I've written about the '90s a lot these past few months, but I feel like that's only because so much of the 1990s is back. Is it because those of us who were kids then are suddenly adults with money that's burning a collective hole in our pockets? That's probably part of it. Part of it is also probably that the feeling of nostalgia is just so good.
Please feel free to listen to your old No Doubt CDs on your Discman, tie your hair back in a scrunchie, and remember what life was like with dial-up internet as you read why 2013 is like, totally the year of the 1990s.
Last time I wrote about some of the greatest '90s cartoons, I knew my list wasn't comprehensive. But it was later brought to my attention that I missed a few big cartoons and/or the cartoons I chose were not entirely '90s cartoons because they started to go into the 2000s. Totally fair points. So here we go with 6 of the best '90s cartoons, part deux.
Main characters: Baloo, Don Karnage, Rebecca Cunningham, Wildcat, Kit Cloudkicker
Summary: After his air cargo freight business is bought out, Baloo the bear finds himself under new management. The business, now named "Higher for Hire," is owned by a woman named Rebecca Cunningham and they — along with an orphan child named Kit Cloudkicker — make up the company's staff. They use their airplanes to navigate the City of Cape Suzette but, more often than not, find themselves entangled in some type of adventure. A gang of air pirates, led by Don Karnage, turn out to be Baloo, Rebecca, and Kit's biggest problem.
Why it's awesome: Um... adventure? Air pilots? And Baloo? This show takes a character we already love (Baloo from Disney's "The Jungle Book") and not only gives him a hat and shirt, but also turns him from a scavenger in the jungle to a business-savvy pilot. Dreams do come true, people. The show, "Talespin," is actually based on a film called "Plunder & Lightning" that was so good, it won an Emmy. Also, Baloo and Rebecca are said to have been modeled after Sam and Diane of "Cheers," AKA two of the greatest characters of all time.
There are so many sitcoms I used to watch and love as a kid. They were wholesome! They were funny! They kept me out of my family's hair for at least a good 30 minutes! I may have loved them then, but that doesn't mean I'd still love them today. Here are four shows I was obsessed with as a kid, and now totally regret trying to re-watch as an adult.
"Full House" is the ultimate '90s sitcom offender. The cheesy intro, the live studio audience, the puns, and that music. You know the music I'm talking about. Something bad has happened and one of the girls needs to have a stern talking to, or they need to learn a life lesson — which, in turn, means we need to learn a life lesson. That soft music starts up and it's not long before you're learning why it's not okay to give in to peer pressure or why we should all just be ourselves. And then everything is perfectly resolved and they all live happily ever after.
As a kid, this format worked perfectly. You got a couple of laughs, and you also learned something (to its credit, "Full House" did tackle subjects like loss). It wasn't complex, it was wrapped up in 20 minutes, and it usually had a happy ending. As an adult, this format is cloying to the point where you're lucky if you make it past the first few minutes of an episode.
It's the end of May, and this week: Will and Carlton reunited for the most awesome "Fresh Prince" throwback ever, some incredibly smart kids got their very well-deserved 15 minutes of fame, and we're still dissecting every second of "Arrested Development."
Fresh Prince of Bel Air, revived
Will Smith and his son, Jaden, have been making their rounds as of late to promote their newest film (out today) called "After Earth." They stopped by several talk shows, but undoubtedly the one that's most exciting is their appearance on the UK's "The Graham Norton Show." Though the interviews included some interesting chatter — including the fact that Kanye West has been urging Will Smith to get back in the studio and rap again — what had everyone talking was Will and Jaden rapping the "Fresh Prince" theme song, while DJ Jazzy Jeff played the music AND Alfonso Ribeiro (AKA Carlton from "Fresh Prince of Bel Air") did "The Carlton Dance"! It was an awesome moment for any former "Fresh Prince" fans (like me) who know all the words to the opening rap... because come on.
Ahh, the ‘90s. They weren’t here that long ago, and yet, we still get all warm and fuzzy inside whenever we think about them. I particularly miss the cartoons of the ‘90s, which I loved watching well into my teenage years (when it was no longer the ‘90s, but whatever). There are plenty of cartoons to choose from now, but for me, there was nothing like settling down with a new episode of "Doug" or "Pepper Ann" to complete the perfect Saturday morning. Here are my top picks for some of the greatest ‘90s wholesome children’s cartoons (because "Ren & Stimpy" and "Rocko's Modern Life" will be on another list).
Main characters: Douglas 'Doug' Yancy Funnie; Doug's sister, Judith "Judy" Funnie; his crush and friend, Patricia "Patti" Mayonnaise; his dog, Porkchop; his best friend, Mosquito "Skeeter" Valentine; his enemy, Roger M. Klotz
Summary: The Funnie family moves to Bluffington where Doug must adjust to life as the new kid in town. He often writes in his journal about his experiences, many of which revolved around his group of friends. With a highly active imagination, Doug likes to dream what his life would be like as a superhero named Quailman.
Why it's awesome: "Doug" was about an insecure kid navigating the overwhelming and sometimes frustrating world of middle school. His life isn't perfect, which made him relatable, and he also had a huge imagination and a big heart. Doug was a little nerdy, and sometimes embarrassing, but so were we. We secretly hoped he'd one day get to be with his crush, Patti, or get discovered for his banjo talent and play with his favorite band, The Beets.