3 Best Childhood Cartoons (From a 90s Kid)

Austin Please
Updated on
December 20, 2023

Who else remembers waking up early (like way too early) on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons?

Sign me up for Saturday morning cartoons and a large bowl of Corn Pops every morning and my life would be complete.

I know I’m not the only one.

For many of us, Saturday morning cartoons were a large part of our childhood. From Scooby-Doo to The Jetsons to Tom & Jerry and beyond, we all have favorite shows that take us back in time.

My memories of Saturday mornings include a large bowl of Cornpops (with multiple refills) and a line-up of the absolute best cartoons. I remember the theme songs, the characters and their antics, the plotlines; all of it!

I think it’s important to keep these memories alive by talking about them with other people. After all, so much of who we are today is shaped by our childhood experiences – including Saturday morning cartoons. And although life has changed drastically since then, it’s comforting to look back and remember these shared cultural experiences of our generation.

So what were your favorite Saturday morning cartoons as a kid? Did you have any special rituals or traditions for watching them? What about the characters and themes make them so special to this day? I would love to hear other people's stories and experiences with Saturday morning cartoons.

But first, let me tell you my top 3 favourite cartoons (in order):

1. Aladdin (animated TV series)

This one should come as no surprise because Aladdin is one of my favourite Disney movies.

Magic, adventure, a silly monkey… need I say more?

Aladdin the TV series was developed by Walt Disney Television Animation and first aired in 1994. It follows the classic story of Aladdin, a street urchin living in the fictional Middle Eastern city of Agrabah, who falls in love with Princess Jasmine and embarks on a journey to become a prince himself. Along the way, he obtains the magical Genie of the Lamp and goes on a series of adventures with his friends, Abu, Iago and Carpet.

Oh, I guess there was a princess too, but I wasn’t there for her #sorryjasmine

2. DuckTales

Might solve a mystery, Or rewrite history! DuckTales! whoo hoo!

Okay, that theme song was catchy AF.

Looking back, I feel sorry for my parents for having to deal with little Austin, sugar high Cornpops, running around in his underwear screaming A-WHOO-HOO at the top of his lungs.

And the best parent awards go to…

DuckTales introduced us to a world of adventure and exploration. We followed the wealthy Uncle Scrooge McDuck, his grand-nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, as well as their friends Launchpad McQuack and Webbigail Vanderquack on their many escapades around the world in search for treasure and adventure.

This cartoon was so much fun to watch, and it taught us valuable lessons about exploration, friendship, and the power of dreams.

3. Gargoyles

Do any of you remember this one?

It was about gargoyles coming back to life in after being trapped in stone for 1000 years and trying to adjust to the modern world. I remember being so drawn in by the story and characters, it was like a live action movie!

Gargoyles had an amazing mix of fantasy and action, adventure and mystery. It’s hard to believe that this show only lasted for 2 seasons, but I guess some things are just too good to last.

I also remember it being a lot scarier than the others, but I think that’s why I liked it so much.

Final Thoughts on Saturday Morning Cartoons

Saturday morning cartoons were the best... I had forgotten about a lot of them until writing this post.

Nostalgia is an important part of life, allowing us to reflect on the past and appreciate what we once had. It has a powerful effect on our emotions, helping us to connect with positive memories and experiences in order to find comfort in times of sadness or uncertainty. Nostalgic moments can also be uplifting and remind us that there is always hope for the future even if things don’t seem so great right now.

Whether it's childhood cartoons that bring a smile to your face when you think about them or family trips down memory lane as you flip through old photo albums, nostalgia gives us perspective both outwardly towards others and inwardly towards ourselves. Through nostalgia we are able to recognize how far we've come, what relationships have been built along the way and why certain moments stand out above all else.

It's not just about reminiscing either; there is also an element of joy associated with nostalgia - reminding us of happy times spent with loved ones and shared memories of fun-filled days gone by. We can use these memories as inspiration during saddening moments when our present doesn't quite compare - allowing ourselves time to focus on how much better our current circumstances could become with a bit more effort and dedication.

Nostalgic moments are powerful reminders of how much our lives have changed, and how far we can go if only we reach for the stars. Saturday morning cartoons were a part of that journey, helping to shape so many of us into the individuals we are today. So let’s take a moment to reflect on them fondly, and remember why they were so special to us.

Happy reminiscing! ;)

PS. After writing this I’m 100% certain that my next themed party has to be Saturday morning cartoons – you’re all invited 🙂

Last Updated on
December 20, 2023
Austin Please

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Austin Please
I’m a gay dad, a happy husband, and recently my own boss. But it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, i’m still striving to grow a mustache to achieve ultimate dadness.
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