90′s and All That
Veronica Marquez, Staff Writer
May 22, 2012
Filed under News
Hey! Arnold, have you seen Doug.. or maybe Johnny Bravo? I think those Rugrats went to Recess with their Rocket Powers. These old shows made the nineties kid’s childhood unforgettable. From Boy Meets World to Angry Beavers, we’ve learned not to fight with each other and how we should handle our high school experience.
“Hey Arnold and Rugrats were my favorite,” Senior Raymond Youan said. “They taught me to cherish the time we have with loved ones because we’re all eventually going to have to go our own ways.”
This philosophy could speak for a lot of seniors that are graduating because people eventually move on after high school. Senior Rose Banzon learned life lesson’s through watching her favorite cartoons, Powerpuff Girls and Courage the Cowardly Dog.
They’re not on air anymore, but they taught me to be brave and not to be afraid of anything,” Banzon said.
Being brave isn’t just necessarily taking on challenges, but it can also be associated with making new friends and being a better person.
“When I was really young I loved Barney. Surprisingly his show is on the air today and he always taught new important life lessons like problem solving, sharing, and being kind to everyone,” Senior Destiny Castillo said.
Part of the high school experience is making friends and learning from good or bad social situations, and many cartoons teach these lessons.
“Not a cartoon, but Boy Meets World was my favorite show of all time. It taught me so many lessons on school, love and friendship… I just have yet to apply them,” Senior April Utile said.
Teens create opinions based on memories and situations. Often we learn things without realizing it, and some of those lessons come from cartoons. For senior Melissa Wilson, her lessons came from Nick and Disney.
“I learn that it’s good to tell the truth cause being caught in a lie isn’t the best thing or if you lie.. at least be good at it,” Wilson said.
People will always soak in things differently, especially as children. Some people learned major life lessons from cartoons, and watched cartoons for just the humor.
“I watched Pokémon, Johnny Bravo, Rocket Power, Angry Beaver, Hey Arnold, and Doug. It taught me to live life to the fullest and have fun,” Senior Garrett Balzu said.
Everyone’s definition of having fun always varies. It can go from Tom never getting Jerry in the hit cartoon Tom & Jerry, to never taking Cynthia from Angelica in Nickelodeon’s Rugrats.
“Overall the best cartoons were the Looney Toons. I think the most important lesson I learned was no one will ever catch road runner,” Senior Erica Lopez said.
Some students like senior Veronica Brown, sacrificed sleep so they could watch their favorite cartoons. Because back then, it was all that really mattered to our kid-selves.
“Rugrats, Recess, Hey Arnold, Rocket Power were my favorite cartoons. I learned to wake up early on Saturday mornings,” Senior Veronica Brown said.