1954. Due to the popularity of these animated shorts, they were soon moved over to television in the 1950s as TV became increasingly more popular and common in your average household. Since the 50s, Looney Tunes has had too many shows for me to keep track of. There was the Bugs Bunny Show, among many others. To date there are over 1000 theatrical shorts, although the ones I’m most familiar with were the ones from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. They aired on the Boomerang segment of cartoon network. They were directed by many different people, but Chuck Jones, and Tex Avery are the more famous of these. I remember watching these shows all the time as a kid. They were short, to the point, and full of lots of rich humor, even though they were a little dated. We even watched a few of the WWII shorts during my 8th grade history class. Looney Tunes still makes shorts today and has a ton of spin offs. Looney Tunes was so popular that they made a few movies staring the animated characters in the real including Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Space Jam (starring basketball legend Michael Jordan), which every child of the 90s holds with fond memories. Some of the spin off cartoons include Tiny Tunes, Duke Dodgers, and even to an extent, Animaniacs. Looney Tunes was a big part of my childhood and holds some of my fondest memories, the characters were so memorable. I haven’t seen it in a while though, but a few years ago a watched Space Jam with a few friends to relive the nostalgia.
Like Looney Tunes and Disney, everyone who grew up after the 60s has seen Scooby-Doo some time in their lives. Scooby is one of the biggest and most successful cartoon of all time created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears and produced by Hanna and Barbera. Scooby premiered in 1969, the same year as woodstock. Scooby has a lot of 60s influences including the mystery machine (which looks like a hippie van), the character Shaggy resembling a hippie and using words like man and groovy frequently, and the Beatles influenced music played during the chase scenes. Lets face it, Scooby was the best detective cartoon of all time, take that inspector gadget. I also love the 60s sounding theme song.
Essentially four teenagers (who look more like they are in their mid 20s) along with Shaggy’s talking pet dog Scooby, investigate various crimes that occur around town, and the twist is always that the crimes were committed by some sort of monster, ghost, spirit, beast, pretty much any super natural creature. To be honest, Scooby was one of the most repetitive shows thats formula basically follows this pattern. The gang are driving the mystery fan in what appears to be a normal day, suddenly they hear word word that a crime has just occurred, they investigate the crime only to be chased and scared off by some sort of monster, they investigate further and find out more about the crime, the monster gives one final fight and ends up getting captured by the gang, they unmask the monster and then explain the motives behind why he committed the crime, and then he says And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you Meddling kids. This is pretty much every episode, yet it was still interesting because each episode had a new monster, and each episode was set in a different location from museums, to the streets of London, to an island, to a creepy mansion.
Not to mention you sort of grew attached to the characters, Fred and his suave and sophisticated nature, Velma and her nerdy ways, Shaggy and his laid back and easily frightened nature, Scooby and his love for scooby snacks, and Daphne was sort of the damsel in distress. Lets also not forget the Beatles inspired chase music that was pretty good for TV show music. Scooby later changed when it aired in the 70s, they removed the chase music and sort of strayed away from the repetitive formula, focusing on more character development.
Over the years Scoobys had a ton of spin off titles, shows, and movies like a Pup Named Scooby Do, the theatrical films, and Scrappy Doo. Apparently, Scooby has been reincarnated nine different times. The ones that hold the most nostalgia for me are by far the original first two seasons and the late 70s episodes. I used to love the show so much that my parents had to tape the first two seasons on VHS, this was the mid 90s before DVD. Scooby is just unforgettable, even though you know the gang will always catch the monster and the monster will always end up being a regular person behind the mask. Plus Scooby had some of the most memorable music.
The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show is an hour long package show produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1980 for ABC Saturday mornings. The program contained segments from Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo and Richie Rich. The Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo shorts represent the sixth series in the Scooby-Doo franchise. This was the only Hanna-Barbera package series for which Scooby-Doo was given second billing and is also notable for being Richie Rich’s debut in animation.
He-Man is the alter ego of Prince Adam and also the twin brother of She-Ra. He-Man and his friends defend Eternia and the secrets of Castle Grayskull from the evil forces of Skeletor.
He-Man is characterized by his immense strength. In the intro sequence of the 1980s cartoon series he is “The Most Powerful Man in the Universe”. Similar wording is also used in early packaging of He-Man toys. He-Man’s strength is an issue rarely tackled and seems to vary depending on the adaptation. In his first DC comics appearance he was able to trade punches with Superman. And in one episode, he even lifted AND was able to throw Castle Grayskull itself (when it was transported to another dimension), though this was the result of a temporary increase in power. Typical of most adaptations is that He-Man is often shown successfully attempting feats deemed impossible by other characters. Episodes of the original cartoon also depict him as being able to swim at a far faster rate than is humanly possible. It is unknown if there is a limit to how long He-Man can remain He-Man before he reverts to his original form of Adam, but in the 2002 series, He-Man is shown enduring the brunt of at least two large explosions, which he survives, but reverts to Adam in the process, suggesting that even He-Man has a limit as to how much abuse he can endure before his superhuman strength and stamina are exhausted.
His physical prowess is not limited to strength, however, and he is also depicted as being extremely fast and acrobatic. These traits do not show themselves in He-Man’s movie appearance, but this may have been due to budgetary reasons, as well as the fact that Dolph Lundgren, in the absence of a fitting stunt double was forced to perform all his own stunts.
On the other hand, He-Man as a character is largely non-violent and usually only resorts to combat as a last resort, often preferring to outsmart his adversaries, his most violent actions typically consist of picking up an enemy and tossing him away like a rag doll, though the 1987 film and 2002 series show him fighting more aggressively. He-Man is also depicted as a leader, most noticeably in the movie adaptation where he is referred to as the leader of the resistance. Sometimes He-Man’s intellect appears to cross a point not within his character, but this usually happened in the original 80s cartoon.
The main weapon of He-man is his sword that is virtually indestructible and able to deflect rays magical or technological. The Power Sword can also shoot energy beams, and also absorb energy. Originally He-Man’s primary weapon was an axe. The chest piece on his baldric (battle harness) is made of an Eternian mineral called Korodite that helps add to his physical strength.
Due to his costume he can rarely carry large items with him. The 1980s cartoon depicts He-Man sometimes carrying items in his chest-plate and in some cases in his belt. This has caused some irritation with fans who consider the latter cases as embarrassing to the character. The He-Man and the Masters of the Universecartoon by Filmation also gives He-Man a number of powers many fans considered silly or over-cartoonish and which in result have not appeared in other versions. Such powers include:
- He-Man being able to blow, using the full-capacity of his lungs, a gust of wind powerful enough to knock over most opponents (similar to Superman’s “super-breath”).
- Able to transform himself into a human tornado (sometimes with the aid of spinning his sword) to divert objects, or even fly short distances on rare occasions (“Evilseed” and “The Shadow of Skeletor” being two such examples).
- Able to run at high speed, creating a vacuum (“The Once and Future Duke”)
- Able to rub his hands together fast enough to turn sand into glass (as seen in “Temple of the Sun”).
There are also dubious feats specific to plot, such as an inexplicable ability to fix a broken chain by merely connecting both ends (“Evil-Lyn’s Plot”), to adjust the course of one of Eternia’s moons by flying a Wind Raider to it and pushing it (“Jacob and the Widgets”), and shattering/deflecting a falling moon (on a collision course with Eternia) by throwing a rock from the ground at it
Mickey Mouse is one of the world’s oldest and most famousvermin in the world – rubbing shoulders with everyone from Goofy to Britney Spears. So what makes this rambunctious rodent tick? We’re taking a look at the history of Mickey Mouse. Why? Becausewe love him!
Mickey Mouse was created to replace an earlier Disney character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, who bore a striking resemblance to early Mickey drawings. Mickey’s creator, Ub Iwerks, came up with a lot of characters on his way to creating Mickey, including frogs, dogs, horses, cows and cats. Irwerks said he was inspired to create a mouse that had the spirit of Charlie Chaplin. Mickey made his first appearance in the cartoon Plane Crazy in 1928.Mickey continued to grow and evolve throughout the 20th century, moving into comic strips, feature films, video games, theme parks and a ton of games and toys. He first appeared in color in 1935, in the cartoon called “The Band Concert”. He got his now-standard gloves in the 1929 short The Opry House. Mickey’s appearance changed steadily from his creation onwards. What is often considered the “classic version” of Mickey is the one that was designed by Floyd Gottfredson. The most popular version, however, is the Mickey created by Italian illustrator Romano Scarpa.
Dexter’s Lab was a part of the classic cartoon network lineup, and every afternoon, cartoon network would air reruns of this show. Technically, the show was already through its original run when I started watching it in the early 2000s, so I was basically watching reruns. Dexter’s Lab was created in 1995 by Genndy Tartakovsky. If you were a child of the 90s or early 2000s, you will definitely remember growing up with this show. It was on all time on Cartoon Network in the early 2000s. The show revolved around a boy genius who sort of had an accent and his hidden lab behind the bookcase of his room that only his older sister, Dee Dee knew about. Dexter would always do experiments in his lab only to have his sister annoy him and ruin his experiments. Of course, his parent’s were oblivious to all this and went about there normal routines. This show used lots of humor and almost relied solely on it. Dexter got into a lot of weird situations, such as permanently trapping himself inside a bubble, growing a beard so he could star in a black action show, or a fake mom robot to do his chores. Usually it ends up in chaos such a destroying the house, causing him to get hurt, or even permanently locking him out of his lab. The show was short and the point, usually running two episodes in a 30 minute run. Some episodes would break off into separate segments known as Dial M for Monkey and Justice Friends which were technically part of the show, but were separate from Dexter’s Lab and didn’t feature any of the Dexter characters.
Dial M for Monkey was basically a Monkey with super powers who traveled the universe fighting crime. Justice Friends was about 3 friends, Major Glory (A Captain American Spin off), Valhallen (A Thor spin off), and Krunk (A Hulk spin off), who would fight crime. Although they were usually pretty short and relied heavily on sarcasm and humor. Dexters Lab was such a popular show that it revived the series in 2001 but ended in 2003. I’ve probably seen every episode of Dexter’s Lab including the revived episodes. It brings me back to when I was in 3rd or 4th grade, although after 5th grade, I didn’t really watch the show anymore, mainly because I was getting older and watching more mature cartoons. It was still one of my favorites of my childhood and brings back tons of memories.
When street rat Aladdin frees a genie from a lamp, he finds his wishes granted. However, he soon finds that the evil has other plans for the lamp — and for Princess Jasmine. But can Aladdin save Princess Jasmine and his love for her after she sees that he isn’t quite what he appears to be?
The Jungle Book is an American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released on October 18, 1967. The 19th animated feature in the Disney Animated Canon , the film is noted for being along with The Aristocats (1970) the last film project to be approved by Walt Disney himself, as he died in late 1966, before the film was released. This is also the first animated feature released after Walt Disney’s death The film was inspired by the stories about the feral child Mowgli from the book of the same name by Rudyard Kipling.
The film contains a number of classic songs, including “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You”. Most of the songs were written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. The film was directed by Wolfgang Reitherman. The film grossed over $73 million in the United States in its first release, and as much again from three re-releases.
After the film’s success, Disney released a live-action remake, and a theatrical sequel.
The film stands as one of the most popular Disney movie of all time. In its initial release, the popularity was equivocal to that of The Lion King or Frozen, making it a great influence for some of today’s biggest names in animation (such as Andreas Deja and Brad Bird). However, Disney wouldn’t receive a similar success until The Little Mermaid in 1989.
Well, they were based on real people. When Elzie Segar introduced Popeye in a 1929 comic strip, he drew his inspiration for the sailor from a character from his hometown of Chester, Illinois – a one-eyed man named Frank ‘Rocky’ Fiegal. Fiegal, who shared Popeye’s fondness for fighting and pipe-smoking, was apparently rather flattered by his link to the cartoon: when he died in 1947, his gravestone was inscribed with the words “inspiration for Popeye.” Olive Oyl was based on another of Segar’s neighbours – a very tall, slim woman named Dora Paskel, who usually wore her hair in a bun.
As all Popeye fans know, whenever the sailor feels in need of some extra strength, he simply downs a tin of spinach, and instantly sprouts bulging biceps. During the Great Depression, a 33% increase in spinach consumption was widely attributed to the character’s popularity and his famous fondness for the green stuff. Rather endearingly, spinach was also listed as the third favourite food of American children at the time (after turkey and icecream). However, the cartoon’s link between spinach and rapidly expanding muscles actually had its roots in a scientific mistake: due to a misplaced decimal point in an 1870 medical journal, many people in the Thirties believed spinach held 10 times more iron than it really did.
Powerpuff Girls was never a show I made a priorty of watching, nor was it one of my favorites, but it was on all the time and I watched most of the first few seasons. Powerpuff Girls was created in 1998 by Craig McCracken. It was the story of a professor whos goal is to create was to create a perfect girl, only to accidentally spill a bottle of chemical X into the concoction, resulting in 3 girls who had superpowers. Together these 3 girls, Bubbles the cute sensitive one, Blossom the leader and smart one, and Buttercup the tough, determined one, all battle different villains around town. The villains are probably the most memorable part of the show, there was mojo jojo, an evil monkey bent on taking over the world with his technology, Him a red skinned devil looking creature with a creepy voice, and Gangreen Gang a gang of green skinned hoodlums. It was a pretty lighthearted show and very kid friendly. Another memorable character was the dimwitted mayor. It came on cartoon network almost every weekday in the early 2000s. I haven’t seen it in a while though. The show stopped airing in 2005. It has become one of cartoon networks most successful cartoons of all time. And lets face it, lots of boys also watched it. It did have a pretty catchy theme song as well.