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Top 10 1990s Cartoons that Aged Badly by Trey-Vore
Top 10 1990s Cartoons that Aged Badly
This is a random Top 10 list I chose to do, inspired by WatchMojo.com's list of Video Games that Aged Badly.  A part of my reason is while the 1980s are nostalgia worthy and likely to become pop culture, the 1990s hadn't aged terribly well.  However, to me these shows I feel aren't exactly nostalgia worthy.

Rules?  Okay here goes...

-All of these cartoons had to have premiered between January 1, 1990 and December 31, 1999.
-Every entry I tried to make stand out as an individual.  Ergo, if you think a show had aged nicely as well and you don't see it, maybe it's just similar in nature to one of the already listed shows.
-Stay tuned for some Honorable Mentions.
-All of these shows needed to have ran for more than just one season or at least got more than just 13 episodes, or the best it would deserve is an Honorable Mention.
-Keep in mind these are only opinions based on research and synergy.

With that out of the way, I give you my picks for:

Top 10 1990s Cartoons that Aged Badly

#10: Animaniacs (1993)

Put down your torches, I can explain. There was no denying Animaniacs was a highly successful show that won lots of awards and many people probably remember watching this series best of the Warner/Spielberg collabs, but can we be honest here? It hasn't aged all that gracefully. Unlike Tiny Toon Adventures, which was funny but also morally correct, and Histeria!, which was funny but also educational, this series was supposed to be funny and just funny. Problem is it had much less heart and most of the sketches aren't worth your time. But even if they all were 100% perfect the scattered nature kills it and then there's also the feeling it doesn't grow with you. So I will say this series isn't "Animaniass", but not worth waxing nostalgia for.

#9: Extreme Ghostbusters (1997)

To be fair... this show was alright. The movie got a sequel so I guess the cartoon could get one too. But... these new Ghostbusters just don't have the same weight as the classic characters and the fact only select characters return doesn't appeal. This series had taken some flack for the fact they tried to make this series more extreme and multi-ethnic, but while I don't mind most of their choices, I doubt a paraplegic guy is suitable for the job unless the ghosts are just sluggish. Also while the 80s series was supposed to be semi-scary and not without humor this is too cartoony for its own good. Let's let these Ghostbusters enjoy their early retirement and move on.

#8: Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (1994)

The second Klasky-Csupo series aired on Nickelodeon also is not worthy of nostalgia. I can see some good ideas present but, well it has been improved upon. The draw was that this series, about three monsters who attend a scaring school for academic achievements, was always meant to be more goofy than ghastly but it seems like a fairly dull show. Also, now that Pixar has a stranglehold on the "monsters in the closet" story with Monsters, Inc., which is more charming and, can I say, much more pleasant to look at, this show would not have much of an audience; it would seem like some kind of deformed cousin.

#7: Littlest Pet Shop (1995)

At the time, a new toyline was introduced about little animal figurines you could collect. This series was meant to promote that very toyline. The premise makes it sound like it is supposed to be a cutesy edutainment show on PBS, but it was taking its cues from Animaniacs to be entertaining. Now its energy just feels calm and subdued and this generation of Littlest Pet Shop isn't going to win any new fans. My advice is to just watch the 2012 series and leave this one stuck in the 90s.

#6: Double Dragon (1993)

Oh boy this is not going to end well. Back in 1993 Double Dragon was being pushed to be the next big thing. While I just absolutely hated the movie that starred Scott Wolf, Mark Dacascos and Robert Patrick, I excepted this series as better than the movie and left it at that. Now... nope it just feels like the soulless toyploitative corporate shill it was always meant to be. The last thing we need now is a video game based cartoon that while its based on a beat-em-up, it lectures kids to not fight. Oh yeah and buy my action figure toy while you're at it.

#5: The Mask (1995)

There was a time when anything that starred Jim Carrey was box-office boffo. So naturally, it was a good idea to make a cartoon series spin-off about said movie and watch the Nielsen ratings pile up. The Mask was the first of three, and the most successful. However, because now the movie went from being a must-see film to a guilty pleasure, this series had to follow suit. I understand the other two shows hadn't aged beautifully either, but with Ace Ventura my expectations were pretty low, and Dumb and Dumber had the luxury of not surviving a full season. Also, after Son of the Mask? This is one murdered franchise. I guess someone finally took his advice... somebody stopped him.

#4: Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990)

Captain Planet and the Planeteers had a good message at heart. It is certainly important to take care of the environment and work together to make the world greener, and while we definitely make an effort to do so, it's not because this show had any role in it. Its themes are just too corny and ridiculous to be taken seriously and well, who on Earth thinking pollution is caused by comical supervillains who rub their hands and cackle while pushing a button to dump gallons of toxic waste into the ocean? If you're going to deliver an important eco-message, it needs to be taken seriously, and this show just doesn't cut it.

#3: Yo Yogi! (1991)

In this legitimately bad show, yes it was yet another "kids" version of classic cartoon characters and they already did Flintstones, Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry, so why not Yogi? It was Yogi's first appearance in television animation since 1979, and the thing is, it was closer in essence to Tiny Toon Adventures than say, Muppet Babies. But they just couldn't make it work because it was frequently pushing attitude and rapping to wow the kids and forgot to include heart or anything one would think is substantial. Because it failed so heavily in the ratings (and a 3-D gimmick didn't help) the only thing this series did was nearly kill Yogi's career as a cartoon character.

#2: Quack Pack (1996)

Originally meant to be a more direct spin-off to DuckTales, the now-teenaged, independently characterized Huey, Dewey and Louie are reunited with their more recognizable Uncle Donald, but the last thing this series did was prove to be better than that classic 1980s cartoon. Ignoring the "pushing an attitude" issue, they lose their everykid appeal and now feel more like they are merely trying to channel that "teen heartthrob" which was evidently "Flavor of the Month". To add insult to injury, this series did get a 3-episode DVD in 2005 and upon revisiting the show, it wasn't even 10 years old yet and it already looked and felt like a relic from another age. I don't think I blame Disney for having officially wrote this series off as Canon Discontinuity.

#1: My Little Pony Tales (1992)

This is going to be a real doozy. I know that My Little Pony was not always "hip", and you don't need me to tell you this series cannot touch My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. But even without that series in mind, I just feel this is one badly aged show. How? Well having never seen this show originally because, well, I was born male and had no earlier interest in this franchise back then. However, for the moment I will assume back in the 90s the advice this series gave was at least somewhat respectable. Looking at it now... I'm sorry I can't take any advice this show gives seriously, mainly because I feel like I'm supposed to take this shit extremely literally. A major reason for that is this series is overhumanized; there is no point in them being ponies. Nothing is left to your imagination; everything is clearly meant for humans but there is just... ponies instead. The choppy animation doesn't help matters, the songs are awful and the characters are stupid and unappealing. Making things worse is Hasbro seems to want to count this as a spin-off of the 80s cartoon rather than have it as a legitimate generation; the franchise has no G2. I mean the 80s series is G1, which is understandable, and the horrible G3 and G3.5 continuities actually are an official generation, but this isn't? That is pathetic!

Honorable Mentions

Hammerman (1991)
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (1993)
The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa (1995)
Bruno the Kid (1996)

All images are (c) their respective companies.

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Top 10 1990s Cartoons that Aged Well by Trey-Vore
Top 10 1990s Cartoons that Aged Well
This is a random Top 10 list I chose to do, inspired by WatchMojo.com's list of Video Games that Aged Well.  A part of my reason is while the 1980s are nostalgia worthy and likely to become pop culture, the 1990s hadn't aged terribly well.  However, I decided to throw that a bone with my Top 10 list here.

Rules?  Okay here goes...

-All of these cartoons had to have premiered between January 1, 1990 and December 31, 1999.
-Every entry I tried to make stand out as an individual.  Ergo, if you think a show had aged nicely as well and you don't see it, maybe it's just similar in nature to one of the already listed shows.
-Stay tuned for some Honorable Mentions.
-All of these shows needed to have ran for more than just one season or at least got more than just 13 episodes, or the best it would deserve is an Honorable Mention.
-Keep in mind these are only opinions based on research and synergy.

With that out of the way, I give you my picks for:

Top 10 1990s Cartoons that Aged Well

#10: Beast Wars Transformers (1996)

I will start off my "Aged Well" list with the second intertion of the Transformers franchise, and their first venture into the Beast era. It is their first series to use all-CGI, and while next to something like the Michael Bay films it's clearly TV-quality but it manages to avoid being a product of its era. The series also introduces several characters who would continue to appeal nowadays; even die-hard fans of the 80s series found something to love about them in addition to Predacon-turned-Maximal Dinobot being introduced into the Transformers Hall of Fame. Don't get me wrong, Autobots vs. Decepticons are always going to come to mind first, but even now I can say Beast Wars Transformers holds up, yeeesss...

#9: Beavis and Butt-head (1993)

A series which was a spin-off from Liquid Television, Mike Judge's brainchildren would start a practice of adding more than just music videos to MTV. While in terms of being controversial it has definitely been outdone, but the series was not depending on that to survive as many a parent hated Beavis and Butt-head due to their crude nature and controversial content, but that was one more reason fans loved them. In addition, the series dates itself so heavily you would probably be afraid that revisiting this series would be impossibly cringe-inducing. Amazingly enough that isn't the case, it holds up a lot better than you would think. Any way you look at them, the world is a little different now thanks to Mike Judge. Huh huh, this show rules!

#8: The Tick (1994)

One of three cartoon series that was considered to have never "Jumped the Shark", The Tick is a superhero parody based on the underground comic book by Ben Edlund. It could have been seen as stale and formulaic due to the nature of its genre. But The Tick manages to be witty, sassy and cool with a wide assortment of oddball characters and creative plots. Not even a peaked-too-early live-action series can deflate feelings for this show. Granted parodies of comic book superheroes are nothing new but this series feels as fresh as its ever been. I guess the only thing left to say about The Tick is "Spoooooonn!"

#7: Rocko's Modern Life (1993)

A series created by Joe Murray as one of Nickelodeon's Nicktoons, Rocko's Modern Life is yet another well-aged series. Rocko may not have been "radical", he wasn't an extreme skateboarder and he didn't rap; he was just an Only Sane Man in a world full of wackos. But while he may have been low-key, he definitely made up for that in longitivity, and well, the fact it's loaded with subtle mature humor means it gives you something to look forward to as you grow up. That was a hoot!

#6: Sonic SatAM (1993)

The second Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon made chronologically, Sonic SatAM (named as such to avoid confusion with the earlier Sonic cartoon, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog) is a cult favorite canceled before its time. Sure there are only a handful of characters from the SegaSonic verse that appear, but we can give that a pass because at the time the franchise was still in its infancy. It manages to juggle so many different TV show genres and they naturally fit, and so many characters continue to appeal to fans everywhere. It could have just been another cheap cash-in but it managed to be vastly better than it had any right to be. It's way past cool!

#5: 101 Dalmatians: the Series (1997)

For me, 101 Dalmatians: the Series is a series which represents two Disney blocks: it marks the end of the fatiguting "Disney Afternoon" and the start of the Disney-owned ABC era with Disney's "One Saturday Morning". Now, cartoons based on movies have always been a bit of an iffy preposition. An even bigger hurdle to jump though, was that this series was a cartoon spin-off from a live-action remake of an animated classic. However, with its appealing characters, still-relevant plots, plenty of heart and many episodes of brillance, this series actually did the unthinkable: I actually prefer the series to the movie that inspired it! Other movie cartoons come and go but 101 Dalmatians: the Series still holds its ground. Even today, Disney will still air it as part of one of their programming blocks. Memo to myself: spread the word of awesome of 101 Dalmatians: the Series!

#4: Tiny Toon Adventures (1990)

At one point thought to be another mindless Muppet Babies knock-off, any doubts were immediately quieted once the series debuted. In the early 90s, there was no stopping Tiny Toon Adventures. People were wild about this show and it was everywhere. However, it was unfortunately canceled after only three years to make room for Animaniacs. That show quickly usurped the reins and for a while, the first Warner/Spielberg collab looked like it was a series doomed to be eclipsed. But, that was anything but the case as Tiny Toon Adventures with its clever plots that age with the times, jokes that appeal to everyone, characters that are all memorable, an amazing taste in music and heart to spare, Tiny Toon Adventures is no doubt a classic. And dat's a wrap!

#3: Ed, Edd n Eddy (1999)

This Cartoon Network original series, made by Canadian-born Danny Antonucci and his a.k.a. Cartoon animation unit, is one of their longest running shows for a reason: it was out right made to age well! The strength of the characters together with still-meaningful themes and non-current technology means the show can still find an audience today. We can say their goal to have a non-dated show is a success. Buttered toast!

#2: The Critic (1994)

This mature animated series, which was helmed by Al Jean and Mike Reiss and starred Jon Lovitz as the voice of Jay Sherman, a pudgy, balding New York film critic, is still one well-aged show. It was a funny, yet still touching series that is tragically underrated; it unfortunately never got much of a fair shake and was canceled much too soon. The Critic is a cartoon well worth your time and support, and like The Tick was considered to have never "Jumped the Shark". I will even say that I have written a RetroJunk article on this series and have even had people find it meaningful to the point they want to use it as a "Case For" defense, just check Wikipedia and TV Tropes!

#1: Batman: the Animated Series (1992)

Don't act like you didn't see this coming. Batman: the Animated Series, one of several comic book superhero adaptions and still one of the best, this series is timeless and will appeal to anyone, anywhere. With its smart, mature writing, reverance to the source material and an army of memorable characters, Batman: the Animated Series deserves its title as one of our best modern cartoons.

Honorable Mentions

TaleSpin (1990)
Rugrats (1991)
King of the Hill (1997)
Histeria! (1998)
The Powerpuff Girls (1998)

All images used are (c) their respective owners

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Personal Quote: "The original product is a poison and a satire is the antidote."
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  • Reading: random stuff online
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If you guys don't know about my book, The Weiss Kittens and the Family Tree (www.amazon.com/Weiss-Kittens-F…), I have been buying my own book and selling it to my colleagues to hopefully get it out. 

Anyway the purpose of this journal is to let you all know I have a sequel coming which is undergoing copyright right now and I should hear back by late March or April.  Before Christmas I had shown my pics to a couple who was interested in one page and now I have the idea that I can scan my favorite images and sell the individual pictures for money.  Said page is the pic introducing the Weiss Kittens' upcoming villain!

Prices will be coming soon.

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