The Disney Afternoon

               

The Disney Afternoon gang

 

From 1990-97, Disney’s two-hour block of programming called The Disney Afternoon gave kids an easy way to kill time between getting off the bus and when Mom and Dad got home.

Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1990-91)

A holdover from the 80s, Gummi Bears is probably best known for its ridiculously catchy theme song. It features bears who rummage the forest looking for gummiberries, which are used to create gummiberry juice, which has magical powers. This results in assorted "bad guys" coming after them, the berries, and the juice.

DuckTales (1990-92)

Another holdover from the 80s with another catchy theme song, DuckTales followed Scrooge McDuck and his three great nephews, Huey, Dewy and Louie. It also taught American children to aspire to be so wealthy that someday you might have so many gold coins that you can fill a room and swim in them.

Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers (1990-93)

Ok, maybe every show on The Disney Afternoon had a catchy theme song. Chipmunks Chip and Dale work as detectives and solve the crimes that the police are too busy to handle.

TaleSpin (1990-1994)

Balloo moves from Jungle Book to becoming a bush pilot for Higher for Hire. He works with Kit, an orphan bear, to fly the cargo plane, while pursuing a romance with the owner, Rebecca.

Darkwing Duck (1991-1995)

A spinoff of DuckTales, Drake Mallard fights crime in St. Canard under the name Darkwing Duck, while also trying to raise his adopted daughter, Gosalyn. It featured a lot of action and slap-stick fight sequences, something rare for Disney cartoons at that time.

Goof Troop (1992-96)

Single father Goofy and his son, Max, move to Goofy’s hometown and get into zany adventures with Goofy’s high school friend, Pete, and his family. It’s implied that Goofy is a widower, which is a lot sadder than a cartoon about an anthropomorphic, dim-witted dog should be.

Bonkers (1993-96)

Just another cartoon about a bobcat who is a washed up entertainer making a new life as a cop. He tries hard, but he often screws up cases for his fellow officers, due to his zany cartoon personality.

Schnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show (1995)

Disney’s attempt at a cartoon along the lines of The Ren and Stimpy Show, Schnookums was really three-shows-in-one, with Schnookums and Meat!, Pith Possum: Super Synmaic Possum of Tomorrow, and Tex Tinstar: The Best in the West. Schnookums and Meat are a cat and dog who don’t like each other, Pith Possum is a Batman spoof, and Tex Tinstar is a cowboy.

Gargoyles (1994-97)

Darker than most Disney cartoons, Gargoyles followed six gargoyles who are awakened 1,000 years after being turned to stone in a castle in Scotland. They’ve been moved to a skyscraper in New York, where they try to adjust to their new surroundings—and to not being stone anymore, one imagines.

Aladdin (1994-97)

A TV show following the characters from the feature film. Robin Williams doesn’t voice the genie, but he’s replaced by Homer himself, Dan Castellaneta.

The Lion King’s Timon and Pumbaa (1995-97)

This mid-90s show follows the adventures of the popular meerkat and warthog from the movie. In one of Disney’s smartest moves of all time, the theme song was "Hakuna Matata." And, you are welcome for putting that song in your head.

Quack Pack (1996-97)

More ducks! Huey, Dewey and Louie are teenagers now, and they travel the world with Uncle Donald and Aunt Daisy covering big news stories.

The Mighty Ducks (1996-97)

Even more ducks! This time, they live on a faraway planet inhabited entirely by ducks. And they play hockey. I don’t know how a movie about kids playing soccer under the coaching of Emilio Estevez turns into a cartoon about ducks on another planet playing hockey, but it did. I think the answer is: Someone at Disney clearly really likes ducks.

  

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