I used to love waking up on Saturday morning to watch cartoons from 6am-12pm. Oh yeah, all six hours long I was in front of that TV eating junk food, left overs, and not leaving my bed. All bad habits, I know, but I had a great childhood, what can I say?
Since I’ve watched so many older cartoons, I decided to post the top ten of my personal favorite cartoon openings from the 90s! Please know this is my top ten list, not the world’s top ten list. I know I missed that one cartoon you wanted to be included, and that’s okay, because I can only put ten. Let me know which ones I missed below, but they have to be from the 90s, 1989 doesn’t count.
Here we go!
10. Sailor Moon
Okay, this one was so catchy I always caught myself singing it. For reasons unbeknownst to me, I was a big Sailor Moon fan (still watching Sailor Moon Crystal) back in the day. I prefer openings that have original scenes just for them, instead of reusing images and frames from random episodes. Even though this one does use some of those, the original opening was actually completely fresh and the English lyrics are mostly the same in Japanese as is the music.
9. Johnny Bravo
Mercy! I can’t leave Johnny out! This opening is just fun and silly to watch. Johnny’s character fits right at home and you know exactly what you’ll be getting. Every episode showed how badly Johnny wanted a date or how much effort he put into keeping his hair gelled just right. Good times…good times.
8. Dragonball Z
Dragon, Dragon, rock the Dragon! Why exactly are we rocking a Dragon…I’m not sure, but all Dragonball Z fans sung this song when it was on! This pumped us all up, and went well with the content of the show. The only thing I didn’t enjoy is they had scenes from anywhere they could get them, mainly from the movies. Aside from that and it being so short, it wasn’t the best, but it was catchy!
7. Batman: The Animated Series
Batman. This opening may have had no lyrics, but wow, it’s just a beautiful work of art to watch. The animation is fantastic, and the music goes second by second with the scenes. You feel the intensity of what’s happening as it plays. The best part is at the end with the Dark Knight standing watch as the proud protector of Gotham City.
This is the most fun in a cartoon opening you will ever have. It’s just craziness, and I truly enjoyed the different jokes they did to the very end. Thank God it was a clean show, and the opening was as well. There are so many characters they highlight, even President Bill Clinton!
Okay, every Pokemon Master has sung this song at least one hundred times. Even if you weren’t a Pokemon fan had this song stuck in their head all day. To me, it’s the number one catchiest cartoon song in history. There were so many remixes and remakes, it’s not even funny. The opening is very similar to the original Japanese intro (which is great by the way).
4. Sonic The Hedgehog
Personally, this one should have been at a lower number just because of the song. I used to have this song on my computer and would listen to it all the time. It’s so cool. Not only is this one of my favorite cartoons as a kid, the opening is great and flows well with the track (which to me is the combination of a perfect opening). If you’re a Sonic fan, you need to watch this show.
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Having an opening that highlights every protagonist is great, especially when it’s the TMNT. You get what the show is about, who the characters are, and a song that gets stuck in your head. What else do you want from an opening? This also is one of my favorite cartoon franchises. COWABUNGA!
Ducktales! Every day they’re out there making Ducktales! Not only was it funny, it had a good plot and memorable characters. The music and singer of the opening did a great job to flow with the scenes. It was so good that an alternative opening with real live ducks was made.
I was thinking about which opening would be number one without a lot of debate and heat from readers, but I think most of us who watched this show can agree that X-Men had one of the greatest openings ever made. Once again, like Batman, it has no lyrics, but the intensity and seriousness can be felt as you watch. This show was pretty dark, and you can see it throughout every scene. All of the footage is unique and only shown in the intro, and it did so well a popular arcade game was made from it.
What did you think of the list? Which ones did I miss, or what order would you have put them instead? Which was your worst opening (not cartoon) from the 90s?
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