10 Cartoons You Miss From Your Childhood

Calling all 90’s babies! Let’s take a trip down memory lane for a little bit and reminisce on some of your favorite cartoons from when you were still running around in Pampers. Just kidding…about the Pampers…But for real when we were growing up. Let’s just get this out of the way now that OUR cartoons are at least 80 times better than cartoons today. The whole purpose of this is to be stoked about cartoons again! Then it will turn into you hating me because you’ll get the urge to want to go watch these shows. Sorry about it, but let’s have some fun!

  1. Rugrats

Rugrats is one of the shows that created the mold of 90’s cartoons being the best cartoons of all time. Not only was it a decent run of TV shows but two movies were created from this epic show. It surely must make you wish you were a child again when life was simple…

2. Scooby-Doo

Since there seems to be a thousand different versions of Scooby-Doo from movies to shows, I am obviously putting the O.G. Scooby-Doo version on this list. I also realize that it’s not a show from the 90’s but but from the 70’s but you can’t beat the classics! I mean who doesn’t like stoned hippies and a talking dog trespassing property to catch “ghosts”! 5-year-old’s can’t get enough.

3. Hey Arnold!

Easily one of the most iconic and memorable shows from the 90’s. It provided one of the most bizarre casts ever. A kid with a football-shaped head living with his grandparents of the inner-city doing hoodrat stuff with his friends. Certainly one of the favorites among 90’s kids.

4. Dexter’s Laboratory

Dexter’s Lab = Legendary. Dexter always seemed to have some sort of shenanigans going on only to be foiled by his sister DeeDee (oh yeah ringing a bell now!). One of Cartoon Network’s best shows in history and a popular favorite among many 90’s babies.

5. CatDog

This show was weird…but awesome…not much else to really be said about it other than it was fairly loved by us 90’s babies.

6. Powerpuff Girls

Pretty much every 90’s kid know what sugar, spice and everything nice make. Well with “Chemical X” it creates super-chicks! Nice. As a boy I can speak on behalf of all the other male viewers that watched this show and I can safely say that these three girls are badass! This show also had the best super villains and it taught us how to be responsible children (not that we were paying any attention).

7. Rocket Power

Everyone wants to be Otto Rocket, simple as that. My only question ever since I watched this as a kid is: “How the hell can these kids be better at snowboarding than me and they live on the beaches of Cali!?” In all seriousness these kids are RAD DUDE!

8. Magic School Bus

I vaguely remember watching this show since I was pretty little and it was pretty short-run but according to my mother I would get stoked to watch this show so it must have been awesome for a 3-year-old. It’s pretty hard to beat a bus that can shrink small enough to travel through a human body! Very stoked to hear that there will be a Netflix series of the Magic School Bus in 2016 (don’t hold me accountable if it doesn’t follow through).

9. SpongeBob SquarePants

Not a lot needs to be said about one of the best cartoons of all time other than there came a point in this shows career where episodes started to suck, unfortunately…However, I am now 21 years old and I still laugh at some of the first episodes. I have a little sister who is 9 years younger than me who also grew up on SpongeBob which proves this show is simply a powerhouse. If you ever want to binge watch some classic SpongeBob, hit me up.

10. Johnny Bravo

I never could understand why the chicks didn’t like Johnny Bravo…still don’t…he seems pretty smooth to me! Way smoother than I have ever been…Overall, it was actually a pretty good show and had a good run of about 7 years.

These shows are listed in no particular order and was very difficult to only pick 10 shows. Some honorable mentions are to be order to jog your memory even more than the list above:

Animaniacs, Talespin, Gargoyles, Pinky and the Brain, Garfield, Arthur, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Recess, Doug, Invader Zim, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Looney Toons, Thundercats, Pokemon, Tom & Jerry, The Wild Thornberries just to name a few.

Chipping Away at Chips

Chips or ‘crisps’ as they are called in other countries, are perhaps the most satisfying crunchy snack in the known universe. The true beauty of these snacks lies in the immense variety that is available for purchase. One of the pillars I live my life on lies in the motto, “There is a chip out there for everyone”. Without further ado, let’s begin our journey and pay homage to the grand daddy of them all.

 

1. Lay’s Original

Let’s face it, Lay’s Originals is probably not you favorite all time chip, but I would wager it is definitely not your least favorite either. With the perfect blend of crunch, saltiness and Idaho potato starchiness, this classic go-to is high up on my list of best chips. Not only that, but these were essentially the very fist chips to be invented (by accident!!) In addition to being delicious by themselves, these golden beauties can be enjoyed with any number of dips, or loaded inside your favorite club sandwich.

2. Doritos Nacho Cheese 

Sticking with the theme of ‘classics’, you can’t get much more classic than the OG Doritos Nacho Cheese. For millennials like myself, I remember little else from my childhood besides looking forward to tearing open my lunch to find a little bag of these beauties. Let’s face facts, depression, break ups, bad grades, getting fired; all of these symptoms can be cured by a handful of these potent corn-based chips. Eating them is only the first half of the adventure, sucking off the cheesy residue is what really gets my blood flowing!

3. Tortilla Chips

Tortilla chips (bland as they may be on their own) played an important part in their hay day. They represented a portable, corn-based baked snack that could be taken on long journeys. Invented by the Hopi people of New Mexico and Arizona hundreds of years ago, we continue the legacy by eating and innovating them to this very day. They come in assorted colors: blue, red, white and yellow. Eating them by themselves will prove a bland but noble endeavor. However, when combined with dips such as queso, salsa, guacamole or any number of alternatives, and you have something truly special on your hands.

4. Kettle Chips

If ‘crunch’ is what you are after in a chip, than look no further. Kettle chips are perhaps the crunchiest of the breed, due to the unique process of making them. Another attribute of kettle chips that most people find appealing is the “realness” of them (there are even rumors of organic kettle chips). Unlike some other types of snacks, kettle chips are actual slices of potato which have been fried and seasoned . If you are looking for a honest to goodness chip that will back a heck of a crunch, kettle has your back.

5. Pita Chips

They say not all chips are created equal, never have any truer words been spoken. These imposters masquerading as “chips” are nothing more than bits of concrete and gravel formed into little squares that will turn your teeth to dust due to their hardness. True chip lovers will have no problem steering clear of these abominations.

The Forgotten Middle Child – 90’s Kids and Why We Aren’t Millennials

 

We all know the story. Some of us have even lived it. Forgotten, overshadowed, and pushed aside. Being the middle child was the worst. The oldest sibling received all the accolades and rewards, the youngest received all the attention. And there we were, waving our hands in the air trying to say, “Hey! I’m right here and I’m not like them!” And here we are, still waving our hands, still trying to push our way past the shoulders of our surrounding siblings. A little older, a little wiser, but still just as frustrated. Being a 90’s kid is tough.

 

 

Damn Millennials.” Many times have these words been uttered through the lips of baby boomers and Gen X’s. “All they care about is social media! They don’t know how to work hard!” We hear it. And we take it. But it’s a load of bulls**t. Sorry, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s go back. The definition of a Millennial is someone who was born between around 1980 and around the early 2000’s. While the characteristics of a Millennial can vary depending on the source, the gist is relatively the same. Lazy, narcissistic, coddled, materialistic, disengaged. Positive isn’t it? However in reality, the term “Millennial” isn’t as generalizable as many make it out to be.

People born in the 1980’s are currently aged anywhere between 26 and 35 years old. Having been in the working world for around four or five years, this decade of people are usually seen as responsible employees and entrepreneurs, creating a name for themselves and making short work of corporate ladders all around the world (sounds like the eldest sibling doesn’t it?). Racking up accomplishments and higher salaries, they’re already integrated with Gen X and often aren’t thought of when someone mentions Millennials. People born in the latter half of the term “Millennial” are currently in the height of their teenage years, and because of their youth, are usually grouped in with the rest of the post-century birth crowd. This is where the stereotypes of being a Millennial stem from. But I’ll come back to that later. Right smack in the middle, as always, are 90s kids. Currently aged 16 to 25, we are forced to be grouped into this almost derogatory term, “Millennial”. However we couldn’t be more different than our two surrounding siblings.

I was born in 1994. A great year if I allow myself to say so. Nelson Mandela, Netscape, Rwanda massacre, World Trade Center Bombing…Kurt Cobain…O.J. Simpson… Okay so maybe it wasn’t that great of a year. My point though is that all this happened in one year. Look at what 90’s kids have been through over the course of their short lives: Y2K, 9/11, the dot com boom and bust, the Gulf War, the War in Afghanistan, and the War in Iraq, Apple’s rise to power, the Great Recession, the first black president, the legalization of gay marriage. And those are just a few off the top of my head. We’ve been left to solve the energy crisis and are the last generation that can reduce climate change and global warming before it’s too late. The world has changed immensely in the past 25 years. It’s led to one of the greatest qualities that 90’s kids possess. Nostalgia. And a whole lot of it. We grew up in a time that was almost entirely analog and the biggest fear was Y2K instead of war and the economy. We came of age in a time of great turmoil both domestic and abroad. We became adults in an entirely digital age and a slowly recovering economy. We are incredibly young, and yet possess the nostalgia of an old man.

We yearn for the simpler times, when the TV was turned on only after finishing family dinners and calling our friend’s home phone was the only way to reach them (other than AIM). And now I’m currently sitting in front of two computer screens as my phone sits within an arm’s reach dinging with updates of text messages, emails, and social media updates (perhaps this nostalgia is why hipsters came about). This dichotomy in ways of life leaves us 90’s kids wishing we were kids again. And that age was only 15 years ago! This isn’t a bad thing though. Growing up through all of this change has allowed us to adapt to all of the new tech and be very proficient with it. But we also see the value in writing a handwritten note to an employer after a job interview and enjoy relaxing with a good book. In a way, we are the most tech savvy analog people out there. Yes, I know what a tape deck is and watched VHS movies. I also owned a CD player. 90’s kids learned on Gateway computers but can do programming on any Mac book or PC no problem. I could go on and on but my point is that in our eyes, technology doesn’t seem to be advancing that fast. See, we grew up at the same time Apple did. At the same rate Google and Microsoft did. The pace of new technological advancements is about as routine as our birthday coming around every year. And it’s allowed us to be a pretty rare breed. Yes, we are different. But don’t you dare tell me I’m a Millennial.

As I mentioned before, I believe the term Millennial comes from the stereotypes derived from the post-turn of the century kids. All these kids know is digital. This group of kids was seven years old when the first iPhone came out. Is it their fault? Not to me it isn’t. It’s the result of being thrust into a rapidly advancing, tech dependent world and having a cell phone in their hands since 1st grade (that’s not an exaggeration, see the link at the bottom**). Look, our society is convenience oriented. Everything is about what makes things easier and faster. Is it any surprise that it has rubbed off on the very kids that are in their peak of susceptibility? Call it lazy if you want, I call it the effects of their environment. And everything is faster and easier. My cell phone (or mini-computer, however you look at it) has the capability to do anything I want and more. It houses the ability to connect with anyone I know in about 30 different ways. It’s no wonder these kids live and breathe social media. When everyone is connected to everyone else at all times, it’s easy to want to keep attention on yourself (after all, they are the youngest sibling; attention is everything). Has it implanted an entitled “me, me, me” loop track in these kids heads? Gen X seems to think so. And I’m inclined to agree. This is what is scaring employers and causing feelings of regurgitation every time they encounter a so called Millennial.

Sure, call me bitter. I think all of us 90s kids are. We are sick of being grouped into all these Millennials stereotypes. But it is not us. I suppose it’s our fault we’re included in this. We’ve had our heads down, working hard to build a name for ourselves. Haven’t heard of us? Well you’re about to. We are the kids from the 90’s. And we’re about to step out from behind our siblings and shake up the world.

*This article expresses the opinions of a possibly bias student born in the 90’s.

** http://abc7chicago.com/technology/study-53%-of-kids-get-a-cell-phone-at-age-6/637197/

Written by Devon Dietrich, senior at the University of Montana majoring in Marketing, Management, and Psychology.

Sources:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-millennials-are-coming/

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/03/here-is-when-each-generation-begins-and-ends-according-to-facts/359589/

https://www.google.com/search?tbm=isch&q=90s+collage&imgrc=pxdfMx4kof5G_M%3A&ei=ZC4wVu3EDIiojwO0wr7oDw&emsg=NCSR&noj=1#emsg=NCSR&imgrc=pxdfMx4kof5G_M%3A

http://theodysseyonline.com/ole-miss/middle-child-syndrome-it-is-real/93262

http://www.partyfeverltd.co.uk/party-supplies/birthday-party-themes/60s-70s-disco-80s-party.html

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