For most children growing up in the 2000s, their first taste of humor was derived from the cartoons they watched. These wacky, zany shows incorporated low-brow, slapstick humor into their storytelling. They also provided foundations for many of the jokes and witticisms kids use today. Some of these cartoons have since become icons of a generation, and many people still find their way back to them decades after they originally aired.
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Avatar: The Last Airbender, one of the most popular cartoons of all time, was one of the first American shows to take anime style and make it mainstream for the general public. The story is complex and engaging, and the visual design of the show is stunning, especially for an animated series.
Another popular cartoon of the era, Samurai Jack, was a great choice for kids into sci-fi. This cult-like show had an enthralling storyline packed with action and drama. It had a slew of fanciful characters, and it was one of the most popular cartoons of all time on Cartoon Network.
This Disney cartoon was largely forgotten by kids when it first came out, but hardcore fans know that it was one of the best kids’ animations of all time. The eponymous protagonist, Cornelius Fillmore, is a 12-year-old who joins the safety patrol after being arrested for stealing a shipment of chalk. He fights to save the world from an evil villain named “Aku.”
This was the perfect show for those who enjoyed a dose of anime without sacrificing any sense of American sensibility. It was on Cartoon Network only for a few years but stayed with viewers. It was a little weird and a little slapstick, but it had an unwavering love for anime that even adults who don’t watch anime will still recognize.
The Fairly Odd Parents
This Nickelodeon show was one of the longest-running shows to air on the channel. It centered on a 10-year-old boy named Timmy Turner. He fades out of his babysitter’s life and gets a fairy godmother named Cosmo And Wanda to fulfill all of his wishes, but things go awry for him.
An action-adventure cartoon show, Danny Phantom is an excellent 2000s cartoon that features a human who becomes a ghost after an accident. He can use his ghost powers to fight the evil forces trying to destroy the town he lives in.
House of Mouse
The club, run by Mickey and his friends Minnie, Goofy, Donald, etc., is Nickelodeon’s second favorite 2000s cartoon. It features various characters from Disney, like Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, etc., and has a very nostalgic storyline.
This is the term for movies and TV shows meant to return to the heyday of a genre. Disney films such as The Princess and the Frog and Tangled are all meant to be a return to the Renaissance Age of Animation, but they’re not the only ones to do this.