The 90′s was a decade rich in cartoon animation. From the Knights to preventing littering, increasingly sophisticated cartoons kept audiences attention rapt.
Batman: The Animated Series (1992-95)
One of the finest cartoons ever created, Batman: The Animated Series was a gritty dark programme. It had a sophistication that was absent in a lot of other cartoons.
A terrific soundtrack amplified the fact that the viewer was watching a cutting edge series. Batman was a brooding presence whose tormented soul could be seen etched on his face.
It wonderfully animated noir scenes and superbly acted dialogue ensured its legacy in many people’s hearts.
Captain Planet And The Planeteers (1990-1996)
Captain Planet And The Planeteers was a series with an environmental conscious. Five Planeteers were given five special rings with powers. Each ring’s power was a different element of nature. When all five elements were combined Captain Planet, a super-powerful being was summoned.
The programme was competently animated and well-received by its audiences. Its moral messages are perhaps more pertinent today than ever before.
The X-Men (1992-97)
The X-Men was a marvellous adaptation of the Marvel comic publication. It featured humans who had reached the next level of human evolution gaining superpowers but being vilified as mutants as result.
The series worked wonderfully well on two levels. Firstly it had good action that was carefully thought out and seamlessly woven into the fabric of the story. But secondly and perhaps more importantly it dwelt heavily on the themes of acceptance and difference.
James Bond Jr (1991-92)
James Bond Jr was a highly successful animated series. An American nephew of James Bond, James Jr gets up to similar espionage antics. Free of the constraints of live film, the series produced amazing technological gadgets.
Although rather short-lived, the success of the series could be put down to one concept. Young children and teenagers aspired to be empowered – just like James Bond Jr.
Earthworm Jim (1995-96)
Earthworm Jim was an animated series with a difference, it didn’t take itself too seriously. An earthworm gains extraordinary abilities when he finds a supersuit and Earthworm Jim is born.
The comedy animation was, and still is, a much loved series that typifies the 90′s.