Kickback to the ‘90s: Top cartoons from our childhood
Published: Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 01:09
"Rupert" is a cartoon that delves into the deepest realms of fantasy while maintaining a sense of class. The cartoon tells of the various adventures of the title character as he travels throughout the universe. The dialogue is intelligent, the characters are well rounded and the slow pace taught kids to appreciate story and atmosphere. Of all the cartoons on the list, "Rupert" has the youngest target demographic, but it never brought itself down to the level of most young children's shows. Story- centered adventure cartoons are a rare breed and "Rupert" is easily the best in recent history.
2. "Hey Arnold" and "Doug"
I decided to give both of these shows a joint position on the list because when examined, they are essentially the same exact show. Both center around a character who seems to be an intelligent, noble common man trapped in a world of eccentrics. Both cartoons had strong likeable leads, but the supporting cast is where each cartoon shined. "Doug" brought us memorable characters such as Skeeter, Roger and Mr. Bone, and "Hey Arnold" gave us Helga, Gerald and Ernie Pots. All the characters were relatable, but exaggerated enough to be funny. Both were very down to earth and look and feel as if they were designed by a kid. Like all good cartoons, the right amount of humor was thrown to keep the show lively. These shows serve as an examination of how insane the world around us can be, and how ordinary people are to push through it. "Hey Arnold" and "Doug" gave their audiences life lessons and laughs, cementing themselves as two staples of children's entertainment.
1. "The Animals of Farthing Wood"
"The Animals of Farthing Wood" is a cartoon that does everything right. The show, based on the book series by Colin Dann, is about a group of forest animals that needs to migrate to a new home after its forest is destroyed. What makes "The Animals of Farthing Wood" great is that it places its story at its center and never waters itself down. The characters are some of the best in all of animation. The characters were animals and acted like it with their intelligence, habits and instincts. The show gives us an insight into their society and the fascinating ways the handle issues such as love, family and death, the latter of which occurred extremely often. The writing is masterfully crafted and certain conversation sounds as if it's out of a drama film. The casting and voice acting were perfect and the orchestrated music accompanied events extremely well. "The Animals of Farthing Wood" is a highly intelligent, extremely deep cartoon that can be just as appealing to adults as children.