By Daniel Baysa
Chalk Campus Correspondent
Back when we were kids and had all the time in the world, there was nothing like getting home after a long day at school to sit down in front in front of the TV and catch up on the latest episode of our favorite shows. Some of us went for live action shows or anime to get our relaxation fix. For many of us though, western cartoons ruled the roost.
Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and Disney Channel–networks filled with an incredible variety of wonderful, creative animated shows that filled our imagination and brought joy to our childish hearts. Hopefully, you’ll have a soft spot of nostalgia with these shows:
What better way to start off the list than with the show with one of the catchiest theme songs in history? Life is like a hurricane here in Duckberg, and we were glued to our seats as we watched rich miser Scrooge McDuck stir up a storm chasing treasures and trouble with his nephews and the rest of his family. And we never, ever tuned out the opening when we did. DuckTales, WOOHOO!
2. Batman: The Animated Series
Batman is, was, and always will be amazing, but for many of us kids, we truly saw that with this show. With a dark animation style and stories that showed as emotion and even laughs as much as the awesomeness of the Dark Knight, Batman:TAS was one of the pioneers of superhero cartoons. If we have the Marvel Cinematic Universe today, us kids back then had the DC Animated Universe, and Batman was one of the best parts of it.
3. Spongebob Squarepants
The immortal, the unending, the unstoppable! Spongebob has somehow survived from our childhoods all the way up to now, and that yellow block of joy is still going strong. We all tuned in to him for aquatic hijinks back then for laughs, and kids still do now. Clearly, the adventures of a yellow sponge, his starfish best friend, and the other residents of Bikini Bottom are timeless.
4. Hey Arnold!
If there was any cartoon that captured the essence of a kid’s life, it was Hey Arnold. It’s the most normal of all the cartoons here, but that’s what drew us in: He may have been American, and even had a football for a head, but watching Arnold’s adventures always felt like watching our own lives in school and with our barkadas. It got cancelled in 2004, but it somehow managed to properly finish its story with a movie last year, a heartwarming miracle for all of its fans after ten years.
5. Samurai Jack
Yet another miracle, both when it first aired back then and its end last year! The simple concept of a time-displaced Samurai had so much potential, and this show delivered in spades. From robots to spirits to mythological figures, we tuned in every time to see Jack triumph over all of them, all in his quest that we heard at the start of every episode. Say it with me now: Gotta get back, back to the past Samurai Jack…
6. Avatar: The Last Airbender/The Legend of Aang
What do you get when put together an incredible world that was a mixing pot of Asian culture, beautiful, incredible animation, quest that left us on the edge of our seats as we followed it step by step through laughs, cries and cheers, and characters we rooted for as they triumphed, failed and grew stronger over the show, all wrapped up with an ending that left us wanting for more? One of the greatest cartoons ever, that’s what. For many people, this was the one show that shaped their childhoods and showed just how good a cartoon could be. Avatar will always be one of the pinnacles of TV animation, something that showed that that with a little effort and creativity, anything, even a cartoon, could be just as amazing as a book or a movie. And just to give our side in the debate: no, it's not anime.
These were just some cartoons that showed our childhoods were awesome. Have any other nostalgic cartoons from your past? Got any new favorites to share? Leave a comment down below and give us an idea!
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