By Avanni Trujllo
When you were a child, you probably watched a lot of cartoons. Your brain probably clung onto the more popular cartoons like Spongebob Squarepants because they were featured most frequently, especially after school. But have you ever looked back on your memories from then and thought, “Was that a fever dream?” Long story short, it most likely wasn’t. Here are some mysterious cartoons from your past.
The first and most horrifying cartoon on this list is Mr. Meaty. Although, this show wasn’t a cartoon and involved puppets instead of animation, many would still consider it to be a cartoon. Many people who do remember it regard it as being “straight out of a nightmare” and “terrifying.” This show ran from 2005 to 2009 and only had two seasons. The show was about two friends who worked in fast food and crazy things would happen to them, such as an evil worm that could go inside people and a cowboy zombie. Many people don’t remember this show at first, but when they see the characters, it jogs their memory.
This next cartoon has nearly been completely forgotten by most. The Mr. Men Show was a cartoon series that ran for two seasons between 2008 and 2009. It was based on children’s books from the 1970s and 1980s by Roger Hargreaves, and featured a variety of characters such as Little Miss Sunshine, Mr. Bump, and Mr. Bounce. The episodes would mainly follow the characters and their personalities as they went on crazy adventures. The show isn’t on TV anymore, but some of the episodes can still be found on YouTube.
Most people might not remember this show at all because it is meant for small children, and since they were so young they might not recall it at all. Maggie and the Ferocious Beast was a Canadian cartoon show that started in the 1990s as a bunch of shorts and had its first full length episode in the 2000s. The plot is about a young girl named Maggie who created her two friends, the Beast and Hamilton, in her imagination. They would later go on adventures with each other in an imaginary world called “Nowhere Land,” making for a cute show good for children 6 and under.
Another show that is meant for small children is Oswald. This show was about a big, blue octopus with a tiny black hat named Oswald who was very polite. It followed him and his dog Weenie, a weiner dog that looked like a hot dog, and their many friends as they found peaceful solutions to the problems they faced. The show aired from August 2001 to September 2003. It currently doesn’t air on television, however it can be found on YouTube. So if you ever think of a blue octopus from your past, it was probably him.
The final cartoon that may be lost in your memory is Krypto the Superdog. The show premiered on Cartoon Network in March 2005 and lasted for two seasons in one year. The main plot was about a dog named Krypto who was Superman’s dog back on their home planet, Krypton. Superman arranged for Krypto to live with an ordinary family, but his superhero instincts kicked in and he leads a double life fighting crime while no one is around. The main reason this show may have been forgotten could be due to how short the show ran, and also the strange concept of a dog fighting crime like a person. Either way it was very entertaining for kids ages six to ten.
Even though we don’t think of these shows now, they still may have left an impact on our lives without us knowing it. Whether it was a moral lesson we learned or just a strange cartoon with no meaning, they’re still embedded in our memories.