12 Forgotten ’90s Saturday Morning Cartoons

How could we have forgotten about the animated treasure that was Hammerman?!

1. The Little Mermaid

Channel: CBS

Original run: Sept. 11, 1992–Nov. 26, 1994

Plot: The adventures of Ariel prior to the 1989 film. The series also featured the original voice actors reprising their roles: Jodi Benson as Ariel, Samuel E. Wright as Sebastian, Kenneth Mars as King Triton, and Pat Carroll as Ursula.

The Little Mermaid intro:

2. Yo Yogi!

Channel: NBC

Original run: Sept. 14, 1991–Dec. 7, 1991

Plot: Yogi Bear and crew were “cool” teenage crime fighters. This was the sixth incarnation of The Yogi Bear Show, and it lasted just 13 episodes.

Yo Yogi! intro:

3. Wish Kid

Channel: NBC

Original run: Sept. 14, 1991–Dec. 7, 1991

Plot: At the height of his fame, Macaulay Culkin was given his own animated series, in which he voiced the character of Nick, a boy whose baseball glove has the ability to grant wishes.

Wish Kid intro:

4. Kid ‘n’ Play

Channel: NBC

Original run: Sept. 8, 1990–Aug. 31, 1991

Plot: The teenage adventures of hip-hop duo, Kid ‘n Play. Funny enough, Christopher “Kid” Reid and Christopher “Play” Martin, did not voice the animated versions of themselves, but did appear in the live-action wraparound segments.

Kid ‘n’ Play intro:

5. Beethoven

Channel: CBS

Original run: Sept. 10, 1994–Dec. 3, 1994

Plot: Beethoven was based on the popular kids movie of the same name. Well loosely based, ‘cause of course in the animated series Beethoven could talk.

Beethoven intro:

6. Raw Toonage

Channel: CBS

Original run: Sept. 12, 1992–Dec. 5, 1992

Plot: The show was a mix of original animated shorts, “Marsupilami,” “He’s Bonkers,” and “Totally Tasteless Video,” that were hosted by famous Disney characters. The series is best remembered for introducing the character of Bonkers D. Bobcat.

Raw Toonage intro:

7. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

Channel: Fox

Original run: Sept. 8, 1990–Nov. 23, 1991

Plot: An animated series based on the movies Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and Return of the Killer Tomatoes. Also, the show was clearly targeting prepubescent boys with the character of Tara Boumdeay, who ran around in a crop top and daisy dukes.

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes intro:

8. Mother Goose and Grimm

Channel: CBS

Original run: Sept.14, 1991–1992

Plot: An animated series based on the popular comic strip of the same name. The series featured early animation work by Stephen Hillenburg, who went on to create SpongeBob SquarePants.

Mother Goose and Grimm intro:

9. Back to the Future: The Animated Series

 

Channel: CBS

Original run: Sept. 14, 1991–Dec. 26, 1992

Plot: The animated series takes place after the events of Back to the Future Part III, and focuses on Marty McFly and the Brown family. Sadly, Michael J. Fox did not reprise his role of Marty, but Christopher Lloyd did appear as Doc in the live-action wraparound segments; he was voiced by Dan Castellaneta in the animated segments.

Back to the Future: The Animated Series intro:

10. Fievel’s American Tails

Channel: CBS

Original run: Sept. 12, 1992–Dec. 5, 1992

Plot: The series continued Fievel’s adventures from the film An American Tail: Fievel Goes West.

Fievel’s American Tails intro:

11. Tales from the Cryptkeeper

Channel: ABC

Original run: Sept. 18, 1993–Dec. 10, 1994

Plot: A children’s version of the popular HBO series of the same name.

Tales from the Cryptkeeper intro:

12. Hammerman

Channel: ABC

Original run: Sept. 7, 1991–Dec. 7, 1991

Plot: M.C. Hammer and his magical dancing shoes (which are alive and can speak), fight crime. While M.C. Hammer didn’t voice his animated character, he did host the live-action wraparound segments and sing the show’s theme song.

Hammerman intro:

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