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12 Classic Cartoon Reboots Nowhere Near As Good As The Originals

12 Classic Cartoon Reboots Nowhere Near As Good As The Originals

Reboots have worked wonders for the TV Industry. Well, for most of the time at least. Sometimes they lead to incredible embarrassments the networks want you to forget.

The Powerpuff Girls

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The reboot was slammed even by the creator of the original classic. That’s how bad it was. The usage of horribly timed humor coupled with its unnecessary new age trends made the fans hate it. The addition of a fourth Powerpuff girl, kicking out original characters and voice actors also added in on the backlash.

The New Adventures Of He-Man

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In the 1980’s, the He-Man cartoon was a huge hit and inspired a massive billion dollar toy-line and even a movie. Then they tried making a reboot of He-Man but this time, the champion found himself on an alien planet battling mutants. Obviously Skeletor had to follow He-Man and became the leader of the evil mutants. Fans tend to forget this travesty and abomination for a lot of reasons. They turned Skeletor into a clumsy fool and took away He-Man’s muscles to give him a leaner body. The horror!!

Loonatics Unleashed

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The reboot of the 1930’s Looney Tunes characters was criticized for trying to copy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Even Warner Brothers considers it an embarrassment. Other WB cartoon shows mock it along with Space Jam in their own episodes.

G.I. Joe Extreme

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The series was set in the near future of 2006. The G.I. Joes were battling S.K.A.R and its evil leader Iron Klaw. The new Joes were military themed and the animation was reminiscent of Todd McFarlane’s art style. The show was so bad an entire production line of toys was cancelled along with a planned second season.

Be Cool, Scooby Doo

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It was going to be hard to get out of Mystery Incorporated series’ shadow. But this show didn’t even make a big enough effort. It looks like one of those bad MTV cartoons from the 2000’s. And the Family Guy-esque toilet humor and gags didn’t help either.

Real Adventures Of Johnny Quest

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The original 1960’s show was considered way ahead of its time. Fans loved Johnny Quest so much that Cartoon Network revived the series in the 1990’s. The reboot failed to live up to the expectations of the fans of the original show. And to top it off, the horrible CGI when they entered the virtual reality landscape sealed the deal.

Rugrats: All Grown Up

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Rugrats: All Grown Up is the perfect example of why some shows should never be given the reboot treatment. The original show appealed to the viewers because they were a bunch of toddlers trying to make sense of the world in their own way. The new Nickelodeon show was about a bunch of teenagers with literally every stereotype associated with teenagers a part of this show.

Speed Racer: The Next Generation

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Speed is the original Speed Racer’s second son. He enlists in a racing academy to become more like his father and discover why his dad left him in an orphanage before mysteriously disappearing. The show was wrought with several issues and was later cancelled in 2013.

Ben 10: Omniverse

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After establishing an entire continuity with Alien Force and Ultimate Alien, ben 10 tried to flip the script with Omniverse. The show was back to its roots, exploring the adventures of an 11 year old Ben Tennyson. Fans of Ultimate Alien and Alien Force were not pleased how the new show ignored them.

George Of The Jungle

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This reboot is of a 1967 classic of the same name. But truth be told the first season was not as bad. Many found it silly but fun. Trouble began only in the second season. A new studio coupled with new writers destroyed the tone and flow set by the first season. The show was supposed to get a third season but fan backlash has stopped it from happening.

Sonic Underground

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In the ’90s, DIC Entertainment made three Sonic cartoon shows. Sonic Underground is considered the worst of the three, with its heinously low quality animation and incoherent plot and characterization.


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The 2011 anime inspired reboot of the classic 1985 series followed a teenage Lion-O and the Thunderians. Thundera has been conquered by Mumm-Ra and only the Book of Omens can stop him. Despite gaining rave reviews, the ratings started sliding down as the episodes progressed, leading to loss of sales and eventual cancellation.

Written by Bibhu Prasad Panda

With a Bachelor's in Engineering and a Master's in Marketing and Operations, Bibhu found a love for writing, working for many different websites. He joined FandomWire in July 2020 and worked his way to his current position of Content Strategist. Bibhu has been involved in operating and managing FandomWire's team of writers, diversifying into varied, exotic fields of pop culture.