While the 90s was the golden era for the cartoons to grow and develop and have a huge fan base, the cartoons that ran in the 2000s carried the excellency ahead. They were based on different and very unique themes, characters, technologies, and realms. This made the cartoons quite engaging and kept us hooked on the TV screens. The Gen-Z had a lot to feed on during that time and made it to one of their childhoods’ best things.
While there are several classics from the 2000s, there are some that people don’t talk about enough, especially when they are SOOO good. We have made a list of such forgotten cartoons from the early 2000s to take you on a ride back to childhood.
1. Dave The Barbarian
This one is one of the most underrated cartoons from the early 2000s. The cartoon had a unique theme based on the adventures in medieval times. The series was aired in January 2004. Disney’s Dave The Barbarian featured Dave, a strong yet cowardly barbarian. He preferred living a comfortable, fashionable lifestyle rather than fighting wars. This was the best choice for those who enjoyed watching a fantasy tale that also made their tummies tickle.
2. Kim Possible
The cartoon was unique in the way of showing a female superhero lead. While the cartoons having male superheroes are talked about so often, this one, in particular, has become one of the forgotten cartoons. The cartoon shows a teenage girl, Kim, leading a double life working as a secret agent. She and her sidekick, Ron, fought many villains, but mostly Dr. Drakken and Shego.
3. Ed, Edd, and Eddy
Did reading this remind you of the theme song? You’re humming it now, aren’t you? This cartoon was hands down, one of the funniest cartoons from the early 2000s. The eccentric characters’ stupidity was the easiest way to bring smiles on kids’ faces. The show makers did a brilliant job of mastering the comedy, and that became the reason for it to be Cartoon Network’s longest-running original shows. The cartoon aired for 11 whole years, successfully being on top with slapstick humor.
4. Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends
The show was a cute depiction of what a real, innocent friendship looks like. The story revolves around Mac and his (not-so) imaginary friend, Bloo. Mac’s mother asks him to leave his imaginary friend behind, and there begins the adventures. He secretly visits Bloo in an orphanage, where all the other abandoned imaginary friends stay (sad and cute at the same time!) He sees him so that no one adopts him, and he’ll be with him forever.
5. Codename: Kids Next Door
This one is going to jog your memory! The coolest cartoon from the early 2000s will be Codename: Kids Next Door, and everyone will agree. We secretly wished the storyline would come true for us too. The series lasted for six years and was such a great piece of artwork combined with a fantastic imagination. The show has five kids who are around ten years old, operating for a secret organization called “The Kids Next Door”. They carried out their operations from a really cool treehouse and fought the crimes against kids and evil adults and teens.
Seeing a creature that is a mix of three animals, a bear, a cat, and a rabbit, is quite unusual. Chowder, being the unique mix, had an interesting storyline. The aspiring chef worked for a catering company and always got into trouble in the funniest way. Due to his impulse control issues and uncontrollable hunger, he ends up eating customers’ meals. Due to some inappropriate content, the show stopped airing.
7. The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
This is yet another Cartoon Network’s finest work. The show showed a weird connection between the Grim and Billy and Mandy, which later turns into the best of friendships. The Grim initially tries several times to kill the kids and fails (clearly), but ends enjoying their company. It was a subtle way of showing the power of love and friendship over evil desires.
8. Dragon Tales
Although the cartoon first aired in 1999, it continued in the early 2000s. The first thing the show reminds you of is the catchy theme song. The story was about two siblings who find a dragon scale and end up making new dragon-best friends. The show had exciting stories of their adventures in every episode, passing simple life lessons to the kids too.
9. Winx Club
Ignio Straffi, a former comic book artist, created the show. The cartoon was a complete package of fantasy and adventure. Imagine getting mystical powers and getting yourself in a magic school, fascinating, right? The main characters of the show, all girls, live in a magical universe. The fairy warriors are set out on adventures to fight witches and monsters living in the universe.
10. Angelina Ballerina
If you’ve forgotten about the show, please don’t! The little mouseling danced her way in everyone’s hearts, and within no time, we were absolutely in love with her. HIT Entertainment and Grand Slamm Children’s Films beautifully created the show, based on a series of children’s books titled the same. The story is about Angelina Mouseling, who has a dream of becoming a prima ballerina. She works hard to reach her goals. The show consists of 40 15 minute episodes and aired from 2002 to 2006.
We are sure reading this brought a smile on your face and took you back to your childhood days. These amazing artwork gave us a memorable experience and a promising future to the cartoon world. If we’ve missed some of your favorites, let us know in the comments below.