Every one of the 90s kids would choose to take a step back in time and reminiscence about the cartoons that had them glued to the television. Therefore, if you've been curious just what is preventing today's young people from succeeding, look no further. The truth is, the age of unique cartoons came to an abrupt end with the evolution of Cartoon Network to CN and from Nickelodeon to Nick.
In our times, cartoon characters were created to communicate a sense or send a strong message and enthral the viewers. Even if they're not, they were far superior to today's offerings. We simply got a little better, as every age has its fair amount of cartoons.
We've compiled a list of of the best cartoon characters of all time to take you back to childhood. And those who can still get us to sit in front of our televisions and cherish it.
Mickey Mouse: Created in 1928
It's easy to overlook the comic character Mickey Mouse in the shadow of the Disney empire's flag bearer. However, the Disney empire would not exist if it weren't for the talismans of an enthusiastic, daring mouse. The mouse will almost certainly be released into the public domain in 2024, nearly a century after Disney's iconic "Steamboat Willie" short. That is, however, more than reasonable after launching an unimaginably wealthy $130 billion empire.
Winnie the Pooh: Created in 1926
As dear as he was in book form, Winnie-the-Disney Pooh's adventures are remembered by many as the beloved versions of this Silly Ol' Bear. Along with his big heart and profoundly rooted sweetness, Winnie the Pooh made having an irresistible sweet tooth acceptable.
Bugs Bunny (Looney Tunes): Created in 1940
Rabbits are the most amusing cats in the history of cartoons. Or, for that matter, a hare! That slight biological distinction was never acknowledged over his various shenanigans, whether he was chased with Elmer Fudd's shotgun, Yosemite Sam's pistols, or Marvin Martian's ACME Disintegration Pistol. Nevertheless, he exhibited an impressive pomposity through them one by one.
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (Rocky and Bullwinkle): Created in 1959
As Rocky and Bullwinkle faced off assaults from Pottsylvania, which sounds like it originated from Eastern Europe, the visuals weren't advanced, but maybe the lines were amusing.
The Simpsons (Homer J. Simpson): Created in 1987
The first two seasons of The Simpsons initially focused on Bart; however, the program became more Homer-centric and became something unique. He is the ordinary man at his most lazy, fattest, stupidest, and badass. Despite a good heart buried beneath so many doughnuts, he's indeed the role model who repetitively ended up saving the day. Or, in the very least, it preserves everything to a power structure that has lasted three eons and over thirty Halloween ‘Treehouse of Horror’ specials, the 30th of which aired as the series 666th episode.
Peanuts (Charlie Brown and Snoopy): Created in 1950
Not every character survived the transition from paper to television, but Charlie Brown and his dog Snoopy were immortalized in a series of TV specials and subsequent shows. Snoopy's Red Baron fantasies, friendship with Woodstock, and crush on Lucy captivated children, while Charlie captivated adults. Charlie Brown, whether real or animated, is the most sympathetic character we've ever had. We root for him even though we know it's all for naught because he's unlucky in love, untalented, and overly loyal.
Tom and Jerry: Created in 1941
The invention of motion pictures primarily replaced silent film, but Hanna and Barbera's Tom and Jerry enthralled generations of children without relying on dialogue. The 114 shorts were produced between 1940 and 1958, standing to be the classic cat-and-mouse antics.
The Flintstones(Fred Flintstone ): Created in 1960
Fred, the father of his modern stone-age family, illustrated that cartoons aren't only for kids. Even though the original series may seem small by today's standards (and the Flintstones are now more known for selling cereal and supplements), it was one of the most sarcastically satirical television shows of the 1960s.
Scooby-Doo (Shaggy Rogers and Scooby-doo): Created in 1969
Even though they never say so, we're pretty sure there's something really... psychoactive in those ‘Scooby Snacks.’ Shaggy and Scoob appear to be utterly worthless in comparison to the rest of the Scooby Gang, spending the majority of their time eating and lounging around and screaming in terror when confronted with almost anything spooky. Despite this, they're the easiest to fall in love with. Throughout Scooby-many Doo's adaptive responses, this guy and canine combination has remained ageless.
The Powerpuff Girls (Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup): Created in 1998
The Powerpuff Girls, the epitome of "cute and badass," emerged on the 90s cartoon landscape eager to excite and entertain generations. Another important takeaway was that teamwork is the most effective strategy, regardless of who you strongly identify with.
Johnny Bravo: Created in 1995
A Johnny Bravo-style animated series is unlikely to be produced today! This show, which debuted just as the adult animation genre was gaining traction, was marketed to children but contained plenty of flirtatious comedy that slipped under Cartoon Network's radar. Even though Johnny's behaviour borders chauvinistic, the show makes it clear that he's supposed to be the polar opposite of a role model, with his arrogance almost always resulting in some terrible disaster. Even so, his illogical pick-up lines are hilariously amusing. One of my personal favourites is, "Hey gorgeous, mommy, want to watch me comb my hair extremely fast?"
SpongeBob Squarepants: Created in 1999
After two decades on the air, Tom Kenny's iconic laugh has become ingrained in the psyches of global audiences, despite the title character sponge's navigational antics not being what many parents had wished for. When creator Stephen Hillenburg died in 2018, a movement arose to have the song "Sweet Victory" from one of the show's most popular episodes, "Band Geeks," performed at the Super Bowl in his honour. Even though fans were turned away, Hillenburg's legacy survives thanks to the naive sponge's long-lasting celebrity status.
These are just some of the countless cartoon characters defining childhood in the 1990s. If you grew up in the 1990s, I'm sure you're back to that time. Remembering these cartoons refreshed my youthful emotions and brought back those memorable moments.