Did you miss your daily dose of top ten? Well so did we, and this week we give you the best type of Top Ten which is all about 90’s cartoons. Don’t worry these aren’t just any run of the mill cartoons. No, these are the ones that got brushed under the rug and didn’t really get the respect they deserve. ‘Cause even though some of today’s cartoons are slightly great, you gotta admit that a part of you yearn for that guilty pleasure that no one else got or appreciated. So take a seat, and reacquaint with some cartoons that will have you searching them on Google faster than you can read this paragraph.
Tiny Toon Adventures (1990)
We start off the Top Ten List with Tiny Toon Adventures. Released in 1990,this show was cut short in 1992 with the gained popularity of the Animanics. What made this show seemingly unappreciated was that this really brought back the otherworldliness of Looney Tunes Universe, and parodied current events of the 1990’s and Hollywood so that we could fall in love with this type of comedy again. Ultimately it kept the classic Looney spirit, while managing to adapt to the times, which would spearhead other comedies to come.
Bump in the Night (1994)
Bump in the Night takes the number two spot in the list. Released in 1994 to 1995, this show was unique due to its stop-animation style. Kids get taken on a journey with Mr. Bumpy; a small green, purple-warted monster living under the bed of a ten-year-old boy who has random adventures with Squishington, a monster living in the toilet tank; and Molly Coddle, a Sally-ish (Nightmare Before Christmas) rag doll belonging to the boy’s sister. This show is unappreciated due to its original concept, and quirky characters that introduce the masses to the wonders of stop-animation.
Cowboy Bebop (1998)
The third spot was extremely hard to pick, especially when it came to the field of anime. But when all is said and done, the top three spot went Cowboy Bebop. Set in the year 2071, the show revolved around a team of bounty hunters who traveled the Solar System on the ship Bebop. Released in 1998, the Japanese hit, is under appreciated due to the fact that no one knows how greatly it influenced how anime’s effect on the masses. The series entrenched viewers with a well written-mature story line, and characters that endear us. Also its introduction as the first anime title shown on Cartoon Network’s late night program Adult Swim, would spur an anime craze that would be felt for years to come.
Released in 1995 as part of the WB’s line up, it was originally intended as a straightforward superhero chronicling the adventures of manic, insane superhero that fought an array of super villains. But executive producer Steven Speilberg, Tom Reugger, and the Animaniacs team turned it into a flat-out comedy. It’s unappreciated due to the fact that it is a toned down 90’s version of what Family Guy is to us now. That type of humor was unique due to its mix of slapstick, fourth wall firings, parody, surreal humor, and pop cultural references.
Conan the Adventurer (1992)
Released in 1992, Conan the Adventurer is centered around Conan, and his quest to release his family from the spell that turned them to stone and defeat Wrath-Amon.What makes this show unappreciated was that fact that this show was an adapted literary character created by Robert E. Howard in the 1930’s, and this unique premise allowed it to last a total of 65 episodes. Also what is unappreciated was that this incarnation of Conan did far better than its sequel, Conan the Young Warriors, whose story line only got viewers to stick around for 13 episodes before it got canned.
Might Max (1993)
This action/sci-fi/horror tv series, released in 1993 to 1994 followed the adventures of a preteen boy who receives a package in the mail contains a statue which tells him he is the chosen cap-bearer, and must go to a Mini-Mart and wait for a sign. Of course, no matter how creepy and slightly pedo-bait it may seem to be, Max receives a cap emblazoned with a yellow “M” and battles different monsters and demons throughout the series. The show released 40 episodes, and promoted the British Mighty Max Toys.
Oh yeah, now we get into the technically unappreciated cartoon which was ReBoot. In a time of drawn cartoon characters this show went above and beyond. Released in 1994, this show was one of the half hour cartoons done completely with CGI-Animation, with a unique story taking place in the inner world of a computer system called Mainframe along with all its inhabitants. This show was by far our first look at 3-D animation in a time when it was barely known and seemed non-existent, of course now we have the luxury to have almost everything in 3-D.
Exo Squad (1993)
Being one of the first animated series of Universal Cartoon Studies, this show was released in 1993 and rose to poularity due to its animation influences from Japan, and its very serious approach to plot, narrative, and characters. The detailed display of human emotions, relationships and realism are what is credited for much of this show’s success despite the early 90’s being a hard time for cartoons.
The Pirates of Dark Water (1991)
Before Jack Sparrow made girl’s swoon over pirates, Hanna-Barrera produced The Pirates of Dark Water. The series follows a group of adventurers who go on a quest to collect the “Thirteen Treasures of Rule”. Despite its interesting premise that mirrors Disney’s “Treasure Planet”, this series was abruptly ended after 21 episodes. This left the adventures with only eight of thirteen treasures.
This snarky female may be at the bottom of the list, but that does not make her any less awesome. Daria, aired from 1997 to 2002 on MTV, and it’s unappreciated due to the phenomena that it survived as one of the few gold nuggets of hope for what the MTV franchise used to stand for, which in my opinion was the voice of teens and young adults. Made as a spinoff of Beavis and Butthead, this show introduced a smart, but outcast girl who voiced opinions that no one else was brave to say, and during the 90’s that was the type of change that needed to be shown, even if it was through a cartoon.