The cartoons from the 90s touched the souls and minds of all children of that era. I don’t think that you can find something more chilling than to stay in your armchair as a kid and watch a good cartoon show. The list below is not created in any order, the following cartoons are all good and worth watching again and again. The cartoons found on the list were released between 1990 and 1999.
Swat Kats (1993)
A unique cartoon idea: Two super cats who save the city by villains. Swat Kats were only released for two seasons between 1993 and 1994. The series was discontinued due to violence and the inability to sell merchandise during the show. But how can you not like two tomcats named Razor and T-Bone, armed to the teeth ready to save Megakat City, accompanied by lots of explosions and adrenaline?
Dexter’s Laboratory (1995)
The cartoon series aired in the mid-90s on Cartoon Network and was created by Genndy Tartakovsky and produced by Cartoon Network Studios in collaboration with Hanna-Barbera.
The series focuses on a genius boy named Dexter, who has a secret laboratory hidden behind a library in his bedroom. Access to the endless lab is done by saying different passwords or activating hidden levers in the library (such as pulling a certain book). Dexter is always in conflict with his older sister, Dee Dee, who still manages to enter the lab, and he is trying to keep her away.
Aladdin is a poor young man who lives on the city streets of Agrabah with his faithful monkey, Abu. When Princess Jasmine, scared of the idea of forced marriage, and tired of spending time alone in the palace, decides to run away, she sneaks through the nearby market and meets Aladdin.
At the command of the evil Jafar – the sultan’s right hand – Aladdin is thrown behind bars and wakes up caught in Jafar’s plan to bring the city to his feet with the help of a magic lamp. The legend says that only the Chosen One can take the lamp from the Cave of Wonders. Aladdin may fit the description, but that will not be enough for him to take the princess, to be his wife, because the law requires for a princess to marry a prince.
South Park (1997)
South Park is an animated series whose main characters are Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman, four third grade kids, who have a passion for dirty language, gaming, and doing nothing. The action takes place in South Park, the town that gives the name of the series, in the American state of Colorado, where the main characters, accompanied by a multitude of secondary characters have to overcome all kinds of bizarre and hilarious situations.
The Powerpuff Girls (1998)
Sugar. Spice. And everything nice. These were the ingredients that Prof. Utonium added to create the perfect little girls. But, by mistake, he also added Element X. That’s how Powerpuff girls appeared: Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup. Due to the X element, the three have collective superpowers: cast laser from eyes, fly and fight.
Bubbles is a cute blonde little girl, very childish and with the special ability to talk to animals. Blossom is the red leader and has a special ability: the ice breath. Buttercup is a sport-oriented brunette who likes most to beat the bad guys. Together they form an invincible team to escape the world of villains, from evil monkeys (Mojo Jojo) to the Devil himself (HIM).
Tiny Toon Adventures (1990)
Tiny Toon Adventures is a cartoon created in the early 90s, by Tom Ruegger and produced by Warner Bros. and Amblin Entertainment.
The story takes place in the city of Acme Acres where the characters from Little Pony and Looney Tunes live. The main characters of the cartoon learn at Looniversity Acme where teachers are Warner Brothers cartoon characters like: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester, Tweety, and others.
Johnny Bravo (1997)
Johnny Bravo is a unique cartoon from the 90s. From the idea of the cartoon itself to the main characteristic of Johnny Bravo: the cocky blond stud and full of muscles. In his opinion, he is the gift of God to women and the best son in the world. In the end, he always loses the “fight” with love.
Beavis and Butt-head (1993)
Beavis and Butt-Head is one of the most popular cartoons for teenagers and adults from the 90s. The main characters are two teens: Beavis and Butt-Head. The two are obsessed with sex, TV, heavy metal, sex, popularity and sex again, in that order.
Cow and Chicken (1995)
Cow and Chicken is a cartoon nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys, created by David Feiss. The series presents the adventures of a cow, named Cow and her brother, a chicken named Chicken. They are often terrorized by Red, the villain of the series. Cow, Chicken, and The Red Guy are played by a single person, Charlie Adler. The show was very popular in the 90s among kids who watched Cartoon Network.
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990)
Scrooge McDuck, along with his three grandchildren, Huey, Louie and Dewey, their friend Webby and pilot Launchpad McQuack, arrive in Egypt, where he finds Collie Baba’s lost treasure. In the treasure, there is also a magic lamp whose genie will fulfill three wishes. Scrooge’s grandchildren have a lot of fun with the genie from the lamp, but what they don’t know is that a powerful wizard, Murlock, and his right hand, Dijon, also want the magic lamp.
The Pirates of Dark Water (1991)
One of the most interesting adventure cartoons of the 90s. The story is about the adventures of a young man, who finds out that he is, in fact, a prince and his mission is to save the world. To do this, he must find 13 magical treasures.
An evil substance named Dark Water devours the world of Mer. Only Ren (the prince) can stop the Dark Water by finding the thirteen treasures of the Rule. He also has a crew who is helping in his journey: the necromancer Tula, a Niddler monkey bird, and the hungry pirate Ioz.
Unfortunately, the show was canceled after 21 episodes, after only 8 treasures were found. The cancellation of the show was a disaster for the 90s kids, most of them if you ask them today, these series were one of the best.
Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990)
Because the planet is in danger of heavy pollution, Gaia, the goddess of the Earth, calls five children from all over the world (Linka from Russia, Kwame from Nigeria, Ma-Ti from Brazil, Wheeler from USA and Gi from China) to become Planetariums. They must fight against those who are a danger to Earth and to educate people to take care of the environment. To perform this hard task, each receives a magic ring, and each of them has the power of one of these elements: Earth, Fire, Water, Wind, and Heart. Combining these 5 rings at the same time, they can summon Captain Planet, a superhero, who has only one purpose: to “take pollution down to zero”.
The Mask (1995)
The Mask is a memorable cartoon from the 90s, mostly because of its uniqueness among cartoons. The cartoon aired one year after the movie with the same name, which had Jim Carrey in the main role (Stanley Ipkiss).
“From scratch to hero” could be the motto of this cartoon. It is about the instant metamorphosis of Stanley Ipkiss from a shy bank official – without no success in women, in a weird kind of superhero with outstanding physical possibilities. From the moment he finds an antique mask and puts it on his face, Ipkiss becomes everything he dreams to be. He falls in love with the beautiful singer Tina Carlyle and is determined to eliminate all gangsters in the city.
2 Stupid Dogs (1993)
The show is about two unnamed dogs, and none of them, as the title explains, is not very intelligent. The animation style is unusual for that time: a very flat and simplistic style, similar to the early Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the 1950s and 1960s, but with humor and sensitivity of the early 1990s. Big Dog tends to talk a lot less than Little Dog. When Big Dog talks, he usually talks about food.
Hercules, the son of Zeus, is transformed into a semi-god by Hades, the lord of Hell, who plans to overthrow Zeus. Now, the young half-human half-god will have to prove that he deserves to be a god and return to Mount Olympus. For this, he must prove one thing, that he is a true hero. Hercules will be assisted in his adventures by his horse, Pegasus, and his personal trainer, Philoctetes.
Biker Mice From Mars (1993)
The only time in life when you wanted to be a mouse, was in the early 90s when every kid imagined being a cool biker mouse with muscles and bionic arms, who could use laser weapons and save the world of aliens and monsters. The series first aired in 1993 and lasted three seasons.
The Lion King (1994)
One of the most notorious cartoons in the world, “The Lion King”, is a masterpiece animated film of the 90s produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation.
The action takes place in the fictional placed named Pride Lands, in Africa, where a lion is the king of all animals. At the beginning of the cartoon, Rafiki, a shaman mandrill, introduces Simba, the newborn baby of King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi, to the animals present at Pride Rock, (let’s say the capital of the kingdom).
Meanwhile, Mufasa’s younger brother, Scar, realizes that he is no longer the heir to the throne and plans to kill Simba and Mufasa. During the film, Scar will fulfill just half of his dream, but he will be a constant danger for Simba, who was cast away by him. Simba will grow up in the wild, away from friends and family, and will meet two little animals who will become friends over the years. He will go through many adventures before he gets home, and when he does, he will have a big surprise.