Cartoons remind us of our childhoods if we are of the older generations. They make us nostalgic for simpler times
However, the newer generations have viewed cartoons as a TV and movie staple for children and adults alike. We have the technology to record real people acting out a storyline. But the magic of animation has never gone away. The crazy alternative universes depicted in cartoons are unlimited.
We have brought to you a countdown of the most 10 monumental cartoons of all time, which you will want to watch again and again and again:
10. Family Guy – Fox Network
Family Guy is about the dysfunctional family that we can’t admit we all come from too. The show contains a moronic father, Peter, and stereotypical stay at home mom Lois. They have 3 kids. Teenage Maggie feels like everyone hates her. Chris is as moronic as his dad, and Stewie, despite being a baby, is a conniving and narcissistic. They also have a talking dog named Brian
Fans demonstrated their passion for Family Guy when they demanded Fox return it to air after canceling it in 2003. And Fox made the right decision. It went on to win 6 of 23 Emmy nominations.
9. Ed, Edd n Eddy – a.k.a. Cartoon
Outcast preteens Ed, Edd, and Eddy spend their time trying to con the neighborhood kids out of their pocket money. Their harebrained scheme is to find enough cash to buy jawbreakers. Ed is a complete moron, Edd is full of all the bad ideas that get them into trouble. Eddy is the intelligent one, but no one listens to him.
Before going digital, the creators of the show purposefully animated it in the style of cartoons from the 40s through to the 70s. The program has one a Reuben Award, an SOCAN Award and 2 Leo Awards.
8. Avatar: The Last Airbender – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
A peaceful ancient world became chaos when the Fire nation attacked the other nations Water, Earth, and Air. The only thing that ends the war is the master of all elements, The Avatar. Two siblings find the new Avatar 100 years after the war has been waging non-stop. He is only 12, so he needs to learn to master all four elements before he can undertake the task of bringing harmony back.
There is some debate as to whether the program is strictly the same as anime. However, it has a similar cult following. It has won many of the awards that it has received nominations for.
7. Regular Show – Cartoon Network
The show is about park workers Mordecai and Rigby, who are always under threat of having their boss Benson fire them. However as much as Benson threatens them for their procrastination and creation of chaos, they remain employed. Their antics magically manipulate the entire universe with vortexes, demons and general destruction.
The show has a cult following and has won many awards it has received nominations for.
6. Gravity Falls – Disney Television Animation
Twins Dipper and Mabel Pines are spending the summer with their Grunkle Stan in his tourist trap, the Mystery Shack. The show follows their adventures solving local mysteries, which all a involve the paranormal. Somehow, they all seem related to a mysterious book that Dipper found in the woods.
There is a fan obsession with creating theories about the plot lines in the show. It has a very large cult following. The show uses an illuminati based character, Bill Cipher to unleash chaos and ‘weirdmageddon” upon the world.
5. Tom and Jerry – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Tom and Jerry depicts classic cat and mouse slapstick that has not lost its popularity since its creation in 1940. It is a formula that remains eternally popular. Tom, the cat, is always trying to trap and outwit Jerry the mouse, who is always a step ahead of the game.
Episodes of the cartoon are still created and released. However, it has not avoided controversy over many of its historic episodes. Many racist themes appeared occasionally in storylines. More up to date episodes have rectified this.
4. South Park – Comedy Central Productions
South Park is cleverly obnoxious and covers many topics themes. It is definitely not for children to watch! It has been around since as far back as 1992, and its cult fan base has grown with it. Of course, new fans accumulate over time.
The main characters are clever stereotypes. This has created much controversy throughout time. But one could say that South Park is one of the most important cultural mirrors of our time. Even though it is full of violence, sexual themes, and political commentary.
3. Looney Tunes – Warner Bros
Looney Tunes hit gold when creating all of their characters. Originally, the cartoons rode on the back of Disney’s lead, as a competing cartoon series to Mickey Mouse and his friends. All the characters are cultural icons to this day. Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat and Tweety bird, need no explanation. Unless you have been living under a rock your whole life, you know who they are.
The cartoons first went to air during the 1930s, which meant the earliest cartoons were in black and white. The cartoons are still created and animated, however, they have been digitally modernized.
2. The Simpsons – Gracie Films
The Simpsons became a cult classic as soon as it made its debut in 1989. It first began as short animated skits on The Tracey Ullman show. Its format became a pioneer for many similar animated classics that came after it. Each character of the family is integral and relatable within popular culture. It attracts many animated versions of celebrity guest stars.
So influential is The Simpsons on popular culture, it has received countless awards. Critical acclaim has come from Time magazine when it named the cartoon the best show of the 20th century.
1. SpongeBob SquarePants – United Plankton Pictures
Many other cult classic cartoons fall down with their adult themes. However, SpongeBob Squarepants manages to retain an innocence that even toddlers can enjoy. But somehow, it remains enjoyable to older audiences. SpongeBob is a lovable optimistic sponge who gets up to mischief with his moronic best friend Patrick the starfish.
The cartoon first aired in 1999. Time Magazine journalist Poniewozik commented that the success of the show may have been down to SpongeBob’s character being opposite to Bart Simpson’s. The innocence of the character is charming, the storylines whimsical. Fans cannot help but fall in love.
It has won numerous awards and gushingly positive critical acclaim. it is no wonder that SpongeBob SquarePants is the most monumental cartoon of all time!