For those of us that grew up in the 1990’s, we were treated to some great cartoons after school and on Saturday mornings. Some of these shows are locked in the vault while a few have made a come back in our current era. Without any further ado, here are some of the best animated shows of the 90s.
This animated adventure series premiered in May of 1990 and the final episode aired in August 1994. This show was produced by Disney and a few of the characters were an adaptation from the Disney’s 1967 animated movie “The Jungle Book”. Therefore Baloo the bear, Shere Khan the tiger, and Louie the orangutan all were apart of this series. Baloo is a pilot that owns a failing cargo air service. After being unable to pay his bills, the service is auctioned off by the bank and is bought by Rebecca Cummingham (Baloo’s new boss). Now as an employee of the newly named Higher for Hire, Baloo and his trusty navigator Kit CloudKicker, counters many adventures against air pirates.
“Let’s Get Dangerous” is what this heroic duck would say every time he prepared to save the day. Darkwing Duck made it’s way into the homes of viewers in 1991, the last episode aired in 1995. This show was also produced by the Walt Disney Company and is the only spin off of Duck Tales. The series told the story of Drake Mallard and his alter ego Darkwing Duck. He is assisted by his sidekick Launchpad McQuack. Mallard tries to juggle life as a super hero and life as a dad to his daughter Gosalyn. This series was one of the first Disney afternoon cartoons to focused on action rather than adventure.
Tiny Toon Adventures
Executive producer Steven Spielberg presented Tiny Toon Adventures to children of all ages. The show was also produced by Warner Bros. and was broadcast from 1990 through 1995. The cartoon was set in Acme Acres, this is where majority of the Looney Tunes and Tiny Toons characters live. The young characters attend Acme Looniversity were they are taught how to be comedic in a cartoon. The professors of the University are Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester the Cat, Elmer Fudd, and other well known Looney characters from the past. The university is not the main focus of the series, the tiny toon characters have their own slapstick adventures in Acme Acres. Some of the characters are, Buster Bunny, Babs Bunny, Plucky Duck, Hamton J. Pig, Dizzy Devil, Montana Max, Furball and many more. Recently the series was revived on the HUB Network and is broadcasted for an hour.
It’s time for Animaniacs and they are zany to the max. Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros. also produced this animated series that came after Tiny Toons. A total of 99 episodes were created and they aired from 1993 to 1998. The stars of the show are the Warner siblings, Yakko,Wakko, and Dot . They were locked in a water tower on the Warner Bros. movie lot because of their mischief ways. Everyday the siblings would escape the tower and go off on slapstick adventures. This show contained an abundant amount of characters that had their own plots and outcomes. The Good Feathers, Mindy and Buttons, and Pinky and The Brain are just a few of the other characters that were apart of the show. Not only did Animaniacs provide comedy to viewers but on many occasions historic events were used in the plots. The Hub began running reruns of this series recently.
Created by Jim Jinkins and produced by Jumbo Pictures Studio, Doug originally aired on Nickelodeon from 1991 to 1994. The last eposide featured Doug and his friends graduating from middle school. After the show ended, Disney obtained the series and continued it with the characters going to high school on ABC. The new series was broadcasted from 1996 to 1999. The show revolved around Doug Funnie’s everyday life. He writes everything in his journal and narrates the story to the viewers. Doug day dreams often and creates imaginary characters such as Quailman, and Smash Adams to help him solve his problems. The show airs on Nickelodeon once again as part of “The 90’s are all that”.
The babies premiered on Nickelodeon in 1991 and lasted to 1993 at first. After the halt of production, two new special episodes appeared in 1995 (A Rugrats Passover) and in 1996 (A Rugrats Chanukah). After these special received great praises, new regular episodes resumed airing in 1997. The series followed the life of Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, and Phil and Lil Deville as they try to make sense of the world around them. The babies talk to each other but only when no grown ups are around to hear them. You can still catch Rugrats on Nickelodeon as part of “The 90’s are all that” block.