Cartoon series can be equally captivating for kids and adults, providing an entertaining escape from real-world pressures. Boasting stunning visuals and impressive voice work, animated shows provide an entertaining alternative.
This list brings to light some of the most iconic animated shows ever produced. From comical violence to quirky casts of characters, these cartoon series offer something for everyone.
1. “Adventure Time”
“Adventure Time,” from 2010-2018, developed from an offbeat cartoon adventure through Ooo to an epic cartoon journey exploring deep themes and an expansive mythology. The show appealed to both adult viewers as well as children who appreciated its quirky humor and imaginative storytelling.
Wcofun was beautiful, but what truly dazzled us was the voice acting. Each character from Finn and Jake to one-episode guests had its own distinct persona; even small characters like a snail with its charming wave waved cheerfully every episode had a specific slang or attitude of its own!
Adventure Time stood out among animated shows by not letting its action become too dramatic; rather, there were often pauses, known as ma, that provided breathing room for its plotline.
2. “Phineas and Ferb”
Phineas and Ferb is an animated series following two resourceful stepbrothers who find ways to alleviate boredom with ambitious projects, like building a backyard beach, becoming musicians or traveling back in time to meet dinosaurs. Their older sister Candace often attempts to expose these schemes; however her efforts often prove fruitless; even their pet platypus Perry acts as an undercover agent against Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s evil plans!
Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh had previously collaborated on Rocko’s Modern Life before going their separate ways to work on other popular cartoons such as Family Guy. Vincent Martella voices Phineas; Thomas Sangster plays Ferb; Ashley Tisdale voice Candace; Mitchel Musso is Jeremy; Caroline Rhea is Mom.
3. “Rocko’s Modern Life”
Rocko, Heffer and Filburt return for another entertaining voyage through O-Town! Their latest Netflix special lacks subtlety but still manages to make its point about nostalgia, cartoons’ role in perpetuating toxic culture, and the importance of representation within all-ages media.
What distinguished this anthropomorphic cartoon from other 90s kids shows was its unique approach to animal characteristics in an almost humanlike manner, rather than driving home jokes with obvious humor. Instead, each character seemed to exude testy peevishness almost automatically and the music featured both surf-rock and lounge jazz elements that created an enjoyable cartoon for both kids and parents alike – both could enjoy its obvious slapstick humor while more subtle adult jokes also emerged throughout its run time.
4. “The Simpsons”
The Simpsons has become one of the world’s best-loved cartoon series since it first debuted as shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show 31 seasons ago and now airs weekly episodes, drawing its fan base closer. The show centres around Homer, an operator at a nuclear power plant who delights in beer and doughnuts; his moralistic wife Marge keeps their family intact.
The show has been an incredible success for its creators and has had an enormous effect on pop culture as a whole. It inspired shows such as South Park, Bob’s Burgers and American Dad along with many others animated series. Furthermore, it has also been used successfully in schools to teach literature, math and many other topics to students.
5. “The Looney Tunes”
Looney Tunes are among the defining cartoons of our generation, known for their sense of entropic anarchy and frequent explosions of violence from its characters into society at large. Gags pile upon gags while seemingly simple stories often have deep undercurrents.
Classic cartoons remain timeless classics on home video systems, continuing to influence new animation. Their wide appeal also ensures their continued legacy.
Looney Tunes animated shorts often contained offensive or indefensible depictions, which were banned when broadcast on television in the 1960s. Yet these controversial depictions remain popular and iconic; among the best-known characters are Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Marvin the Martian Yosemite Sam and Michigan J Frog.