9 Of The Strangest Animated TV Shows From The 1990s

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In the 1990s animated TV shows were freed from their Saturday morning shackles and allowed to entertain older kids, adults even, leading to a change in industry attitudes toward the medium of animation.

Companies like Disney claimed TV cartoons were just for kids and should be kept "wholesome" so they don't warp young minds, then along came a show called Ren & Stimpy to dispel that myth.

Ren & Stimpy changed the cartoon game by bringing elements of the surreal and utterly bizarre to the mainstream, as well as a renewed appreciation for old timey "noodle limb" style character animation.

As you peruse this collection of 10 of the strangest animated TV shows made in the 1990s you'll definitely notice some similarities to Ren & Stimpy, and lots of shows that are simply one-of-a-kind!

1. Life With Louie (1994-98)-

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Louie is just like every other kid on the playground, except for the fact that he basically looks like the little person version of Louie Anderson, complete with the comedian's hairdo and sense of style.

Louie comes off as the child equivalent of Garfield the Cat, and despite the fact that his show may have singlehandedly led to the current obesity crisis (I kid, I kid) it had a lot of fans and lasted four seasons.

Life With Louie was endearing, strangely relatable, and full of delightfully surreal moments, like the time Louie was inspired by his conversation with a cow (skip to 17:30):

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2. The Brothers Grunt (1994-95)-

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The Brothers Grunt is about five (albino?) humanoids who run around in their underwear, make strange grunting noises and eating cheese while they search for their lost brother.

The Brothers Grunt didn't do so well from a critical standpoint, and didn't last long as a result, but it did help launch the career of Ed, Edd n Eddy creator Danny Antonucci, so it wasn't all bad!

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13 Things You Might Not Know About Super Mario Bros 3

Super Mario Bros 3 quickly became a fan favorite when it came out in 1988 because of one main thing- the Tanooki Suit! The addition of a suit that allowed Mario to glide through the air and look like a cute raccoon at the same time made gamers grin with glee, and gave Mario a unique sense of style he never had before.

The Frog and Hammer suits are pretty cool too, but did you know Mario was originally going to have access to a Centaur suit?

Apparently the game designers felt Mario dressed up like a raccoon and a frog was all the horsing around gamers could handle! *kneeslapper*

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Homemade Star Wars Speeder Bike

Adam Woodworth built this little Star Wars Imperial speeder bike, complete with a Storm Trooper, camera, and quadcopter maneuverability!

I got into FPV (First Person Video) multi-rotor racing a few months ago. The fast, low level flying instantly reminded me of the Endor chase scene from Return of the Jedi. This project was an obvious choice to combine my interest and experience in RC (remote control) flight with my love of Star Wars stuff. I like always having some strange project on the work bench and this one was next in line, an attempt to build a version of the Imperial Speeder Bikes from the movie that I could “get into” and fly around myself.

Woodworth used a 1999 Hasbro speeder bike and designed a quadcopter that would lift it without looking too obviously like a helicopter. A Storm Trooper action figure was too heavy, so he made a more lightweight body and used the action figure’s armor and helmet only. The helmet can be quickly replaced by a camera when you want to record from the vehicle itself. Read about the project at Make, and watch this thing in action below.

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Does Doctor Who Pass The Bechdel Test?

The Doctor has been assisted by some mighty fierce female companions over the last five decades, and Doctor Who has helped make strong female characters into a sci-fi staple. But does Doctor Who, with all of his powerful female friends, pass the Bechdel test?

The Mary Sue’s Sarah Barrett decided to find out how the 21st century episodes of the show rate according to the Bechdel test, and not surprisingly it scored a pretty darn high 80%!

Graphic One contains data per series, per writer, per showrunner and per companion, while Graphic Two contains data color-coded data per episode (click links to see full size versions)

The Bechdel test is an extremely simplified way to determine whether a show or movie contains gender bias, but it’s an entertainment type test used on entertainment type stuff, so just go with it!

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Spock Helps Kirk and McCoy Forget the Star Wars Prequels

I saw Episodes I, II, and III when they came out. But I barely have any memory of them. I don't think that I could even describe the general plot. This is as a result of intense therapy over several years. It would gone a lot faster if I had access to Spock's mind meld abilities. Captain Kirk and Dr. McCoy did in the episode "Spectre of the Gun." It saved their sanity and their lives, as demonstrated in this mashup video by Drew Krotz.


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12 Fluffy Facts About Disney's Version Of Winnie The Pooh

He’s a willy, nilly, silly old bear with an extremely diverse group of animal friends who lives in a dark and foreboding forest called the Hundred-Acre Wood. He’s Winnie The Pooh, and ever since A.A. Milne brought his son's stuffed bear to life in a wonderful series of stories every kid who meets him instantly falls in love with him and his sugary sweet tales.

Our old pal Stacy Conradt put together a rather interesting collection of fluffy facts about Disney's version of that honey lovin' little bear, including this tasty tidbit- Winnie the Pooh has his own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame! Not bad for a bear with a head full of fluff!

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Developing the 2015 Macbook

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Armando Ferreira described this video he posted as “an Apple engineer explains how they developed the new 2015 Macbook and the day Tim Cook saw it for the first time.” Since it’s in Spanish, you’ll have to rely on the brilliant subtitles.

If you understand Spanish, you will probably have to watch twice, to keep the subtitles and the actual story straight. If you can neither read English nor understand spoken Spanish, you will still laugh because everyone else does.

This concerns me a bit. I need to figure out which laptop to send my kid to college with. It should have the features she needs without going overboard. In other words, what other students are using. Any suggestions? -via Viral Viral Videos



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10 Awesome Good Guy Robots from Movies

I went to see Chappie yesterday. It was exactly what I expected: Robocop meets Short Circuit with the feel of District 9. I quite enjoyed it. Chappie is such a likable robot, it inspired our friends at Geeks Are Sexy to revisit some of the great robot “good guys” from older films. There are those you know and love, and some you may not have thought about in a while- all with video clips so you can enjoy them again.  



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R.I.P. Terry Pratchett

Sir Terry Pratchett, the author of the Discworld series of fantasy novels, passed away today at the age of 66. He was at home, “with his cat sleeping on his bed surrounded by his family.” Pratchett had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, diagnosed in 2007. His publisher released a statement that said, in part:

In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him. As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world: he did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention.

Terry faced his Alzheimer's disease (an 'embuggerance', as he called it) publicly and bravely. Over the last few years, it was his writing that sustained him. His legacy will endure for decades to come.

My sympathies go out to Terry's wife Lyn, their daughter Rhianna, to his close friend Rob Wilkins, and to all closest to him."

Pratchett’s family broke the news through a series of tweets that framed the news in fantasy fiction style. -via reddit

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A Line Of Bags And Backpacks Straight From Toonsville

Animation lovers (or more likely the animation obsessed) are constantly looking for ways to make their lives feel cartoony without actually abandoning their flesh and bone body for one made of ink and paint.

Generally this means wearing clothing and accessories featuring their favorite cartoon characters, and maybe the occasional pair of Mickey gloves or puffy slippers shaped like Minnie’s shoes.

Now, thanks to this incredible new line of bags made by Jump From Paper, we’re one step closer to a total toonification of our lives.

The SS 15 collection looks like the kind of bookbag our favorite schoolbound cartoon stars would carry, with strong contour lines, simple shapes and bold colors that make these bags seem too toony to be real!

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The Strangest Dragon Breeds In The D&D World

The creative folks behind the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game system have a knack for blending their own original content with that of their mythological influences. They’re able to take creatures from mythology such as elves, dwarves, demons and, of course, dragons and create new breeds/races/types that fit right in with their mythic counterparts.

Dragons are still the most popular and enduring species in the game, and although most campaigns don't involve fighting a dragon the addition of a draconian presence can quickly change a group's tone from "we own this quest!" to "we'l! never survive this encounter!"

Add one of the bizarre breeds that made io9's list of The 16 Strangest Dragons in Dungeons & Dragons to your campaign and watch player characters flee with terror when faced with the mindless horror of the Brainstealer Dragon or the undying stench of the rotten Zombie Dragon!



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Steampunk Star Trek Tricorder

DeviantART members Arsenal Best make high-quality steampunk cosplay outfits and props, such as a Holy Hand Grenade from Monty Python and the Holy Grail and a Bollywood sari.

To equip themselves for their Starfleet uniforms below, they built a detailed model TR-560 VI tricorder, which was one type featured on Star Trek: The Next GenerationTheir Steam Trek tricorder consists of a brass metal shell with wood veneer and brass inlays.

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A Tumblr Dedicated To Kindle Cover Disasters

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The world of digital media is wide open for new creators to share their vision with the world, and many people are choosing to self publish their stories these days instead of dealing with a publisher.

Putting your story out there by yourself is great, but choosing to also create your own cover art, which is still a big factor in whether people will buy your book or not, can negatively affect sales.

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If the cover art is lousy, offensive or too minimal it may turn customers off, but if it’s a total disaster it might end up on a Tumblr called Kindle Cover Disasters!

Like purveyors of fine literary cheese, the folks behind Kindle Cover Disasters are giving these bottom of the barrel works of cover art a home and an audience, so we can all savor the flavor!

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Princess Leia in Classic Star Trek Cosplay

Master cosplayer Malicous Cosplay, who recently redressed Princess Leia as Streetfighter's Chun-Li, once also depicted Princess Leia as a Starfleet officer from classic Star Trek. Ensign Organa dresses in white and wears hair buns, as in Episode IV. She carries a phaser in addition to a blaster.

My favorite part of the cosplay is imagining Chewbacca as a tribble:



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Eight Of The Strangest Animated TV Shows From The 1980s

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Saturday mornings in the 1980s were a magical time for the lucky kids who got to see their favorite toys, video games and live action TV shows get a toon makeover while eating a bowl of cereal featuring some of the same licensed characters.

These ten animated TV shows from the 1980s may be a bit strange compared to their better known Saturday Morning Cartoon siblings, but that's what makes them all so memorable!

1. Rubik the Amazing Cube (1983-84)-

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It's the frustrating color matching cube that became an iconic symbol of the 80s, it's Rubik the Amazing Cube! Give that colorful little cube a pair of blocky legs, a cute little elfy voice, Mickey Rooney's face and a theme song by Menudo and you've got the makings of a mighty odd cartoon show.

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2. Punky Brewster (1985-86)-

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Punky and her dog Brandon discover a magical village at the end of a rainbow where they meet a gopher-leprechaun hybrid named Glomer.

Glomer has the magical ability to send Punky and her friends anywhere on Earth, but he's constantly bungling spells and landing Punky's crew in hot water, which is instantly forgiven because he's so darn cute!

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Sexy Cosplay Versions Of Pokemon

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When you hear the words "sexy" and "Pokemon' used together it’s easy to assume that the costumes in question are of Ash's pal Misty or Jessie from Team Rocket, but those have been done to death. In this case we’re talkin’ about full blown sexy versions of pocket monsters, and boy will they ever make you wanna catch 'em all!

Dorkly put together a list of 35 Attempts At Sexy Pokemon Cosplay…That Totally Succeeded, proving that strange can be good when it comes to sexy cosplay.

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If you’d rather not think of Raichu, Espeon or Dugtrio as sexy then by all means pass this one by, but if you’re intrigued by the idea of sexy Pokemon then take your eyeballs for a walk on the wild side!

See 35 Attempts At Sexy Pokemon Cosplay...That Totally Succeeded here



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What Obi-Wan's Ghost Should Have Done

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It’s hard enough to understand why Obi-Wan Kenobi just gave up the ghost, so to speak, and just let Darth Vader kill him off. Sure, he was able to return and give advice to Luke, but he could have taken better advantage of the situation even after death. The folks from Dorkly show us what might have been -what should have been- in glorious pixelated animation.



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Fifty Shades Of Wayne

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Think of an extremely rich, well-connected, and handsome man who has a hidden other life, with a secret lair full of gadgets. A man who likes to dress up in black rubber and frighten people. A double life that no one in his day-to-day business suspects. Christian Grey or Bruce Wayne? They are one and the same in this mashup by Josh Meeter. If the movie Fifty Shades of Grey were more like this, they would have doubled or tripled the ticket sales. The Dark Knight made $351 million in its first two weeks; Fifty Shades of Grey, $137 million. -via Uproxx



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Prankster In A Tuxedo Uses Fake Oscar Trophy To Get Free Stuff

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Every year around this time the entire entertainment industry, and the entire city of Los Angeles, prepares for the onset of awards season, with the Oscars being the granddaddy of them all.

It's not uncommon to see tuxedo clad winners heading out for a night on the town, celebrating their victory with Oscar in hand. But do you actually need to win an Oscar to celebrate like an Oscar winner?

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Prankster/actor Comedian Mark David Christenson proves that you don't need to win an Oscar to get free stuff from star struck Hollywood in this NewMediaRockstars video.

All you need is a winning attitude and a replica Oscar statue (sold on Hollywood Blvd. in souvenir shops for around $19.95) and people will hook you up with all the free crap (and public adoration) you can handle, including a car!

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The Adventure Time Ripoff You've Been Waiting For

Adventure Time is the kind of cartoon show that makes you want to share its greatness with the world, and animators are taking note of the show’s themes, art style and character's personalities and incorporating similar elements into their own shows.

But there's one show in the works that's less "influenced by" and more straight up ripoff. It’s called The Legend Of Lucky Pie, and it’s created in the place where all great knockoffs originate- China.

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According to the show’s creators it was created to “fight the tacky and trite animated shows usually shown in Chinese media”, and their response to whether it’s an Adventure Time ripoff- “kind of, but not really”. I guess judging whether something's a ripoff or not is a matter of opinion...

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Student Creates Batman Armor Suitable For Doling Out Street Justice

Folks who want to follow in Batman’s footsteps will need to be properly equipped, and since they’re made of flesh and blood instead of graphite and ink they’ll probably want to invest in some body armor.

Batman is a martial arts master, but your average wannabe Batsy most certainly is not, so they’ll probably want a suit of armor created to protect you from a flying fist...or a stabbing knife.

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Industrial Design student Jackson Gordon came up with the concept for a badass Batsuit, and after a successful Kickstarter campaign he was able to build the armor and survive a simulated stabbing.

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Five Nights At Freddy's Fails To Terrify Old Folks

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There’s an indie game series out there scaring gamers out of their pants with creepy animatronic enemies and jumpscare deaths. It’s called Five Nights At Freddy’s, and the jumpscares are genuinely startling provided you’re wearing headphones while you play. But is the game really all that terrifying?

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Not really, but how else are you going to advertise a horror game than by playing up the scares? Seeing our elders play Five Nights At Freddy's in this fun video by The Fine Bros. may make you worry it'll scare them to death, but don’t worry- old folks don’t seem to give a crap about Freddy and his freaky crew.

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A Fan Art Tribute To Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy's passing has been especially hard to handle, because it not only means a talented musician, artist, writer, photographer and actor is gone, but also that he'll never be in one of my favorite shows or movies ever again.

From Star Trek to the strange mysteries found on In Search Of..., voice over work in Transformers: the Movie and more recently starring as William Bell in the mind blowing sci-fi series Fringe, Nimoy was everywhere I wanted to be.

Here's a collection of fan art created as a tribute to the legendary icon Leonard Nimoy, some created before his passing but most after. May his legacy serve as influence and inspiration ad infinitum.

Cool blue digital illustration of Spock phasing into a new stage of existence, created by MyPseudonym7

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A mixed media tribute to Leonard Nimoy created by contemporary artist Jeffrey Vallance

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Leonard Nimoy- Photographer, captured in Oil on Canvas by Mark Tavares

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Caricature of Kirk and Spock created by famed caricaturist Al Hirschfeld back in 1999

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"It's Always Sunny" Cast Take A Look At Tattoos Based On Their Show

The cast of characters who lurk around Paddy’s Pub are some seriously shady human beings, and not so long ago people with tattoos were seen as shady and untrustworthy by "polite" society.

So it only makes sense that fans of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia would want to commemorate their favorite shady characters Charlie, Mac, Dennis, Dee and Frank with colorful tattoos!

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The gang from Sunny recently paid Conan O'Brien's show a visit, where they took a look at some interesting fan tattoos inspired by the show before showing off their own regrettable ink stains tattoos. Tattoos based on TV shows never go out of style...until about five to ten years after the show is canceled!

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Going Back to the ‘90s

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Be careful what you wish for, because with great power comes great responsibility. These familiar adages go double for this video from College Humor. You may feel nostalgic for the ‘90s if it was your childhood (otherwise, I just don’t see it), but going back is not the funfest it might seem. Now, if time travel were possible, this scenario puts an entirely different spin on events that we still don’t understand. What if the most senseless events from history were an attempt to stop something even worse? This video contains NSFW language. -via Viral Viral Videos



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Richard Pryor's Short Lived Saturday Morning TV Show

Richard Pryor seems like an unlikely candidate to head a kid’s TV show, but back in the mid-80s Pryor actually made a brief appearance on CBS’s epic Saturday Morning lineup.

Pryor's Place was created by Sid and Marty Krofft and ran for thirteen episodes back in 1984, at a time when Pryor was busy becoming more kid friendly with lead roles in Superman III and The Toy.

Pryor’s Place featured puppets, singing, dancing and comedy sketches, with appearances by classic Pryor characters like the wise wino Mudbone, toned down for younger viewers.

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It's not as entertaining as The Richard Pryor Show, but fans of classic children's TV and all things 80s will definitely get a kick out of this vintage oddity.

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