Where did all the cartoons go?
By
Dan. A.K.A Dankmilk

15 Nov 2016 - 1:18 PM  UPDATED 21 Nov 2016 - 10:23 AM

If you've ever met me, you've learnt that (amongst many hobbies and things that make me super cool) I'm a massive fan of:

- Horror. Horror. Horror

- Arcades and arcade games

- Wrestling and cage fighting

- 90s cartoons

I've built my own arcade machine.

I've trained as a wrestler.

I don't shut up about horror stuff.

...and I just started going through all of my hard drives, containing the sweetest 90s cartoons you could lay your geeky eyes on.

Cartoons of the 90s (and some from the late 80s) were one of the best parts of my childhood! I don't know what miracle thrust these shows into existence, but it honestly just felt like the 90s got it right. 

Saturday mornings were awesome when I was growing up, for two reasons:

 1. It was the start of the weekend

 2. There was nothing but cartoons on TV

Nickelodeon was killing it with awesome shows like The Ren & Stimpy Show, Hey Arnold and Rocko’s Modern Life (just to name a few)...

The holy grail of weekday mornings was hosted by Jade and Ryan - Cheez TV anyone? Biker Mice from Mars, X-Men and Spider-Man all made up the 40 minutes it took me to eat my breakfast before I got ready for school. 

Do you remember?

There was once a competition for Kellogg's Cocoa Pops featuring the Biker Mice from Mars; If your milk turned green when you mixed your cereal in the morning, you’d win a cool Biker Mice toy. We went through 23 boxes that month. I didn't win - I want my toy. 

Anyway. Before I get way too far off track. I have one simple question:

What happened - Where did all the cartoons go? 

I have a younger sister. The shows she watches now are so different. These days, it's much more common to see live action “soap opera” style shows for kids rather than cartoons about a cat attached to a dog, or a kid with a football shaped head. 

Where did all the cartoons go? 

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