Top 10 Most Important Cartoons in Animation History

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These are the cartoons the are considered the most important in animation history. Anime is also included.

The Top Ten

1 The Simpsons The Simpsons The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening that started in 1989, and is still running as of 2017, making it the longest running animated sitcom. It is about a man named Homer and his family going through a long series of misadventures.

There have been quite a few cartoons inspired by the Simpsons, including Family Guy. The Simpsons have been an important part of Cartoons around the planet. - EpicJake

While it's best years are behind them there's denying The Simpsons had a huge influence in Animation. - egnomac

2 Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures

Created by Ralp Bakshi who pioneered adult cartoons and started the creator driven animation revolution of the 1990's, was the launching pad for animators and cartoonists including John Kricfalusi the creator of Ren & Stimpy. - egnomac

3 Dragon Ball Z Dragon Ball Z Dragon Ball Z is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. Dragon Ball Z follows the adventures of Goku who, along with the Z Warriors, defends the Earth against evil. The action adventures are entertaining and reinforce the concept of good versus evil. Dragon Ball Z teaches valuable ...read more.

Wither you like it or not there's no denying that anime had a huge influence on American cartoons Dragon Ball Z was one of them, without anime we never would have cartoons like Samurai Jack, The Power Puff Girls, Teen Titans, Avatar The Last Airbender, Xiaolin Showdown the list goes on. - egnomac

4 Avatar: The Last Airbender Avatar: The Last Airbender Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American animated television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in an Asiatic-like world in which some people are able to manipulate the classical elements by use of psychokinetic variants of Chinese ...read more.

Avatar was a huge game changer for Nickelodeon heavily inspired by anime Avatar The Last Airbender follows a young air bender and his friends on a quest to become a fully realised Avatar and restore balance to the world. - egnomac

5 The Flintstones The Flintstones The Flintstones is the first animated prime-time American television series. It was broadcast from September 30, 1960 to April 1, 1966 on ABC.

The first cartoon made specifically for prime time which led the way for The Simpsons and Family Guy. - egnomac

This has got to be one of the best cartoons in the world. Good job Hanna-Barbera. - EpicJake

6 Pokemon Pokemon Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters and currently advertised in English as Pokémon: The Series, is a Japanese anime television series, which has been adapted for the international television markets.
7 Looney Tunes Looney Tunes Looney Tunes is an American animated series of comedy short films produced by Warner Bros. from 1930 to 1969 during the golden age of American animation, alongside its sister series Merrie Melodies.

Without Looney Tunes we wouldn't have Tom and Jerry. Looney Tunes is a classic. - EpicJake

Many cartoons incorporated references,quotes,phrases,soundtracks,ideas etc that originated from the looney tunes, such as spongebob, the simpsons, fairly oddparents and tom and jerry, just to name a few. It truly did define classic cartoon comedy with some of its greatness rubbed onto newer cartoons

8 South Park South Park South Park is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central television network. The show is about four boys, who are Stan Marsh, Kyle Broflovski, Eric Cartman, and Kenny McCormick, and their adventures in South Park, Colorado.
9 Tom and Jerry Tom and Jerry Tom and Jerry is an American animated series of short films created in 1940, by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.
10 The Loud House The Loud House The Loud House is an American animated television series created by Chris Savino for Nickelodeon. The series revolves around the chaotic suburban everyday life of a boy named Lincoln Loud and his ten sisters, to which he survives as the middle child and only son in a large family of eleven children. ...read more.

People may hate it but its one of the few cartoons that is saving Nickelodeon's butt. - egnomac

The Contenders

11 The Ren & Stimpy Show The Ren & Stimpy Show The Ren & Stimpy Show, often simply referred to as Ren & Stimpy, is an American animated television series created by John Kricfalusi for Nickelodeon.
12 Merrie Melodies

Looney Tunes is already in this list.

13 Adventure Time Adventure Time Adventure Time is an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. The series follows the adventures of a boy named Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada) and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake (voiced by John DiMaggio)—a dog with the magical power to change shape ...read more.
14 Family Guy Family Guy Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter (Idiotic Dad) and Lois (Nagging Wife), their children Meg (Socially Awkward Daughter) Chris (Idiotic Son), and Stewie ...read more.
15 Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! is the first incarnation of the long-running Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon series Scooby-Doo.
16 Doug Doug Doug is an American animated sitcom created by Jim Jinkins. The show focuses on the early adolescent life of its title character, Douglas "Doug" Funnie, who experiences common predicaments while attending school in his new hometown of Bluffington. Doug narrates each story in his journal, and the show ...read more.
17 Rugrats Rugrats Rugrats is an American animated television series created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain for Nickelodeon.
18 The Ren & Stimpy Show The Ren & Stimpy Show The Ren & Stimpy Show, often simply referred to as Ren & Stimpy, is an American animated television series created by John Kricfalusi for Nickelodeon.
19 Rocko's Modern Life Rocko's Modern Life Rocko's Modern Life is an American animated television series created by Joe Murray for Nickelodeon. The series centers on the surreal life of an anthropomorphic Australian-immigrant wallaby named Rocko as well as his friends: the gluttonous steer Heffer, the neurotic turtle Filburt, and Rocko's faithful ...read more.
20 SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. Spongebob is currently the most popular show on Nickelodeon, as well as the longest running show, running for 18 years, and is beginning its 11th season.
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