Disney: 5 Ways '90s Cartoons Are The Best (& 5 Ways Modern Cartoons Are) – CBR – Comic Book Resources

Disney has had so many amazing cartoons from the ’90s & in recent years.
A lot of people have incredibly fond memories of coming home after school and watching a variety of Disney animated series. DuckTales, Gargoyles, TaleSpin, Goof Troop, Rescue Rangers, and Darkwing Duck are just some of the great cartoons from the ’90s. But the modern era of Disney animation is creating the same kinds of memories with series like Star vs. the Forces of EvilMilo Murphy’s Law, and the virtually flawless Gravity Falls.
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But it’s difficult to decide which era of animation is the best. While there might not be a definitive winner of that debate, each era has its own positives and huge fan bases.
What made the ’90s Disney animated series interesting was that they often featured highly recognizable, existing characters. That included the likes of Donald Duck, Goofy, Chip and Dale, and Huey, Duey, and Louie.
Seeing these iconic characters in completely different situations worked quite well in most of these series. Goof Troop in particular was interesting because it turned Goofy into a single father trying to build a new life for him and his son.
A big advantage modern Disney animation has over ’90s is Disney+. This streaming service is a superb venue to distribute both new and classic series, so it also benefits the ’90s series as well in a way.
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Disney+ has provided a way to enjoy new animated series like Star Wars: The Bad Batch and Marvel: What If…? as they see fit. Once they’ve debuted, fans can watch them when they want and as many times as they want. This means connecting with these new series is easier than ever.
Having a roster of legendary characters was only part of what made animation from this era so amazing. A big part of it was also the intense ongoing storylines that took things to another level and borrowed from a variety of other places.
This was what Gargoyles did so well. It borrowed heavily from the work of William Shakespeare as well as numerous cultures and mythology from around the world. It remains a core piece of animation history.
When Disney acquired Marvel, it gave them access to a plethora of characters and stories. Some of that wasn’t accessible for their movies due to different legal issues, but the same problems didn’t exist in other media forms.
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Marvel Animation has found a different style in recent years under Disney. They’ve shied away from characters not involved in the MCU, but that could change in the near future as more film rights have been acquired. It can only get more interesting.
The incredible variety of cartoons that Disney put out in the 1990s was fantastic. At the same time, having so many animated TV series going on simultaneously was a new experience for them.
It was a new way of telling a wide range of familiar stories at once. While they weren’t all interconnected, there was still a storytelling style that was cohesive through most of the series. Disney created a template for building a TV animation empire.
If modern Disney animation has one thing over the ’90s, it’s the series Gravity Falls. This show might have only had two seasons, but the unique series makes each episode count. For many people, it’s as close to being a perfect show as anyone will find.
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There is no Disney series from the ’90s that even compares to it. Gravity Falls is a show that simply stands out all on its own and above the rest.
While a lot of the Disney animated series of the 1990s were their own stories, some were actually extensions of animated and live-action features. That included series based on The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, and The Lion King.
Again, this was game-changing for their storytelling structure. In the case of The Little Mermaid, it served as a prequel to the movie, expanding on the story that fans knew and loved. The Aladdin show was set after the second movie in the franchise. It was a great way to expand the mythology.
The Star Wars universe has changed under Disney’s management of the brand. Star Wars: The Clone Wars existed before the Disney buyout, but an increasing number of Star Wars stories are being told through animated series by Disney.
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For the most part, these shows have been incredibly good. That’s been important since the feature films have had mixed reviews. The live-action series has been a huge success so far, as well, but the animated ones truly stand out.
This is definitively one of the most classic eras in animation history. The impact of Disney’s animated features from this decade is still being felt today. And the same is true of the animated series.
These shows were absolutely after-school and Saturday morning icons that inspired new creators when they were children watching them. Thanks to Disney+, entirely new generations are able to discover and experience these classics while adults fall in love with them all over again.
It’s hard to say what will and won’t be viewed as a classic down the road. That’s something that only time and fans can truly determine. Keeping that in mind, Disney is still producing animated series that could be considered modern classics.
Not surprisingly, Gravity Falls belongs on the top of that list. But there are others on it and undoubtedly more on the way. It will be interesting to see what kind of unique and innovative animated series pop up thanks to the existence of Disney+.
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Ian Goodwillie is a freelance writer based out of Saskatoon, SK, Canada. He has a BA in English Literature from the University of Saskatchewan and completed the Writing Program at Vancouver Film School. More importantly, Ian is also a wrestling fan, comic book reader, video game player, and photographer. He loves to write and writes about what he loves. Ian’s also an unrepentant, unapologetic Cougar Town fan, a show he will defend until the day he dies. Follow him on Twitter at @ThePrairieGeek.


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