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Gina Rodriguez voices the title character in Netflix’s “Carmen Sandiego” animated series.

Retro cartoons feed need for nostalgia

Nostalgia is amongst the strongest emotions that humans feel, and when it comes to those Sunday cartoons that fans grew up watching, that feeling is quite intense. With advancements in animation, the way we view cartoons has changed over the years. No longer limited to the animated version, creators are bringing comics and cartoons to real life in movies and on television.

Ask anyone who was born and grew up in the 1980s and ’90s, and they will bring up fond memories of watching cartoons and then playing with toys based on them. This need in the market has led to movie houses and TV producers take notice and bring forth reboots of favorite shows. There’s still a long way to go. Classics such as “Pink Panther” are probably on the drawing board, but their popularity is evident when you see “Pink Panther” become a much-loved Canadian online slots game. Mind you; it is a great way to have fun, stay connected to the character, and make tons of money. Moreover, the live-action “Pink Panther” movies were a success to a point, proving once again that retro cartoons still have the magic in them to transform adults into children.

Hollywood has produced a few reboots over the last year, while some are in production and highly awaited. If these productions manage to impress the new generation, then we can certainly expect them to pave the way for newer releases.

Carmen Sandiego

What started as a fun and educational video game slowly became a game show, and now, thanks to Netflix, is an animated series packed with daredevil action and a pretty nifty storyline. The animation is spot on, with Gina Rodriguez and Finn Wolfhard providing the voices to the main characters. International intrigues and super-spy stuff abound in this one, making it a perfect watch for all ages.


You can imagine how in demand a series is when not one but two seasons are given the green light even before airing of the pilot. The return of “Animaniacs” is highly anticipated and will see Steven Spielberg, once again, take on the role of executive producer. The series follows the crazy adventures of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, the brothers-sister trio who are up to no good. Set to air on Hulu, expect laugh-out-loud moments that will have you tumbling all over the living-room floor along with your kids. 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Purists often believe that with new technology, we have lost the old-world charm that made cartoons famous in the first place. Well, it seems that changed with the new series of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” released at the end of 2018, wherein Nickelodeon made a shift from 3D to 2D. We have to admit, the animation looks a lot more exciting, and with the theme going a little bit darker than usual, this one is undoubtedly a must-watch — while munching on a pizza, of course.

Masters of the Universe

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, it seems, is no longer jinxed. Rumors of another live-action floated around over the years, only to die away again and again. Thankfully, Sony and Mattel are working together to make sure that we get the movie we deserve, and Noah Centineo is set to play He-Man in a Masters of the Universefilm to be released in 2021. As long as they can keep on track, this one could be the next big action franchise gripping our attention for years to come.