Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Old School Lane presents Kevin's Top 100 Favorite Animated Shows (29-20)

Hey everyone, welcome back to my list of my favorite animated shows of all time. We're almost finished, so let's not waste any time.

29. Jem and the Holograms (1985)

Yes, I know. I'm a guy. But I can't help but love this show. If there are some guys who can admit liking My Little Pony and people finding that okay, then why can't I admit that I love Jem? It's about a girl named Jerrica Benton who owns her father's music company after his death. When she comes across her father's computer, known as Synergy, she's given a pair of earrings to transformed into her pop singing, pink haired alter ego Jem. Think of it like Hanna Montana, except it was in the 80's and was, well, good. Jem and her bandmates Kimber, Aja, and Shana have many adventures competing against their rival rock bands, The Misfits and The Stingers. They had over 150 songs that was catered to the show exclusively. Almost each song was catchy and memorable. It also showed music videos of the bands which was capturing the popularity of MTV and made the cartoon unique for its time. It was like Josie and the Pussycats for a new generation. They finally released it on DVD and they're showing it again on The Hub for kids who had never seen it before, which is awesome. Now if only they would release the soundtrack of all the songs. That would be outrageous! Truly, truly, truly outrageous!

28. Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (1994)

This classic Nickelodeon cartoon had all the things I loved when I was a kid. Monsters, gross humor, and funny adult jokes. It involves with three monsters, Ickis, Krumm, and Oblina, going into a monster academy to learn how to be scary for the human world. Throughout each adventure, they always get themselves into trouble and have to find ways to get out of it. Each character were funny and memorable from their teacher, The Gromble to the crazy monster obsessed man named Simon the Monster Hunter. This show was animated by Klasky Csupo, the same studio who animated Rugrats and Duckman. Just like every show that was trying to capture the popularity of Ren and Stimpy at the time, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters was dark, gross, and not really intended for children.

Originally, there was supposed to be an Aaahh!!! Real Monsters movie that was supposed to come out, but Nickelodeon rejected it because they thought it would be too scary for children. That is straight up crap right there! Overall, I love this show and I always watch it on Netflix whenever I have the time to do so.

27. Extreme Ghostbusters (1997)

Not a lot of people remember that there was another cartoon of the Ghostbusters after The Real Ghostbusters. It was released in 1997, 13 years after the first Ghostbusters movie, 8 years after Ghostbusters II, and 6 years after The Real Ghostbusters had ended. So the popularity of the Ghostbusters series at the time was gone. However, this cartoon was good and it shouldn't be forgotten. It takes place years after The Real Ghostbusters had ended. Since there aren't any more supernatural crimes as there was before, the original Ghostbusters retired and had moved on with their lives, with the exception of Egon. He still lives in the firehouse with Slimer and is now a college professor teaching a paranormal class to four students, Eduardo, Roland, Garrett, and Kylie. When the ghosts start reappearing again, Egon recruits his students to fight the ghosts and save the day.

This was like Ghostbusters for a new generation. It kept the same scary moments and funny humor from its predecessors, but also added in a darker and moodier atmosphere. It's a show that has been sadly overlooked and if you're a fan of Ghostbusters, you should really check it out. Also, I'm still waiting for Ghostbusters III. Even if Bill Murray isn't going to be in it!


26. Underdog (1964)

There's no need to fear! Underdog is here! This classic 1964 cartoon involves with a dog named Shoeshing Boy, who shines shoes, but when trouble is calling, he runs to a nearby phone booth and turns into Underdog. His powers are similiar to Superman; he has flight, super strength, X-Ray vision, super breath, atomic breath, invulnerability from harm, and more. He mostly rescues the beautiful Sweet Polly Purebred from the evil villains The Electric Eel, Battyman, Tap-Tap the Chisler, and Overcat. Whenever he gets weak, he takes the "Underdog Super Energy Pill" and finishes his fight. Similar to Rocky and Bullwinkle, Underdog has different segments on the show such as Tennessee Tuxedo, Commander McBragg, Go Go Gophers, and Klondike Kat. This show was funny and action packed. A fantastic cartoon to watch again and again.

However, don't watch the crappy Underdog movie! It has almost nothing to do with the cartoon and it pains me that they made this! Ugh!

25. Bobby's World (1990)

If I were to mention the name Howie Mandel, what would you immediately associate him with?

Yeah, yeah. Deal or No Deal. But did you know that he had created an animated sitcom based on some stories from his childhood? Well, if you didn't, then you should really check out Bobby's World.

The story involves with a 4-year-old boy named Bobby Generic (who was voiced by Howie himself) and his family. Throughout the segments of each episode, we see his imaginative world and the interactions that he has with his family and friends. It was a show that really made me use my imagination that most kids shows today don't have. Bobby, his friends, and his family members are all funny and memorable. At the end of each episode, Howie and Bobby would talk to each other about today's lesson that they had learned from the episode. Overall, it was a great animated sitcom. Also, Howie had mentioned that he is working on new episodes of Bobby's World. I can't wait to see it when it comes out!

I also loved Bobby's appearance in Deal or No Deal.

24. The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2002)

After the success of the movie, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Nickelodeon decided to have a TV series based on the 10-year-old boy genius Jimmy Newtron, his robot dog Goddard, his rival Cindy Vortex, her best friend, Libby Folfax, and Jimmy's best friends Carl Wheezer and Sheen Estevez. Each episode involves with Jimmy inventing or experimenting on something that goes horribly wrong and he and his friends work together to fix it. Jimmy also saves his town of Retroville and sometimes the world from his arch enemies such as the aliens King Goobot and his assistant Ooblar, Professor Calamitous, Beautiful Gorgeous, and Eustace Strych. It had a catchy theme that I made Patricia sing to me all the time (no lie) and it was always fun to watch! A great show done by Nickelodeon!

However, the spinoff, Planet Sheen is really not that good. I would skip it.

23. Looney Tunes (1930)

What else can I say about it that you don't already know? They're fantastic cartoon shorts based on our favorite cartoon characters, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Elmer Fudd, and more. Each cartoon was great to watch and a lot of fun. They're still showing it in Cartoon Netword as of today. Why? Because these cartoons are timeless and are still has much fun to watch as there were over 80 years ago.

22. Transformers (1984)

The original Transformers cartoons trumps the Michael Bay movies and the current Transformers cartoon by a mile. I did like Transformers: Beast Wars, but I would watch the original any day of the week. The fight between the Autobots led by Optimus Prime and the Decepticons led by Megatron was always action packed and violent. Each character was lovable and memorable. Also, the toys were fantastic. One of the most popular toy brands of the 80's that I still own some today.

Overall, a fantastic show that brings you back to your childhood. If you want to see a kickass Transformers movie, see the 1986 animated one. Not the Michael Bay ones! They suck!

21. Gargoyles (1994)

Due to the popularity of Batman: The Animated Series, Disney decided to release a dark, serious animated show called Gargoyles. It's about a group of gargoyles led by Goliath. They would turn to stone during the day, but at night, they would be released from their slumber and protect a castle, the king, and the princess during the Middle Ages. However, due to a crime they didn't commit, a wizard cast a spell that would turn them into stone until "the castle was higher than the clouds". Hundreds of years later, a billionaire named David Xanthos bought the castle and turned it into a skyscraper. This released the gargoyles from their spell. Along the way, a police officer named Elisa Maza discovers the gargoyles and together, they fight crime and stop the evils of supernatural beings in New York while adjusting to the new time period. It was a fantastic show with great characters and great storytelling. It's too bad that Disney doesn't release stuff like this anymore. Oh well, if you haven't seen it, check it out.

20. The Simpsons (1989)

"What? This show isn't at #1? Or even at your top 10? How dare you?!" Yes, yes, grab your torch and pitch forks! It's not that I don't love this show, I do. But in recent years, it hasn't been as funny as they were in their earlier years, so that's why it's #20. I don't even need to tell what it's about. You already know. It's about the Simpsons family, Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie, living their everyday lives in the town of Springfield, Oregon! That's right. Oregon. Not Missouri, Maine, or Ohio. It's in Oregon. Anyway, each of the characters from the town of Springfield have their own unique characteristics and personalities that makes it fun to watch. Although, the show has gone downhill, it's still the longest running animated show in history and it's always a treat to watch. Hell, even Patricia had mentioned a Simpsons episode in her Top 10 Favorite Pee-wee Herman moments of 2011.

It still does a good job making fun of a bunch of celebrities and pop culture. Overall, it's still a great show.

Oh yeah, check out The Simpsons Movie if you haven't yet! It's really funny!

That's it for now. Tune in next time as I do a double header as we tackle the remaining cartoons until we reach #1. Thanks for hanging out with us at Old School Lane. Take care.


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