I used to sit in my bunk bed and watch these shows every morning with a bowl of Cap’n Crunch or Fruity Loops. Here is a list of my favorite cartoon shows growing up.
This groundbreaking kids television show produced by Steven Spielberg and Warner Brothers was a huge hit, and mixed slapstick humor with old-fashioned jokes, pop culture references and cartoon violence. The show was based around the idea of a variety show, with the Animaniacs hosting the show and introducing the different skits. The show was known for its various recurring jokes, catchphrases and its often “adult” humor and content. The show was successful enough that Warner Bros made movies, video games, and of course, toys of the popular Animaniacs characters.
The brainchild of comedian and actor Howie Mandel, Boddy’s World revolved around the daily life of Bobby and “his overactive imagination on how he sees the world.” The show was unique for often breaking the fourth wall, with Howie addressing the viewers in live-action segments before and after the show. I remember thinking that Uncle Ted, Bobby’s goofy uncle was the funniest guy around. Howie has made recent comments about possibly relaunching the show with new episodes, which is a testament to the show’s popularity.
I remember being so emotionally invested in this show that (SPOILER!) when Max’s Viking bodyguard Norman is killed at the end of the show by the evil Skullmaster, I may have shed a tear. Mighty Max was a unique show because it had a maturity about it that few cartoons had at that time. The show was not afraid to tackle weighty subjects like death in a real way, and through the show you really began to feel for the characters like Max, his mother, and his friends Virgil and Norman. It was one of the best shows in the early 90s and it is still strange how it has not been officially released on DVD yet.
Alan McGee is a freelance writer from MN.