POV: 10 cartoons that shaped me into the person I am today!

Sakshi Sharma
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Apart from Shakala Boom Boom and Shararat, cartoons like Recess, Noddy, Pokemon, and others made growing up in the 90s and early 2000s worth it! 

As adults, people often give up watching cartoons thinking it's the stuff for kids. But Disney-Pixar films, especially the ones like Inside Out, make you realize how animated features are more than just for the child in you. They teach you about life in the simplest and most soulful manner. This is why, to date, I love watching cartoons! One of the reasons why I love my childhood is because it was made great by the influx of dubbed Hindi-English cartoons. Apart from Shakala Boom Boom, Son Pari, Hatim, Shararat, and others keeping me busy, cartoons like Noddy, Scooby-Doo, Dragon Tales, and more had a huge impact on me.

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I was part of a generation that grew up on the brink just before technology overpowered our entire lives! Sure, our school bags were heavy but those days were the time when we used to enjoy the simple pleasures of basic technology, while also spending time on actiivites we enjoyed. When I look back now, I realize how these cartoons had a huge hand in shaping me into the person I am today. They were more than mere entertainment and subtly taught me many things. These animated friends kept me company from a very young age.

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Make way for Noddy 

Noddy and his friends in Toy Town taught me the importance of growing up in an inclusive community because here, despite everyone owning things like their own car, shops, and airplane, they never shied away from helping or asking for help from others. 

Bob The Builder 

Who better than some construction workers like Bob and Wendy, with their machines, to teach us about the value of working with a team and having the strength and courage to build something with a positive attitude, even if we are scared? 

Dragon Tales 

What is better than finding an imaginative land with magical and musical dragons to overcome a few challenges and teach us how life is just about overcoming such challenges? 


Watching Oswald, the blue-colored octopus, live his life peacefully in the big city with his dog, weenie, and his friends, Daisy the sunflower, Henry the Penguin, Madame Butterfly, and others, was a good way to spend a delightful summer day. 


This one was way ahead of its time with its 6 elementary school students and their interactions with the other kids and teachers at the schoolyard during recess, who utilized this time to form their own society with governments and a class structure. 


This one hardly needs an introduction, but watching Scooby and his human gang of Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, and Fred solve and uncover supernatural mysteries with their intelligence was all the motivation we needed to go on different adventures with them. Long before we were all Sherlock-ed, they were the best investigative team!

Powerpuff Girls

Bubbles, Buttercup, and Blossom were cute little girls who could be fierce warriors when the situation demanded. This was probably the first and only TV show of the time that started teaching us about feminism. After all, which young girl didn't want to be one of these girls? 


No wonder the game of catching Pokemons saw a popular resurgence because long before anything else, it was about fighting with toys like Pokemon and Babelades for us! With his Pokemon Pikachu, Ash Ketchum gave us the ultimate goals of having our own fight club and fighting with our particular powerful Pokemon. 

Looney Tunes 

Bugs Bunny and his roommate Daffy live with their colorful neighbors, including Lola Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester, Tweety, Speedy Gonzales, and more, who find themselves in funny situations. The show has sprawled into a worldwide franchise with multiple TV series, films, comic books, video games, and more given its popularity and we're not complaining! 

Tom and Jerry 

Natural rivals, cat and mouse, when turned into cartoon characters, Tom and Jerry, make for an entertaining delight and a metaphor. A chase sequence of fights between Tom's devious and inventive ways to capture Jerry, always ends in mayhem and his failure to do so. They are the best foes and friends! 

Which cartoon made your summers even more delightful? Tell us in the comments below! 

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