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By Cassie Coughlin | Staff Writer
Cartoons that aired in the late ‘90s and early 2000s remain an iconic staple among millennial college students.
“Hey Arnold,” “Courage the Cowardly Dog,” “The Powder Puff Girls,” “Rocket Power,” and “SpongeBob” are just a few cartoons that students reminisced as being major components of their childhood.
Cartoons such as these left such a large impact on students; they still remember what they enjoyed so much about them.
“‘Courage the Cowardly Dog’ was weird and different and I liked the animation style,” said student Sierra White.
The cartoon “Courage the Cowardly Dog,” which originally aired on Cartoon Network, seemed to be especially popular. Out of the the five students I referenced, four mentioned “Courage the Cowardly Dog” in their list of top ‘90s cartoon staples.
Cartoons during this time seemed to be so enjoyable because people related to or idolized the characters featured.
“I liked ‘Rocket Power’ because I was the typical kid who wanted to be a pro skateboarder when I grew up, then I realized how impossible this was given my physique,” said student Erik Moore.
“‘Lizzie McGuire’ was my favorite because I wanted to be her, I still do,” said student Nadeen Qaqish.
Television networks that aired some of these iconic cartoons, like Nickelodeon and Disney Channel, have caught on to just how popular these shows remain. The networks recognized that the popularity was so high that they decided to bring the shows back.
Nickelodeon dedicated a whole night in October to bring back some of their classic ‘90s cartoons on a program called, The Splat.
During its debut, The Splat featured “All That,” “The Angry Beavers,” “Are You Afraid of the Dark?,” “CatDog,”
“Clarissa Explains It All,” “Hey Arnold!,” “Hey Dude,” “Kenan & Kel,” “The Ren & Stimpy Show,” “Legends of the Hidden Temple,” “Rocko’s Modern Life,” “Rugrats, Salute Your Shorts,” and “The Wild Thornberrys.”
If you happen to catch a rerun of one of these classic ‘90s cartoons, you might notice some not so kid friendly themes or language. An article by Thought Catalog argued that these classic cartoons featured content not suited for children.
“We see adults cheekily inserting jokes into kids’ shows that only parents will understand,” said Samantha Shokin.
Millennials aren’t oblivious to the subtle adult type humor or story lines featured in our beloved ‘90s cartoons.
“A lot of them had innuendos that only adults would catch, and that I am barely noticing now because I am an adult,” said White. “There are things that I wouldn’t consider appropriate but I don’t think it matters because children wouldn’t it.”
Just because this adult type humor and content is easily detected now that we’re adults, it doesn’t mean it changes our feelings toward these classics.
“Looking back, I appreciate ‘Dragon Ball Z’ a lot more because I understand the story line instead of just waiting for the fights,” said student John Orta.
Even though these cartoons might not be the latest trend, the creepy monsters from “Courage the Cowardly Dog,” the adventurers of the “Hey Arnold” crew, and the crazy things SpongeBob and Patrick got a hold of, remain iconic among millennial college students.