The Cartoons That All 90's Kids Lived Through

The 90s was a great decade to be born. We had the coolest clothes, the strangest playground crazes and the most entertaining cartoons around. Is it just me or do the cartoons of this generation just not compare to our beloved 90s cartoons? Here are the best 90s cartoons we all loved as kids.

1) Pokemon.

Pokemon was, and still is, the absolute bomb! When I was a kid, I was Pokemon crazy. "Gotta Catch 'Em All" wasn't just a motto for me, it was a goddamn lifestyle! I was the kid who wore his Gameboy Color fannyback around the schoolyard, traded his Pokemon cards with his friends and sprinted home from school to catch the latest escapades of Ash, Pikachu and Team Rocket. And I'm not ashamed to say that I cried at the end of the first Pokemon movie too. Thankfully Netflix have given us the opportunity to watch this timeless cartoon series again!

2) Spiderman.

Next to Pokemon, Spiderman was my favourite show. Pretty much anything Marvel I was obsessed with. But Spider-Man had it all - an excellent theme song, dramatic twists, intense storylines, and a pretty cool superhero. I always used to get sad when each episode finishes, as I'd have to wait until the next morning to see what happened next!


3) Recess.

I think every child loved Recess, because we could all relate to the characters involved. The gang had one of everyone - the nerd, cool guy, school rat, chubby kid, teacher's pet, the tomboy, and so on and so forth. Basically, we could see all of our friends in at least one of these great characters.


4) Hey Arnold.

This has to go down as one of the grooviest cartoon theme songs ever. Helga's unrequited love for Arnold is something we've all experienced as a child, although her creepy shrine of him hidden in her bedroom was extra weird. "Hey, football head" was a prime example of the childish gags that kids throw at one another, and also confirms the point that making fun of someone on the playground as a kid, usually translates to them liking that person.

5) Rugrats.

I think all of us could see a bit of Tommy Pickles in ourselves. Every baby who has ever caused a bit of mischief will relate to this rugrat, complete with a stylish baby t-shirt and a screwdriver tactically placed in his diaper. Also, I think everyone has that "scaredy-cat" friend who is the image of Chuckie. Is he based off the horrible killing doll from the movie? Who knows, but the similarities are uncanny. Also, the Rugrats movie was a revelation in my eyes. I still sing "Ooh, EE, Ooh, Ah Ah, Ting, Tang, Walla-Walla-Bing-Bang" in the shower.


6) Catdog.

For any person who is divided like me, between their love of cats or dogs, this cartoon was perfect. A cat and dog who are permanently attached to one another, and live in a house with a mischievous mouse. It's the perfect cartoon right? Sometimes I wonder how the creators come up with these ideas!


7) Angry Beavers.

Dag and Norb were up there with my favourite cartoon characters, and although Angry Beavers was fairly short lived, I still recall laughing like a baby at some of these episodes. Just try and watch this theme song without dancing around the room in your pajamas!

8) Doug.

What is it about the Doug theme song that makes us so happy? So simple, yet so effective. Pork Chop, Skeeter, Patty - the show had the strangest names for its characters! There's something about that Patty Mayonaisse though... Serious crush.


9) Pinky and the Brain.

Every week, we would watch Pinky and the Brain try and "take over the world." It was a hilarious cartoon about two tiny lab mice with evil and authoritarian ambitions of world domination. Only in a cartoon!

10) Aaahh!!! Real Monsters

Real Monsters taught us to not fear the monsters living under our beds, as they might be little softies on the inside like Ickis, Oblina and Krumm. There wasn't any cartoon that was remotely like this. It was a real classic 90s cartoon. The Monsters Inc film series must have draw its inspiration from Real Monsters.

Ian Smith
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Ian is a contributing writer for CollegeTimes. He is currently partying his ass off for the Summer having spent the past 7 years at various colleges across the globe. While by no means an athlete, he considers himself a world class darts player... If you tweet him he will not respond.

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