Plus the bad-ass theme songs!
Dan. A.K.A Dankmilk

16 Nov 2016 - 2:17 PM  UPDATED 21 Nov 2016 - 10:19 AM

There’s no doubting that cartoons from the 80s and 90s were awesome. Is there? They provided epic amounts of action, relatable characters and awesome theme songs.

Yeah ok, most of the time they were built on crazy storylines, featuring ridiculously unrealistic characters, but that was the beauty of the 90s. There were no rules!!

This little list features some of my absolute favourite cartoons from the 90s - Bad-ass intro themes. Fun characters and out of this world storylines. 

5. The Samurai Pizza Cats

Who do you call when you want some pepperoni? Walking talking samurai cats who run a pizzeria, that's who!

If you've not seen the show, imagine Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but with samurai cats. I believe this may have been my first ever anime experience and it's one of my favourite shows ever. The English version of the show is actually a hilariously dubbed parody of the Japanese release.

Oh, they're also robots that get shot out of a huge cannon when it’s time for them to spring into action. Just your average story about cats. 

4. Thundercats

Since we're on the topic of cats;Thundercats was another amazing show from the 80s that still has a solid following today.

As their homeworld is destroyed, a group of cat-like aliens escape to Third Earth, where they are followed by evil mutants who are determined to acquire the Thundercats' powers.

There’s so much here to appreciate when it comes to the original Thundercats - the cheesy outfits, over-the-top voice acting and the overall fact that you’re watching a show about masculine spandex wearing cat-like humanoid aliens.

3. Rocko’s Modern Life

Rocko is an awkward talking wallaby who lives in fictional O-Town with his dog Spunky.

The plot often revolves around Rocko's day-to-day life surviving the torment of his next-door neighbor - a frog named Mr. Bighead - and his mundane job at a local comic book shop run by the mean-spirited Mr. Smitty. He's often joined by his dim-witted but loyal bovine friend Heffer Wolfe and his hilariously distraught companion Filburt - a glasses-wearing turtle who is afraid of pretty much everything. 

Rocko was somewhat of a cult classic and is rumoured to be making a return on his own one hour special in early 2017!

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

This one is a no brainer.

Starting in 1987 and running well into the 90s, the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series is the pinnacle of a lot of 90s kid’s life.

The story of four turtle brothers, with ninja training, who are raised by their giant rat  “master” is one that was a hit with both kids and teens alike. It’s a mix of action, sci-fi storylines and campy humour (not to mention lucrative toy lines and a series of live-action movies which were much darker in tone than the TV series).

Allow me to add in here that they also had one killer arcade game followed by similar renditions, soon after, on home console.

The Ninja Turtles are still massively relevant (and popular) today.

1. Captain Planet and the Planeteers

This story followed the lives of five teens, thrust into the role of saving the planet from evil doers and polluters by being given the power of the 'elements'.

...and heart (what?)

With their powers combined, they formed the earth’s mightiest hero - Captain Planet!

They coined the famous catchphrase, ”THE POWER IS YOURS." Captain Planet made saving the environment a priority. This show drilled the importance of safekeeping the environment into the minds of an entire generation. It featured a wide set of star spangled voices too, including Whoopi Goldberg, Meg Ryan and Tim Curry.

Almost everyone who watched it still remembers the theme song because it’s so catchy and yet so cheesy.

A movie adpatation is being made and this is the best news ever!

Honourable mentions go to: Batman, Spiderman and X-Men Animated Series

These three shows go hand-in-hand with some of the best cartoons of the 90s. They featured stories from the comics, had superb voice acting and were an awesome way to spend a Saturday morning.


 - Dan.

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