OP nailed it. I've realized that action cartoons tend to age horribly (Batman: TAS being the lone exception as far as American offerings go), but the comedies I loved as a kid I still love now (Looney Tunes, Rocko's Modern Life, Doug, Dexter's Lab, etc)
Batman Beyond has held up pretty damn well, I think. And the dated bits only make it funnier. Like the part where Max and Terry are doing history homework, and he's asking her who Clinton was, and she's like, "Wasn't he the bad one?" and he's all, "No, the one AFTER Clinton was the bad one." Or when they mention the near-Apocalipse of '09 or something.
Old cartoons that are not crap upon watching as an adult include:
Superman (Really just all the Dini/Timm DC stuff)
Tiny Toons Animaniacs
The Real Ghostbusters
Certain parts of Robotech
Watching this as an adult was an eye opening experience. Everything about the show other than the concept itself was painful.
At least I can still enjoy the original animated film on a nostalgic level. I can't do the same with the cartoon.
Sadly I agree with this one. And I grew up as a passionate Transformers fan. Collected countless of 'em. Even saw the movie in theaters the weekend it premiered and shed a tear when Optimus Prime died.
The movie is still fine, though. The show is garbage. The Michael Bay flicks are garbage.
And nothing tops Beast Wars as far as animated Transformers goes. It's really good.
I think that's more the kind of point to use when people are slamming some new kids cartoon, here it's interesting to look back and see just how bad some of this stuff we loved/liked really was, and what defied the trend and actually remained good. Fond as I am of 80s animation next to none of the cartoons from then really held up, I have to go to anime for as a substitute for the nostalgia fix. 90s cartoons seemed to fare better though, it almost seems like for every Spiderman there's a Batman, even if the reality's more like 10% aged well.
Yeah, some of that stuff that's poignant as a kid really isn't as an adult... though after an episode of the classic Astroboy on Adult Swim awhile back I wouldn't mind watching more sometime just for how ridiculous it got, IE booze gas.
Animaniacs is aight, but watching it sometimes it just feels like an imitation of the genuine article. Tiny-Toons as well, they always just make me rather watch old classic Warner Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons.
I watched a lot of Hey Arnold when I was younger, tried to get some episodes going on netflix the other day, can't watch it. It's just so dull. Angry Beavers is still great though, watching that show recently really highlights how heavily it seems to have inspired Regular Show.
Just some scattered thoughts. This is a bit of a hot button for me, so I apologise in advance if I seem rude or unfocused. This isn't aimed at anyone in this thread in particular.
I've no truck with this "kids are dumb" line of thinking. Kids are incredibly discerning, harsh critics.
So something you liked as a kid seems juvenile through the lens of adulthood. Well, how 'bout that shit. Your tastes are going to change. It's an intrinsic part of, well, growing up. There's no need to dismiss an aspect of your development, to retroactively apologise for being a kid, liking things for kids. It's absurd.
I've moved on, to a point. I have difficulty enjoying Western children's shows anymore, not so much due to their writing or overall quality. It's more of a tonal thing. I watch more anime these days than Western shows (can of worms, I know, and probably seems hypocritical but to go into more detail would derail the thread), but I have still recently enjoyed a small handful of Western shows that are ostensibly for children. Regular Show is frequently gut-bustingly funny and wonderfully dynamic. Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends held a lot of appeal for about a season or so.
Oddly enough, Animaniacs is a show I loved as a kid but find singularly irritating now. It just seems so try-hard and grating to me. It's obviously good stuff - so, so many people being fond of a thing is usually a good sign of this - but I'm just not in tune with it any more.
I thought this thread was going to be about really terrible cartoons that you could like a little as a kid, not people shitting in 80's and begin of the 90's cartoon history.
You know what is bad? 90% of cartoons in our days, that is fucking bad. They treat kids as fucking idiots and thats the worst thing to do. Even if the majority of the 80's cartoons are really campy they are a thousand times better that when animation take a quality hit during the last years of the 90's (the 2000`s era being the worst) and going in a downwards spiral with some great things here and there (that are usually the ones that took the good things that made great 80's cartoons to make a modern cartoon and that dont treat kids like idiots)
I would argue that Spiderman: The Animated Series is better then it had any right to be, in spite of all of its flaws. Sonic: Sat AM is likewise above and beyond what would be expected from a cartoon about Sonic.
The older I get the more I like the DB manga over everything else (even though I came to it last), the cute comedy mixed with a musical arts adventure around the lands is far more interesting then the ever escalating series of battles DBZ became.
I love rewatching these old cartoons I loved as a kid on netflix. Never noticed how plagiarizingly similar the first season of Robotech-Macross Series was to the first season of Star Blazers (Space Cruiser Yamato). Its the same fucking story, only some of the minor details are different.
I haven't seen it in so many years, but I doubt it holds up. I used to love it, got really sad with that one episode about the red Japanese guy and the car accident, where he had to recover mentally and stuff. Does it hold up?
The 2003 series brought it back and had amazing fighting. Not on the level of Spectacular Spiderman but still it was really good. The 90's cartoon? They were dancing around lasers shot by storm troopers with their helmets on backwards.
Eh, maybe. It depends if you still get the context in which they were written. You find out real quick as a parent which old cartoons hold up at least in terms of entertainment and others that make you feel like your brain is melting.