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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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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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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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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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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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.
Boondocks & South Park are the only memorable ones from this list... What a piece of shit the rest were..
Dana makes me want to kill my own childern to save the world from this generation. Can not wait for her to leave.
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.
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?
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...
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.
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.
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.
Stop picking on Daba. One, she's just a kid and two, she's playing her role on the show well (intentionally or not).
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 watched Fritz the cat as a kid, he knows what's up.
All Hick's favorite cartoons are some sick Hentai spider vagina shit.
That's just crazy talk. Animaniacs is the only thing watchable on this list next to early South Park.
Not a horrible list, I've never turned off Rugrats or Animaniacs. But where is Doug, Ren & Stimpy, or Batman
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.
@ClemsonBangI have to turn off the radio when I hear her
@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"
@My Kaka I think the theme is really "Cartoons Dana has seen in the last 20 years."
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!
@HummusMagnate no you don't like them or no they don't belong on this list?
@yotaruvegeta The cartoon came out in 2005, the comic strip has been national since 1999.
Batman is key.
@shrekkalove Batman was the shit, good taste.
@Docintoxicated Funny but there is no way she would make the connection of Marx and communism.