The umbrella of cartoons covers two-dimensional illustrations as well as animations that are meant to provide the viewer with satire or humorous content. The earliest form of animated cartoons were seen in the form of flip books back in the 19th century and by the mid 1950, not only had the first silent cartoon been made, Disney had also produced its first animated film.
Over the last century, many cartoons have come and gone, but there are some cartoons, that no matter what decade you were born in, you must have heard of them. Some of them include The Simpsons, The Flinstones, SpongeBob SquarePants and Batman: The Animated Series. These cartoons not only lay the foundation for future one to come, but they were also the inspiration for many of the movies that have played on the big screen.
How well do you remember some of your favorite childhood cartoons? Are you able to name some of the characters from the top of your head, or do you vaguely remember what the series was about? Well, this quiz will show you some images from your favorite toons, and all you have to do is identify it. Take it to see how well you do!
Dexter was actually voiced by two different women. Christine Cavanaugh was the voice for Chickie Finster on Rugrats and the titular Babe in the 1995 movie. She stopped portraying Dexter on Dexter's Laboratory during the show's third season, in 2001. She was replaced by Candi Milo who voiced Dexter during the duration of the rest of the show. They also gave Dexter an accent because they were fitting into the stereotype that all well-known scientists have accents.
For Batman: The Animated Series, while they were casting for the voice of Batman, the voice director Andrea Romano wanted a voice that was "inherently sexy." Since Batman was a rule breaker and was considered dangerous in some respects she wanted something that would appeal to women. Kevin Conroy had the perfect voice and nailed his audition in the first try.
Hey Arnold! was created while Craig Bartlett was working on Pee-Wee's Playhouse, he was responsible for some of the show's "Penny" claymation cartoons. Bartlett created three claymation shorts of Arnold, one of which was featured on Sesame Street called "Arnold Rides His Chair." While Bartlett was working on Rugrats, he showed his shorts of Arnold to the Nickelodeon executive and the shows pilot was made one year later.
Gargoyles is an American animated series about a species of nocturnal creatures known as gargoyles that turn into stone during the day. They spend thousands of years in a crazy petrified state, but then these particular gargoyles are reawakened in modern-day New York City. They become the city's secret night-time protectors. Gargoyles is special because of its dark tone, complex storyline, and drama. Character arcs are prevalent throughout the show as well as Shakespearean themes.
The Powerpuff Girls were originally known as 'The Whoop-Ass Girls.' Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup got their start on a McCracken student film at CalArts called Whoopass Stew. This alternate version of the girls obtained their powers not from Chemical X, but from a can of whoop-ass. The girls' eyes on the show were inspired by the work of Margaret Keane's work. They thought drawing the girls' eyes huge would be funny.
Van Partible is responsible for this show, Johnny Bravo. It is about a muscular and boorish man that tries to get women to give him attention but is almost always unsuccessful. He ends up in bizarre situations and predicaments throughout the show. Partible pitched the series to Hanna-Barbera's animation showcase What a Cartoon! The first pilot aired in 1995 and quickly became popular. The network was able to commission a half-hour series in July of 1997.
Out of the 86 voices on the show TaleSpin; there were 9 who were under the age of 16 in 1990. The youngest female voice is Janna Michaels who played the voice of Molly Cunningham who was 7 years old at the time the show was being produced. There were a total of 26 writes who wrote for TaleSpin.
Doug was almost called "The Funnies!", but Nickelodeon changed the series to Doug because they weren't into the idea of a double entendre. We agree that this was definitely a good call on their part. Doug is also left-handed! It makes total sense when you actually think about it. Even though in the initial episode Doug refers to his journal as a "diary" he only calls it a journal from there on after.
The Ren & Stimpy Show, Doug, and Rugrats all debuted on the same exact day. Stimpy's character design was inspired by the cat in the tweety bird cartoon, mainly it was the blue bulbous nose the cat had that acted as inspiration. The idea for Ren came after John Kricfalusi saw a chihuahua in a sweater.
Darkwing Duck was originally called Double O' Duck, and would have starred wannabe spies Launchpad McQuack and Gizmoduck. The video game of Darkling Duck actually had a different ending, if you managed to beat the game and bankrupt Scrooge, you saw the "Sad Scrooge" ending. Also, you can still play the original DuckTales online!
The character of Arthur was created out of a bedtime story. Marc Brown told the first Arthur story to his son, Tolon, who requested a bedtime story about a "weird animal." In an interview with Scholastic, Marc Brown said he was thinking about weird animals alphabetically and "aardvark" was the first animal that popped into his head. Tolon is now a producer on the series.
Robert McKimson designed the character of Taz-Mania after the real Tasmanian devil which is native to Australia. The only resemblance to the real-life marsupial, however, is their ravenous appetite. The Devil devours everything in site, including boulders, tress, shrubs, and hills. He also harbors a special craving for rabbits.
Besides what everyone thinks Spider-Man has fallen for more women than just Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy. He fell for four women total. His first love was a beauty named Betty Brant, and then he had chemistry with a Felicia Hardy who was a deceitful Black Cat. Tony Stark was the brains behind the "Iron Spider" suit. He built it for him to be faster and stronger, and it came with three fully functioning spider legs that popped out of the back of the uniform on command.
The Rugrats creators are also behind The Simpsons' signature yellow skin and Marge's blue hair. Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo got married and then started the animation studio called Klasky Csupo. Before they worked on The Rugrats, the worked on The Simpsons. They produced other iconic cartoons like "Aaahh!! Real Monsters", "The Wild Thornberrys", and "Rocket Power."
X-Men is and was a colossal hit and the animated series was just the beginning. There is a comic that is based solely on the animated series of X-Men, X-Men Adventures was a comic adaptation of the show and launched immediately after the series started. In addition to comics, the series inspired many spin-off games like X-Men, X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse, X-Men 2: Clone Wars, X-Men vs. Streetfighter, and the X-Men vs. Capcom series.
"The Radical Squadron" referred to in the show Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron, is talking about three specific characters in the show. They are T-Bone, Razor, and Callie. Originally, The Giant Bacteria was planned to air as the first episode of the show but, they went for The Pastmaster Always Rings Twice instead because of the huge box office success of Jurassic Park.
The original story of Animaniacs had three characters that were Warner brothers named Yakki, Smakki, and Wakki, they were little ducks. Dot's full name, "Princess Angelina Contessa Louisa Francesca Banana Banna Bo Besca the Third" was inspired by Pippi Lonstocking's super long real name, Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim's Daughter Longstocking." What a mouthful!
Mike Judge who is the creator of the show Beavis and Butt-Head, improvised most of the dialogue during the music videos. He was also virtually all of the voices for the show besides Daria and Stewart. All of the references on the show to fire were removed permanently after the show was blamed for the death involving a five-year boy setting fire to his Oklahoma home killing his 2-year old sister. The mother said Beavis' fire-making and blatant love of arson was responsible.
2 Stupid Dogs was created and designed by Donovan Cook and was produced by Hanna-Barbera. Originally this show ran from September of 1993, until May of 1995 on TBS as part of their Sunday morning show. Cook had graduated from CalArts and conceived of the show's premise after seeing two stray dogs roaming around his apartment complex. He followed closely to a previous cartoon called Secret Squirrel as he had loved watching it as a kid.
The creator of Rocko's Modern Life actually had an altercation with a television at a young age. When the creator of the show Jow Murray was five a television fell on his head. The cartoonist thinks this may explain his "slightly dislodged view" of the world. The end of the show's theme song features a television falling on the cartoon's characters, a definite callback to a previous real-life event we think.
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog was an animated series focusing mainly on the adventures of Sonic who actually had two very famous influences. Sonic's red boots and white gloves are drawn from Michael Jackson's music video "Bad", and Bill Clinton was the inspiration for Sonic's "get it done" attitude. Sonic the Hedgehog is truly a product of the 90s.
The show, The Critic, was written by Judd Apatow and Steve Levitan, at one point Judd Apatow wanted to get out of his writing job at Wings and write for Critic full-time but was told by his employer that he could not. Maurice Lamarche who was a huge voice on the show, once voiced 29 characters in one episode. Most of them were nameless like "taxi cab driver" and "hot dog vendor", but still!
The inspiration for Space Ghost Coast to Coast is none other than Jay Leno and David Letterman. The animator of the show actually became the voice of Zorak by doing an excellent impersonation of him in front of the big boss. Herve Villechaize initially signed up to play Space Ghost's sidekick but sadly, this Fantasy Island actor ended up committing suicide during the pre-production stage of the series.
ReBoot is a Canadian CGI-animated action-adventure television series that originally aired from 1994 to 2001. The series follows the adventures of a Guardian named Bob and his companions Enzo and Dot Matrix. They are fighting throughout the show to keep the computer system of Mainframe safe from viruses known as Megabyte and Hexadecimal. ReBoot was initially conceived in 1980 by the British Creative Collective.
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters owes its existence and success to Rugrats. The show was influenced by Blade Runner and Brazil. Cuspo who was one of the animators and creators for the show, thought that Aaahh!!! Real Monsters had a "very film noirish look" and that the city where the monster academy was located looked similar to the look of the dystopian films Blade Runner and Brazil. The Gromble's voice and look echoes The Blue Meanies in The Beatles' acid trip universe.
Pinky and the Brain is a very famous cartoon about one genius scientist and another mad scientist. The Brain's voice was based on the legendary voice of actor Orson Welles. Pinky and the Brain's genes were spliced using the Acme Bagel Warmer and the Gene Splicer. Pinky and the Brain were actually a series of segments featured on the cartoon Animaniacs before they got enough traction to spin off into their own show.
Sonic the Hedgehog is actually not the first mascot for Sega. Before the Sega Genesis, there was the Sega Mega Drive and their first official mascot was Alex Kidd. Sega ditched Alex Kidd when they were losing to Nintendo and Mario, so they switched to something more edgy -- hence Sonic the Hedgehog came alive. Jaleel White is the voice for Sonic. You might know him from playing the iconic nerd Steve Uriel on Family Matters.
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist features all kind of people that go on to become hugely famous stars. An especially funny one is Winona Ryder's lone session in one of the episodes. There is something absolutely hilarious about her being kicked out of group therapy because her problems weren't "real" problems. Also, she looks like an alien throughout the episode. Other famous features are Dave Chappelle, Conan O'Brien, Jeff Goldblum, Louis C.K, and Joan Rivers.
Freakazoid! was created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini and developed by Tom Ruegger for the Kids' WB. Freakazoid! is a manic, insane superhero who battles an array of super villains. This cartoon was the third animated series produced by the collaboration of Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros. Animation. All of these were coming out of the animation renaissance of the 1990s. The series was one of the first to debut on the new Kids' WB in 1995.
Cartoon Planet ran from 1995-1998 on Cartoon Network. Afterward, a spin-off of it called Space Ghost Coast to Coast was created. Cartoon Planet began as an hour-long block of cartoons hosted by Space Ghost, Zorak, and Brak. The host segments were often times original songs and ad-libbed skits. New material stopped being made in 1997 and most of the songs and skits were re-packaged into 22 half-hour episodes.
The first Cow and Chicken short initially had rougher animation than the series that followed which featured much darker themes. In the original, Chicken goes to hell for smoking cigarettes and is tortured by the devil while he's there. After this intense episode, the content of the series was brought down a notch, the animation was painted more brightly, and the devil's name was changed to "The Red Guy." How sly.
Road Rovers was a cartoon about a team of superegos that aired very briefly in 1996 and 1997. Road Rovers was actually an attempt to cash in on the sentai craze which was quite popular in the 90s. This show was broadcast in four languages as well; English, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. For how short this show aired, it was actually the second-highest rated show that Warner Brothers was showing at the time, it was just behind Superman.
Superman was created by Jewish writers Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1933 but the character doesn't appear in comics until 1938 when it was sold to Detective Comics (now DC Comics) for a whopping $130 bucks. The original concept of Superman had him as a bald telepathic villain that was bent on world domination. Joe Shuster said the Superman character is inspired by other heroes like Hercules and Flash Gordan.
In 2001, Nickelodeon's cartoon series, The Angry Beavers was facing cancellation after four seasons on the air. The show was hugely over-budget, behind on it's schedule, and had pretty much worn out its welcome on its network. The series co-creator Kieth Kaczorek decided to flip the series on its metaphysical head and made the final episode "Bye Bye Beavers," where Dagger and Norbert find out that they are cartoons and that their existence as they know it is going to come to a screeching halt due to the shows cancellation. Luckily we have some insight that a huge Avengers-style crossover film will have a Nicktoons universe featuring all of our beloved 90s cartoon characters.
Daria was drawn to resemble a real girl. Mike Judge, the creator of the show, referenced Darlene Conner a girl he knew in school that he referred to as "Diarrhea." Although Mike Judge helped to create the show, he wasn't actually working on the show when the spin-off was created. He was too busy writing for King of the Hill and Beavis and Butt-head at the time. He actually has not watched much of the show, saying he's never seen more than two or three minutes of it.
Fox actually asked Mike Judge to make a companion animated series for the show The Simpsons. Arlen, is an actual town in Texas. The co-creator of Parks and Recreation came up with the characters Luanne and Cotton. Hank Hill himself pitched the show to the president of Fox, instead of taking nine months to animate the pilot script, or even animate a scene of it, Judge and Daniels had their protagonist pitch his family to the network in a pencil test.
The original pilot for the show South Park was made by stop-motion animating cut paper. Every episode after the first was computer animated. Kyle's hair is actually modeled after Matt Stone's self-proclaimed "Jew fro." Trey Parker actually ad-libs most of Cartman's lines. He has said that Cartman is his favorite character.
The show Histeria! was created by Tom Ruegger and produced by Warner Bros. Animation. This show in the 90s stood out as the most explicitly educational program which the network needed to meet the FCC requirements for educational/informational content for children. Most of the humor for this show is derived from slapstick and satire comedy with a distinction of combining historical figures and events.
There were a number of times that Courage the Cowardly Dog kind of freaked us out. For example, in season two "The House of Discontent" shows spirit within the harvest moon that looks a lot like Satan. Also, remember when Courage became a puppeteer for his owner's dead bodies? Cuz we do. There were also multiple times where bad CGI just gave the show a terror-some creepiness that might haunt you for weeks.
The series creator for Ed, Edd, 'n' Eddy, Dan Antonucci got his start for this show with his short film in 1987 called "Lupo The Butcher." Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network were both faxed a pitch for this show at the same time, Cartoon Network responded in twenty minutes. Season 1 of this show was produced between 1997-1998 but didn't premiere until January of 1999.
Home Movies centers around an eight-year-old named Brendon, who makes videos with his friends Melissa Robbins and Jason Penopolis in his free time. The show was originally canceled after five episodes, but Cartoon Network purchased the rights to the series, seeing potential in it. It then premiered on their nighttime show Adult Swim in 2001. They aired 47 episodes in total of Home Movies before it ended in 2004.
In the show SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick has a sister named Sam. As of this year, SpongeBob SquarePants would be 27 years old! Patrick and Gary the Snail are first cousins.
Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski are the animators for the series Batman Beyond. They created this short pilot film in order to pitch their Batman series. They actually voiced the pilot themselves, Timm provided Batman's grunts and Radomski provided everything else. It launched a whole cartoon frenzy for this wildly popular series.
Rocket Power was originally called Rocket Beach which is the location of the crew for the shows favorite Ocean Shores surf spot. Although you might not know this Otto and Reggie do have a mother and her name is Danni, although it isn't clear what happened to her in the show.
Chris' voice on the show Family Guy, was based on Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs. Peter and Brian stemmed from Seth McFarlane's 1997 Cartoon Network short Larry & Steve. Family Guy is also the first animated series to be nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series by the Emmy's.
Fry's voice on the show Futurama, actor Billy West is responsible for pretty much every famous character over the last 20 years. Look him up if you're curious who else's voice he's done. Matt Groening said his idea for Futurama came to him while he was listening to "Robot Blues" by The Incredible String Band.
Bobby's World was originally supposed to be called "The World According to Bobby", which was going to parody "The World According to Garp." This show was created by Canadian actor-comedian Howie Mandel. Howie Mandel also provided the voice for both Bobby and his father Howard.
Tiny Toons Adventures used composure Bruce Broughton to create the music for the show, which cost an estimated 60,000 an episode because they used a 30-35 piece orchestra. 1200 actors auditioned over the span of three months because of a rushed production schedule. Tiny Toons producers needed to get all 65 episodes of the series made in 18 months.
Bonkers was an animated television series that was supposed to be a Crime-Comedy. The premise of the series was that Bonkers D. Bobcat, an anthropomorphic bobcat, had left show business to become a cop. This show was last seen on Toon Disney in November of 2004.
The Tick is an American animated television series adapted from a New England Comics satirical superhero, The Tick. The Tick is a superhero who underwent tryouts at the National Super institute in Nevada where the superhero that pass are assigned to the best cities to protect against crime. After he passed the tryouts, he is assigned to The City where he becomes friends with a former accountant named Arthur who becomes his sidekick.