Disney is without a doubt the most recognizable entertainment company on the planet. They’ve gone through a ton of cycles, but the 80s and 90s showcased a brand new wave of animation from movies to series that introduced Disney to a whole new generations. Between the Disney Channel and ABC’s OneSaturday Morning, Disney gave us a LOT of quality cartoons. In the podcast, we take a look at the Top 15 they’ve ever produced.
#15. Timon & Pumbaa (1995-99, 3 seasons, 85 episodes)
None of us really watched T&P, we know it was natural after The Lion King that these two would get the spinoff. Kids were drawn to these two characters because they were the comic relief of the film.
#14. The Mighty Ducks (1996-97, 1 season, 26 episodes)
The Mighty Ducks completely flipped the premise of the movie by making the protagonists actual ducks. It didn’t last too long. It was still a beloved series, not really sure of the cancellations, I’ll do research later. Not gonna lie, I never watched it, but the others did, they loved it.
#13. Aladdin (1994-95, 3 seasons, 86 episodes)
I said it during the podcast, but Aladdin was one of the few shows that was a spinoff of a feature film that actually ended up being…good. It real deal felt like a continuation of the movie itself, you got a peak into Agrabah once an episode. Genie still felt like Genie even though Robin Williams didn’t initially voice him in the series (even though it was initially Dan Castellaneta, Homer Simpson himself, who voiced him).
#12. Gravity Falls (2012-16, 2 seasons, 40 episodes)
Where do I start with Gravity Falls? Fun series, with funny characters? Check. An underlying mystery that slowly gets uncovered throughout the entire series? Check. A full development of pretty much every main character? Absolutely. Gravity Falls is within the same vain as newer shows like Adventure Time and Steven Universe. It’s a cartoon, yes, but there’s a lot more to the overall story and you’re compelled to tune in, even as an adult.
#11. Pepper Ann (1997-2000, 5 seasons, 65 episodes)
I was never really a fan of Pepper Ann, not going to lie. My God-sister thought it was a cool show, so there’s that, and I never heard anything bad about it, EYE just didn’t like it.
#10. Phineas & Ferb (2007-15, 4 seasons, 222 episodes)
Just realized we talked 0 about this show because we spent too much time laughing about A.J. being told he looks like Perry the Platypus. That’s freaking hilarious, I’m sorry, can we talk about that some more? They told this man he looks like an animated version of what was clearly God throwing together remaining animal parts. I am still inconsolable. Phineas and Ferb, great show!
#9. Chip and Dale: Rescue Rangers (1988-90, 3 seasons, 67 episodes)
Chip and Dale came a long way from getting on Donald Duck’s nerves. In the 1980s they got revamped into a mystery solving duo. Complete with epic 80s intro, Chip N Dale was always fun and entertaining every week. For me.
#8. Goof Troop (1992-93, 2 seasons, 78 episodes)
This is a show that got shot up people’s favorites lists due to it’s movie. The Goof Troop gets imagined in a better light in most people’s minds. The show was still good, don’t get me wrong, but A Goofy Movie was incredible. I2I still jams, and you can fight me about that.
#7. Kim Possible (2002-07, 4 seasons, 87 episodes)
Another show I didn’t watch much of, since it didn’t debut until I was about to enter high school. I only remember a few things about the show, The Naked Mole Rat, Ron Stoppable (also @RonQuixote_’s original twitter name) and their being an evil version of Kim. I’ll let one of the others contribute here…..
What? Nothing? Okay.
#6. Talespin (1990-91, 2 seasons, 65 episodes)
One of my personal favorites growing up. I also remember having some kind of audiobook from Talespin, but that’s neither here nor there. The show reimagined the characters of “The Jungle Book” into employees of a package delivery service, replacing a few notable characters here and there (Mowgli becomes Kit, etc.). It’s run was relatively short, but it holds significant impact within the Disney family.
#5. Gargoyles (1994-97, 3 seasons 78 episodes)
Keith David (every black villain ever, also Fire King), Salli Richardson (heeeeyyy boo), Jeff Bennett (Duke L’Orange), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), ED FREAKING ASNER, Frank Welker (Fred Jones/Jabberjaw/Dr. Claw/), Marina Sirtis, Jonathan Frakes, Kate Mulgrew and so many more. This was an all-star freaking cast for a kids’ show about gargoyles coming back to life. Holy crap. Also, Ron believes this isn’t Top 5 cause he’s triddash.
#4. The Proud Family (2001-05, 3 seasons, 52 episodes)
I used my one “wow you with a list of actors” post on the last one. So I’ll just say that there were a lot. Hell, they got both the Knowles sisters and the older one’s backup singers to perform the theme song. Amazing right? Proud Family gave a positive black family image to animation too, finally gave little black kids a family to relate to. It also was a damn good show.
#3. Recess (1997-2001, 6 seasons, 127 episodes)
You really can’t argue Recess being in the Top 3. As accurate a reflection of American public school Recess as one can get. Randall is a snitch.
#2. Darkwing Duck (1991-92, 3 seasons, 91 episodes)
A superhero genre parody cartoon that was as charming as it was funny. One of the first Disney shows to focus on the action instead of just the adventure, Darkwing Duck really helped develop a new wave of the “everyday Superhero”. You could argue that this deserved to be #1….however…..
#1. Ducktales (1987-90, 4 seasons, 100 episodes)
Life is like a hurricane
Here in, Duckberg
Racecars, lasters, aeroplanes
It’s a duckblur
Might solve a mystery
Or rewrite history
It’s not even a question what is number one or why.