Above are some of the most popular 90s gingers. Let’s evaluate each of them in order (going left to right). Continue reading
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters ran for 4 seasons (52 total episodes) worth of pure awesomeness. Watching Ickis, Krumm and Oblina attend monster academy over the years was a pleasure and this concept was unique for a cartoon. Each monster had their own preferred method for scaring humans, some more intense than others. Ickis had big shoes to fill trying to build on the legacy of his father Slickis who was the school’s top student in the past which is why he was probably so nervous all the time. Anyway, with all the pressure on him, Ickis used his ability to grow larger to scare humans. Krumm, on the other hand was carrying his eyeballs in his hands which, is pretty frightening in itself to just about anyone. In addition, he used a disgusting armpit odor to scare folks off. Oblina’s favorite technique was to reach into her own body, removing her internal organs and shapeshifting into rather disturbing looking forms. She was also capable of giving a human a nightmare by sticking her finger in their ear and tickling their brain while they slept. Now as kids in real life, if we would’ve came across anything that even looked like one of these monster characters, we would’ve been running in the other direction before they even had an opportunity to perform one of their scare tactics. Luckily it was all just a Nicktoon – and a fairly underrated one at that.
FUN FACT: Christine Cavanaugh who voiced Oblina also provided the vocals for Chuckie on Rugrats.
On Rugrats, the babies were fans of a big, green dinosaur named Reptar who was an obvious play on Godzilla. It wasn’t really clear if he was friend or foe because sometimes he looked to be a hero while other times it seemed the opposite. Apparently he was the most marketable character in the Rugrats’ little world because he’s seen on cereal boxes, movies, ice skating shows, TV shows, action figures, amusement parks and other merchandise. On multiple occasions, The Rugrats met Reptar, or someone dressed like him at public events, such as “Reptar On Ice!” It kind of made us envy the babies because most of us wouldn’t have minded an entire market of Reptar stuff in our reality. It seems as if we knew Reptar was made up and we only got him in small doses, so we wanted to see more of him. It was a typical case of wanting what we can’t have. There were plenty of forms of entertainment available to us, yet we couldn’t resist the animated Godzilla rip off. Being shown all those tiny snippets of Reptar was like watching an awesome movie trailer for a film that isn’t ever going to be made. Besides The Beets, Reptar was the greatest form of fiction, toon entertainment. If “The Beets Killer Tofu Tour“ and “Reptar On Ice” were in town on the same night at the same time, which one would you go to?
Well, it was only a matter of time. 90s kids and their TV shows are like the ex that you simply can’t get over. You think about calling and texting quite often until eventually, you can no longer resist and you try to rekindle the old flames. That’s essentially what is happening in the fall when Teen Nick airs a 2 hour block from midnight to 2am titled “The 90s Are All That”. The shows included are Rugrats, Kenan & Kel, The Amanda Show, Pete & Pete, All That and Clarissa Explains It All. Many of us already stay up until 2 in the morning as it is but now we’ll be doing so for a purpose! We’ll be reminded of the glorious days of ginger brothers, dancing tattoos, adventurous babies, orange soda and so much more in these two hour blocks. The fact that this is being done proves that the new stuff just ain’t cutting it and the networks are relying on the greatness that we grew up on. Word on the street is that the Facebook pages dedicated to the 90s with an abundance of followers are what triggered this change in programming. That means the millions and millions of 90s kids around the world should pat themselves on the back for knocking some sense into Nickelodeon’s brain! Hell, if we have enough pull to get a two hour block, maybe we should see if we can get an entire 90s network, huh?
What other shows would you like to see make a return?
I know what you’re all thinking, “What does Snick have to do with nightclubs?” Allow me to elaborate. Much like I said about TGIF in Realization #2 we used to spend Friday and Saturday nights at home, enjoying television. Of course, the fact that we were nowhere near the legal drinking, clubbing or gambling age played a small role in that BUT don’t discredit the Saturday night awesomeness that was SNICK. The lineups began in 1992 and at different times featured many of our favorite shows including but not limited to: Clarissa Explains It All, Ren & Stimpy, Are You Afraid Of The Dark?, The Mystery Files Of Shelby Woo, The Secret World of Alex Mack, Kenan & Kel, All That, Kablam!, Cousin Skeeter and Rugrats. Honestly, if these shows aired on a Saturday night in current times, I wouldn’t hesitate to pass on going out to bars & clubs. Not only would it be beneficial financially but I’d also be a lot more entertained to hear Clarissa explain it all than to listen to a drunken girl at the club explain why she’s so emotionally unstable.
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Tagged Are You Afraid Of The Dark?, Clarissa Explains It All, Cousin Skeeter, Kablam!, Kenan & Kel, Nickelodeon, nightclubs, Ren & Stimpy, Rugrats, Saturday Nights, Snick, The Mystery Files Of Shelby Woo, The Secret World of Alex Mack
OK, so maybe half is an exaggeration but she honestly did perform a number of different characters voices. Chuckie Finster (Rugrats), Gosalyn Mallard (Darkwing Duck), Bunnie Rabbot (Sonic The Hedgehog), Oblina (Aaahh! Real Monsters), Babe (Babe), AND Dexter (Dexter’s Laboratory). That’s pretty effin’ remarkable being that all of those characters are fairly well remembered. In fact Dexter and Chuckie are two of the most popular cartoon characters of that entire decade. Hell, we’ve probably heard this woman’s voice more than our own mother’s growing up.
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Tagged Aaahh! Real Monsters, Babe, Bunnie Rabbot, Christine Cavanaugh, Chuckie Finster, Darkwing Duck, Dexter, Dexters Laboratory, Gosalyn Mallard, Oblina, Rugrats, Sonic The Hedgehog