They just don’t make cartoons like they use to. Classic cartoons have a cooler vibe, more personality, no underlining jokes, and just straight up funny content. Who else is longing for what Nickelodeon, the Disney channel and Cartoon Network used to be? Cartoons that were just cartoons for sheer entertainment purpose not to make a statement or upset the masses.
Gone are the days when Hanna-Barbera was the biggest name in the cartoon industry, serving up simple slap-stick type jokes that everyone could laugh at. Modern day cartoons are more concerned with shock value; they try to please teenagers and adults more than the children that the cartoon is directed to. With classic cartoons like Looney Tunes, there were so many segments to pick from and there was something funny for everyone; the Road Runner outwitting that daring coyote, Porky Pig finding himself being duped. Most of all they spoke to the time that they were living in; simple pleasures got the biggest laughs, commonalities like having trouble hunting a clever rabbit was relatable.
With so many re-makes and old television shows in syndication, what is the harm in bringing back a few cartoons that instilled values to some, nonsensical laughs to others and had the entire family around the television? This is not to say that current cartoons lack that perfect combination of morals and excitement, however, we can all admit that they are quite different to what most of us grew up on.
15. Rocket Power
Who did not want to be Otto and Reggie Rocket? They were super athletic, their dad was super chill and they had such a tight knit group of friends. The kind of friends you keep for life. The show focused on the gang taking on extreme sports like skateboarding, surfing and rollerblading and trying to live as normal life as possible with their out there dad Ray also known as Raymundo. Their dad owns a surf shop which is normally where they get all their cool gear. This show was every kid’s dream life; living by the beach and getting to basically play all day. Plus they had a half pipe in their backyard; why bring this show back? It made us as children want to get out and try a new sport. It peaked our interest in a way that no other show did.
14. C Bear & Jamal
C Bear & Jamal was a treat; it premiered in early 1996 and it played at odd hours. Unfortunately the show only lasted about a season and a half. What was awesome about this show? It had a mostly black cast of some pretty popular comedians like Aries Spears, and it focused on a black youth who had a teddy bear that is not only alive but loves hip hop and writes his own raps. This show was awesome because it had a multicultural vibe and was really a great way to incorporate hip hop culture into animation. Tone Loc voiced C-Bear, and his voice is like heaven; why bring it back today? It would fit in perfectly with what we have on television today in the way of black casts.
13. The Real Ghostbusters
Premiering in 1986, The Real Ghostbusters was about a bunch of grown men who protected the city of New York from ghosts, angry spirits and a bunch of other random poltergeist kind of things. They had a puke green mascot named slimmer, and a few pretty cool sidekicks like their secretary Janine, and their accountant Louis. Ghostbusters was awesome because it was a bunch of guys sucking in evil spirits with random home inventions. The show was based, of course, off the series of films starring the likes of Bill Murray and Rick Moranis; now they are doing a film remake with an all girl cast. It may be time to binge watch the cartoon just to keep up to date on all the freaky spirits.
Doug was every 90’s preteen life guide; he experienced everything before we could, so technically he experienced it for us and we avoided it at all costs. Doug struggled to fit in, he had a bully named Roger, a best friend named Skeeter (short for mosquito), who was also blue and no one ever acknowledged it. Doug had the biggest crush ever on Patty Mayonnaise and always seemed to make a fool out of himself in front of her. It should come back simply because, the show really walked preteens through the ups and downs of what it was like being a preteen with a bunch of hormones.
11. Bobby’s World
Bobby’s World was about a child and his imagination; it was simple and enjoyable. Bobby had a crazy mind, a camping trick would turn into a jungle exploration. The cartoon was co-created by comedian Howie Mandel, and usually had a live action portion either before or after the show of Mandel talking about what took place and referencing his own childhood. What most people remember about Bobby is him whipping through his house on his Fisher-Price type tricycle, wreaking havoc on his family. However, people seem to forget that the show was a great depiction of how a child’s mind can wonder.
10. Captain Planet
Uhhhh an aqua green guy who teaches a bunch of multicultural kids about conserving the plant; yes please. Captain Planet would be a hit right now because everyone, wait; let’s not jump the gun most people are trying to conserve what we have left on this beautiful earth. Growing up this show was both educational and entertaining, you did not even realize you were learning until you quoted this aqua green guy with a pseudo mullet as a hairstyle. Captain Planet and his planeteers came off as real nerds but honestly their missions were highly entertaining. Bringing back Captain Planet would fit perfectly with the eco-conscious parents in this day and age.
9. Batman: The Animated Series
The original Batman cartoon that ran from 1992 to 1995 was a classic. It was way less complicated than the more recent ones and it mostly stuck to original storylines. This was not our first time seeing Batman on the small screen but it was the first time that it was not gimmicky and had words flying at us instead of showing us the actual punch, kick or jab. It allowed us to see a tiny bit of violence and see a real back story that made us understand why Bruce Wayne was the way he was. We also got some pretty cool action figures out of it. Bringing it back today, would make for some sky high ratings, and it could easily piggy back off of the numerous films made.
8. The Jetsons
The Jetsons originally started in the early 60s, but somehow had managed to span a few decades; it made us wonder what the future held. Would we have robots as maids like Rosie? Hover cars that just fly through the air, teleporting devices? We are kind of close, but for a kid The Jetsons made it seem so very possible in a time where everything was so… basic. Not only was it exciting watching Jane, George’s wife forcefully take his wallet and leave him with a few measly bills, it was exciting watching Elroy and Astro somehow communicate through his oddly English sounding barks. If this cartoon was brought back today, the ideas would expand far beyond hover cars.
7. The Flintstones
The complete opposite of The Jetsons and another Hanna-Barbera production, The Flintstones lived in the stone age. Unlike The Jetsons, every “machine” was run by dinosaurs and their homes were made of straight up stone. Main character Fred Flintstone was a jolly guy whose nickname was twinkle toes and with his partner in crime Barney Rubble, they always seem to find themselves wrapped in mischievous scenarios. The popular show ran from 1960-1966, but because it was so popular reruns made their way to television again in the 70s, 80s and 90s. You cannot keep a great cartoon down, why not bring this cartoon back? It is just way too fun not to experience it.
6. Scooby Doo
By now we all know that this cartoon and its characters were driven by high drug usage. It never made sense that a guy could have full blown conversations with his dog and in addition, feel super comfortable eating dog treats. Scooby Doo was a cartoon even adults could enjoy, mostly because it has been around for so long and re-invented time and time again. It went through every generation beginning in the late 60s. Society was given a little jolt of excitement when they made two live action films about this classic cartoon, but why not just bring back the original cartoon? What kid today would not get a kick out of a talking dog and his best human friend? If Dora can grow up, the possibilities are endless.
5. Hey Arnold!
Arnold was all of us; a normal kid who was not popular but not hated. He had a bully which unfortunately came in the form of a female who, surprise, surprise, had a little crush on him. Hey Arnold! Started in 1996 and officially ended in 2004, after several stop and go seasons in the early 2000s, but it was clear from the beginning that a lot, if not all of the characters were relatable in some way. Arnold of course was ahead of his time in that extra long plaid shirt, Helga was a tomboy who just really wanted a guy to like her for who she was and Lila, well she was every school boy’s crush. This coming of age cartoon drama would still hold the same value it did in the 90s.
A show about 3 siblings; Yakko, Wakko and Dot, who always found themselves in random predicaments all while living in Burbank, California. The show was a combination of real life situations mixed with slap stick comedy and an endless amount of parodies from shows like Seinfeld and Friends, and a few pretty popular films. Animaniacs was executive produced by Steven Spielberg. It ran from 1993 to 1998 and was often involved in crossovers with shows like Pinky and the Brain and Tiny Toon Adventures. This show would be awesome to renew simply because it would come off like a cartoon parody; how fun.
Starting in 1997 and running until 2001, Recess was the show that made our imaginations run wild with all the stuff we missed doing during our own recess time. The playground was more like a backpacking adventure, and each section was cut off into specific grounds; kindergartners were just normal 5 and 6 year olds. They were a tribe (literally a tribe) of small children who were possibly cannibals. TJ and his friends always had a cool mission to complete or a life problem that they helped one another solve. Their friendships were impenetrable; they embraced recess for all the possibilities, why didn’t we think of that?
2. Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes has been around since the 1930s and whoever says they have not enjoyed at least one segment from one episode is flat out lying. This show had so many characters and so many storylines, it was almost hard to keep up with. Possibly the most famous is Bugs Bunny and his constant badgering and manipulation of Elmer Fudd. While Looney Tunes has had many incarnations, the original ones are a hit and even the ones from the early 90s when it started gaining clout again are great re-runs, but one cannot help but imagine what new episodes would look like today.
Nine seasons of watching babies crawl on the floor and end up in random, usually unrealistic situations. One would not assume that watching babies do baby things would make for a great cartoon but apparently it was a hit. The Rugrats ran from 1991 to 2004, and while we were given an opportunity to see them as teenagers, it was sort of a tease seeing as it did not last long; one cannot help but be sad for the kids growing up today without a funny, random show like Rugrats. Re-runs do some justice but new adventures would make it even better than before. The mischief cannot be over already, how else are we going to get a babies take on the world?