People always seem to be complaining about “today’s” cartoons, but come on!

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We’re in a new cartoon renaissance, people!  In my opinion, every one of these shows has great plot lines and loveable characters.


Here’s an adorable way to invite your favorite characters to tea. the Big Nerd Wolf Etsy shop makes delightful tea hangers featuring a variety of characters, including familiar faces from Adventure Time, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, science fiction movies and video games. Hellboy appears perfectly at home in a hot cup of tea, but Jon Snow from Game of Thrones looks more than a little forlorn.

In addition to picking the characters themselves, you can also choose from a wide assortment of tea flavors to pair with them. Big Nerd Wolf also offers downloadable PDF templates of their tea hangers as well as geektastic character bookmarks.

[via That’s Nerdalicious!]

The Signs + Cartoons

Aries: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Taurus: Teen Titans

Gemini: The Amazing World of Gumball

Cancer: Spongebob Squarepants

Leo: Phineas and Ferb

Virgo: Courage the Cowardly Dog 

Libra: Steven Universe

Scorpio: Pokemon 

Sagittarius: Adventure Time

Capricorn: Dexter’s Laboratory 

Aquarius: Scooby- Doo, Where Are You!

Pisces: The Powerpuff Girls

Nicktoon/Animation Study with Third Graders

I did a little study with the third grade class I was helping out with the other day.

First, I asked them what they thought of the current Nicktoons.

SpongeBob Squarepants and The Fairly OddParents got extremely positive reception amongst the kids (though they actually seem to prefer FOP)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was right behind the first two- a lot of the kids love it.

Sanjay and Craig was pretty mixed. A few kids liked it, some of them hated it, and the others thought it was just “okay”.

Nobody really cared about Rabbids Invasion.

As soon as I even said the word “Breadwinners”, I got a collective groan so loud that I felt like I was in a Peanuts special. Yeah, the kids REALLY hate that one.

None of the kids seemed interested in The Legend of Korra, but it also turned out that virtually none of these kids really watched Avatar: The Last Airbender, so it’s justified.

After I did that, I asked the kids what other Nicktoons they liked that I didn’t mention. Most of them seemed to really like:

Rugrats (Seemed to be the most popular)
Hey Arnold!
Invader Zim
ChalkZone (I wasn’t sure how many kids would know this show since it ended when these kids were born and the repeats were on in early morning timeslots, but I came in wearing my Rudy t-shirt and a few of the kids knew who it was)
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (Second most popular next to Rugrats)
My Life as a Teenage Robot
Danny Phantom

How did they see these? For starters, just about all of them have Nicktoons. The others saw the other shows via older siblings or cousins.

After that, I decided to ask the kids what their favorite animated shows as a whole were (including non-Nick). The top five were:

5. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
4. Adventure Time
3. Phineas and Ferb
2. SpongeBob Squarepants
1. The Fairly OddParents

Honorable mentions went to The Powerpuff Girls and Animaniacs (remember that these kids all get Boomerang and The Hub, so they have easy rerun access)

Then I asked the kids what their least favorites were. The results were:

5. Any show made for preschoolers (please remember that these kids are eight years old)
4. Fish Hooks
3. Fanboy and Chum-Chum
2. Johnny Test
1. Breadwinners

Now if only Nick knew the results…




  1. Justice League Unlimited
  2. Superman: The Animated Series
  3. Batman: The Animated Series
  4. Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated
  5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)
  6. Avatar the Last Airbender
  7. Gravity Falls
  8. Batman Beyond
  9. Legend of Korra
  10. Bob’s Burgers

Butch Hartman draws modern cartoons in his style.