The Powerpuff Girls and 11 other cartoons that kept us glued to the screens while growing up
Well, by now you must have heard that Cartoon Network is coming back with a new, reworked version of the hit show from the late 90s, the Powerpuff Girls, which is set to release in 2016.
The news has got many of the show’s fans excited.
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The characters created from ‘Sugar, spice and everything nice’ went on to become one of the most iconic female action figures and ruled the hearts of many for several years.
On that note, let’s look back at 11 other cartoons that kept us glued to our television sets while growing up.
1. The Flintstones
Who would have thought that modern issues of a working man set in the Stone Age would make a good theme for an evergreen cartoon? After a highly successful 6-year run in the 60s, the series inspired hundreds of reproductions, merchandise, movies and theme parks. Not to mention the countless reruns that are well-received till date.
This mystery-solving dog and his slacking buddy, Shaggy made us literally roll on the floor with laughter. Another classic from the Hanna-Barbara factory that inspired many adaptations across various platforms.
3. Popeye the Sailor Man
We all hated spinach until Popeye came along and showed us that those leafy vegetables can help you take on bullies like Bluto. Also, before olive oil entered the Indian market the only other image associated with those words was Popeye’s skinny girlfriend.
4. Tom and Jerry
More than 70 years since its first broadcast, Tom and Jerry still remains the greatest spectacle on television that needs no words to connect to people from all ages and backgrounds.
5. Dexter’s Laboratory
Dexter’s lab is a modern classic. The adventures of the boy-genius Dexter, his constant struggles against his sister Dee Dee and a fierce rivalry with Mandark provided perfect grounds for some hilarious storylines.
6. The Roadrunner
We all cheered for the bird to escape, but a part of us always felt bad for Wile E. Coyote’s consistent failure. Yet another classic that kept us glued to TV despite the absence of dialogues.
7. Samurai Jack
Another monumental piece by ‘Dexter’s Lab’ creator Genndy Tartakovsky, Samurai Jack had a cult following. The slightly dark, yet comical plots and bold visuals of the cartoon leaned more towards modern graphic novels, and the seemingly adventurous show turned out to be reasonably successful.
8. Bugs Bunny and the Looney Toons gang
‘What’s up, doc?’ became our favourite casual expression because of Bugs Bunny. Bugs may have grabbed the biggest headlines by starring alongside Michael Jordan in Space Jam, but Daffy, Sylvester and Tweety weren’t too far behind.
9. The Addams family
They creeped us out, but deep down, we were inexplicably drawn to each one of them. The eccentric misfits of the Addams family taught us that it’s okay to be different.
10. Captain Planet
Much before Al Gore came along and told us about global warming, Captain Planet had already taught us a great deal about the dangers faced by mother earth.
11. Johnny Bravo
There’s a Johnny Bravo in every one of us. The hyper antics of this delusional and eternally-unsuccessful-in-love fellow gave us catchphrases for the ages. If you put the comic portrayal aside, Johnny Bravo’s self-obsession and undying enthusiasm actually brings out an honest element in every man out to impress women.
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