Growing Up 90’s: Kid’s Shows
Now let’s talk about the dark side of the 90s cartoons. This is the side of all of us 90s brats that no one will ever understand. There are two shows I’d like to blame for this:
The Ren and Stimpy Show
BIZARRE is too small a word for this show.
Ren and Stimpy are probably the most unlikely pair to have aired for five seasons straight. With a neurotic Chihuahua who seemed too high on psychotropic drugs to function and a severely intellectually challenged cat as the main characters this series earned its cult following. The innuendos are everywhere and the LSD-charged scenes must have induced the occasional seizure. From the script all the way to the animation, this series is quite disturbing. Even as a child I could tell that Ren and Stimpy weren’t your average characters. What with Ren’s constant rage outbursts and Stimpy’s socially inadequate behavior. Looking back I’m surprised this show wasn’t banned.
The Ren and Stimpy Show was basically a show about a dysfunctional couple prone to violence that was probably heavily into BDSM and constantly did drugs. There’s no other explanation for their behavior.
Courage the Cowardly Dog
I feel like I’m cheating with this one, but having been released in 1999 it still counts! Courage the Cowardly Dog is one of my favorite cartoons of ALL times. This show is creepy, dark and so smart. Their source of humor is quite obscure while still maintaining an elegance that can hardly be matched by any other cartoon from my younger years.
Courage truly showed us that being brave is about facing your cowardice. Of course, it took many strange characters and situations to get that message across. The very first one to jump to mind is Freaky Fred, Muriel’s strange nephew with an acute obsession for hair. This guy could’ve made a great serial murderer in a live action horror film. Second character to come to mind is King Ramses in that haunting episode, King Ramses’ Curse.
Whoever watched this show back in their childhood will immediately associate it with the famed “Return the slaaaaaab. Return the slaaaaaab.” It will forever be one of the main reasons why I hate looking out of my window at night.
Tell me, what are kid’s shows you grew up watching?
Part of the Time Machine: Back to the 90′s Blogathon