My Five Favorite Disney Television Animation Shows

I just read the article in Disney twenty-three magazine celebrating 25 years of Disney Television Animation and it got me thinking about some of my favorite shows to come out of this division. So, I decided to blog about my top five Disney Television Animation shows.

5. DuckTales (1987-1990)
I loved DuckTales because it felt like watching traditional Walt Disney cartoons. Part of this was due to the fact that Disney Television Animation poured a great deal of money in trying to produce fuller animation than what normally was on television. But, the bigger part was due to the fact that the show was based on Carl Barks' Uncle Scrooge comics. It featured, of course, Uncle Scrooge as well as Donald's nephews Louie, Dewey and Huey. With the addition of a few new characters - Launchpad McQuack, Webby Vanderquack and Mrs. Beakley - the show also featured an array of familiar characters from the Barks stories, including Gyro Gearloose, Gladstone Gander, Glittering Goldie, Magica De Spell, The Beagle Boys, Flintheart Glomgold and others. The show also paved the way for other properties based on classic Disney characters, such as Chip n' Dale Rescue Rangers and TaleSpin (featuring Baloo and King Louie from The Jungle Book).

4. Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985-1991)
Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears was the first show developed by Disney Television Animation and, I have to say, was incredibly creative given that the newly formed division was given its marching orders when former CEO Michael Eisner sent them a package of candy Gummi Bears and said, "Here's your first big project." I don't know what I would have come up with if presented with that situation. But, I thought the mythology of the Gummi Bears was well thought out and the tribe of Gummis - Zummi, Grammi, Gruffi, Tummi, Sunni and Cubbi - were likeable and fun. I remember watching the show and being impressed by the quality of the animation. At the time, it seemed much fuller than anything we were used to. For me, this show will always have an important part, not only in Disney history, but in television animation history.

3. Phineas and Ferb (2007-Present)
Admittedly, I immediately placed judgement on Phineas and Ferb without ever watching it. I try not to do that, choosing to make my opinion after having seen the show. But, upon seeing the designs of the characters and hearing about what I initally thought of as convoluted storyline, I decided to write off this show. Then, one day last year, I was on my couch and feeling exhausted. Suddenly, a Phineas and Ferb marathon started to play and I did not have the will to changed the channel. As I watched it, I found myself chuckling and, by the end of the marathon, I was a fan. Honestly, never in my lifetime would I have thought that one of my favorite shows on television features Ashley Tisdale and Mitchell Musso. LOL!


2. Kim Possible (2002-2007)
How I started watching Kim Possible was in a very similar way that I got into Phineas and Ferb. I didn't think I was going to like the show, but, then, after getting caught in a marathon, I found myself really loving the show. In fact, its almost a close tie with Gargoyles as to which show is my favorite Disney Television Animation show. I actually love the design of the characters which lends itself well to television animation. The villains on the show are quite wonderful with Dr. Drakken and Shego probably being my favorites. I love to listen to their banter and also illustrates the "Girl Power" attitude of the show. Drakken is the closest thing to Kim's Lex Luthor, yet Shego is the one who really has the brains. But, while the villains are fun, the show still manages to make the main characters of Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable interesting and give them heart. I truly love this show!

1. Gargoyles (1994-1997)
My choice for most favorite Disney Television Animation program was really difficult as my love for both Kim Possible and Gargoyles is almost equal. But, I think I chose Gargoyles as #1 because I just thought that the mythology of the show was just so wonderfully creative and something I really haven't seen since in terms of originally programming on television. I am a big fan of folklore and mythology and this show just incorporated these elements so well. The show was also so different for the time. It was darker and more serious. It was intelligently written and didn't talk down to the audience (a definitely more targetted older audience). I know Disney is developing a motion picture about gargoyles but, apparently, not based on this series. I would love to see a live action version of this show.

Comments

  1. OMG OMG OMG GARGOYLES!
    I LOVE GARGOULES!

    I adore that show, I only ever got to see it dubbed in French on French tv but that never stopped me from being glued in front of the tv whenever it was on!

    Ducktales I first saw in French too (as La Bande de Picsou) and later in Dutch :)

    Gummybears I always saw dubbed in Dutch, but that was my favorite Disney show as a little kid. It's first place was rather rapidly lost when I saw Ducktales (Launchpad FTW!) and later Gargoyles :)

    I do like Kim Possible and Phineas and Ferb too, but they're not my favorites, those spots remain reserved for Gargoyles and Ducktales :)

    I can't wait for a Gargoyles movie! I hope it'll be as awesome as the PotC films and Sorcerer's Apprentice!

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  2. Gargoyles was one of those shoes that they just did so well. It had a wonderful and rich mythology.

    I can'tw ait for a Gargoyles movie either. I wonder what it will be about and why they decided not to base it on the show. I think it would have been awesome if they did a live-action version of the show!

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