The 1990s was notable for a lot of things, but one thing not many people really think about is the types of cartoons and the impact these cartoons this decade brought with it.
It’s Saturday morning. No school today, but somehow we’re able to wake up early to catch our favourite shows on TV. This is how things were once upon a time when I was a kid. In the 1990s, the cartoons that were played on television were not the same as the ones on TV today. In fact, they’re very different. From the animation (which was mainly 2D animation), to the characters, to the storyline of these cartoons was quite far from where it is today. There was a certain element about them that made them stay in my memory banks up til today and I am glad to have experienced those shows in my time.
Swinging from webs to buildings and fighting to save lives, Spiderman: The Animated Series aired from 1994 and is one of the shows that influenced me at a young age. The thing I liked about Spiderman was the fact that he is a superhero that is not invincible, he can be defeated. But he will usually think his way to survival using strategy and knowledge. Although he does have super powers like agility, climbing walls, swinging on webs and his infamous ‘Spider sense’ which is like super enhanced intuition for danger. Created by Stan Lee of Marvel Comics. Interesting fact, the show’s theme song was performed by Joe Perry of the famous band Aerosmith.
“Whoa mama!” as Johnny Bravo would say. This character from his Cartoon Network self titled show “Johnny Bravo” was always entertaining to watch. The series is about a muscular guy with big hair, sunglasses and an Elvis voice, is always ending up in bizarre situations and is always trying to hook up with a woman and is usually unsuccessful. The show premiered in 1997. I think what kept me watching the show was waiting to see if he’d ever be successful. Johnny Bravo has actually been nominated for several cartoon awards and is notable for helping launch the careers of several animators including Seth McFarlane.
“Gotta Catch em All” well, so they. Especially in Pokémon. Another show that was really popular and created a buzz in the youth with their fast growth in popularity. The was so much around Pokémon, like a popular game on the Nintendo, merchandise like cards, toys, etc. And in our present time a highly downloaded app called “Pokémon Go” where you use your phone’s gps to actually catch Pokémon around you! And funny enough, the two highest grossing anime films are both Pokémon films. The TV show is based around a kid named Ash who dreams of becoming a Pokémon master. He starts with his first Pokémon, which is Pikachu who has electric powers. The all have certain elemental power such as water, fire, earth, psychic, etc. and this is how they fight each other. The aim is to catch them all.
And my best cartoon series, The Simpsons, has survived 29 seasons, named by Time as the 20th century’s best television series, it has won dozens of awards including 31 Primetime Emmy Awards, 30 Annie Awards and a Peabody Award. The Simpsons even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The show is excitingly original and their comedic use of satire is incredible. It has a large variety of characters besides the Simpsons family and they are all unique in their own ways. I liked the show so much I used to record the episodes on video cassettes back then. I had over 40 cassettes all with The Simpsons on. I have a great appreciation for Matt Groening, the creator of the infamous show.
There are so many great 90s cartoons to name including Dexter’s Laboratory, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Powerpuff Girls, Pinky and the Brain, Captain Planet, the list goes on. If none of these even rings a bell, it means I am probably old. But seriously, there were also cartoons created for older people in the 90s such as South park and Beavis and Butthead. If you’ve ever been curious how cartoons have changed, check out some of these 90s shows.