9 Shocking Revelations For 90s Kids

1. Uncle Phil was the voice of Shredder. James Avery, who played Will Smith’s tough loving uncle on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was actually responsible for voicing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ arch nemesis, Shredder. Honestly, if you go back and watch episodes of the heroes in a half shell, you’ll distinguish Judge Philip Banks’ voice immediately and question your younger self’s recognition skills. Were we hard of hearing or completely oblivious? Matter of fact, that wasn’t the only startling voice-acting situation of the 90s. Did you also know that:

  • Jaleel White played Steve Urkel on Family Matters and voiced Sonic on Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • Scott Weinger played Steve Hale (D.J.’s boyfriend) on Full House and voiced Aladdin.
  • Mark Hamill who played Luke Skywalker in Star Wars also provided the voice of the Joker on Batman: The Animated Series.

2. The innuendo in Rocko’s Modern LifeIf you watched Rocko’s Modern Life as a child, I’m certain you were too youthful and naïve to fully appreciate the adult jokes and innuendo that the cartoon was chock-full of. If you browse the web, you’ll find an abundance of clips displaying questionable grown-up content that found its way into a children’s series. For example, check out this clip below. Rocko, who gets a job as a “Casualty Phone Operator” unenthusiastically repeating the phrase, “Oh, baby” to the person on the other end of the line. Not to mention the signs in the background that say, “One-on-one HOTLINE” and “Remember: be hot, be naughty, be courteous.”

3. Barney was black. Not that his race is of any great importance, but this I found fascinating. I mean, come on — you can’t convince me that you ever even considered that it was a black guy underneath that suit. Yep, African American was the big purple dinosaur who we loved to sing along with until second/third grade-ish when the older kids started saying it was lame, so we only watched it isolated and in the privacy of our own home.

4. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers used another show’s fight scenes. The unsuited, American actors and actresses we saw on our TV screens were legit, but the action packed, colorfully suited, whoop-ass machines were NOT. Get this; they used the stock footage from a Japanese series for a large portion of those episodes, dubbing our cast’s voices over and making it look somewhat authentic. If you re-watch the series now (which I highly recommend if you need a good laugh), you’ll spot some blatant evidence. For one, Trini, the Yellow Ranger is a dude in the Japanese version, which is why he isn’t wearing a skirt like the Pink Ranger. Also there are times where clips show herds of Japanese people in Japan, scattering away from monsters — then poorly edited cutaways displaying close-ups of Americans running away in what’s clearly a different location and scenery.

5. Space Jam had a Pulp Fiction reference. At one point in the movie, Yosemite Sam and Elmer Fudd — sporting black suits while the Pulp Fiction theme plays briefly in the background — shoot out the teeth of one of the opponent Monstars. As a kid, I foolishly assumed that they were imitating Men In Black (which didn’t come out until the next year). Regardless, it’s pretty splendid that they managed to fit such a classic adult movie reference into a 90s children’s film.

6. Helga from Hey Arnold had an alcoholic mother. If you have a way, I recommend playing back every episode of Hey Arnold and focusing a great deal of your attention to Helga’s mama. It’s so Everclear that she’s slammered. How can I tell?

  • She slurs her words.
  • She’s always using blenders to make her “smoothies” which were likely spiked with some moonshine.
  • She falls asleep in random places that a sober person wouldn’t lay their head to rest.
  • There’s an episode where it’s said that she had her license revoked, and was required to do some type of community service. *cough*DUI *cough*

7. Alanis Morissette and Dave Coulier (Joey Gladstone from Full House) got freaky in a movie theater. That’s right, folks — Alanis’ song titled “You Oughta Know” is in all likelihood about her past relationship with Coulier. Fifteen years her elder, Dave wanted to start a family but that feeling wasn’t mutual. The two split but Joey Gladstone moved on too hastily for Morissette who sang the lyrics:

Did you forget about me Mr. Duplicity
I hate to bug you in the middle of dinner
It was a slap in the face how quickly I was replaced
Are you thinking of me when you fu-k her?

That’s all angry and awesome but the really fantastic part is when she says:

An older version of me
Is she perverted like me
Would she go down on you in a theatre?

Wow, right? All that time we though Uncle Jesse was the ladies man when really it was Gladstone knocking boots with a beloved celebrity singer.

8. Marlon Wayans almost played Robin. Yeah, like Batman’s sidekick, Robin. I already know you’re not going to believe me, so just Google it and see for yourself. Shockingly, Marlon Wayans, the hilarious Wayans Brother known for his goofy antics, was going to fulfill the role of Batman’s sidekick. He didn’t get cast in Batman Returns because of a character overload and he missed out on Batman Forever because of a change in Director, yet he was still paid for the role. That means that someone paid Wayans a check (probably hefty) to do absolutely nothing. I don’t think anyone can honestly say that they wouldn’t watch a Batman film starring Marlon.

9. Animaniacs made the most inappropriate joke in cartoon history.

I can’t even say anything, just watch it until you comprehend the joke and realize that it is in fact the most inappropriate 37 seconds in the history of children’s television.TC Mark


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  • chloe

    i dont get the joke…

    • Ree

      yea me either….can some explain?

      • Greg

        Look at it this way. “Finger Prince? I don’t think so.”

    • http://mangopeels.wordpress.com mathewpaulk

      the wanted finger prints but it came out like ” FInger Prince” the guy she’s holding…
      now i hope you get that dirty inappropriate joke ..

  • T

    oh my…

  • http://twitter.com/newleaf31 Robin M

    I had to watch the Animaniacs clip a second time before I got it. Behold, the power of context — even when I was looking for something really inappropriate, the show’s genre meant I wasn’t looking for THAT, OMG! And now I can’t stop laughing.

  • http://twitter.com/cyclpsrock Rob Duffy (@cyclpsrock)

    Fingerprints vs. finger (fingering) Prince

  • Tim

    I still fail to notice the joke…

  • Sandy

    I don’t understand why this writer believes it’s so nuts that Barney was black, and goes as far as to assume none of us thought Barney was black. Did 90s kids have no exposure to people of other races?

    • Carlos

      Yeah I agree, that is pretty dumb. But, I mean what do you expect? Isn’t Thought Catalog like 100% white privileged yuppies?

      • UrAH

        The writer is black, Carlos.

      • Anna

        The author of this article is black. Now who feels bad for making assumptions?

    • http://gravatar.com/jereich2 jereich2

      In the case of American literature, the default assumption is that a character is white unless proven otherwise (see: “Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination” by Toni Morrison). In the case of Barney (or rather, the actor that plays Barney) as a masked figure, the idea of literary racial identification is transferred: because Barney is “devoid” of race (i.e. his race is not readily identifiable), a default assumption takes hold — that the actor that plays Barney is white. The very idea of this is not pretty by any means, but it is one that ends up being common. Hence the author’s “surprise.”

      • PiratesLife4Me

        That is WAY more in depth than I ever thought of. My assumption that he was white was based on the voice (I don’t know if that was the same or a different guy as the man inside the suit) who sounded like your stereotypical dorky white dude. Although it is very difficult to assign race based solely on voice.

        Pretty much, man in the suit Barney was black, Barney is still creepy whatever color he may be.

    • Marzipans11

      Yeah, pretty much they didn’t. :P

    • Gori

      Honestly, I always thought Barney was a girl. I had found out that the voice of Bart Simpson was done by a girl so I just started assuming that if you couldn’t see the real person than it was a girl. And Barney was purple so who cares that the actor underneath was black? I think that if I had known that the real person was black then I wouldn’t have been as scared since it was a little creepy when a huge purple dinosaur started dancing around!

  • Amanda

    Wow. Once I watched it a second time I got it.

  • Chris Stone

    The Uncle Phil one is pretty crazy, but the rest really aren’t that shocking. Alot of the WB properties had pop culture references and the “Pulp Fiction” one was pretty blatant, especially with “Misirlou” playing. The Alanis Morrisette one – who didn’t know that? Come on, keep the Cracked.com stuff off of Thought Catalog.

    • Sandy

      It’s true that two of these were on a Cracked article before they were here…

  • http://www.sostephen.tumblr.com sostephen

    finger prints = FINGER prince.

  • Ana

    The writer is black, which is why he was surprised. I can’t believe how slick the creators of the cartoons were..WOW!

  • Lindsay

    Wow, really? I got it the first time i watched it. Just cause I was waiting for something perverted. That was ridiculous and I dont think I wouldve ever noticed before :D

  • Katie

    I vividly remember going to Middle School with my mom driving me and telling her all about the Finger Prince joke! I did not even have to watch the clip to know exactly what you were talking about. She didn’t understand me then but I finally have vindication! It blew my mind, even as a pre-teen, that they made such a dirty joke on a cartoon. I.LOVED.IT!

    • http://mangopeels.wordpress.com mathewpaulk

      i bet you loved the dirty joke ;)

  • http://probablyshouldntbuythisdomainname.org Surly McSurleberg-Surlington IV

    I’m not stoned enough to care. The sooner my generation shuts up about Power Rangers, the better.

    • http://twitter.com/mung_beans Mung Beans (@mung_beans)

      from your lips to Rita Repulsa’s ears, man

  • SooJin

    HAHAHA I’m dying.

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  • chris

    I think you guys are reading into it a bit too much. Dot’s intepretation was “find SINGER PRINCE”, not “Finger Prince”. Hence “I found prince”, not “I fingered Prince”.

    Animaniacs had many sexual references… this sadly is NOT one of them.

    • JL

      Chris, you must be in denial. Dot says, “I found Prince!” He says, “No…FINGER prints!” She then looks at Prince, thinking he means “finger Prince” and says “…I don’t think so.”

      Watch it again, or five more times if you must.

  • Marc

    Oy…I never realized Miriam Pataki was such an alcoholic. So easy to see why.

    • Guest


  • Mimi Monroe

    no she says “I dont think so” and shook her head then he raises an eyebrow as in to agree

  • http://gravatar.com/gkfriend Gracie

    my fucking god THAT was on a kids show?!

  • Sean

    Nothing about LL Cool J and Iggy Pop being on The Adventures of Pete and Pete?

    • Sarah

      And Steve Buscemi!

  • Really?

    You need a copy editor. It’s Speciality Phone Operator, not Casualty Phone Operator. Just watch the video right below your own blurb …

  • Em

    That’s totally innuendo. Watch their faces.

  • http://gravatar.com/sprill sprill

    I think you stole your article from this website… http://things90skidsrealize.com/

    • http://things90skidsrealize.wordpress.com Christopher Hudspeth

      That’s actually my website, lol — but this is new writing.

      • sprill

        Ah no way! Lol I clearly didn’t do my research. Well, I love ’em both, pretty sure I’ve read that entire website, keep up the fabulous writing!

      • http://things90skidsrealize.wordpress.com Christopher Hudspeth

        Well thanks a lot, I really appreciate that!

      • Jeb

        That Animaniacs one is the SECOND most inappropriate joke. The Simpsons got the dirtiest one; a convenience store named “Sneed’s Seed and Feed (formerly Chuck’s)”

        Check out: http://simpsonswiki.net/wiki/Sneed's_Feed_%26_Seed

  • PiratesLife4Me

    I knew that most of the footage from Power Rangers (I believe also including any scene with Rita Repulsa and that gold winged monster dude) was from a Japanese show, but I legitimately wondered why Trini didn’t get a skirt. It all makes sense now!

  • Brittany

    The only one I didn’t know was that Barney was black and the Power Rangers one. The others have either been on Cracked (Animaniacs and Uncle Phil) or weren’t too much a stretch of the imagination. Still, pretty interesting stuff, as someone who grew up in the 90s. I just guess I was expecting some reeeeally crazy stuff.

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