The Top 5 Cartoon Mean Girls

Toddler terror Angelica Pickles

1.  Angelica Pickles from “Rugrats”

Out of all the cartoons I watched growing up, 3-year-old Angelica Pickles from “Rugrats” was easily the best villain.  If you think about it, she makes the perfect villain.  Who would expect a toddler with pigtails to be as conniving, manipulative, and just plain mean as she was?  Continue reading “The Top 5 Cartoon Mean Girls”


Ginger from “As Told by Ginger”

Ginger in the middle Screencap by me
Ginger in the middle
Screencap by me

A couple of years ago, I somehow ended up watching an episode of “As Told by Ginger” on YouTube.  I am so glad I did, because I immediately fell in love with it and watched every episode available.  I recall not being too interested in the show when it was airing on Nickelodeon 10 years ago.  Now, I recommend it to everyone as an example of a well-written, clever, and realistic portrayal of adolescent girls. Continue reading “Ginger from “As Told by Ginger””

Mother’s Day Edition: My Favorite Cartoon Moms

In honor of Mother’s Day, I thought I’d mention a couple of my favorite cartoon moms.

Lois Foutley with her kids, Carl and Ginger Screencap by me
Lois Foutley with her kids, Carl and Ginger
Screencap by me

Lois Foutley, the mother of Ginger from Nickelodeon’s “As Told by Ginger” is undoubtedly my favorite cartoon mom.  She’s a single mom who exudes strength, wisdom, and warmth.  This piece of advice she gives to her daughter makes me want to burst into tears every time I hear it:

You know, we’re not put on this earth to live perfect lives where we never get hurt and we never make mistakes.  We’re put here to hurl ourselves head first into this crazy world.  And the bruises and scrapes you get along the way, they just mean you’re living life.

Marge Simpson is an icon.  I adore her for being unabashedly corny and uncool.

Source: simpsonscreencaps
Source: simpsonscreencaps
Source: simpsonscreencaps
Source: simpsonscreencaps

Helga Pataki from “Hey Arnold”

Helga and Arnold in "Helga on the Couch"
Helga and Arnold from the episode “Helga on the Couch”
Screencap by me

Nickelodeon’s “Hey Arnold” is a show that I loved as a kid and appreciate so much more as an adult.  The series was created by Craig Bartlett and aired from 1996 until 2004.  It’s held a special place in my heart all these years because it dealt with darker themes than you would normally find on a children’s cartoon.  The show centered on a fourth grader named Arnold and his group of friends.   Though the show was about Arnold, many episodes focused on his classmate Helga.  Continue reading “Helga Pataki from “Hey Arnold””