A Closer Trip Down Memory Lane
By Geeky Gem
As you could probably tell from a few of my articles, I like cartoons and I have already bought you top ten’s from the 1980’s and the 1990’s. I have always liked cartoons and this has never gone away. I even watched a few when I was teenager and now as an adult. I shall carry on with my list from 2000 to 2010 of cartoons I have enjoyed.
Yes, I know this one should be on the list of 1990’s cartoons as it came out in 1999, but you see here I was a little late to the party so didn’t watch it until 2000. I know it’s cheating right but how can I miss this show off the list. Family Guy is animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane. The series centers on the Griffins, a dysfunctional family consisting of parents Peter and Louis; their children Meg, Chris, and Stewie; and their pet dog Brian. The show is set in the fictional city of Quahog, Rhode Island, and exhibits much of its humor in the form of cutaway gags that often lampoon American and Pop Culture.
X-Men: Evolution is another animated series based on the comic of the X-Men. In this incarnation many of the characters are teenagers rather than adults. The series ran for a total of four seasons. The plots were simple and very similar to the layout of the other cartoon. It’s nice to see some of the heroes as teenagers to see how they handled being a teenager and a mutant.
The Fairly Odd Parents
The Fairly Odd Parents (sometimes abbreviated FOP) is about the adventures of Timmy Turner, who is granted fairy godparents named Cosmo and Wanda. Each episode would see Timmy have an adventure with Cosmo and Wanda, and they would also take on many different forms. One of my favorite voice actresses in this show which is what drew me too it. Tara Strong has been in a number of cartoons and video games and never fails to deliver.
Now for any of who read Avenging April you will now that in my article Heroes on Television I have already mentioned Justice League for those of you who haven’t read it you can check it out here. So I will keep this short. Justice League was and is one of favorite cartoons and kept my teenage years going.
Samurai Jack had the catchiest theme tune ever. It is noted for its highly detailed, outline-free, based animation, as well as for its cinematic style and pacing. The plots of individual episodes range from dark and epic to light-hearted and comic, but typically follow “Jack”, a time-displaced samurai warrior, in his singular quest to find a method of traveling back in time. Many of the battle scenes in the series are reminiscent of samurai films, and since Jack’s robotic enemies “bleed” oil or electricity and monsters and aliens bleed slime or goo, the series is able to exhibit the action of these films while avoiding censorship for violence.
Teen Titans is based on the DC Comic book Superheroes team. The series revolves around main team members Robin (the leader), Raven, Starfire, Beast Boy and Cyborg. While it is an action cartoon, the series is also character-driven, with a focus on the main characters’ struggles with being teenage superheroes, their mutual friendships, and their limitations. A major difference between the animated series and the comic book is that while the comic portrayed the characters as being in their late teens to early 20s (resulting in the comic series at one point even dropping the word “Teen” from its title to reflect its older characters), the animated series characters are all depicted as being in their actual mid-teen years.
This cartoon is more adult than some of the cartoons we have already looked at and I think that’s what set it apart for me. Drawn Together uses a sitcom format with a TV reality show setting. The show’s eight characters are a combination of personalities that were recognizable and familiar prior to the series. Drawn Together, however, uses cartoon parodies. In addition, their character traits parody personality types that are typically seen in reality TV shows. The characters agreed to live in a house together in a setup similar to that of Big Brother or The Real World.
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Before M. Night Shyamalan ruined this cartoon with a frankly awful adaption, it was a really good show and still is for those willing to ignore the movie. Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in an Asian-influenced world wherein some are able to manipulate the classical elements by use of psychokinetic variants of Chinese martial arts known as “bending.” The show combined the styles of anime and American cartoons, and relied for imagery upon various East-Asian, Inuit, and South-American societies, with a brief reference to the Indic. The series follows the adventures of protagonist Aang and his friends, who must save the world from the evil Fire Lord by ending his war against the neighbor nations.
In this re-working of the Transformers Cartoon five Autobots (Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Prowl and Bulkhead) find the fabled Allspark only to become a part of the long-lasting battle between the Autobots and their enemies, the evil Decepticons. A space battle ends up stranding the Autobots in futuristic Detroit (The year is never specified other than taking place in the future probably between the year 2050 but no later than the 22nd century) where they take on roles akin to that of Superheroes, fighting both Decepticons and human Super villains. The Transformers’’ battle is renewed in this future city on Earth. Instead of being known as the Motor City, it has now become the Robot City due to Dr. Isaac Sumdac’s non-alien robotic creations. Sari Sumdac, his eight-year-old daughter, is the main human character that the Autobots saved when they landed on Earth.
And there we have the cartoons I watched through my teenage years and some of my adult hood. I have also picked a few I have been watching in last few years as well, and I will share these with you very soon. There are some I missed from these lists and maybe one day I will touch on them or maybe not we will have too see.