Cartoons of the 90s


Ren & StimpyBy Ryan Zimmerman
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D’oh! It’s time to talk cartoons of the 90s! The animated adventures that we were "drawn" to (pun intended), were a 180 from the 80s cartoons. No more did we see Bugs Bunny and The Smurfs conquering cable. No longer did He-Man have the Power! Cartoons went from simple plots and cookie cutter characters to offbeat comedy and whimsical wit. We were hit with some of the most memorable cartoons to date, starting with none other than The Simpsons in 1989.


The SimpsonsThe Simpsons (1989 – still on)

The Simpsons weren’t the Jetsons. They weren’t the Flintstones. They were more like an animated Married with Children. Lessons of love and learning were overshadowed by episodes that dealt with beer, cheating on tests, and other real life events that were, naturally, taken to the extreme. The show taught kids to retort to bullying with "Eat my shorts, man!" and even spawned a top 40 hit with "Do the Bartman." The Simpsons, as we know, is still airing today, and has become one of the longest running primetime television shows in history. > Visit our Simpsons page

Beavis and Butt-HeadBeavis and Butt-Head (1993 – 1997)

Taking a cue from the Simpsons for offbeat and outlandish comedy were two heavy metal morons named Beavis and Butt-Head. Often referred to by Coach Buzzcut as Beaver and Butt-hole, the terrible twosome took over MTV and muddied the minds of teenage youth across America. Whether they were making out with Cher in an "I got you Babe" video, or making headlines due to absentminded kids copying their actions and causing injuries, the MTV misfits found their way into 90s pop culture and served it up with a slice of media meat — straight from Burger World.

The Ren & Stimpy ShowThe Ren & Stimpy Show (1991-1996)

Graphic cartoon imagery and recurring animated violence describe The Ren & Stimpy Show the best. Ren was the certifiably crazy Chihuahua, so skinny you could floss your teeth with his torso. Stimpy, the fat cat, was the goofy and super slow sidekick, always taking the brunt of a Ren Rampage. Just like its predecessors, Ren & Stimpy found themselves in controversy, when parents complained about the show’s themes and violent acts. Ironically, the more complaints, the higher the ratings.

Now, I know these cartoons are only the tip of the iceberg, as so many other cartoons were huge hits in the 90s. To simply list them all, would be a book in itself. A book I would buy, nonetheless.

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