Top 30 Cartoons

by rpindar | created - 01 Jun 2013 | updated - 01 Jun 2013 | Public

My top 30 cartoons of all time~

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1. The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010–2012)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Family

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After 74 villains break out of prison, Marvel's most powerful superheroes team up to capture all of them, and also to defend the Earth from widespread threats.

Stars: Eric Loomis, Colleen O'Shaughnessey, Brian Bloom, Rick D. Wasserman

Votes: 10,859

I don't even know where to begin. This is by far one of the best series I have ever watched. It takes the audience seriously with fantastic characters and entreating story lines.

2. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar, and bring peace to the world.

Stars: Dee Bradley Baker, Zach Tyler, Mae Whitman, Jack De Sena

Votes: 158,805

All I can say here is that you can't watch this show and not LOVE it. I went through a phase when I was absolutely obsessed with this series. It is completely unique, with a complex running storyline and character developments. It can be quite dark in places, so is maybe not recommended to children under 10.

3. The Penguins of Madagascar (2008–2015)

TV-Y7 | 11 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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The daily adventures of penguins living in New York's Central Park Zoo.

Stars: John DiMaggio, Tom McGrath, Jeff Bennett, James Patrick Stuart

Votes: 13,205

This series has been critisised by some but I personally found no fault with it. The Penguins are all sparky characters with distinct personalities and interests working together in a team as secret agents undercover in a zoo. It is a guarantee that you'll love one of the characters and be hooked from that moment on.

4. Invader ZIM (2001–2004)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

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An alien from the planet Irk is sent to Earth, not realising that his leaders were fooling him and didn't think a planet was there. He manages to fit in with school children but one boy sees through his disguise.

Stars: Andy Berman, Richard Steven Horvitz, Rikki Simons, Melissa Fahn

Votes: 16,770

Why was this show canceled!? Here's to hoping they do a reboot.

Invader Zim was a brilliant set of cartoons, the charisma of the characters was enough to keep you entertained for hours. The constant rivalry between Zim and Dib over the freedom of the earth is very much like Tom & Jerry - you don't want Zim to win because it means destroying the earth, but at the same time you feel sorry for him~

5. Phineas and Ferb (2007–2015)

TV-G | 15 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

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Phineas and Ferb invent, scheme, and stay one step ahead of their bratty sister. Meanwhile, their pet platypus plots against evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

Stars: Vincent Martella, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ashley Tisdale, Dan Povenmire

Votes: 24,149

Who can honestly tell me that they've seen Phineas and Ferb and not liked it. This series goes on and on with great new inventions and things to stretch the imagination, while with a forever running storyline of relationships between the characters, and whatever Secret Agent Perry the Platypus is getting up to with his nemesis Dr Doofenshmirtz.

6. Kim Possible (2002–2007)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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Kim challenges many villains, while dealing with interesting social issues.

Stars: Christy Carlson Romano, Will Friedle, Nancy Cartwright, Tahj Mowry

Votes: 17,623

I watched every single episode of this program and the movies. The character development is wonderful and the running storyline is gripping. Even as a kid I loved cartoons that didn't treat children like idiots and this was a perfect example of a really good cartoon that appreciated the intelligence of their audience.

7. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010–2013)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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Scooby-Doo and the gang attempt to solve creepy mysteries in the town of Crystal Cove, a place with a history of eerie supernatural events.

Stars: Frank Welker, Mindy Cohn, Grey DeLisle, Matthew Lillard

Votes: 5,367

I've never enjoyed a Scooby Doo series more, and although I thought the ending may have ruined my enjoyment somewhat, the rest of it was interesting and very different to the other scooby Doo series, with a proper running theme and storyline through all of the episodes.

8. The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2002–2006)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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A young boy, who happens to be a genius, lives in a small town with his family and friends and often gets into crazy adventures with them involving the things he invents.

Stars: Debi Derryberry, Jeffrey Garcia, Rob Paulsen, Mark DeCarlo

Votes: 11,532

Okay it was that 3D animation thing that for most cartoons was a really bad idea, but it worked for Jimmy Neutron. If the chemistry and banter between Jimmy and Cindy wasn't enough there was always some invention or problem that brought about a climatic and exciting episode.

9. Dexter's Laboratory (1996–2003)

TV-G | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

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The misadventures of a boy genius and his annoying sister.

Stars: Kath Soucie, Jeff Bennett, Christine Cavanaugh, Frank Welker

Votes: 34,672

The best kind of shows are always the ones you love as a kid. As a five year old growing up in England with only five channels, Dexter's Lab was one of the cartoon Network shows that finally made it to Citv in 2000. I found it funny and liked the characters and the strange situations they often found themselves in.

10. Sonic X (2003–2006)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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A slight malfunction causes Chaos Control, and sends Sonic the Hedgehog to Earth. While there, Sonic meets Chris Thorndyke, who aids at collecting the Chaos Emeralds, so Sonic and friends can go home.

Stars: Suzanne Goldish, Amy Palant, Sanae Kobayashi, Jun'ichi Kanemaru

Votes: 2,527

Another packed storyline~ It has all the characters you know and love from the games caught up in the human world and looking for chaos Emeralds to try and get home. You'll love some characters find others annoying, but you can't deny the story itself is great.

11. Lilo & Stitch (2002)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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73 Metascore

A Hawaiian girl adopts an unusual pet who is actually a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive.

Directors: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers

Votes: 133,265 | Gross: $145.79M

I've got so many accounts with the word Sparky in, it was even the name of two of my hamsters, so obviously Lilo and Stitch left a huge impression on me. I loved both the films and the TV series, always curious to see what the next experiment would be like.

12. Cardcaptor Sakura (1998–2000)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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Sakura stumbled upon the book of Clow Cards in a library. Accidentally setting the magical cards loose, it's now up to Sakura to catch them all with her best friend Tomoyo, and Kerberos, the guardian of the cards.

Stars: Sakura Tange, Andrea Kwan, Junko Iwao, Aya Hisakawa

Votes: 3,091

The Japanese version, not the American version. The American version was so heavily edited it took away the best parts of the story. This magical girl anime was cute and full of interesting ideas as well as subtle, child appropriate romances. Still watching through it at the moment, but for those who don't mind reading subtitles I highly recommend it.

13. The Powerpuff Girls (1998–2005)

TV-Y7-FV | 30 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

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Three super-powered little girls constantly save the world (or at least the city of Townsville) from monsters, would-be conquerers and a few other gross things.

Stars: Cathy Cavadini, Elizabeth Daily, Tara Strong, Tom Kenny

Votes: 29,068

Until I got the movie on video when I was seven, I only got to watch The Powerpuff Girls round my Grandpa's house at christmas (because he had Sky). The characters were cute and the stories interesting. It's something that can be enjoyed even as an adult as well because of the adjusted levels of humor subtly available for all ages.

14. Justice League (2001–2004)

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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Seven of the most formidable heroes form arguably the most powerful team ever.

Stars: Carl Lumbly, Phil LaMarr, Michael Rosenbaum, George Newbern

Votes: 31,944

I really enjoyed this Super Hero TV series as well, though I sometimes thought some of the pairing were unnecessary, but the stories and characters are good and I got through this series fairly quickly.

15. Digimon: Digital Monsters (1999–2003)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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A group of young teens is unexpectedly sent to the mysterious Digital World and paired up with their own powerful, morphing monster called the Digimon. Together the entire group set out on an adventure to fight evil and save the world.

Stars: Steve Blum, Mona Marshall, Tifanie Christun, Derek Stephen Prince

Votes: 17,281

I'm one of those unusual kids that preferred the Digimon cartoons to the Pokémon ones. I think there was a little more maturity in Digimon I respected, rather than them just trying to stick moral messages down your throat. I liked the characters and the progression from each series to the next and the links that connected them. Although I still think it's a shame they didn't officially canonise TK and Kari's pairing.

16. Pokémon (1997–2002)

24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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Follows the adventure of Satoshi with his Pokemon, Pikachu and his friends to become the Pokemon master.

Stars: Unshô Ishizuka, Rica Matsumoto, Ikue Ôtani, Megumi Hayashibara

Votes: 7,414

The only reason this isn't higher is because I'm not as fond of the newer series. But I can remember during the first series running home from school so that I didn't miss an episode. I love the games, the manga, and while I don't like the anime as much, it still counts as one of my favorite cartoons.

17. Recess (1997–2001)

TV-Y | 23 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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Comic tales of a group of good friends, 4 boys and 2 girls, during breaks in primary school, as they grow up, relate to each other, and have brushes with authority.

Stars: Andrew Lawrence, Ashley Johnson, Jason Davis, Rickey D'Shon Collins

Votes: 17,736

Ah the hours I spent watching this as a child. There were so many characters to like and dislike while trying to puzzle them out that you never got bored.

18. The Fairly OddParents (2001– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

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After being tortured and humiliated by his babysitter, a ten year old boy is put under the care of two fairy godparents, who can grant him almost any wish, which leads to dire consequences.

Stars: Tara Strong, Susanne Blakeslee, Daran Norris, Carlos Alazraqui

Votes: 25,150

Really enjoyed this show, Timmy could get a little irritating after some time but Cosmo was so hilarious that you could manage to put up with it.

19. The Looney Tunes Show (2011–2013)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

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An updated iteration of the classic Looney Tunes characters focusing on their satirical misadventures living in suburbia.

Stars: Jeff Bergman, Bob Bergen, Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig

Votes: 6,035

I like the new twist on the Looney Tunes, showing the characters in a more domestic environment, plus the Melodies at the end are always upbeat and funny.

20. The Legend of Korra (2012–2014)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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Avatar Korra fights to keep Republic City safe from the evil forces of both the physical and spiritual worlds.

Stars: Janet Varney, P.J. Byrne, David Faustino, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 75,620

While I still love this series, from what I've seen so far it isn't quite as good as Avatar: The Legend of Aang. The characters are interesting and in a slightly higher age group, but it misses the innocence I quite liked about the other series. Again this is quite dark and is not recommended to children under 10.

21. Young Justice (2010– )

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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Teenage superheroes strive to prove themselves as members of the Justice League.

Stars: Danica McKellar, Jesse McCartney, Nolan North, Khary Payton

Votes: 21,906

The first series was great, not so fond of the second when they did a time lapse and changed most of my favorite characters. It was however interesting to see Robin and some of the other known Superhero psychics in their own team.

22. Sonic Underground (1999–2000)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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Sonic and his royal siblings seek to find their mother and defeat the tyrant, Robotnik.

Stars: Maurice LaMarche, Garry Chalk, Gail Webster, Peter Wilds

Votes: 1,968

This was honestly the only thing to watch one year when the family went to France. Me and my brother just got really into this series, even though I don't think the characters are quite as up to scratch as they were in Sonic X. But the dark storyline was intriguing and I wanted to know what happened at the end.

23. Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes (2006–2007)

30 min | Animation, Action, Family

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The adventures of the Marvel Universe's premiere superhero family.

Stars: Hiro Kanagawa, Lara Gilchrist, Christopher Jacot, Brian Dobson

Votes: 1,510

I haven't had the time to watch all of this series yet but I certainly will get round to it. I always loved how different the characters were in the Fantastic Four but how well they all worked together.

24. Rugrats (1990–2006)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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The cartoon misadventures of four babies and their snotty older cousin as they face the things in life they don't understand.

Stars: Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Nancy Cartwright, Kath Soucie

Votes: 25,770

Ah yes, couldn't leave this one out. Talking babies that adults couldn't understand who were out on their own adventures was an exciting idea that really captures the imaginations of children of all ages.

25. The Wild Thornberrys (1998–2004)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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Eliza Thornberry is not your ordinary kid. It's not just because she travels the world in an RV with her parents Nigel and Marrianne, famous nature show hosts. Eliza is doubly unique ... See full summary »

Stars: Lacey Chabert, Jodi Carlisle, Tim Curry, Danielle Harris

Votes: 10,004

Being able to talk to animals, isn't that every kid's dream? I often wonder what my Guinea Pig would say to me if it could speak~

A good storyline and great episodes, I loved watching the Wild Thornberrys as a kid.

26. House of Mouse (2001–2002)

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

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Collections of short cartoons hosted by Mickey and his Disney pals at his club, The House of Mouse.

Stars: Wayne Allwine, Bill Farmer, Rod Roddy, Corey Burton

Votes: 2,181

Something about the old Classics just pulls you back. Although this was a new series in 2001, it showed runs of the older Mickey Mouse Cartoons with an underlining story of whatever was going on in the theater club run by Micky and his friends.

27. The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (2001–2007)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

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A show featuring the exploits of the Grim Reaper, forced into being the best friend of two children.

Stars: Richard Steven Horvitz, Greg Eagles, Grey DeLisle, Vanessa Marshall

Votes: 15,614

There's just something appealing about characters that are not always nice, I think it just strays away from the norm. Anyway, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy was a very different series that tackled some slightly more mature parts of the brain.

28. The Animals of Farthing Wood (1993–1995)

25 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

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A group of wild animal friends are forced to move to a park after humans drive them away from their old home.

Stars: Rupert Farley, Stacey Gregg, Ron Moody, Jeremy Barrett

Votes: 2,624

Again, this cartoon is quite dark, but it is based on a great book that really makes children stop and think. Cartoons that make you think are always the one that leave the longest impression I've found.

29. Jungle Cubs (1996–1998)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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The comic adventures of the children of the Jungle Book characters as they cope by themselves with life in the wild, search for food, shelter from nature, and learn to get along with each ... See full summary »

Stars: Jim Cummings, Pamela Adlon, Jason Marsden, Michael McKean

Votes: 573

One of the first cartoons I ever watched when my mum borrowed the video from one of my friends. I love the characters in this from the old Jungle Book film, and it was even better to see them as kids that hadn't quite reached the mature stage (I use this word in the widest possible way) that you see in the film.

30. The Silver Brumby (1998– )

25 min | Adventure, Animation

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Tells of the adventures of the magnificent silver colt Thowra, son of the mighty Yarraman who is destined to become king of all the wild horses.

Stars: Richard Aspel, Leah Campbell, Michael Carman, Brett Climo

Votes: 103

I love this show as a child so much that I used to get up at 6am every weekday to watch it.