Cartoons of the 90s

Posted by on August 20, 2010 in the Inspiration category

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Being born in the mid 1980’s, I wasn’t old enough to really care about quality television shows until the 1990’s. Anyone who grew up around that time should remember such great shows such as Boy Meets World, Home Improvement (sometimes), Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Freaks and Geeks.

Though those shows were great, the best part of the television lineup was the cartoons! Today’s “kids shows” for the most part are complete garbage compared to the quality of shows that existed in the early 90s (Darkwing Duck, Doug, Talespin, Tiny Toon Adventures, etc.).

Here are some great fan art from some of the great cartoon shows that I grew up with. Feel free to leave a comment of some of your favorite shows growing up that I might have missed. Enjoy πŸ™‚

Hey Arnold!

The show stars 4th-grader Arnold, who lives with his grandparents Phil and Gertrude, proprietors of the Sunset Arms boarding house. In each episode, Arnold often helps a schoolmate solve a personal problem, or encounters a predicament of his own.

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The Angry Beavers

The series revolves around Daggett and Norbert Beaver, two young beaver brothers who have left their home in the forest, to become bachelors. Naturally, they get into all sorts of beaver related trouble and comedy is made.

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Aaahh!!! Real Monsters

Aaahh!!! Real Monsters was a show about adolescent monsters-in-training. The three main characters (Ickis, Oblina and Krumm) attend an institute for monsters under a city dump and learn how to frighten humans.

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Pinky and the Brain

Originally starting as a recurring segment on the hit show Animaniacs, Pinky and The Brain finally landed their own show in 1995. Pinky and Brain are genetically enhanced laboratory mice who reside in a cage in the Acme Labs research facility. Each episode involves one of Brain’s plans for world domination with Pinky’s assistance, and the ultimate failure of that plan.

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Recess portrays the lives of six fourth graders as they go about their daily lives in a highly clichΓ©d school environment. The students of Third Street School have set up their own “little world” of traditional human society complete with its own government, class system, and set of unwritten laws. They are ruled by a monarch, King Bob, who has various enforcers to make sure his decrees are carried out. The little society has a long list of rigid values and social norms that imposes a high expectation of conformity upon all the students

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Rocko’s Modern Life

Rocko’s Modern Life followed the life of a wallaby called Rocko. Not known to young children, the show was full of sexual innuendos and crude humor. After 52 episodes, the show called it quits, but it’s humor and great animation stuck with a generation of kids.

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The show focuses on four babies and their day-to-day lives, usually involving common life experiences that become adventures in the babies’ imaginations. It was one of the first three Nicktoons and also aired on Nick Jr. in 1995.

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  • Looking at those images is bringing back a lot of cute childhood memories.
    Back when everything was simple and I would rush home after school to watch these cartoons. Love it

    • Thanks for the comment Misspinkles. I totally agree, collecting these images and doing some research for the post really brought me back to my childhood of watching all of these great shows πŸ™‚ thanks

    • CJ

      I am watching a lot of these right now on netflix

    • Amber T

      ahhh i MISS THOSE DAYS !!! I have a son now and his generation has crap for cartoons Ioften turn on netflix to watch those old shows i am looking for a show where he was a teenage boy who disapeared into his computer and turned into a super hero i just remember him being blue ?? any ideas email me

    • Madison born in 2001.

      Sob. I wish I was born in the 1990’s. 21st century cartoons just aren’t the same. Even spongebob has changed )’:

  • Great post! Totally brings back some great memories. I was a huge fand of Aaahh!!! Real Monsters and Hey Arnold!

  • I found the perfect video to go along with this post πŸ™‚ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71rl10hohRI

  • Rally

    It’s amusing seeing one of my images here, though it pales in comparison to the rest. lol

    ’90s toons were the best, in my opinion. They were fun and amusing, and looked better than the ’80s. Also, they got away with more risquΓ© humor than the shows that air today, almost all of which I can’t even stand to watch. Give me The Angry Beavers, Rocko’s Modern Life, and Animaniacs, and I’m good. πŸ˜‰

    • Rally

      Also, I just noticed that this was posted on my birthday. XD I was linked to this by a friend on deviantART.

    • I totally agree, the cartoons of today are just garbage compared to the great shows twentyish years ago πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed them as well.

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  • Nice blog!… I couldn’t agree with you more regarding some of the garbage shows out there today, but I definitely did enjoy the trip down memory lane, recalling some of the past gems.

    Several months ago I was actually thinking about the face of the new content on kids networks everywhere, and while I was in the process of developing a product for a friend of mine, I came up with a new children’s concept which I thought just might bring back a little class to the tube.

    Right now I am trying to put together this socially responsible children’s animated TV series (still in the early stages), and I would love some independent opinions…

    If you are interested, please take a look at the content, and if possible, I would really appreciate any feedback, comments or suggestions (good, bad, or indifferent).

    It’s called Hector The Friendly Collector.

    Thanks, and happy cartoon watching!


    “Hectors Creator” (Marty)

  • Osmidia Palacio

    OMG! I Miss Watching These Shows! πŸ™ They Were So Pure And Actually Funny! Unlike Cartoons Today… I Watch Them All The Time On The Computer, But It’s Not The Same. πŸ™

  • Looking at those images is bringing back a lot of cute childhood memories.
    Back when everything was simple and I would rush home after school to watch these cartoons.

    • Back when cartoons were mainly on Saturday mornings and right after school. Now there’s multiple channels that only play cartoons 24/7. Kids these days are spoiled haha.

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  • AD

    We had the best cartoons of any era, and there were so many to choose from. Brings back great memories.

    • I agree!! I’ve been watching some of the older Rocko’s Modern Life and Doug on Netflix lately.

  • Nadatellingyou

    Im 14 and love the 90’s era of cartooning. Cartoon Network has gone horrible wrong since then :/ Great images by the way πŸ™‚

  • Joe

    You know what? These cartoons were the best, Have you ever been up on a sat morning as of late. Nothing is good to watch as far as i think. Plus you cant for get about some other great ones of the 90’s even thou they werent all cartoons, like Billny the Sience Guy if i even spelt that name right lol Oh and Ernest. But your all right about this new junk on tv. I sure wouldnt let my kids watch over half of it.

    • I totally agree Joe! The Science guy was one of my favorite (non-cartoon) shows as well, loved that guy!

      • Nostalgic

        I am in awe!! gahh! The nostalgia is killing me! I miss watching these shows as a kid!
        I feel bad for my younger siblings…all they have to watch are the crap disney channel shows and whatever it is they play on tv now…. I know this blog has a lot to do with Nickelodeon shows, but Does anyone else miss shows like Lizzie McGuire and Sabrina the Teenage Witch? or how about Sister Sister? Good goshh, the 90s were definitely the Golden Age of Cartoons….

  • Samantha

    I LOVE ALL OF THESE SHOWS!!! The painting of the Rugrats by Isaihs do you know anything about him?

  • Chris

    Although not technically fan ‘art’ I made a mock trailer for a live action version of my personal favourite 90’s cartoon, ‘Bucky O’Hare’. It seemed to be a blink and you’ll miss it show, with only a few people remembering it, but I was one of the few.

    Anyway, you can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dQl3OD2Z-M&list=UUD9lXtTP_SSdS30XnQUve9w&feature=plcp


  • Kandii 80s baby

    This is awesome.. I love these cartoons I asked my kids to look at these because they are born in the 2000s so they really don’t know about them. We are going on YouTube tonight to watch some of these …if they are there for viewing πŸ™‚ thanks for the flashback!!

  • Tom

    No Nickelodeon Doug? What about Goof troop, rescue rangers ,darkwing duck, REMEMBER DISNEY!?

    Wild and Crazy Kids!! Salute your Shorts!!!! GUTS!!!!!!! Hey dude… c’mon.

    • I used to watch each and every one of those as a kid, no worries!! I just didn’t want to do a super long post, so I’ll do a follow up one with more cartoons πŸ™‚

  • Emily

    You know,I’m not even a 90’s baby(just a little younger than Nicktoons and stuff)…and I have to be honest with you,I MIIIIISSS IT AAAALLLL!!!!! D; My fav was and still is TAB “The Angry Beavers”!!! πŸ˜€ D;

  • Jacobr

    You forgot one wild thornberrys

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  • I wish Blue’s Clues had a reboot!


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