Category90’s

Scars of the 90’s: Happy Meal Toys

For many of us who grew up in the 80’s there was nothing more exciting than a trip to McDonald’s. Even then we knew it wasn’t because of the food- we knew it was crap and that more than likely our parents took us there just so we would play contentedly in the PlayPlace for about 25 minutes or so. If you were fortunate enough to live near one with a ball pit, you had hit the...

Scars of the 90’s: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Those lovable teenage turtles who also happened to be ninjas and eat nothing but pizza (conveniently enough for Pizza Hut) became a defining icon for children in the late 80’s through the late 90’s. The original animated series itself ran for nine years, and all of us followed it religiously. After all, ninjas are cool, talking turtles are cool, and pizza is cool. We probably even...

Scars of the 90’s: It’s Educational!

In the 90’s one could justify just about anything in entertainment by claiming that it was educational. It really didn’t matter if the educational aspect was so ancillary to the show as to be negligible- if it could even remotely purport to teach us something we plopped down (or were plopped down) in front of the TV to done get us a eja-meh-cay-shun. Fortunately, there was absolutely...

Scars of the 90’s: Pinky and the Brain

For most of us growing up in the 80’s and early 90’s cartoons had a fairly straightforward plot involving good and evil- the evil people were the ones trying to take over the world, while the good guys were trying to prevent that. In most cases the evildoers had no rationale involved in their efforts at world domination beyond a bare power grab, making the moral issue surrounding...

Scars of the 90’s: Dinosaurs

Unless you lived through the 90’s as a pre-teen to early teenager, this sitcom is nearly inexplicable. In fact, probably all of the 90’s could be summarized by one phrase: We Loved Puppets. I don’t know why, but if something had a puppet in it, we ate it up. Alf. The Muppets. Fraggle Rock. Dinosaurs. Barney. LambChop. We simply could not get enough. (There was even a cartoon...

Scars of the 90’s: Captain Planet

During our time in school we were continually educated on ways of being environmentally conscious. We were told to Give a Hoot by not polluting and to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Some of us would even have flushed the toilet a lot less if our parents hadn’t selfishly objected to standing pools of urine and feces in our houses. Our favorite cartoon characters even got in on our education. I...

Scars of the 90’s: Sniffable Markers

For anyone who was born from 1980-1985, a single decade set in motion a chain of events that would mold our formative years like the balls of silly putty we spent hours rolling and pressing onto newspapers. Ten years that would leave wounds and scars that time could never heal. Someday we will have to tell our kids exactly what went wrong, explaining to them how we could have possibly made the...

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