Miss the 1990s? The decade that gave us grunge music, the Sega Genesis, and The X-Files also happened to be a golden age for animation. After all but disappearing in the 1970s and 1980s, animated movies made a big return in the 90s – starting with Disney films such as Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King before Pixar dropped Toy Story on the world and ushered in the age of computer animated films. Television cartoons also caught fire in the 90s, as the success of The Simpsons led to a wide range of new and more sophisticated cartoons – both for kids and adults. Sadly, no television show lasts forever. But here are 10 cartoons from the 1990s that we feel should come back.
10. Animaniacs (1993-1998)
Animaniacs was a silly and zany cartoon, existing simply for the sake of being off-the-wall. The whole show was geared towards kids who had just finished their third bowl of Coco Puffs on Saturday morning and were bouncing off the walls of their rec room. An ensemble cast of weird Warner Bros. characters named Wakko, Yakko, and Dot, three siblings whose only purpose was to cause mayhem everywhere they went, Animaniacs broke new ground in kids cartoons with its blend of wit, slapstick, and pop culture references. Positioned as a variety show, it was basically a bunch of random events and zany situations pulled together into a half hour program. Without Animaniacs, there’s a chance there would be no SpongeBob SquarePants or Almost Naked Animals, and so on.