Embracing Insanity (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 03/28/13 | Reply
Johnny Bravo: come on, a kids' show about a macho trying to pick up chicks. How much more awesome can you get?
Batman Beyond, X-Men Evolution and the origial X-Men: really loved the way they handled more difficult issues and it looked very cool. Especially the original X-Men; it could go from hopeful to downright depressing in the span of a few minutes, quite a ride. Absolutely must rewatch them the near future.
Courage the Cowardly Dog: a few episodes still give me the chills even now, and I love how not all the episodes have a happy end (some are downright creepy).
Top Cat: rewatched it recently and it more than stands the test of time. It's got a certain classy atmosphere to it that I feel current cartoons have lost.
Cow & Chicken: same as with Courage. Some episodes are freakin' insane if you're young (like the one with Chicken going inside the girls' bathroom at school) and I can see how the Red Guy can creep parents out XD
Disney movies: Beauty and the Beast was my favorite, but I also liked Cinderella and Little Mermaid. I'd watch LM everyday on our VCR, it drove my parents insane since it was the only TV in the house XD
...and I'm sure there are many more, but too many to list.
I never liked Dexter's Laboratory (hated all the characters) or Powerpuff Girls (though there were a few amazing episodes - such as the time travel one, where they end up in a dystopic Townsville); that may have been a result of reruns, though, since CN sometimes aired the same episodes every day and it got old fast. Looney Tunes...it took a bit of growing up to fully appreciate all the double entendres.
Otaku Eternal | Posted 03/11/13 | Reply
I still love Invader Zim and Courage the Cowardly Dog, but my list of beloved cartoons is a long one. Even though it was stupid (and disturbing), I did really like Evil con Carne (if anyone remembers it?) and Cow and Chicken. Today's cartoons aren't so bad though. Adventure Time is great, so is The Amazing World of Gumball...I really am disappointed Flapjack was removed fromm CN's regular line up, though.
Otaku Eternal | Posted 03/09/13 | Reply
I think I'd have to say Avatar(however I do think it's basically anime) I want to see Korra, eventually I will.
Another good one is Spongebob SquarePants! The number of different cartoons I've seen is actually kinda low.
Ruler of Hell (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 03/08/13 | Reply
i know! i watched alot on netfilx a while back
Otaku Legend | Posted 03/08/13 | Reply
They have comic books??? 0.0
I'll definitely have to go back and watch the whole series ^^
LDS Fangirl! (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 03/08/13 | Reply
Yes! He-Man and She-Ra were awesome!
The original TMNT series really was great, as is classic Scooby-Doo; it's all so much better before they bring in all the computer-related stuff.
Detective Mask (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 03/08/13 | Reply
I feel that I've talked about this before, but I couldn't find the post that elaborated it. Anyway, to answer the question, I guess it's slightly obvious what non-anime cartoon do I like the most. After all, I wouldn't call myself The Mask if I was not a fan of The Mask: The Animated Series.
What made the show awesome was primarily the ability of The Mask to change from one role to another while remaining really goofy and funny. I also love how the show manages to integrate several pop culture references (e.g. Tupperware, Bill Clinton, Animaniacs). I guess I have to give props to Rob Paulsen (voice actor of The Mask), since part of what makes the character (and, in the process, the show itself) really good is his ability to express his voice in a very comical way.
It's just sad that Cartoon Network isn't airing the show anymore.
Other cartoons that I enjoyed:
(1) Lion King
(3) Phineas and Ferb
(5) Bugs Bunny cartoons
"Students, be ambitious!"
Otakuite | Posted 03/08/13 | Reply
'Ed, Edd n' Eddy' was always my personal favorite. Memorable characters and very witty slapstick humor. Gotta love it.~
Senior Otaku+ | Posted 03/08/13 | Reply
Avatar the Last Airbender is certainly one that stands out in my mind as being a particularly good show - not even taking the animated genre into consideration.
As a fan of Scooby-Doo, I, however, find myself limited to re-watching the original Scooby-Doo series from the sixties and What's New Scooby-Doo. The rest don't measure up well for me. Some of the Scooby-Doo movies are good (my favorites are Scooby-Doo and the Loch Ness Monster and Scooby-Doo in Where's my Mummy - even for all the horrible inaccuracies that the latter had) but they are often hit or miss.
I also somewhat enjoy the X-MEN series from the nineties. Honestly, at times while watching this series, I wished that the first three X-MEN movies (live action) had keep a little closer to this show.
The Mummy: the Animated Series is something that I also enjoyed as a fan of the original - live action - movies.
Ninja Turtles - original series from the eighties-nineties will always hold a special place in my heart for being on of the shows I grew up with. Though the TMNT movie has usurped that as the best Turtles that I have seen.
I would also like to mention one more movie that earns a special place on my shelf for films, not just animated ones. The Anastasia movie from ninety-seven holds up better for me than any Disney or Pixar animated film that I have ever seen.
I'm sure I'm forgetting something and I could add more shows that I loved and still enjoy from my childhood. (And some that were long before my childhood that are a lot of fun.) But I believe it is time to end this long post.
Golden Phoenix (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 03/08/13 | Reply
The legend of Korra and avatar the last airbender! I can watch avatar over and over. Teen titans was one of my faves along with totally spies.
Madman With a Box (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 03/08/13 | Reply
I'll add one I know no one has mentioned: Daria.
I was obsessed with this show for a long time and sometimes catch re-runs now. The perfect show if you were ever a cynical teenager who felt you were surrounded by a school full of morons.
ya know what else is good she-ra!
Chibi Otaku (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 03/08/13 | Reply
Oh, yes, I loved The Land Before Time!! :D
I always watch it over and over as a kid. xD ♥
I certainly agree with you. I really can't see how kids could watch the cartoons on TV nowadays. I wish they could bring back the good old ones. ; __ ; And I just hate how channels stops a good cartoon show because they don't gain much from their audience. /crying because Young Justice/
At least Teen Titans is coming back but it won't be like before. I reaaaaally wish they revived it while staying true to the old style and animation, since they even managed to get the original voice actors. I still have so many questions that I doubt will be answered in the new series! Dx
Otaku Eternal | Posted 03/07/13 | Reply
It's hard to say what's my all time favorite of the non-anime cartoons, but I have a number of favorites over the years nevertheless. In my list of favorites:
ETERNITY (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 03/07/13 | Reply
So My favorite animated movies and cartoons are Land Before Time, Treasure Planet, Gargoyles, Kim Possible, Static Shock, Teen Titans, Transformers Animated, and good ol' Scooby Doo. The newest Scooby Doo series is okay
I love Gargoyles! I think I watched the whole series. I also want to read the comic books though I don't know where to look
I am in a Filmation kick for a few months and i been watching He-Man and Bravestarr
Otaku Legend | Posted 03/07/13 | Reply
I haven't seen anyone mention Gargoyles. Come on guys that show was one of my favorites :D I never actually got to finish it because I just watched it when I went to my grandparents house (they had cable lol). But I remember it with very fond memories.
The Silent (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 03/07/13 | Reply
I'd have to say Adventure Time is my favorite cartoon of all time. The world it creates, the characters that inhabit that world, and its ability to deal with difficult and complicated issues makes it a winner of a cartoon. It should win all of the awards. It has that broad appeal, too - people have caught on to its brilliance. The comics are pretty entertaining as well - and later in April the first Adventure Time graphic novel will be coming out. The Adventure Time crew is just golden right now.
I find Regular Show quite entertaining. That's going to hit Netflix soon and I will be watching the heck outta that.
One show that I haven't seen too many episodes of is Gravity Falls - but I would love to see more. It has a certain spark to it, worth investigating.
My favorite cartoons of the past - Samurai Jack and Tartakovsky's Star Wars: The Clone Wars were extremely gorgeous cartoons. The backgrounds used in Samurai Jack are strikingly beautiful.
Then I was also quite enamored of the Powerpuff Girls.
And... SWAT Cats.
I think we do a disservice to the term art, much of the time. Best not to bandy it about. I find the most boring question in the world - "is it art?" A much, much better question is - "is it interesting?"
Yes, this! Powerpuff Girls was one of my favorite cartoons.
Also - Johnny Bravo is coming to Netflix at the end of this month, I believe.
Shameless Fangirl (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 03/07/13 | Reply
And uh...those are the only big ones I can think of for right now.
Otakuite | Posted 03/07/13 | Reply
Avatar the Last Airbender! Love it
Spiritus Memorae (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 03/07/13 | Reply
School House Rock.
Senior Otaku | Posted 03/07/13 | Reply
As a big fan of animated cartoons, I must say that if Avatar doesn't count as an anime, that's my favorite.
Personally I count it as an anime, because I believe that anime is a style and doesn't depend on where in the world, and by whom, it's made.
Besides Avatar, I'll go with my childhood favorite: Tintin ^^
Eternal Scout (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 03/07/13 | Reply
I am a big fan of animated movies in general (I actually watch more animated movies than I do anime *is immediately kicked off TheO*) and my current favourite non-anime movie is Rise of the Guardians. I also love shows like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Adventure Time. And of course, I will always love classic animation.
Madman With a Box (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 03/07/13 | Reply
I know what you mean about that. Last time I tried to watch He-Man, I felt like slinking away in shame and embarrassment. Certain things just don't age well and you can't help but cringe to see them now.
Master of Lists (Senior Otaku) | Posted 03/07/13 | Reply
Any cartoon I still find entertaining watching them now is good in my books. There are shows like Tom & Jerry and Looney Tunes that still make me laugh where as stuff like Transformers & He-Man just don't cut it anymore.
I actually have alot of non-anime cartoons that i hold in high regard. Most of them are cartoons from the 1980's when cartoons were really booming with originality. Here is my list -
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
David the Gnome
Heathcliff (one of the best and memorable openings ever)
King Aurthur and the Knights of Justice
i'll come back and post some more when i have more time :0
State Alchemist (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 03/07/13 | Reply
I like the older Disney movies. Especially now that I've learned what went into making them. It takes real dedication to draw each individual frame like they did back in the day. My favorite would be Snow White. It was my first Disney movie and I remember putting in the vhs about 3-4 times a week when I was little.
CN from late 90's to the end of 2005 was the best!
Chibi Otaku (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 03/07/13 | Reply
I just can't get into the new, really out-there stuff on Cartoon Network. And the work is so cheaped-down, compared to the older shows.
I liked the way they handled the characters in X-Men: Evolution. I thought their Storm was really cool, and Nightcrawler was my favorite. As far as Batman goes, I liked what I saw of the older series, but Beyond was done really well too. Interesting stories and different kinds of villains.
Well I hope you get to watch it some day. It really is one of the best animated series to come out, in my opinion, and one of the best interations of Batman for sure.
I grew up on so many cartoons, it would probably take me all day to list them all. Certainly the Disney adventure shows were among my favorites, like DuckTales, Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck, Aladdin.
I also grew up on classic Loony Tunes and lots of stuff on Nickolodeon, from David the Gnome to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Count Duckula, Doug, and Rugrats.
Then there's so many other random 'toons, like Muppet Babies, Garfield & Friends, G. I. Joe, Transformers, Pirates of Dark Water, Exo-Squad, Gummy Bears, ThunderCats, all the Hannah-Barbara stuff... the list is almost endless.
I don't have cable, unfortunately. I should really just rent the DVD, but I haven't gotten around to it. Plus I suspect no one wants to watch it with me.
Batman: The Animated Series is pretty kick-ass. If you have the Hub channel on TV, they re-run it on weekdays.
You are absolutely right, no one makes any effort these days. Though I have watched X-Men Evolution and I wasn't impressed. What is it that makes it appeal to you? I'm curious about what other people see in it. And concerning Batman cartoons, I'm told that Batman: The Animated Series, which ran from 1992-'95, is one of the better incarnations of the character. Unfortunately I haven't been able to watch it online because it isn't available on Hulu or Netflix Watch Instantly.
Yeah, they're both made by Aardman Studios. What's great is that it's clever and funny, and there's also all these obscure references in pretty much every episode.
LDS Fangirl! (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 03/07/13 | Reply
I actually grew up on the original 'Looney Tunes' stuff and classic Disney; I'll quote Bugs Bunny more than any anime.
OMG! I thought I was one of the only people that loved Treasure Planet! And how could I forget about Teen Titans! XD
The Wandering Elf (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 03/07/13 | Reply
Ohh, I totally agree about Treasure Planet. I LOVE that movie :D (And HTTYD is awesome too ^^)
I agree & disagree with your statement that quality has gone down hill.
I agree that the need for everything to be computer generated sacrifices a lot of story quality and that old shows that are still going should really give it up but I disagree that those that are still trying traditional methods, working on intelligent and engaging entertainment and taking risks like Gumball did with it's show, proves that there are still a number of good ideas out there.
Senior Otaku+ | Posted 03/07/13 | Reply
Avatar is great in general, and I have been watching Young Justice a lot. I also really like Gravity Falls and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I watched Kim Possible and Code Lyoko when I was younger. I also am liking Wakfu, though I am having a hard time finding it. I guess that counts since it is French.
But I'm indecisive, so I can't really pick a favorite.
In the animated movie category, my favorites are How to Train Your Dragon and Treasure Planet (which is SO underrated).
In the TV category, my favorites are Dragons (HTTYD spinoff), Avatar/Legend of Korra (the characters and story are so well-done!), Ben 10: Alien Force, X-Men: Evolution, Batman Beyond, The Zeta Project, Teen Titans and Static Shock. Most of the new stuff that comes out now... It's just so cheap. (Fans of the new shows, I'm sorry, but the quality has just gone way down from the old days.)
@Keba Si Rota:
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is pretty much the only cartoon I watch these days. I was skeptical about it the first time I heard of it too but several people I knew were watching it so I gave it a try, and after a while I really warmed up to it.
What I like about it, besides the awesome animation, is that while it is meant to be aimed at an audience of primarily young girls, there's a lot of elements that do appeal to an older audience. It is not super girly, every character has a distinct personality, there's a lot of humor and even some subtle pop culture references thrown in at times, and it maintains a positive message. It was developed for television for Lauren Faust, who worked previously on Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and Power Puff Girls, and she intentionally wanted to evolve it beyond the soppy, girly original version.
Ruler of Hell (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 03/07/13 | Reply
Favorite non anime... hmm now a days i watch the amazing world of gumball since that's whats on more and i do like there backgrounds
but i love just love foresters home for imaginary friends! miss that show >.>
Good question, I'd have to say Avatar: The Last Airbender(of course), The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and this big cat documentary called Big Cat Diaries.
Ahhh i love shawn the sheep tooo! its just so clever! i think its made by the same ppl who did wallice and gromit
I may be the only serious Star Wars fan to say this, but I really love The Clone Wars. I also love Shaun the Sheep, but I'm not sure claymation counts as a cartoon.
I was a fan of cartoons before I became a fan of anime. I'd wake up early in the morning or even skip classes to watch Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, Dexter's Laboratory, etc. Cartoon Network had the best shows back then. ♥
Then, I slowly forgot my first love when I started watching Yu-Gi-Oh, Prince of Tennis, and Bleach. I slowly became an otaku. xDD
When I came across Avatar: The Last Airbender, I'm reminded that anime isn't strictly made in Japan. Then I fell in love with Teen Titans all over again. I really enjoyed watching it in my childhood and I sort of regret that I only got in touch with it just recently. I also adore Young Justice and Legend of Korra. ♥
And Disney animation are classics. I will never not love Disney. ♥
Resident Dark Lord (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 03/07/13 | Reply
Favorite non-anime cartoon series, hands down, The Simpsons,
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Don't Forget 3 Oct (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 03/07/13 | Reply
Short answer: I don't really watch many non-anime cartoons right now. But since it's 12:45 in the morning and I can't sleep, prepare for a long post.
I was a big Disney nut as a kid. Thinking back, I would call the animation in some of the movies "art". Think of the ballroom scene in Beauty and the Beast. Or Aladdin in the Cave of Wonders. Or that opening scene in The Lion King. Sure, the stories weren't too deep (and some could argue that they were giving subliminal, prejudiced messages, but I think that's bull), but in the '90s, Disney was on a winning streak in terms of animation.
I was also there when the first Toy Story came out in theaters. At the time, I wanted to be an animator when I grew up (I don't anymore), so I wasn't just watching a movie, I was doing homework! Well, that's how my dad put it. But really, I find Pixar movies breathtaking. Too bad I haven't seen one since Wall-E. (As a side note, I heard that the Cars movies were far worse than Brave, but having seen neither, I can't judge.)
As for kids cartoons on TV, I watched a lot of those, too. Some I liked, but mostly they were just ways for me to kill time. I had no idea how filthy a lot of '90s cartoons were until I grew up. Now a lot of people think those cartoons are freakin' brilliant because they somehow slipped past being censored. I say that kids' shows with dirty humor that goes over the heads of the target audience are beyond cheap. I'd give exceptions to the rare cartoons that are AIMED at adults that GET the humor. But to go out of the way just to be offensive is just kind of stupid.
I said in the first sentence of this comment that I don't watch many cartoons, but I do have several on my "want to watch" list such as the Pixar movies that I haven't seen, as well as Avatar, Adventure Time, and My Little Pony. I don't know much about any of them, but I hear that although they're aimed at kids, a lot of the young adult crowd likes them, too. As someone who has seen episodes of the '80s version of My Little Pony, I'd like to know what interesting things they've done with it. I hear it has an anime-ish vibe. And that is totally cool with me.
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