Saturday, 20 February 2016

90s Cartoons Were Freakin' Weird, and I Loved It

'90s Cartoons Were Freakin' Weird, and I Loved ItLast month, it was announced that 25 years’ worth of Nicktoon characters—possibly everyone from Eliza Thornberry to Invader Zim to Ginger to Doug—will join forces in one all-star, ensemble, Avengers-style movie. A lot of these guys were on the airwaves back in the ‘90s. Seeing the fan-made promo images made me nostalgic. But it also made me think: Wow. Cartoons in the ‘90s were weird as hell.
I watched a lot of TV as a kid. A lot. It’s not because I hated sunlight or human interaction, either. It’s because the cartoons on TV consistently captured my imagination, or left me in a fetal position on the living room floor from laughing so hard. Sometimes they even freaked me out and haunted me. And I couldn’t stop watching. When you look up episodes of these old shows online, one thing is clear: ’90s cartoons were odd. Dark. At times, deeply disturbing. That’s what made them fantastic.
Let’s start with The Ren & Stimpy Show. In 1992, the New York Times dubbed it “the most original thing to happen to children’s television since Pee-wee’s Playhouse” and said it made “the free-form humor of Rocky and Bullwinkle look like a Noh drama.” Concerned parents rallied against it. I was obsessed=read more =

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