Think animation is just for the elementary school set? These 10 kid-oriented efforts are so much fun, even adults can enjoy their cartoon capering.
Growing up in the '60s and '70s, it was a yearly end of school ritual. We would sit in our living rooms, Libbyland Dinner's cooling on the TV tray, waiting for the Big Three Networks (yes, we only had ABC, CBS, and NBC back then, along with PBS and various UHF options) to announce their Summer Saturday morning cartoon selections. We would wait to see what was returning, what Sid and Marty Krofft had up their sleeve, and what new offerings would become our watercooler (read: local park and/or playground) conversation pieces. Today, with 24-hour networks devoted to animation and dozens of daily examples to enjoy, there's an overload that even the most ADD-addled child would find daunting. The same applies to adults who like animation. Certainly there are choices for the mature viewer within the kiddie spectrum, but sometime, the options are adult swim or Comedy Central oriented.
With the release of the amazing Adventure Time on DVD and Blu-ray this past 4 June, we've decided to focus this week's list on the 10 Best Kid Oriented Cartoons That Adults Can Dig as Well. Caveats must be metered out, however. First, we have purposely left off several celebrated titles. You will not find South Park, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, Squidbillies, Venture Brothers, etc. etc. etc. here. While working in the recognizable underage angle, these are clearly more geared toward the over 21 set. We've also limited our overview to anime titles which were originally pitched at kids before taking on another life as necessary nerd fodder. There's just too much to deal with, and we're not versed enough in the genre to offer an opinion. So sit back, grab a frozen chicken nugget dinner, and enjoy. Maybe even invite your children in for a viewing.