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 and , 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.

80 Comments

  1. Cletus from Brooklyn

    November 21, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Rugrats is the shit…

  2. JAFO1966

    November 21, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Y Gen is obliviously neglected

  3. jerkstoresean

    November 21, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I love Sealab 2021 and Metalocalypse

  4. jerkstoresean

    November 21, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Can’t forget Doug and Rocko’s Modern Life. Rocko had adult undertones too. It was Spongebob before Spongebob existed

    • shrekkalove

      November 21, 2012 at 11:35 am

      @jerkstoresean Samesame. Whoopsie.

      • jerkstoresean

        November 21, 2012 at 11:39 am

        @shrekkalove how could you?

  5. justinHat

    November 21, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Where the fuck is Ren and Stimpy? Dana sucks! Whaaaaaat?

    • jerkstoresean

      November 21, 2012 at 11:38 am

      @justinHat fuck!! Tht totally slipped my mind too

  6. sterlingblue

    November 21, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Squidbillies. I can’t get enough of squids who cook meth in the mountains of GA.

  7. harlequincy

    November 21, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Liquid Television

  8. edrooney

    November 21, 2012 at 11:30 am

    No goddam Simpsons?  SIMPSONS!!!!!

    • K Dubya

      November 21, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      @edrooney Gen-X

      • edrooney

        November 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm

        @K Dubya Shit.  I feel old now.

  9. Nicholad

    November 21, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Recess ruled, but there’s no Doug, Rocko’s Modern Life, Angry Beavers, CatDog or Angry Beavers.

  10. SerotoninsGone

    November 21, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Wonder Showzen for those of us that like to get weird.

  11. Pool Keepers Son

    November 21, 2012 at 11:30 am

    daba is rubbin here whaaaat?

  12. Strattonious

    November 21, 2012 at 11:32 am

    NO REN & STIMPY!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    • HollzinSeattle

      November 21, 2012 at 11:35 am

      @Strattonious
       Ren & Stimpy was great to watch stoned

  13. BigMike2012

    November 21, 2012 at 11:32 am

    DABA is a god damn RATCHET.

  14. zherryzhohn

    November 21, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Dust for prints.
    I found Prince. 
    No, finger prints.
    Goodnight everybody!

  15. HollzinSeattle

    November 21, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Mark Slaughter did voices for Animaniacs #80sHairBandTrivia

  16. shrekkalove

    November 21, 2012 at 11:34 am

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

    • Cletus from Brooklyn

      November 21, 2012 at 11:42 am

      @shrekkalove isn’t batman Taboo…

    • wutpie

      November 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      @shrekkalove Batman was the shit, good taste.

    • ILoveAngelDust

      November 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      @shrekkalove
       Batman is key.

    • lechatrouge

      December 18, 2012 at 2:30 am

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

      • YotaruVegeta

        December 18, 2012 at 1:28 pm

        @lechatrouge  @shrekkalove Daba didn’t have a thorough cartoon education.

  17. Strattonious

    November 21, 2012 at 11:35 am

    terrible list

  18. harlequincy

    November 21, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Tiny Tunes

  19. HollzinSeattle

    November 21, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Y Generation cartoons are the worst

  20. John from DE

    November 21, 2012 at 11:37 am

    That’s just crazy talk. Animaniacs is the only thing watchable on this list.

  21. John from DE

    November 21, 2012 at 11:37 am

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

  22. Cletus from Brooklyn

    November 21, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Didn’t boondocks start out as a newspaper strip…

  23. Ronnie-B 4 Prezi-D

    November 21, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Animaniacs definitely had a cool Marx Bros thing to it.

    • someone

      November 21, 2012 at 11:57 am

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

      • Docintoxicated

        November 21, 2012 at 11:58 am

        “they started communism” – daba

      • K Dubya

        November 21, 2012 at 11:28 pm

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

      • Gunner

        November 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm

        @someone didn’t they make airplanes?

  24. Docintoxicated

    November 21, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Daba Daba Douche Gets Moist Goes Sploosh.

  25. BigMike2012

    November 21, 2012 at 11:44 am

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

  26. Docintoxicated

    November 21, 2012 at 11:44 am

    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.

  27. Cletus from Brooklyn

    November 21, 2012 at 11:44 am

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

  28. Ronnie-B 4 Prezi-D

    November 21, 2012 at 11:49 am

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

  29. Ronnie-B 4 Prezi-D

    November 21, 2012 at 11:50 am

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

  30. John from DE

    November 21, 2012 at 11:51 am

    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.

  31. CosmicThumper

    November 21, 2012 at 11:55 am

    WTF where is Ren and Stimpy!

    • lechatrouge

      December 18, 2012 at 2:31 am

      @CosmicThumper Hear, hear.

  32. Recyclerz

    November 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm

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

  33. alboulder

    November 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Where’s Home Movies and The Venture Brothers

  34. ThePittsburgher

    November 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    This Sucks

  35. yotaruvegeta

    November 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    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.

    • EMC

      November 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm

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

  36. HummusMagnate

    November 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Not boondocks not Arthur but yes on everything else.

    • yotaruvegeta

      November 21, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      @HummusMagnate no you don’t like them or no they don’t belong on this list?

      • HummusMagnate

        November 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm

        That’s a great question. Allow me to elaborate…

      • Gunner

        November 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm

        @HummusMagnate you make a valid point!!

  37. RonsCigar

    November 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    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.

  38. yotaruvegeta

    November 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    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.

  39. K Dubya

    November 21, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Daria had a decidedly Gen-X feel

  40. Jerry65

    November 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    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…

  41. SarahMcSmokeyPants

    November 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm

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

  42. fezwickassneck

    November 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    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?

    • yotaruvegeta

      November 21, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      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!

  43. My Kaka

    November 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm

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

    • SarahMcSmokeyPants

      November 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm

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

  44. K Dubya

    November 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    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.

    • yotaruvegeta

      November 21, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      @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”

      • K Dubya

        November 21, 2012 at 10:56 pm

        What are you taling about?

  45. ClemsonBang

    November 22, 2012 at 12:41 am

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

    • JT4

      November 27, 2012 at 3:37 pm

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

  46. peon

    November 22, 2012 at 12:42 am

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

  47. ClemsonBang

    November 22, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Lucy, daughter of the Devil

  48. AmericanFirst

    November 22, 2012 at 4:06 am

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

    • yotaruvegeta

      November 22, 2012 at 10:24 am

      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.

  49. Beer

    November 22, 2012 at 4:55 am

    Where’s space ghost coast to coast?

  50. Beer

    November 22, 2012 at 4:58 am

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

  51. Jeff0015

    November 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm

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

  52. Michal Savoy

    November 24, 2012 at 2:48 am

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

  53. RFGvac

    November 25, 2012 at 9:47 am

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

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    November 27, 2012 at 1:05 am

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