If you’re anything like me, you’ll find it’s helpful to take your mind away from the bad news about the virus and toxicity of the internet once in a while and indulge your inner child. It’s an easy thing to do now that we have so many streaming services available, allowing you to revisit your favorite cartoons from childhood or find some new shows to binge. So whether it’s Saturday morning or you’re just burned out from a long day of working at home, check out these five great cartoons available to stream and let us know your favorites in the comments.
Danger Mouse (CBS All Access and Netflix)
As a Viacom company, CBS All Access offers a number of the parent company’s intellectual properties, including this spy cartoon that ran from 1981 to 1992 on Nickelodeon in the United States. Danger Mouse was originally a parody of the spy genre that saw Danger Mouse and his assistant Penfold battling against the evil schemes of Baron Silas Greenback, Dr. Augustus P. Crumhorn III, and Count Duckula (who later got his own spinoff series). The show was rebooted in 2015 and modernized for audiences with all the old favorites given a new twist. Both shows are available through CBS All Access and Netflix, though CBS has a more complete run of the classic series.
Shaun the Sheep (Amazon Prime and Netflix)
Shaun originally appeared in the Wallace and Gromit short film “A Close Shave” in 1995. Almost 12 years later, Shaun came to television with his own supporting casting including the Farmer, Bitzer the sheepdog, the pigs, and his wooly fellow flock members. The series is largely dialogue-free apart from the animals’ own sounds and the occasional grunt, gasp, or other non-verbal exclamation, relying mostly on visual gags. The series itself and short films such as The Farmer’s Llamas are free with Amazon Prime, the first movie is also on Prime to rent or buy, and the second film, as well as an abridged collection of episodes, are available on Netflix.
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Disney+)
Running for four seasons from 1988 to 1991 on the Disney Channel and later on ABC, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh continued the story of A.A. Milne’s famous creation and his friends from the Hundred-Acre Wood. While previous Pooh short films were largely adapted from Milne’s works, the cartoon show Americanized the stories more, creating more original tales and often pairing them with a moral lesson as was the case for most shows in the 80s and 90s. The series also marks the first time Pooh was voiced by actor Jim Cummings, who has voiced every incarnation of the character since (including 2018’s Christopher Robin film) and took over the voice of Tigger during the series.
Paddington Bear (Amazon Prime)
The first animated series based on the books by Michael Bond premiered in 1976 as a stop-motion program (simply called Paddington) and the first 2D animated series followed in 1989 and ran for thirteen episodes. While the first show isn’t available on streaming, the one-off 2D series is available to watch on Amazon Prime. One of the most notable aspects of the show is Tim Curry as the Brown family’s disagreeable neighbor, Mr. Curry. The show also decided to give the Brown children an American cousin under the belief it would get more Americans to watch the show, but it’s best not to think about that and just enjoy the cartoon, perhaps with some marmalade on toast.
A newer offering from Netflix, Hilda is a British/Canadian co-production that adapts the graphic novels of British cartoonist Luke Pearson. The show features the titular protagonist living with her mother in a cabin in the woods and encountering all manner of magical creatures. Pearson also worked on the Cartoon Network series Adventure Time, for which Hilda has a similar look and feel. Hilda is also voiced by actress Bella Ramsey, best known as Lady Lyanna Mormont in Game of Thrones and her mother is voiced by Daisy Haggard of Doctor Who and Man Stroke Woman.