Remember This: 10 Cartoons You May Have Forgotten From Your Childhood

There are some childhood cartoons that seem to be universally remembered and continuously recalled in nostalgic conversation—Captain Planet, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Adventures of Tin Tin and Ren & Stimpy to name but a few. It’s these shows that we all carry stories about (like my few weeks as a petulant 5-year-old refusing to wear underpants unless they had pictures Michelangelo, The Party Dude, printed all over them), but what of the shows you watched just as vehemently, but for one reason or any other have fallen through the growing cracks in your adult brain? There are some shows, although less ubiquitous than the aforementioned, that carry just as much nostalgic value, and that are addled with just as many memories of childhood. Here are a few.

1. SuperTed

Don’t judge me: I had a huge crush on SuperTed growing up. For some reason, little Kat thought SuperTed was just about the sexiest thing ever—psychoanalyze that. And Spotty, what a sidekick! You may actually be surprised how much you remember the opening credits; I found the words rolled off my tongue like Springsteen lyrics.

See also: Danger Mouse

2. Disney’s Adventures Of The Gummi Bears

High adventure that’s beyond compare, indeed! Watching The Gummi Bears was the favorite part of my day, and not just because it was on as soon as I got home from school.

See also: Snorks

3. Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers

I thought the Rescue Rangers theme song was so funky, that maybe they should play it on the radio or someone famous should cover it. Obviously, I was a child of impeccable taste.

See also: Tale Spin, Widget

4. Samurai Pizza Cats

It was like everything I liked about Michelangelo but with cats (some genius saw an opportunity and distilled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into its most basic, popular element). And it’s got more fur than any turtle ever had.

See also: Sailor Moon

5. Babar

As a child I always became deeply troubled and anxious whenever Babar was in danger. I have the haziest memory of my dad taking me to see Babar: The Movie at the cinema. It was the first movie I ever cried to. I also have vivid memories of the episode where Rataxes’ wife makes him a horn warmer.

6. Pingu

Stop motion at it’s finest. There were times when Pingu was laugh out loud funny (I know because I’ve spent the past 20 minutes watching clips and LOLing), and times when it was as dark as an Antarctic blizzard, especially when Pingu acted up only to be (sometimes violently) punished by mum.

See also: Postman Pat (and his black and white cat)

7. Tiny Toons

I had a Tiny Toons coloring book, and I remember being overly excited when the local video store had a coloring-in competition featuring the Tiny Toons characters. Convinced I had this one in the bag, what with all my sweet experience coloring in Tiny Toons, I entered the competition. In my first brush with personal failure and disappointment, I didn’t win.

See also: Animaniacs

8. Inspector Gadget

Go go Gadget nostalgic charm!

9. Dexter’s Laboratory

Ah, the golden age of smart ass cartoons with drawings diverging from the Disney-esque mold we were so used to! I was suddenly aware of these new cartoons that were overtly tongue-in-cheek and sometimes quite dark in subject matter. And I loved Dee-Dee (bonus).

See also: Rugrats, Aaahh! Real Monsters, Rocko’s Modern Life

10. Care Bears

The Care Bears were my ultimate favorite for some time—I wanted the ability to shoot love and rainbows out of my belly, and when mum wasn’t watching I’d stand in the mirror, pull my top up, and focus all my energy on shooting crap out of my tummy. When I was cranky, my mum would always call me Shreeky and I’d be so ashamed for bearing any likeness to a bad guy I would be almost instantly silenced.

See also: Rainbow Brite TC mark


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  • Guest

    dexter’s lab was definitely one of the best.

  • Perfect Circles

    I wonder if anyone will comment on this article saying how they remember X and X was so great and [insert X here] are all shit these days.

  • Anonymous

    I thought the same thing about the “Rescue Rangers” song – and “Duck Tales.”

  • Grizz Gom Jabbar Robinson

    I don’t know who you’ve been talking to, but I remember all those and still reference a few.  Hell…one of my tattoo’s I’m getting is a steampunk care bear.

    • Oliver Miller

      Do not… get that tattoo.  I say this as someone who has a bunch of tattoos, so I know.

  • Guest

    Kat you’re definitely showing your age with this post – minus #9

  • Lillian

    i have never heard of samurai pizza cats and i’m at work so i cannot watch the video, BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE THE MOST AMAZING THING TO EVER EXIST? CAN SOMEONE CONFIRM?

    • Oliver Miller

      I refuse to believe that it’s real, and I know about every stupid retro cartoon ever.  But the title itself…  is  amazing.

      • Michael Koh

        I used to watch on FOX 5 ~1998

  • Candy Williams

    OMG!!! Nobody ever remembers Samurai Pizza Cats!!
    I used to watch this in the morning after getting off of work. :)
    Thanks for posting this!!

  • Candy Williams

    OMG!!! Nobody ever remembers Samurai Pizza Cats!!
    I used to watch this in the morning after getting off of work. :)
    Thanks for posting this!!

  • Pingu2

    Pingu was such a prick. There was no accountability whatsoever on the slab of ice that these penguins resided on. 

  • ben Raifsnider, jr.

    i had never heard of Samurai Pizza Cats, but it’s my new favorite thing!

  • Tim Donnelly

    if you thought for a second I forgot about Tiny Toons, you are sadly mistaken sister.

  • guest

    a little surprised to see samurai pizza cats and dexter’s lab in this list, i feel like those two always come up in a “childhood cartoons” discussion. but maybe that has more to do with the people i hang out with than anything else.

    who remembers two stupid dogs (and super secret squirrel)? so awesome.

  • Sarah

    Gummi Bears was so fucking quality.

  • Emily Tugwell

    I’m pretty sure that Inspector Gadget was my first crush. That show was so amazing. So glad it’s on the list.

  • Clowve

    You forgot Princess Starla and The Jewel Riders & The Animaniacs.

  • fashion grunge

    why is Rainbow Brite a “see also”? She WAS the 80s?

  • Briana

    hearing the inspector gadget theme song brought the imagined taste of cinnamon poptarts to my mouth and a vague anxiety i can only attribute to nervousness about riding the school bus as soon as the episode ended.

  • Rose georgia

    as a 90s child i watched some of these but also such gems as:

    The Animals of Farthing Wood (which i was obsessed with and used to play in the playground, including the tragic deaths of a lot of the characters)


    • Woyzeck


  • scin

    my parents worked on inspector gadget, carebears, and babar! what do i get?
    oh wait they gave me life and all.

  • scin

    my parents worked on inspector gadget, carebears, and babar! what do i get?
    oh wait they gave me life and all.

  • Sippycup

    Perhaps in the future we’ll dispense with birth years and identify each others age by the cartoons we remember.

  • al


  • Woyzeck

    Have you evah
    evah felt like thisss

    Have strange things happened
    are you going Round the Twist?

    Not a cartoon, but.

  • C.

    gosh I was addicted to Tiny Toons. 

    …And Animaniacs.  FOX Cartoons all the way

  • Steve Seikel

    No one remembers Bell and Sebastian or Dr. Snuggles but me. Do you? Superbook mayhaps?

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