Bringing Back the 90's Cartoons Pt. 2

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  • Cartoon Network
  • Nickelodeon
  • WB
  • Misc.
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Bringing Back the 90's Cartoons

Being an aspiring animator and a huge animation enthusiast, I talk a lot about animation and cartoons in general with anyone who will listen. In my previous hub - Brirnging Back the 90's Cartoons - I talk about how Nickelodeon has decided to bring back their 90's cartoons at the continuous pleads of their audiences. With shows like Doug, Hey Arnold, and Rugrats Nickelodeon has definitely stepped their animation game up and are definitely giving the people what they want.

Unfortunately, the Cartoon Network and Disney channels aren't following suit, and with declining ratings, the cartoon channel giants are scratching their heads as to why they just can't seem to get more viewers. Honestly, I believe that the reason Cartoon Network and Disney aren't getting more viewers is because they continue to pump out less than mediocre shows and fail to realize that their views piqued in the 1990s.

This hub is an homage to our favorite shows of the 90's; not just the cartoons. Cousin Skeeter, Figure it Out, The Journey of Allen Strange, and Hey Dude just to name a few of the great shows of the 90's that weren't cartoons. The kids born past 2002 doesn't seem to know what a great piece of mush their cartoons are compared to pre-2002 cartoons.

I don't stop the timeline of great 90's shows at 1999, only because certain shows had the style and quality of those in the 1990s. From Saturday morning cartoons to even just everyday, I'm sure you remember actually running home or waking up on a Saturday morning so you could watch your favorite shows. Saturdays was the only day of the week where you didn't complain about waking up so early because, with your bowl of cereal, you sat in front of the television and had mapped out which show came on at what time, and the order you were going to watch them in. This hub - in a way - is your Saturday morning cartoons.

90's Disney

Goof Troop, Darkwing Duck, TaleSpin
Goof Troop, Darkwing Duck, TaleSpin | Source

90's Disney

Before Disney used their own channel for broadcasting, they broadcasted a daily syndicated block of animation cartoons from September 10, 1990 – August 29, 1997. The daily syndicated block went under the umbrella-name, The Disney Afternoon. The Disney Afternoon consisted of animations such as Disney Adventures of the Gummi Bears, DuckTales, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, TaleSpin, Darkwing Duck, Goof Troop, Bonkers, Aladdin, The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa, The Mighty Ducks, and Quack Pack.

It seems as if now that Disney has their own channel, they are pumping out more and more crap than jewels. With their shows like Zeke and Luther, I'm in the Band, So Random!, and Dog With a Blog, Disney of today can't seem to hold a dimly lit candle to the Disney shows of the 90's. Please take time to fill out the poll below, if you don't see your favorite show, feel free to post your favorite Disney 90's show below this hub in the comments section.

90's Disney Poll

Which 90's Disney show do you miss the most?

  • Duck Tales
  • The Famous Jett Jackson
  • Darkwing Duck
  • Gummi Bears
  • TaleSpin
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90's Cartoon Network

90's Cartoon Network Characters
90's Cartoon Network Characters | Source

90's Cartoon Network

Originally, Cartoon Network started out as a 24-hour cartoon network station. With stellar hits like Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Courage the Cowardly Dog, and Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Cartoon Network had hit their peek in the 1990s. Plus licensing the Hanna-Barbera cartoons our parents grew up with - Huckleberry Hound, The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, and Snaggle Puss - just to name a few, Cartoon Network was the place to watch quality cartoons and melt your brain into mush watching hours of television.

Sometime around 2002-ish, Cartoon Network stopped making quality shows and started making lackluster shows like Level Up, Chowder, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Adventure Time, and The Regular Show. There's no comparison of whether or not which era of shows is better, Cartoon Network should take a page from Nickelodeon and bring their old shows back. Please take time to fill out the poll below, if you don't see your favorite show, feel free to post your favorite Cartoon Network 90's show below this hub in the comments section.

90's Cartoon Network Poll

Which 90's Cartoon Network show do you miss the most?

  • Hanna-Barbera Cartoons
  • Powerpuff Girls
  • Dexter's Laboratory
  • Cow & Chicken
  • Toonami
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90's Nickelodeon

90's Nickelodeon Shows
90's Nickelodeon Shows | Source

90's Nickelodeon

Though Nickelodeon has decided to bring back some of their old 90's shows, I can't help but feel that its not quite complete. Perhaps Nick should create a whole channel dedicated to its shows of the 90's. Figure it Out, Doug, Rugrats, Angry Beavers, Are You Afraid of the Dark, Hey Arnold, and Kablam would be a great start - if Nickelodeon were to start a channel geared specifically towards their shows of the 90's. After Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon was the best place to watch quality shows for children. Not any longer.

With shows like Fanboy and Chum Chum, Planet Sheen, House of Anubis, and Bubble Guppies, I see why kids of today prefer to watch anime and surf the internet instead of watch the channels that were specifically geared towards them. Nickelodeon has taken the first step to gaining loyal followers back. Please take time to fill out the poll below, if you don't see your favorite show, feel free to post your favorite Nickelodeon 90's show below this hub in the comments section.

90's Nickelodeon Poll

Which 90's Nickelodeon show do you miss the most?

  • Rugrats
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?
  • Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
  • Oh Yeah! Cartoons
  • Hey Arnold!
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Other 90's Shows

Animaniacs and Tiny Toons with creator, Steven Spielberg.
Animaniacs and Tiny Toons with creator, Steven Spielberg. | Source

90's Fox Kids & Other Misc.

Children shows that didn't air on the giant trio networks should not be forgotten either. Animaniacs, Tiny Toon Adventures, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, and all of the Saturday morning cartoons that would make this section of this article too long. How I miss waking up around 5am to make myself a bowl of cereal and fight with my siblings over what television show we were going to watch.

This section includes Fox Kids and the WB. Pokémon, Animaiacs and One Saturday Morining were the highlight of Saturday mornings. There was nothing more pleasant than a hard week of school and relaxing on Saturday mornings before you went outside to play. The children now a days have no idea what they're missing. Please take time to fill out the poll below, if you don't see your favorite show, feel free to post your favorite 90's show below this hub in the comments section.

Shows from the 90's

Which 90's show do you miss the most?

  • Boy Meets World
  • Tiny Toon Adventures
  • Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show
  • Animaniacs
  • Pokémon
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Top 50 Best Cartoons of the '90's

Conclusion

Cartoon Network came up with the idea for a network named Boomerang. Boomerang actually airs Hanna-Barbera and Cartoon Network's shows like Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo and The Powerpuff Girls and is a second channel of sorts from Cartoon Network. Though Nickelodeon has brought back some of our favorite 90's shows, Cartoon Network's Boomerang was first. Maybe one day Disney will follow suit. Perhaps some day, someone will be wise enough to combine all the 90's shows together to create one super exceptional network.

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UndercoverAgent19 3 years ago

I loved reading this hub. I'm glad that, in the digital age, many of these shows are available on Netflix Instant or on DVD. Sometimes I still watch these shows. They are all surprisingly timeless.


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Anaydena 3 years ago from Arlington, TX, USA Author

@Amanda108 I'm so glad that

you enjoyed this particular hub, it

is one of my favorites. I invite you

to read my first edition of this

hub, also on Hubpages, entitled:

Bringing Back the 90's Cartoons.


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Amanda108 3 years ago from Michigan, United States

This hub brings back memories! Rugrats was my favorite of these 90's shows. I'm so proud of Nickelodeon for recognizing their (young) adult audience by playing these reruns, as well as realizing kids nowadays may discover these old shows and prefer their quality to the 'quality' of today's TV.


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Anaydena 3 years ago from Arlington, TX, USA Author

@Miller2232 I totally agree. I LOVED growing up with such awesome shows. There are very few shows that are on now a days that I think actually are good enough to watch, sometimes it just doesn't seem like its worth it to even watch the television today.


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Miller2232 3 years ago from Florida

If I could build a time machine, I would re-live the 90's


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Miller2232 3 years ago from Florida

Man, this is like re-living what it was like growing up through the 90's. I remember these cartoon like it was yesterday and I have 2 of the 3 Darkwing Duck Volume DVD's. Rugrats just dominated the 90's.

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