Throwback Tuesday: Old School Cartoons

Happy Tuesday All! Thank you for reading today’s Throwback post! This week I am highlighting some old school cartoons from my childhood. I grew up in the 90’s with awesome cartoons (you know back when cartoons were better in my opinion) that provided fun, morals and a way to escape our hard lives of school and …. well pretty much just school right? This post is to pay tribute to some of my favorite and forgotten Cartoons!

Notable Mentions that will not be covered in depth because let’s be honest, we probably already think of these shows anyway! I have included a poll where you can vote for the cartoons that automatically popped into your head when you read the title of this post!

Now on to the 6 Cartoons that I have decided to feature on this journey to the past! Let’s start with one of my personal favorites. Keep in mind that this list is generalized and doesn’t have a ranking over the Notable Mentions or Cartoons not featured!

Darkwing Duck:  darkwing   Darkwing Duck was the story following everyday man Drake Mallard, his niece Gosalyn and side kick Launch Pad. Drake Mallard has a secret, he is the crime fighter DarkWing Duck along with his side kick (who is also Launch Pad from Ducktales) who goes out to stop the villains in St. Canard. This series used to come on after school when I was a girl and featured characters from Ducktales like Gizmo Duck! Apparently Darkwing Duck was the first Disney action cartoon soooo congrats Darkwing Duck, “Let’s Get Dangerous!”  dw

Rocket Power:  rocket power Rocket Power was the  cartoon that followed Reggie Rocket, her brother Otto and their friends Twister and Sam through their active lifestyle of sports and competitions in Ocean Shores California. Rocket power really made me want to surf and play sports growing up ( I blame this show for playing Tennis and Softball in the same season lol). Their Father Raymundo owned a little tiki shack restaurant with his best friend down by the beach. The kids would hang out there, grab food and then catch waves at the beach located in front of the shack. My favorite episode was when Reggie (the girl) was being overlooked for a surfing competition because she is a girl. She surfed with a mask on and **SPOILER ALERT** when she WON even her brother Otto had to give her madddd props! It was one of my first introductions to a tomboy (like me 🙂 ) being respected in a cartoon!

Arthur:  Arthur  “And I say Hey! What a wonderful kind of day, where we can learn to work and play and get along with each other…”Arthur was a show on PBS that followed the aardvark Arthur and his family. I oved watching shows on PBS as a kid. Arthur came across many different scenarios in 3rd grade that he had to get through with his friends or family. I read the Arthur books as a kid so when the show was airing I was front and center in front of the TV. My favorite characters are DW (Arthur’s little sister) and Francine (The Tomboy… go figure lol). Til this day if I need a relaxing show to watch, Arthur is what I have on my Netflix queue lol.

Courage the Cowardly Dog:  courage Courage the Cowardly dog was awesome as it shows the weird things that happened in Courage’s small town. Courgae lived with Muriel a sweet elder woman and her husband Eustis who really didn’t like Courage and tried to get rid of him at every pass. This show was the more paranormal side of the cartoon shows (like Invader Zim!) but it was funny and awesome! I wish I had a dog like Courage around!

Pirates of Dark Water:   pirates   Pirates of Dark Water followed the Prince Ren and his companions as they combat the oil like substance know as Dark Water. Dark Water swallows up ships and people, the only way to stop it is to purify the water. Ren and friends search for the Treasures of Rule to assist in purifying the water and saving their Planet of Mer. The Monkey Bird thing Nibbler was my favorite, well him and Tula the Sorceress. Of course every action/adventure cartoon needs a villain and that villan was Bloth! He was evil and looking to rule by stealing the Treasures for his own nefarious acts. Many people may not remember this show but I remember it quite vividly, down to the fruits that Niddler ate!

Aah Real Monsters:   suit_by_garvals  Aaaah Real Monsters was a great show about little monsters (Ickis, Oblina and Krumm) in training to become full fledged monsters! The trio goes through classes and at night, take their antics out for a test run. The Headmaster Gromble, wants to make sure that all monsters are properly certified in the art of frightening humans. Each episode an assignment is given and the 3 students try and complete their assignments. Each monster has their own special abilities and struggles. It’s another great take on problems that anyone can face… Even Monsters!

Captain Planet:   captain-planet   Before School each morning Captain Planet would play. Captain Planet was the show that taught us to recycle and not pollute with the help of the Planet Teers. The Planet teers were teens from different walks of life who were gifted with rings of all of the Earth’s elements: Earth, Fire, Wind Water and Heart! These gifts were bestowed by Gaia who was essentially Mother Earth lol. When the Planet -Teers combined their powers, Captain Planet was summoned!  … I still remember the theme song (We’re the Planet-teers, you can be one too, cause saving our planet is the thing to do! Looting and Polluting is not the way, hear what Captain Planet has to sayThe Power is Yours!) no judgement please :D.

These are some of the cartoons that I felt should have the spotlight shown on them, however, there are soooo many that we can mention like: Ducktales, TaleSpin,  Why Why Family, Looney Tunes, Tiny Toons, Bonkers, Gargoyles,  Animaniacs, Tom and Jerry Kids,  X-Men, Freakazoid, Sonic, Rocko’s Mordern Life,  Beetlejuice, Cow and Chicken, Angry Beavers, Johnny Bravo and Bobby’s World!

Btw most of these shows can still be found on channels like boomerang and some are even on Netflix! So which one’s did I miss? I know there are so many cartoons from our childhood that I may have missed so share your thoughts! Let’s talk Cartoon! Have a great day and thanks for reading!

-Luna 🙂


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  1. Omg soooo many good shows! What a fun post. The nostalgia is strong in this one and I LOVE it! 😀
    I don’t even know where to begin because I loved so many of these shows. I really liked Rocket Power too. On a related note, you remember how you could go into the different racer profiles in the N64 game Wave Race and re-name them? I named each of them after one of the main Rocket Power kids. lol They still show up like that any time I play it. 😛
    Batman: The Animated Series was another HUGE favorite of mine. Thanks for this fun trip down memory lane. 🙂

    1. Oh yeah, I remember Batman! There were sooo many cartoons to choose from that I know I’ve missed a couple of them haha. That’s funny but it fits, I can totally see Otto and friends on Jet Skis lol. Thank you for your comment!

  2. When you said Old Cartoons, one popped in my mind, one of those one-season wonders from the 80s/90s, Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light, it’s Arthurian Legend in post-apocalyptic earth.

    But of course, I could list so many more hahaa, love your pick of Darkwing Duck, there’s a series that deserves more recognition than it ever got.

    And they should remake Dark Waters, that was a very good show that never properly ended.

    1. Awesome thank you for your comment! Yes, there are so many great shows from my childhood. I don’t remember the Visionairies one but I’m sure it was great. TV seemed more substantial back then (even though I still mindlessly binge watch today’s shows lol).

      I agree Darkwing Duck was such a great show. I still remmember most of the villains as well 🙂

    1. Oh I couldn’t forget Beetlejuice! I did forget Recess though lol. Thank you for reading! 🙂 Also, I will have the game review for Halo Wars 2 finished by Saturday.

  3. I loved Arthur, still will watch it if it happens to be showing anywhere.
    One I used to love which is a bit older is Inspector Gadget. That was an awesome cartoon and made me want to be Penny with her computer book.

    1. Omgggg I totally forgot about Inspector Gadget! I definitely remember the cartoon it used to play in the morning before I went to school. Yes, oh wow you’ve hit me with the nostalgia now. I’m singing the opening theme song in my head (Gooo Gadget Gooo!!!) Thank you for your comment and have a great Tuesday! 😀

      1. lol, I have Inspector Gadget on dvd still.. bought the box set ages ago.
        I’m having a great Wednesday (hehe, time zones!), hope you have a great day too 🙂

  4. There was a Beetlejuice cartoon?? Damn, glad I never watched that, the damn film creeped me out when I was a child, not sure why as I watched loads of 18 rated action and horror films but Beetlejuice was just weird!😂

    I’m shocked and slightly affronted here though Loooo-nah! Some good cartoons but no Thundercats or Transformers is an abject travesty of biblical proportions!😂

    1. Yes it was great! I know the Bettlejuice movie scard me as a kid, but I still loved watching it. The part where the 2 ghosts extended their faces trying to scar Lydia still burns in my mind lol.

      My apologies there were sooo many cartoons that I did forget those 2. Also I forgot Beast Wars and Samurai Pizza Cats! Thanks for commenting, enjoy your week! 🙂

    1. Thank you for commenting! I do as well, it seems like the cartoons of today are just not as good. I mean there are a few exceptions but I much prefer the old cartoons that had great morals included!

  5. OMG..You just evoked a lot of memories. Capt Planet was my favorite, I even had a pretend ring with some random power lol (I don’t even it remember anymore).

    1. Yes that was a great cartoon. I remember when one of the cereal company’s had the rings as the prizes. I’ve always wanted to be water but never found the water ring :(. Thank you for reading!

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