ByMarietta Huaute, writer at
Huge fan of Disney, Marvel, DC, scary movies, Burton, Jim Henson and anime and manga. I hope to be an author sometime in the future.
Marietta Huaute

Cartoons were a classic part of our childhood. I still remember getting up early on Saturday to watch cartoons all day. They had some of the best shows back in the day, whether they first aired or they were reruns. Let's take a look at some of my favorite shows!

Gargoyles (1994-1997)

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 78


The series features a species of nocturnal creatures known as gargoyles that turn to stone during the day, focusing on a clan led by Goliath. In the year 994, the clan lives in a castle in Scotland. Many are betrayed and killed by humans and the remainder are magically frozen in stone until the castle "rises above the clouds."

Why I Like The Show

I've always loved this show, even as a kid. Though I was pretty young when I first started watching, the action and the magic kept my attention. I grew older and fully appreciated the multiple story lines and the characters involved. I loved how it combined different characters from lore around the world, as well as various Shakespeare characters and ties them all together with Avalon and Oberon and Titania from Midsummer Night's Dream.

The idea of Gargoyles coming to life after sleeping for 1000 years and then waking up in modern New York is a creative idea. They face very real struggles like love, betrayal, loyalty, grief and keeping themselves a secret to protect themselves.

The show is dramatic and riveting, full of twists and turns to keep you hooked!

Interesting Facts

There is actually a comic serialization of the show!

Would I Recommend It?

Heck yes! I highly recommend this show to anyone who loves fantasy and action!

Where Can You Watch It?

You can usually find episodes online or buy the DVDs.

Check out the awesome opening theme below!

The New Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh (1988-1991)

Number of seasons: 4

Number of episodes: 50 (82 segments)


The adventures of Winnie the Pooh and friends in the 100 Acre Woods

Why I Like The Show

I was a huge fan of Winnie the Pooh as a kid and still am to this day. There wasn't a set storyline of the show, but it was great fun to see all the adventures Pooh and his friends would have, using their imagination and teaching important lessons. I knew the theme song by heart and I always looked forward to it.

Interesting Facts

The show originally aired in 1988 and ran until 1991. Reruns on ABC lasted until 1993 and then on Disney Channel from 1994 to 2006. The show also aired on Toon Disney from 1998 to 2008 and on Playhouse Disney from 1999 to 2006. In some countries, this show was a part of the Disney Afternoon line up.

Would I Recommend it?

Totally! Especially if you have young children in your home that love Winnie the Pooh or you yourself happen to love it. Winnie the Pooh is just one of those things you can't really outgrow. It's a huge part of childhood and it tends to stay with you.

Where Can You Watch It?

I haven't been able to find many episodes on YouTube, but you can order it on DVD and VHS.

TaleSpin (1990-2008)

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 65


Set in Cape Suzette of Usland, Baloo the Bear is a friendly yet lazy bush pilot. When his business, Baloo's Air Service, goes under, it's purchased by Rebecca Cunningham and renamed Higher For Hire.

Why I Like This Show

What's not to like about it? Set supposedly in the 1930s, it's like a glimpse into the past. Plus, it has many characters from the Jungle Book which is just amazing! I always wondered why Bagheera wasn't in the series. He was one of my favorite characters, but several Khan Industries employees are panthers similar in appearance to Bagheera. The show is still riveting and it is always hilarious to watch Baloo outwit the various opponents he comes up against. The opening theme song is just so catchy and I always sang along to it as a kid.

Interesting Facts

TaleSpin was first shown as a preview on Disney Channel from May 5th to July 15th in 1990 before the series began to officially run in September of that same year. The original concept was shown in the pilot episode and introductory television film Plunder & Lightning which was nominated for Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program in 1991.

The show was often seen on it's own or included in The Disney Afternoon.

TaleSpin ended in 1991 but reruns were continued to be shown on The Disney Afternoon until 1994.

In 1995, TaleSpin began reruns on Disney channel.

It later aired on Toon Disney from 1998 to 2006, with a hiatus between 2001 and 2002 and again in 2007 to 2008.

Throughout it's entire broadcasting history, the show has been subjected to numerous edits.

There was a series of comics featured in Disney Comics until 1991.

There have been three video games created based on the series.

TaleSpin has made cameos in several other cartoons in various forms: Darkwing Duck, Raw Toonage, Bonkers and Aladdin.

Would I Recommend It?

If you like planes, pirates and action with anthropomorphic animals then this is the show for you!

Where Can You Watch It?

You can find some episodes online or DVD and VHS.

Disney's Aladdin (1994-1995)

Number of seasons: 2

Number of episodes: Unknown


The series takes place after The Return of Jafar. Aladdin is still living on the streets but, is now engaged to be married to Princess Jasmine. Together with his friends, he faces off against many different foes while learning to become a prince and someday Sultan.

Why I Like This Show

Aladdin was another favorite of mine as a kid and I watched this show every day. It was fun to see what new adventures and adversaries Aladdin would face now that Jafar had been defeated for good. Each new enemy was different and unique, some even coming back for multiple episodes. Each episode was a new adventure waiting to happen!

Interesting Facts

Aladdin guest starred in Hercules: The Animated Series in the episode Hercules and The Arabian Night in 1998 shortly after Aladdin and the King of Thieves was released.

The show won 5 Emmy Awards!

Would I Recommend It?

Heck yes!

Where Can You Watch It?

You can find it online as well as buy the DVDs or VHS.

The Little Mermaid (1992-1994)

Number of seasons: 3

Number of episodes: 31


The story is set before the events in the 1989 film, and follows Ariel's adventures as a mermaid still living under the sea with her father, Sebastian the crab and Flounder the fish. Various episodes highlight her relationship with her friends, father and sisters, and usually involves Ariel foiling the attempts of various enemies that intend ill harm to her or her kingdom.

Why I Liked It

Mermaids! Enough said!

Interesting Facts

The show was originally going to be a live action show called The Little Mermaid's Island, featuring puppets created in Jim Henson's Creature Workshop that would interact with Ariel. But the idea was set aside and the animated series we all know and love was created instead.

The opening theme song is made using the instrumentals from Part Of Your World, Under the Sea, and Kiss The Girl. The opening overture for the stage musical is very similar to this.

Where Can You Watch It?

The episodes were first released into a series of VHS and various episodes can be found in the Disney Princess DVDs.

Disney's House of Mouse (2001-2003)

Number of seasons: 3

Number of episodes: 52


Mickey Mouse and his friends run a dinner theater club called the "House of Mouse" in downtown Toontown, which shows Disney cartoons as part of its floor shows. Located at a corner of an intersection on Toontown's Main Street, the club is considered a very popular destination by the local populace. Some episodes have specific themes, with cartoons to fit that episode's theme. The theme is usually not beneficial to at least one character, usually Donald

Why I Like It

I loved the idea of different Disney characters gathering and interacting in one place! It's like a Disney Nerd's dream. It was fun to see each episode and the staff interact with various episodes.

It's possibly the only time you see the villains interacting with the heroes without some sort of fight taking place. They even get along at Christmas time which I thought was totally cool.

Interesting Facts

Many characters from Disney animated films (such as Aladdin, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, Hercules, and many more) have appeared on House of Mouse, mostly as patrons and guest star performers. The show is notable for including many relatively obscure and otherwise rarely used Disney characters, often with speaking parts for the very first time. Notably, Li'l Bad Wolf and April, May and June Duck, who had appeared very often in Disney comic books, but never before in an animated cartoon, finally made their animated debut on House of Mouse. The show also featured some cameos by characters created for other television cartoons and theme park attractions, but these appearances were few and far between.

There were two films released based off the show: Mickey's House of Villains, in which the villains take over the club on Halloween night and Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse, in which the patrons and staff get snowed into the club on Christmas Eve and must help Donald find his Christmas spirit.

The show also features many original numbers either sung by the guests or the staff.

The show was nominated for four various Emmy's and won two.

Where Can You Watch It?

You can find some episodes on DVD and House of Villains is currently on Netflix. Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse was released on VHS.


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