I have small cousins who love cartoons just as much as I used to when I was their age.So this one time I was made to baby sit. Oh, the horror Don’t get me wrong, I adore those little angels but they are exhausting!! What made the time so horrible was sitting with them watching cartoons. As I sat through hours of Dora the Explorer and Ben 10 I realised how dead cartoons of the 2st century are. No comedy or silliness that make cartoons. They are all waay to serious, talking about such serious world issues. I believer cartoons are supposed to be comical, with funny punchlines and silly story lines.
Some of the cartoons in my time had mystery with a pinch of silliness for the humour. Here are some great cartoons of the late 90s and early 00’s:
1. Courage the Cowardly Dog: It follows Courage, a cowardly dog who lives with two elderly farmers (Muriel and Eustace Bagge) in the Middle of Nowhere. The three are frequently thrown into bizarre misadventures, often involving the paranormal/supernatural. The series is known for its dark, surreal humor and atmosphere.
2. Powerpuff Girls:
The show centers on Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, three girls with superpowers made from sugar, spics and everything nice and chemical X by their father, the brainy scientist Professor Utonium, who all live in the fictional city of Townsville. The girls are frequently called upon by the town’s childlike and naive mayor to help fight nearby criminals using their powers. Powerpuff Girls always saving Townsville from Mojo Jojo and other evil conspiracies.
3. Johnny Bravo: He thinks he’s a ladies’ man and keeps running after the hottest ladies. Johnny Bravo has no shortage of confidence, and he’s certain that all women want him. With his big hair and tight black clothes, he’s known for his karate chops, accompanied by the sound of a bullwhip. Living with his mum, he was a definite spoilt kid.
Remember, ‘Enough talk about me, lets talk about me.’ LOL!!
4. Dexter’s laboratory:
A child genius who whips up dazzling, world-saving inventions in his secret laboratory. Big sister Dee Dee frequently wrecks his experiments, but his bigger nemesis is Mandark, his brilliant rival at Huber Elementary School. Mom and Dad, of course, have no idea what their little angel is up to.
“OOOO, What does that button do??”
5. The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy: There’s those I won’t say I followed up on as much as I’d be lying. Billy and Mandy was quite a favorite of mine. It follows two children named Billy and Mandy, who, after winning a limbo game to save Billy’s pet hamster, gain the mighty Grim Reaper as their best friend in eternal servitude and slavery.
6. Evil ConCarne: was included in the mix and was another perfectly written cartoon. The plot concerns the misdeeds of Hector Con Carne, a billionaire Hispanic arms smuggler reduced to Brain in a Jar status after an assassination attempt destroyed his mansion along with most of his body. Rescued by Major Doctor Ghastly, a perky female Mad Scientist who had fallen in love with him, and implanted into the body of a Russian circus bear named Boskov, Hector now reigns over an arch-criminal organization named Evil Con Carne, which combats the League of Nations’ forces in a grandiose attempt to conquer the Earth.
7. The Cramp Twins: Cramp twins showed sibling rivalry. It is about Wayne Cramp and Lucien Cramp, not-so identical twin brothers who live with their hygiene-obsessed mother and their Western-obsessed father in the fictional town of Soap City. Wayne and Lucien’s personalities clash, and they rarely get along. I used to find this one quite weird but would still watch it.
8. The Animaniacs: The Warners, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, were three cartoon stars from the 1930s that were locked away in the Warner Bros. water tower until the 1990s, when they escaped. After their escape, they often interacted with Warner Bros. studio workers, including Ralph, the security guard; Dr. Otto Scratchansniff, the studio psychiatrist, and his assistant Hello Nurse.
9. Pinky and the Brain: Part of the Animaniacs, these were two genetically altered laboratory mice that continuously plot and attempt to take over the world. Yes, mice that wanted to take over the world, it was hilarious!!
10. Ed, Edd and Eddy: Ed, Edd “Double Dee”, and Eddy, collectively known as “the Eds”, lived in a suburban cul-de-sac town of Peach Creek. Under the unofficial leadership of Eddy, the trio constantly invent schemes to make money from their peers to purchase their favorite confectionery, jawbreakers. Their plans usually fail, leaving them in various, often humiliating, predicaments.
11. Cow and Chicken: Misadventures of two unlikely yet somehow biological siblings, a cow and a chicken. The sweet-natured, dim, ecstatic anthropomorphic Cow, who always hugged her udder and her cynical older brother Chicken. The two are often caught in escapades with their flamboyant enemy, the Red Guy, who disguises himself under various personas to attempt and scam the two.
12. Samurai Jack: After being sent into the future by evil wizard Aku, young samurai Jack makes a quest to return to the past and undo the destruction caused by the wizard. Along the way Jack enlists allies to defeat some of Aku’s henchmen and other villains before getting to the top dog to defeat him and find the portal that can return Jack to his own time. This cartoon was awesome!!
13. Gargoyles: This super cool cartoon used to come on KBC. It was about Manhattan gargoyles who come to life at night to fight crime. They would turn to stone during the day. It was uber cool but very short lived.
So, no matter what anyone says, these cartoons were awesome!! Maybe I am just geting older, but these were definitely the days.
Any other cartoon you miss? Let us know below.