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Cartoons Of The 90s

Cartoons Of The 90s

Cartoons Of The 90s

Time hasn’t been so kind to all the shows of a 90s kid’s childhood. Whether they just didn’t click with kids, had too short of a series run, or were simply overshadowed by better shows, some 90s cartoons will even leave people born in that era with a blank stare. Your parents probably haven’t even heard of most of these shows, but for everyone else ready for a flashback to shows you might have forgotten about, here are 15 Cartoons Only 90s Kids Remember.
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Cartoons Of The 90s

These days, ‘90s nostalgia is in full swing, as those of us who were fortunate enough to live through that time still remember the cartoons that permeated our brains. Certain shows just stay with you, whether it’s because of a catchy theme song, wacky scenarios, or hilarious voice talent. In tribute to these animated relics of the past, we’ve compiled a list of the 15 Best Saturday Morning Cartoons From The ‘90s. So, grab your bowl of Fruit Loops and see if you agree with our top picks.
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Cartoons Of The 90s

The ‘90s were a great time to be a kid, especially if you were the type of kid that stayed inside and did nothing but watch cartoons. Shows like “Animaniacs,” “DuckTales,” “Doug” and “X-Men” were appointment television for many ‘90s kids. Many of these cartoons have stood the test of time, and have been rebooted or just survived throughout the years. However, some have been forgotten. They’re little blips in the history books.
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Cartoons Of The 90s

“Mortal Kombat” was huge in the ‘90s. From the groundbreaking video games to the hit movie, the franchise was downright unstoppable. What people probably forget most about the series was that it spawned a short-lived cartoon series called “Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm.” The show only lasted one season, but if you watched USA Network cartoons from the ‘90s, you probably remember it fondly.
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Cartoons Of The 90s

Let’s take a trip back to the ’90s, because who doesn’t like to think back on that great decade? One way to do that is by ranking the best cartoons of the ’90s. There were plenty of choices, but we think we got the list down to the best ones — a list that won’t make all of you send us death threats.
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Cartoons Of The 90s

The show was a spinoff of Beavis and Butt-Head, which was also a very ‘90s-esque show. But Daria was especially emblematic of the time due to the cynicism she embodied, and the frequent incorporation of music conveying how much life sucks. The mixture of those two was huge in shaping bands like the hugely influential Nirvana, as well as the network that hosted Daria, MTV. Teenage Daria was never as impactful as someone like Kurt Cobain, and today you hardly hear her or her friends mentioned when kids of the ‘90s talk about their favorite cartoons. But for a while, at least, she was a voice for a generation. A voice that looked upon life and said, “meh.”
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Cartoons Of The 90s

Originally, Marsupilami only spoke one word in a Hodor-like fashion—his catchphrase “houba”—and spent more time rescuing other creatures rather than causing trouble. However, he was changed to being much more of a talkative, smart-ass character, which was later a staple of Saturday morning cartoon characters like the Warner siblings on Animaniacs (fear not, we’ll get to them in a bit). While Marsupilami was one of those fun-loving cartoons that lacked much in the way of educational value, it made up for it with slapstick humor in the vein of Laurel and Hardy and early Looney Tunes cartoons.
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Cartoons Of The 90s

Hanna-Barbera Productions is responsible for some of the greatest cartoons put to a screen, and has turned out numerous mascots over the years. They’ve given us The Jetsons, The Flintstones, and Scooby Doo as some of the most notables from their work. So you wouldn’t expect that one of their cartoons that came out later in their career would have received so little attention by comparison. But just try asking how many people know about Fred Flintstone compared to The Pirates of Dark Water.

Featuring one of the more memorable theme songs from ‘90s cartoons, “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” tells the story of what happens after The Great Tomato War, and the subsequent tomato ban. Yeah, this was a silly show. After Dr. Gangreen experiments on tomatoes in an effort to rule the world, a tomato turns into a human girl named Tara and she escapes. She teams up with humans who attempt to stop the evil Gangreen. The show aired for two seasons on Fox, and was actually a co-production with Marvel.
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One of the oddest shows on Nicktoons back in the ‘90s was maybe the world’s first literal sketch show. The cartoon featured the animated co-hosts Henry and June who spoke directly to the viewer, like something out of Saturday Night Live. The two would then throw to a variety of other cartoons that were unique to KaBlam!, usually filling out the timeslot by showing a variety of shorts from each of the recurring shows.
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In a time when Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario were at their peak influence on the gaming world and getting crossover cartoons, a few other characters were trying to stake their own claim as a mascot. One such wannabe gaming mascot of the ‘90s was Earthworm Jim, a worm able to control a human-shaped body to combat enemies like a giant insect queen, and an astronaut crow named Psy-Crow. The games Jim got on the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo were actually both quite good, but suffice it to say, he didn’t prove to be an enduring character.
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Without question, the 1990s were full of some fantastic cartoons. The expansion of original programming on cable channels like Nickelodeon, the Disney Channel, and Cartoon Network (and the subsequent competition among all kids-oriented programming blocs) led to a new era of creativity, and animation that started evolving away from the previously ubiquitous Hanna-Barbera style. But what were some of the very best of the best? We at Collider dug into our mind palaces of TV nostalgia to come up with the following list of beloved 90s series, and divided up the results. But first, here’s a look at our methodology:
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“Mighty Max” comes from the mold of the old ‘80s cartoons. Created to help sell toys, the animated series became an afterthought, as most people remember the character solely from the playsets. “Mighty Max” is an odd series in general. The premise was downright silly, but the cartoon tried to be educational, often including random historical facts and an educational epilogue where Max would explain the historical or scientific significance of the events of the episode.
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“Mighty Max” tells the story of Max, a preteen boy, who is given a magical baseball cap and joins forces with a humanoid owl and a Viking as they save earth from the evil Skullmaster. Even with the ridiculous premise, the show received criticisms from viewers who thought the events of the episodes were excessively violent. In the series finale, both companions of Max are killed as he goes against Skullmaster. Whereas most children’s cartoons either skimmed over death or completely ignored it, “Mighty Max” had death as a central plot point in each episode.
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So you haven’t seen that many 90’s cartoons. Maybe you were the wrong age for these, or maybe you just watched a few good ones. Either way, we have some DVD recommendations for you!
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Although the show only lasted for four seasons, it left a mark for its constant inventiveness and intelligence. Many adult jokes found their way into Pinky and the Brain as well, as SAT-level words appeared along with their definitions in the end credits. It was definitely one of the few Saturday morning cartoons that were ahead of its time.
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Check out our list and sound off on the comments. And once again, please don’t send us death threats; it’s only cartoons, people.
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Of all the Looney Tunes characters to get their own show, Taz certainly sounds like one of the least obvious candidates to give a leading role to. You’ve got the clever, wise-cracking Bugs Bunny, the scheming, ill-tempered Daffy Duck, and so many others who have demonstrated their popularity in dozens of classic cartoons, but instead Taz got the spotlight this time around.
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Like most shows focusing on the tribulations of adolescence, Pepper Ann’s life was filled with the stress of school, and such riveting dramatic situations as whether or not the guy she was interested in was attracted to her as well. That’s not to sell ­Pepper Ann short as a show, since it actually could be pretty clever and humorous at times. It’s just an unfortunate fact that when talking about Disney cartoons, people’s immediate thoughts usually turn to a certain mouse and the dog and duck he was frequently seen with.
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The series only lasted one season after poor ratings, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as you might think, or remember. In a world where superpowered people were called ultras, “Ultraforce” followed a group of good ultras that protected the world from the bad ultras, which included Lord Pumpkin and Rune. At the time of airing, Malibu Comics just didn’t have the name recognition of the heroes from Marvel Comics, so the series just wasn’t able to break through with the mainstream. However, like most cartoons from that era, a series of toys was commissioned and released.

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