Cartoons Of The 90’s

 

By Chirali Sharma  

Do you remember a time when cartoons like Bugs BunnyJohnny Bravo, Powerpuff Girls, Road Runner, Dexter, Scooby Doo were the highlights of our day? These amazing cartoons hold a special place in our lives.  They bring fond memories of our childhood back to our mind. There were days, when we could not wait to get home from school and park our butts in front of the television again, those days when homework was done at super-human speed so we could watch our favourite cartoons again! A whole day could be spent in front of the television and you would not get bored, such were the times. Since there are so many cartoons, I would like to mention some of the most prominent and wide-spread cartoons. These cartoons have personally been a big part of my life. I will be starting off with Cartoon Network. Having grown up watching them, they are all close to my heart in some way or another, from

  • Tom n Jerry to
  • Flintstones to
  • Ed, Edd and Eddy to
  • Droopy to
  • Duck Tales to
  • Chip and Dale to
  • Pokemon to
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog

And of course, how could I forget Popeye, that is one cartoon that changed me and my view on spinach. Before watching it, I hated spinach, but now I cannot imagine not eating spinach, it’s among my favourite vegetables! In my early teens, I discovered the Disney Channel, and I fell in love with it. Some of them are

  • That’s so Raven to
  • Lizzie McGuire to later on
  • Hannah Montana and
  • Disney’s Recess
  • Even Stevens
  • The Suite Life of Zack and Cody they have all been a personal favourite of mine.

These are just a few of the shows ….otherwise the list is endless, literally. I get dizzy just thinking about how many names I’m still missing! Also, not only were these shows fun and entertaining, they became a way for families to spend some quality time together. I remember evenings when my sister and I with our mugs of milk and my parents with their tea mugs would sit down and watch shows like

  • Road Runner,
  • Tiny Toon Adventures,
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers
  • Flintstones
  • The Looney Tunes Show
  • Tom and Jerry

Of course, how could I forget the awesome Nickelodeon channel which brought forward some amazing shows like

  • Spongebob Squarepants
  • Jimmy Neutron Boy Genuis
  • Drake and Josh
  • Kenan and Kel
  • Rugrats
  • Arnold
  • Beavis and Butthead…..

See… did I not say that the list is endless?! For a minute there I was lost in my memories of all these amazing shows! These shows, these cartoons were not just a way to pass our time, they are a piece of our history, and something which when remembered they bring an automatic smile to our face. Memories, so many memories are attached with them. I don’t believe that there is any specific or appropriate age till when you can enjoy these cartoon shows. I believe that they not only entertain us but they create a bond which holds us together, we all have watched these cartoons and thus no matter how much we change through the years, these cartoons act as a joining force of sorts and bring us together. Each and everyone of these shows is special to me in some way or the other, and I could care less if people think its childish to still hold cartoon shows in such high regard. Even now, I dare anyone to say that this is childish or beneath us to still be so attached to cartoon shows. I’m sorry but I don’t think it’s wrong in any way, at least they are much better than some of the crap (pardon my language) that is shown today at television. Just the other day, I was watching the Disney Channel and I saw a few shows, I won’t take names here but I mean, come on, there is a limit to ripping off, so, just in case I was judging it too fast, I decided to sit through one episode of both these shows… speechless, that’s just what I was after watching them, I cant say anything about them, they were just ridiculous. Also, cartoons like Shin-chan or Oggy and the cockroaches, are not exactly the best example of being a role-model to kids.  Shin-chan while being funny and all, is prompting kids to be obnoxious and rude to their parents, the show portrays him as a rude kid, who passes indecent comments on anyone from his parents to his teachers or even to a practical stranger. I feel, that Shin-chan is good for teenagers or adults who can enjoy this show without being influenced by it, but for kids around the age of 10 to be watching this show, can be dangerous for them. Also, cartoons these days, do not have that charm, that certain charisma that made them unique, that allowed us to be able to sit through a whole day marathon of them. Cartoons these days, are vulgar, working on cheap slapstick comedy, in many places downright promoting violence and sometimes I cant help but feel sorry for them. They are desperate to achieve the same status that cartoons in the 90’s had. But this is impossible because that era was truly a golden one for cartoons and animated movies too.

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