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At 17th December of 1989, the first episode of "The Simpsons" aired on FOX. "The Simpsons" is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the FOX Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the Simpson family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and parodies American culture, society, television, and many aspects of the human condition. Since its debut on December 17, 1989, 627 episodes of "The Simpsons" have been broadcast.

After being introduced in animated shorts on 'The Tracey Ullman Show' in 1987, the Simpson family started out in their own show late in 1989, with a Christmas special. The first season continued in 1990, and during the show's early days, it was controversial.

At that point in time, it seems that society wasn't used to cartoon shows not being 100% kid-friendly. However, 'The Simpsons' also turned out to be one groundbreaking series of the decade, and the controversy eventually died down (less kid-friendly cartoon shows have come since)!

'The Simpsons' are a dysfunctional American family who live in the city of Springfield. The parents are Homer (an overweight, lazy, aggressive simpleton who works at the local nuclear power plant) and Marge (usually a stay-at-home mother who tries her best to keep the rest of the family in line).

The kids are Bart (a ten-year-old boy who very often gets in trouble, and doesn't usually do so well at school), Lisa (a very intelligent, gifted eight-year-old girl who plays the saxophone and usually does very well at school, but often has trouble with her social life), and Maggie (the youngest in the family, only a baby).

The family owns two pets, a dog named Santa's Little Helper and a cat named Snowball. Various kinds of trouble for this family often arise, including Marge and Homer having trouble with their relationship, Bart or Lisa experiencing a problem at school, and so many other things! Wherever the Simpsons go, trouble seems to await!

Aside from all the funny characters, 'The Simpsons' has several other notable features, including lots of brilliant humour, excellent writing, social commentary, a lot of voice talent (most of the cast members provide the voices of several characters), impressive animation (even if the main characters are simply drawn), etc.! The Halloween episodes are a highlight as well, each featuring three short stories, which are generally less realistic than the plots for most regular episodes.

Meanwhile, Disney have bought FOX, meaning that they now own 'The Simpsons'. 'The Simpsons', of course, predicted such a merger some years ago, much like the animation anticipated the election of Donald Trump, but that didn't stop them from making the House of Mouse the butt of the joke over the course of several seasons.

The deal, which contains FX and FOX's stake in Hulu, was finalized with a price tag of $52.4 billion. Disney is again bolstering its media output following their previous acquisition of both Marvel and Lucasfilm.

Since the characters in 'The Simpsons' don't age, the show itself is now older than Bart Simpson. And from the look of things, it's going to get a lot older before it's through.

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At 16th December of 1982, the TV special "Christmas Comes to Pac-Land" premiered on ABC. "Christmas Comes to Pac-Land" is a spin-off of the Saturday morning animated series Pac-Man based on the video game, produced by Hanna-Barbera.

In the early 80's, two factors came about: the initial video game boom and Reagan-administration-led deregulation of children’s television advertising. This led to a rash of half-hour toy-based TV shows. These included numerous Saturday morning cartoons based on the earliest video games.

The very first one (and first result of Reagan’s TV deregulation) was the “Pac-Man” cartoon. Airing on ABC, it ran for two seasons, and was produced by Hanna-Barbera. Pac-Man was voiced by Marty Ingels. Ingels has voiced a few other characters for Hanna-Barbera, dating back to Auto Cat in the “Motor Mouse and Auto Cat” segments of 1969’s “Cattanooga Cats” series.

The series involved Pac-Man and his family (Ms. “Pepper” Pac-Man and their baby, Pac-Baby) living the suburban life in “Pac-Land.” Pac-Man is charged with defending Pac-Land and its “Power Pellet Forest” (the source of Pac-Land’s food/energy) against the Ghost Monsters (or “Ghosts,” if you prefer their video game nomenclature): Inky, the ditzy member; Pinky, their “strong man”; Blinky, the cowardly member; Clyde, the surly leader and Sue, the only woman ghost.

The Ghost Monsters work for the sole human in the series, Mezmeron (a Darth Vader-esque figure), who’s trying to conquer Pac-Land. Like in the video game, the Ghosts can “chomp” Pac-Man (draining his energy). In turn, Pac-Man can “chomp” the Ghosts after eating a power pellet (turning them into floating eyes).

“Christmas Comes to Pac-Land”‘s plot revolves around Santa’s sleigh crash-landing in Pac-Land, thanks to the interference mid-air with the eyes of the chomped Ghost Monsters. Pac-Man and some others meet St. Nick, though the Pac-Land residents have never heard of Christmas or Santa before.

Still, they decide to help Santa get his sleigh back in the air, as well as round up his toys from the crash before the Ghost Monsters can interfere. Of course, Santa and Christmas are saved. St. Nick even leaves everyone (including the Ghost Monsters) presents.

The special reflects the cartoon’s general tone. Pac-Man gets help from two friends, Morris (a minor supporting character in the series) and Officer O’Pac, a cop who speaks with a stereotypical Irish accent. There’s also lots of chase scenes between Pac-Man and the Ghost Monsters.

Oddly, the Ghost Monsters, despite not having heard of Christmas either, are still shown singing chomping-on-Pac-Man-themed Christmas songs in a few scenes. Though that’s another series running gag: the Ghost Monsters singing about chomping Pac-Man to the tune of a familiar old song.

“Christmas Comes to Pac-Land” won't be a fondly-remembered special like Charlie Brown or Garfield's Xmas cartoons, but still worth watching.

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At 14th December of 1987, the original cartoon series of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" broadcasts its first episode, "Turtle Tracks" in first run syndication. The show helped launch the characters into mainstream popularity and became one of the most popular animated series in television history. Breakfast cereal, plush toys, and all manner of products featuring the characters appeared on the market during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Action figures were top-sellers around the world. In 1990, the cartoon series was being shown daily on more than 125 television stations.

After a very popular comic series, the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" exploded into a kids TV toy craze with their hit cartoon, which was one of the most popular and well-known cartoons of the late 80's and early 90's. Turtles toys were flying off the shelves at Christmas time at this period. The cartoon was so popular it helped the turtles reach the silver screen in 1990, in a live action medium that did really well at the cinema box office.

This show became one of the most popular and original animated shows of all time ever since it's debut in 1987, it actually all began as an independent comic book in 1984 that became an instant cult favorite.

The story deals with four human-like anthropomorphic mutated turtles (Leonardo, Raphael, Michaelangelo & Donatello) who were once ordinary turtles turned to what they are thanks to chemicals especially their once human master named Splinter who are trained in the art of ninjitsu as they befriend a beautiful news reporter named April O'Neil to fight crime and battle the forces of the evil Shredder especially munch down pizza.

The Krang, Shredder, Bebop & Rocksteady villains were successful creations, and it shows, because they appeared in most of the 193 episodes, until they were surprisingly dropped as main villains by the '95 season, and didn't appear at all in the '95 season, but appeared in a few episodes in the '96 Season.

A season was made every year, between 1987-1996. The number of episodes in each season varied drastically. From 5 episodes in one year, to 39 episodes in another. So, there was real hard work for the makers to get episodes finished in time, plus there was many different writers who undertook the writing for 1 whole episode.

As before mentioned, the Shredder, Krang, Bebop & Rocksteady villains were dropped by Season 95. At this time, the turtles were given a makeover to perhaps renew interest in the franchise, along with a new regular villain, an alien called " Lord Dregg". The episodes were darker than what we were used to, and are also called the "Red Sky" episodes (94-96 Seasons).

After the cartoon ended in 1996, the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" cartoon, on-going for 9 years, was at least, one of the world's longest running cartoons ever...until "The Simpsons" beat it.

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At 13th December of 1996, the final episode of "Earthworm Jim" aired on the WB Television Network. "Earthworm Jim" is an American animated television series based on the video game with the same name which has appeared on Kids' WB for two seasons from September 9, 1995 to December 13, 1996. The series follows the adventures of an earthworm named Jim who is turned into a superhero by a robotic super suit.

Teenaged turtles trained to be ninjas. Battling toads. Hedgehogs blessed with super speed. It came as no surprise to anyone playing games in the '90s when, joining the ranks of all the mutated, overpowered hero animals to come before him there arrived an earthworm in a spacesuit. With a gun. Named Jim.

Earthworm Jim was one company's creative answer to the question first posed by Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and the rest, what would it be like for a commonplace creature to be given uncommon abilities, and then tasked to save the world ?

The company was the new-on-the-scene Shiny Entertainment, and Jim's debut on the SNES and Genesis systems in 1994 could have easily been dismissed by players who'd seen things like TMNT too many times before, dooming the start-up studio straight away.

But the bizarre, ridiculous tone fueling the game, the comical approach to the style of its worlds and the character himself, and the vision of such designers as David Perry and Doug TenNapel ensured that Shiny, and its heroic earthworm, would get noticed.

There were many american cartoon shows based on videogames: Pacman, Super Mario brothers , Double Dragon and The legend of Zelda to name a few. But out of all them Earthworm Jim was the most effective. Not only did it translate the games wackiness to cartoon form well , but it was hilarious and massively entertaning in its own right.

As in the video game, our main character is Earthworm Jim, an annelid with a power suit. His best friend is Peter Puppy, a scared doggy, but when Peter gets mad...Let's say you do NOT wanna be in the vicinity. His love interest is the "beautiful" (whether she really is or not depends on whether you're a pro or anti) Princess Whats-Her-Name.

The villians are the Evil the Cat, Psy-Crow, Bob the Killer Goldfish, Queen Slug-for-a-Butt and Professor Monkey-for-a-head. Our hero must do battle with these creatures, and while he does, he's a master of hilarious quotes. Put simply, "Earthworm Jim" was one of the funniest and most entertaining television programs on the air during the time of its run, and remains one of the most creatively humorous cartoons of all time.

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At 12th December of 1992, the final episode of "Darkwing Duck" aired on ABC. "Darkwing Duck" is an American animated action-adventure comedy television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation that first ran from 1991 to 1992 on both the syndicated programming block The Disney Afternoon and Saturday mornings on ABC. It featured the eponymous anthropomorphic duck superhero whose alter ego is suburban father Drake Mallard.

Back in the early 90's there was no place better then the Disney Afternoon for a kid to get his daily dose of cartoon goodness. With shows like "Ducktales", "Rescue Rangers", and "Talespin" the animation block dominated the airwaves. Following the success that all three of those shows had, "Darkwing Duck" aimed to steal a slice of that pie.

Darkwing Duck found its home inside the universe of Ducktales. If you think of the show like a spin-off then you're on the right track. It didn't feature Scrooge McDuck, the nephews, or Duckburg, but somehow Gizmoduck and Launchpad McQuack made their way into the fold. Because it was a fresh take on a familiar concept (talking ducks, beagles, etc) the change in attitude felt a little disjointed.

Like many spin-offs Darkwing Duck never met the same level of popularity that its inspiration had. Maybe it had something to do with the different atmosphere or the fact that it catered towards a more adolescent male audience thanks to the overabundance of action. Unlike the widespread success enjoyed by the other Disney Afternoon shows, this one garnered more of a cult following. Whatever the case, the series stuck around for three seasons and 91 episodes.

Taking place in the metropolis of St. Canard (just next to Duckburg), Darkwing Duck follows the adventures of, well, Darkwing Duck. He's a crime fighting mallard who takes inspiration from Batman in more ways than one.

From utility gadgets, to masked costumes, to a riffraff cast of villains, Darkwing sleeps in the day and fights crime at night. Yes, it's nothing new, and to be honest the concept wasn't very fresh back in 1991 when the show premiered. As part of the Disney Afternoon though, this one had some key elements that the other shows were missing.

Just like Batman (depending on which version you are watching), Darkwing Duck doesn't fight crime entirely alone. Sure he has a secret hideout at the top of the bridge leading into St. Canard and yes he has an alter-ego named Drake Mallard, but that's not nearly enough some days. Joining him in his quest for ridding the streets of scum and villainy are his adopted daughter Gosalyn and everyone's favorite Launchpad McQuack.

The series are really well animated. They still hold the charm of that Disney animation that somehow vanished in late 90's. Although they still have a significant number of cultural references from early 90's, in most part humor is contemporary. If you have a chance to catch a repeat of this show, do yourself a favor and enjoy an entertaining cartoon.

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At 10th December of 1994, the final episode of "Garfield and Friends" aired on CBS. The show was produced by Film Roman, in association with United Feature Syndicate and Paws, Inc., and ran on CBS Saturday mornings from September 17, 1988 to December 10, 1994. Seven seasons of the series were produced.

After the "Garfield" comic strip had been appearing in newspapers for ten years and several TV specials based on the strip had been made, Jim Davis' popular cartoon character finally got his own TV series, a Saturday morning cartoon. Unlike some of those cartoons, this one ran for many years.

There are a number of "Quickies" in this show that are short jokes, most of which are animated versions of actual comic strips, and at the show's midpoint, there is a cartoon originally called "Orson's Farm" and later called "U. S. Acres," featuring a number of unique and amusing characters.

Orson; the pig voice of reason and the cultured one, Wade the eternal scaredy-cat duck, Roy the trick-playing rooster, Sheldon, the walking egg whose legs are the only part of him that are hatched, but who somehow has all manner of appliances in his shell, and so on and so forth.

These characters each have their own unique behavior patterns, but are funniest when some running-gag is introduced to their lives or when making fun of public service announcements. However, virtually every time Orson and Friends come on, they wind up in a musical number, many of which are really quite trite.

The real star of the show is Garfield himself, and he, Odie and Jon (and occasionally a guest-character or several) occupy two thirds of the show's longer segments. Garfield and his supporting cast are quick with a joke and good at coming up with funny coincidences and/or well thought out cartoon gags a few times every minute, which may not seem like much where sheer volume is concerned, but when Garfield does it, it feels classy.

Many of Garfield's supporting characters get by largely on the strength of either a light-hearted parody (Cactus Jake,) a modified running-gag (Binky) or else an innocence that leads to them being funny in Garfield context or developing a funny joke without realizing it (Nermal.)

However, the most funny thing about "Garfield and Friends" is easily its tongue-in-cheek parodies of just about everything that occurred during the late 80's and early 90's. Garfield was the master of the tongue-in-cheek parody.

"Garfield and Friends" was ahead of its time, being one of the best (and one of the most underrated, too) animated series ever made. If you are looking for a good adaptation of the "Garfield" comic strip, then you should watch this cartoon, which not only captured the essence of the original comic strip, even improving it adding lots of satirical elements, the same that were present in many cartoons that came later, such as "The Simpsons" or "Family Guy".

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At 7th December of 1991, the final episode of “Super Mario World” aired on NBC. The “Super Mario World” cartoon is an animated series that was roughly based on the characters from the Nintendo Game Series. It was the final cartoon based on the series to be aired on regular television on the normal Saturday block. Thirteen episodes were created and aired. It was considered to be the successor of “The “Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3”, which was more closely related to the games than the Super Mario World cartoon, featuring several of the in-game power-ups and transformations.

The series is based on the adventures of Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi, who have all settled in to live in the Dinosaur Land, though it is sometimes referred to as Dinosaur World. The interpretation of Yoshi is that he is more innocent and childlike, having many unusual fears and a monstrous appetite for anything edible.

It is not long before it becomes apparent that King Koopa, also known as Bowser, and his minions, the Koopalings, have followed the gang to Dinosaur Land. Sharing the Dinosaur Land with the main cast members are many cave people, one of whom is named Oogtar. He is young and pre-adolescent, taking the place of Toad for the series.

There are many occasions where Mario attempts to help the cave people live a better life by introducing them to contemporary inventions, only to find that the Koopas have managed to turn it into a nefarious attempt to harm the instead. One of the plot points that was not completed explained was the location of the Dinosaur Land, which had two conflicting origins brought up throughout the story.

One came from King Koopa, who makes a reference to the fact that television has not yet been invented which seems to imply that they are living in the past. Another came from an off-hand comment made by Luigi, who mentions that the group simply came to the island without any mention of their means of travel.

In 1991, when the show was first aired, it was presented on Saturday mornings on the NBC channel; the final year that they had a morning cartoon airing. Typically, the show was lumped into a half-hour time slot with “Captain N”, which was shortened to fit the schedule.

This was the final Mario Bros. Cartoon series and there are not any plans for a new one in the near future, although groups of Mario fans have been over the years trying to negotiate for one via petitions and other means.

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At 7th December of 1985, the final episode of "The Wuzzles" aired on CBS. "The Wuzzles" is an animated television series created for Saturday and Sunday morning television. An idea of Michael Eisner for his new Disney television animation studio, the premise is that the main characters are hybrids of two different animals. The original thirteen episodes ran on CBS for their first run.

One Saturday morning in 1985, Disney CEO Michael Eisner took on the world of TV animation with two new series: The Gummi Bears and The Wuzzles. The Gummi Bears lasted six seasons and inspired ten years of similar Disney syndicated cartoons.

The Wuzzles, well...ended after 13 episodes. Michael Eisner came up with the idea for the show and used the Disney television animation studio to bring them to life. But even with one of the animation superpowers behind them, The Wuzzles never achieved much success.

The Wuzzles had all the ingredients for success including the Disney brand and a familiar voice singing the theme song. It was performed by Stephen Geyer who is known for the Harcastle & McCormick theme "Drive" and the #1 hit "Believe It Or Not" from Greatest American Hero.

The main premise of the show revolved around characters who were a made up of two totally different animal species. The Wuzzles features a variety of short, rounded animal characters (each called a Wuzzle, which means to mix up).

But what set these folks apart from your average Smurf or Monchichi was that each Wuzzle was a mutation of two different animal species. The hybrid menagerie included such synergistic cuties as Bumblelion (Bumblebee + Lion), Eleroo (Elephant + Kangaroo), Butterbear (Butterfly + Bear), and several more.

The whole herd lived on the Isle of Wuz and were constantly threatened by invaders, usually humans seeking to capture the small curiosities of nature. There was plans for more episodes, but the series didn't make it to the second season.

Just before the series, there was a huge toy line of the Wuzzles released by Disney and Hasbro Bradley. Stuff from plush Wuzzles, posable figures, miniatures, radios, bed sheets, books, clothing, and possibly other stuff. Disney has never officially released the show onto DVD, however all 13 episodes are available on YouTube.

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At 6th December of 1997, the final episode of "The Magic School Bus" aired on PBS. "The Magic School Bus" is a Canadian/American Saturday morning animated children's television series, based on the book series of the same name by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. It is notable for its use of celebrity talent and combining entertainment with an educational series. A new series titled "The Magic School Bus Rides Again" premiered on Netflix on September 29, 2017.

If you’re a 90's child, then you probably grew up watching the wonderful PBS animated series “The Magic School Bus.” Airing between 1994-1997, the show, which focused on lessons about science and technology, won Lily Tomlin (who voiced teacher Ms. Frizzle) a Daytime Emmy and was based on the book series by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degan.

The show follows a crazy/smart science teacher who has a magic school bus that can take her class on endless adventures through volcanoes, water, space, people's intestines, and other places. This gives the show a large variety of episode locations. This means the show can never be held back by the location because the School Bus is "magic".

While the class isn't the most interesting, they aren't boring either. Ms. Frizzle always seems to know what is going on and is never "troubled" because she always has a plan. Arnold is always the nervous kid, Dorothy Ann is the bookworm, Ralphie is the muscle, and various other pretty basic character traits. However, it works surprisingly well compared to most kids' shows. This might be due to good voice acting or simply better timing on the dialogue, but all of the characters works pretty well.

The interesting thing about this show is that at the end of every episode there is a small skit where the "producer" is at home receiving phone calls about the episode just witnessed. This is actually really clever because it allows the show to...break the fourth wall while still being in its own show...literally the producer of the show has Liz (the class pet) with him so it is strange if the characters are conscious that they are in a show or not. Either way, these skits help explain "faults" in the episodes and help stop parent complaints.

In one such episode, the character needs to fix the bus and they shrink down and examine the bus' engine from the inside. In real life, they would've been dead. So the ending skit with the producer has him receive a call from someone complaining about how "Unrealistic that was".

So the producer comments back about why they allowed an unrealistic element in and how kids should watch out when handling gasoline or car parts. This cleverly allows the show to go into even more dangerous territory. A lower quality show would've avoided car parts in fear of parents complaining. However, "The Magic School Bus" doesn't avoid dangerous subjects, because it openly explains itself as to why it can do that.

"The Magic School Bus" is an educational kids' show that has held up fairly well over the course of time. It can be clever, risky, and humorous when it needs to be. Is it as educational as watching a documentary on the same subjects ? Probably not. But it dumbs down the facts without diluting them too much, which is just enough for kids to learn. A very good show.

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At 5th December of 1992, the final episode of "Fievel's American Tails" aired on CBS. "Fievel's American Tails" is an American/Canadian animated television series, produced by Amblimation, Nelvana, and Universal Cartoon Studios. It aired for one season in 1992, and continued Fievel's adventures from the film "An American Tail: Fievel Goes West" (1991).

In 1986, Steven Spielberg, Don Bluth, and David Kirschner brought the animated kids movie classic 'An American Tail' to cinema screens. It introduced the Mousekewitz family and their cute, curious, and adventurous son Fievel, who would go on to become an international icon along with his signature, over-sized, floppy hat. In 1991, "An American Tail: Fievel Goes West" continues Fievel's story, following him and his family as they migrate to the Western prairie of the United States.

Amongst various cultural and social themes from the 19th century, the root of An American Tail isn’t just the realistic immigration tale of the Russian-Jewish Mousekewitz family, it’s also about Fievel’s love of his family and his courage and determination to continue past dire hardships. And even with its “depressingly” uncharacteristic setting, many children from the ’80s and '90s still fondly recall this film’s atypical ambitions and effectively feel all the feels.

For starters, the Mousekewitz family are an unique unit, they don’t take a back seat in this tiny hero’s life. Pre-Disney Renaissance movies that dominated the box office commonly wrapped their plots around a generic orphan hero or heroine and their generic evil family members.

But from the start of 'An American Tail', Tanya, Papa, and Mama (and an unnamed baby mouse) are lovingly front and center in Fievel’s life. His single gift from his parents is a hat that has been passed down from generation to generation of Mousekewitzs. It becomes a simple but clever little symbol of Fievel’s maturity, literally and figuratively too big at the start of the film but undeniably part of him by the end.

In 1992, "Fievel's American Tails" continued the story of Fievel and his family living in the old west. All may seem good for the Mousekewitzs, but Cat R. Wual and his gang of cats, including his spider sidekick Chula, are ploting schemes to capture the mice in the town.

It is up to Fievel and his cat friend Tiger to protect the mice from Cat R. Wual. The series aired Saturday mornings on CBS which has feature captions for the Hearing Impaired. Although it only lasted for one season, fans haven't lost interest in Fievel. Two more feature films were made years later. "An American Tail: Treasure of Manhattan" and An "American Tail: Mystery of the Midnight Monster".

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