The Cartoons of Generation Y


You’ve seen us write a lot about great cartoons like Bugs Bunny, The Flintsones, Woody Woodpecker, Topcat and others from the growing-more-distant past.  But Generation Y has its own list.  They have their own music, influences, political priorities and films to look back on.  And of course, they also have their own cartoons.  Without the cartoons that raised the Nineties kids, they might never have learned what a gay starfish looks like or what a “queef” is. So we asked some of them what shows raised their generation.  Here are their answers.

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1.  ARTHUR

Not only was this shows theme a Ziggy Marley joint, but it was about an Aardvark whose best friend was a Bunny and with a theme like that, the show pretty just wrote itself. A bunny? Ridiculous.

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2.  RECESS

A group of baller-ass fourth graders wandering around a playground and tearing shit up at recess. Ms. Finster can suck a D.

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3.  ANIMANIACS

A show that both adults and kids could enjoy. Slapstick enough for children, but smart enough for adult. Steven Speilberg really had a good idea when he created this show.

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4.  THE BOONDOCKS

A show that keeps you MuthaF*&(kin’ Rolling Fam. Racism, old men, poetry, a tiny-ass thug, hoes, a funny show and one of Ice Cubes more respectable creations in the last decade.

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5.  DARIA

Before Jersey Shore or Teen Mom times, Daria runned MTV. Daria was the epitome of a ’90s emo chick. She made a name for herself in 1993 when she was featured on Beavis & Butthead as a smart, sardonic girl who hung around boys because she found their stupidity to be humorous. With such an attraction drawn to her from viewers (which she would have hated because she doesn’t associate with anything popular), Daria’s own series was born in 1997. Her dry humor and sarcastic edge as she observes the world around her is what gave this show a comical appeal. The show satirizes high school in the fictional suburban town of Lawndale and ridicules pop culture and social classes.

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6.  SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS

The Emmy-Award winning, infamous Spongebob is iconic to the 00′s generation. Spongebob still continues to be the cartoon of choice by children across the world. The Spongbob series revolves around his quirky self and his other friends in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom. Spongebob is Nickelodeons highest rated show and Nicktoons’ most watched shows. Spongebob has been controversial, prompting parents to ban their kids from watching it as it somehow lessons their intelligence just from watching goofy dancing and singing and bad jokes. However, some think differently. Spongebob is essential to their generation for it’s comedic element and fun-loving characters.

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7.  SOUTH PARK

Comedy Central birthed one of the most comical animated series of the generation. Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park follows the story of four boys- Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman and Kenny McCormick- and their bizarre adventures throughout their tiny Colorado town. The show is notorious for it’s crude language, dark and surreal humor; intended for a mature audience, although a hit amongst teens. South Park may be one of the reasons responsible for the generations inappropriate and witty attitude, but nonetheless a huge aspect of comedic entertainment for them.

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8.  RUGRATS

Receiving critical reception and high appraisal, the American animated cartoon on Nickelodeon was all the rage for generation Y. The narrative focuses on a group of toddlers and their typical days, as they seek ordinary life experiences that initiate adventures of their baby imaginations. The series premiered on Nickelodeon in 1991 and sustained a large audience throughout the duration it was on the air. The show was paramount to children because of it’s venturesome and lighthearted visual as it grabbed eyes across the country.

74 comments
RFGvac
RFGvac

Let's be honest - none of these could hold a candle to Hong Kong Phooey.

Michal Savoy
Michal Savoy

Great article you've written, is this your first website blog or have you been doing this a while?

Jeff0015
Jeff0015

Wasn't it always Arthur & D.W.? What happened to D.W.?

Beer
Beer

Is that the remake of the dudly Moore movie...they took alot of artistic license with that one

AmericanFirst
AmericanFirst

Boondocks & South Park are the only memorable ones from this list... What a piece of shit the rest were..

peon
peon

Quit talking about cartoons. Old man Ron will get mad at you for not being an adult.

ClemsonBang
ClemsonBang

Dana makes me want to kill my own childern to save the world from this generation. Can not wait for her to leave.

K Dubya
K Dubya

This list really bothers me.

 

First off these aren't all cartoons. South Park is an animated show, it's different in substance from a cartoon.

 

Second many of these aren't really Gen Y. Once again South Park. It's written by Gen Xers and really took off because of it's popularity with Gen Xers.  

 

Finally, millennials is probably the more accepted term for that generation. 

My Kaka
My Kaka

wtf is recess and arthur doing on this list?  boondocks?  seriously? 

fezwickassneck
fezwickassneck

Dana (born in '92) and Me (born in '83) Are VERY different, pop culture-wise. We can not be part of the same generation- she BARELY knows Kurt Cobain and "Nirvaaana", doesnt know Sublime's lead singer, and grew up on Spongebob--- Kurt and Bradley Nowell were GODS to me & people my age growin up- and I was in high school / college smokin pot & ppl were talkin bout zonin out to Spongebob & shit. And where THE FUCK is Doug?  

SarahMcPants
SarahMcPants

I remember watching Nirvayna and Dayria on MTV, good times.

Jerry65
Jerry65

When my daughter was small, Arthur made an appearance at a local book store. Showed up smelling of whiskey and covered in stripper glitter... Acted like a dick...

K Dubya
K Dubya

Daria had a decidedly Gen-X feel 

YotaruVegeta
YotaruVegeta

This is the definition of Generation Y: people born in or after 1980: the generation of people born approximately in or after 1980 in Western countries, especially the United States

 

That's confirmed by multiple definitions. Also added in are kids born in the early 90s So I'm an ass for saying I'm gen x, and I guess Boondocks fits into the Gen Y definition.

RonsCigar
RonsCigar

Geat job on the list, I watched a bunch of these! Fez should polish up on these so he can relate to all the twinks.

HummusMagnate
HummusMagnate

Not boondocks not Arthur but yes on everything else.

YotaruVegeta
YotaruVegeta

Boondocks is NOT generation Y. It came out like 4-5 years ago! The comic strip is. What it generation y defined as, because i'm generation x.

alboulder
alboulder

Where's Home Movies and The Venture Brothers

Recyclerz
Recyclerz

Stop picking on Daba.  One, she's just a kid and two, she's playing her role on the show well (intentionally or not).  

John from DE
John from DE

Gargoyles or as I like to call it "the animated series the Start Trek TNG  cast did when not doing TNG" should be on this list as well. This list stinks.

Ronnie-B 4 Prezi-D
Ronnie-B 4 Prezi-D

Dabba is much too confident in her opinions for how few of things she knows about.

Cletus from Brooklyn
Cletus from Brooklyn

Tell unmoist Dana, if you have to yell, I'm mature!, your not. What an annoying hole...

Docintoxicated
Docintoxicated

Ronnie B watched Fritz the cat as a kid, he knows what's up.

 

All Hick's favorite cartoons are some sick Hentai spider vagina shit.

Bane1198
Bane1198

DABA, your voice is annoying. You are an idiot as well.

John from DE
John from DE

That's just crazy talk. Animaniacs is the only thing watchable on this list next to early South Park.

shrekkalove
shrekkalove

Not a horrible list, I've never turned off Rugrats or Animaniacs.  But where is Doug, Ren & Stimpy, or Batman

YotaruVegeta
YotaruVegeta

Were you even at the age that those shows were relevant to you? Sounds like you like Boondocks and South Park because they're not kiddie.

JT4
JT4

 @ClemsonBangI have to turn off the radio when I hear her

 

 

YotaruVegeta
YotaruVegeta

 @K Dubya It's sad when you say things that even you can't believe. If we're going to marry a cartoon to the generation the creators belong to, NO cartoons belong to the generation they are aimed to.

 

I do think that South park spans across 2 generations, and that's really why it doesn't belong on this list.

 

Second, thank you for the laugh. I've heard "anime shouldn't be called cartoons," "comic books should be called graphic novels" and now "south park is not a cartoon"

SarahMcPants
SarahMcPants

 @My Kaka I think the theme is really "Cartoons Dana has seen in the last 20 years."

YotaruVegeta
YotaruVegeta

I would like to stick up for Dana. It's not that she's young that she doesn't know pop culture that has come before she was old enough to appreciate it. It's because she's FUCKING STUPID!

EMC
EMC

 @yotaruvegeta The cartoon came out in 2005, the comic strip has been national since 1999.  

someone
someone

And I'm sure Dana doesn't know who the Marx brothers are.

lechatrouge
lechatrouge

@shrekkalove +1. To not mention Ren & Stimpy is shameful.

K Dubya
K Dubya

What are you taling about?

HummusMagnate
HummusMagnate

That's a great question. Allow me to elaborate...

Goonerfan
Goonerfan

@someone didn't they make airplanes?

Goonerfan
Goonerfan

@HummusMagnate you make a valid point!!

K Dubya
K Dubya

 @Docintoxicated Funny but there is no way she would make the connection of Marx and communism.