The 90s were great, mostly because that was the decade of my childhood. Bias as it may seem, there is no denying the fact that the 90s were the golden age of animation.
This era brought us classic and everlasting cartoons. These cartoons include such greats as: Animaniacs, Tiny Toons and Disney's Recess.
With all the formalities said and done, let’s count down the top five animated shows of the 90s.
5. Superman: The Animated Series (1996 - 2000)
Superman: The Animated Series may not be at the top of everybody’s list but it definitely deserves to be in the top five
Bruce Tim and team, put forth much effort and tender care into the project. The storytelling and animation was on par to Batman the Animated Series
The show grounded Superman just enough for the audience to believe that the man of steel could die. Therefore, creating empathy and emotional ties to the character and supporting cast.
Despite the mostly mortal take on Superman, the show still remained grand and extended the Superman universe to new and exciting heights.
4. Dragon ball Z (1989 - 1996)
Dragon Ball Z was a continuation to the ever popular Dragon Ball series that featured Goku as a child.
Dragon Ball Z followed Goku's latest exploits as an adult. In this installment Goku served to save the world, his son Gohan, his wife Chichi and his family of Z Fighters from the nefarious Saiyans and other super powered extraterrestrial beings.
With each looming threat mightier than the latter, Goku trained to gain extraordinary strength and godlike powers to defeat the forces of evil with chi and kameahmeah blasts that routinely shook the earth to its core.
This led to never-before-seen and memorable action-packed sequences of unimaginable proportions. There was no threat Goku and ally Vegeta could not conquer.
What makes Dragon Ball Z shine are the action sequences and family ties. Also our hero, the overly confident and optimistic Goku, who could never turn down a good fight or good food.
3. Disney's Gargoyles (1994 - 1996)
Gargoyles didn’t follow the usual happy-go-lucky super bright color scheme of most Disney cartoons, instead, it went for a dark, modern and gritty take on the mythical and legendary.
Goliath and clan brought new life to Disney animation. The themes were mature and often times dealt with prejudice, betrayal and gun violence.
Much influence was derived from the works of Shakespeare and Scottish lore. The writing was brilliant and penned by none other than Greg Weisman, one of animations greats.
Gargoyles was created to compete against Batman: the Animated Series and boy did it deliver.
2. X-Men (1992 - 1997)
Aside from X-Men's infamous and hauntingly perfect theme song, it was one of Marvels most accurate depictions of its misunderstood but highly powerful team of do-gooder mutants who fought for both human and mutant rights alike.
X-Men delved deep into it’s well of infinite source material. This source of inspiration led the X-Men on indescribable and death-defying missions set on Earth, the Astral Plain and the far reaches of outer space.
The team was far from perfect and often resulted in disputes, most notably between Wolverine and Cyclops, the leader of the X-Men.
The X-Men routinely joined forces with other heroic mutants or adversaries. Sometimes friends became unstoppable forces of nature and the X-Men did what was just despite major loss.
The series seamlessly adapted classic stories such: as Days of Future Past, the Dark Phoenix Saga and the Rise of Apocalypse.
1. Batman: The Animated Series (1992 - 1995)
Batman The Animated Series is number one on the list for a limitless amount of reasons, but what stands out most is the shows longevity.
It is over 25 years old now, and still holds up in quality to todays cartoons. The story telling is superior to most animated shows and is only strengthened by it’s character development. One great example of quality, is the origins story of Mr. Freeze, that garnered an Emmy.
The series struck the ultimate chord with audiences, both young and old, because of its brilliant cast and adult oriented subject matter. Others took notice and began to produce shows similar in quality and tone.
Batman The Animated Series spawned a new era in animation and the beginning of DC’s animated feature length films.
A great deal of passion and care went into the series and that instantly shines through in the shows intro. It’s strong, powerful and thrilling, an immediate indicator of what is to come following the intro.
They introduced Harley Quinn to the fold and she became an instant classic.
The voice talents of Batman and Joker became the quintessential voice for each character. To this day Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill voice Batman and Joker in various projects.
Groundbreaking could not be defined without Batman The Animated Series and the same could be said for the childhood of millions of adults.
Perfection only comes around once in a lifetime and It did so in the form of Batman: The Animated Series.