Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon have a variety of programs for children, but mostly these days, it is either Chhota Bheem, Roll Number 21 or Doraemon.
Though other cartoons may have their own merit, there’s something about the cartoon in the nineties and early 2000s that makes for a great watch.
Both adults (if they can set aside their bias for cartoons) and children will find something to take away from these cartoons.
Here are some of the most memorable cartoons from that time, admirable both in terms of the underlying themes and the creativity behind the ideas.
Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends (2004 – 2009)
Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends is set in a world where imaginary friends are not so imaginary. They come to life the moment the children think of them. When the children outgrow them, they are given up for adoption to the titular orphanage till some other child comes along to adopt them. The show focuses on a boy, Mac, who is forced to give up his friend, Bloo. Despite giving him up, Mac visit Bloo frequently, and the show revolves around their adventures.
Courage the Cowardly Dog (1999 – 2002)
Courage is a tiny, pink orphan dog whose parents were forcibly sent to the outerspace. He is adopted by Muriel and Eustace, who live in the fictional town of Nowhere, Kansas. While Muriel is really sweet, Eustace tends to be grumpy most of the time. The show revolves around Courage, a genuinely cowardly dog, who tries to protect his owners from all forms of supernatural peril.
Dexter’s Laboratory (1996 – 1999, 2001 – 2003)
Dexter Cavanaugh is genius boy scientist who works in his secret laboratory hidden behind his bookshelf. Despite his genius, his projects often fail owing to reckless mistakes he mistakes due to his overexcitement. The series follows his escapades as he tries to thwart his rival, Mandark, and his attempt to keep his intrusive and hyperactive older sister Dee-Dee, out of his lab.
Codename Kid’s Next Door (2002 – 2008)
This show is quite an enjoyable show with it’s plot being that it’s protagonists, preteens, fight “crimes” against other kids like homework and flossing. These “crimes” are largely committed by adults and teenagers, and these kids, each with an allotted number, are a part of a global organisation who fight for justice.
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy (2001 – 2008)
Though a little dark in it’s stories, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy makes for a fun watch. It centres around two children – Billy and Mandy – who manage to enslave the grim reaper into a permanent friendship with them. Their love-hate relationship is tested time and again as Billy and Mandy use Grim’s supernatural abilities and powers to help themselves or simply to have an adventure.
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