The 90’s was known for their brilliant cartoons that shaped many young kids into their adult selves. These cartoons were fun, obviously, but they are so much more than that. As someone who grew up watching a lot of cartoons on TV, I can safely say they defined my childhood and moulded me into the person I am today. This is true for almost all of the kids born in 90’s. This list contains few of the most popular shows of the time and is not an objective list.
- Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry was the pinnacle of slapstick humour that extended boundaries. The show centres around a cat named Tom, a mouse named Jerry and their antics trying to one-up each other. It was hilarious and extremely enjoyable to watch. There was barely any dialogue in the show which meant anyone could watch and enjoy this masterpiece made by Hanna Barbera. Though technically, the original show was made in the 40’s there were plenty of new iterations and reruns to keep everyone entertained.
- Powerpuff Girls
Powerpuff girls was a staple of 90’s cartoons and were partly responsible for bringing Cartoon network into the spotlight. The show focuses on three very compelling and powerful female leads and was designed in a way that every girl could relate to one of the main characters. This show, while empowering women and breaking the definition of what it meant to be a girl, appealed to everyone- both the sexes of all age groups. The Powerpuff Girls is a cornerstone of many kids’ childhoods and one of the most beloved and enduring shows that cartoon network has put out.
- Batman: The Animated Series
Before Christopher Nolan got to Batman, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm were making their own Batman show- Batman: The Animated Series. This show is arguably the best adaptation of Batman inching out all other competitors with its perfect portrayal of the character without going too far. The voice acting, the animation and the story; everything was perfect and without comprises. The best part of the show was that even though it was a kid’s cartoon there was still a mature tone which made it all the more enjoyable, even today.
- Captain Planet and the Planeteers
Captain Planet was one of those ‘out there concepts that worked’ that the 90’s were known for. The creators managed to make a show that was inclusive, fun and compelling all the while making it educational. The ambition and heart that went into the show would put most cartoons today to shame. Though the show may feel bit cheesy now, it was perfect for the time.
- The Simpsons
The Simpsons are arguably the most popular cartoon out there with its unique animation style, its often crass story and the controversies it creates. At its peak, no other cartoon could touch the Simpsons. The cast was diverse and fun, the stories were original and meanings conveyed were profound. The Simpsons poked into society and its problems and served as social commentary before the time of the internet.