Action animation first made an impact on me during the seventies with the likes of Battle of the Planets making the mini-me wish I was part of that fantastic dynamic. Throughout the eighties and nineties this style of cartoon burgeoned in popularity with Thundercats and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles leading the way. Today, we’re ringing in the New Year with some totally awesome action cartoons from the early noughties, perfect for action heroes old and young!
Totally Spies (2001-2014)
Teen girls fighting crime isn’t new, but Totally Spies is definitely an outstanding offering from the turn of the new millennium. Following the adventures of Sam, Clover and Alex, three seemingly regular high school girls who double as super spies, Totally Spies is fast paced, action packed, and bags of fun. The animation has an anime style feel to it, and that’s certainly added to the appeal of this long running series.
Combining the stresses of everyday school and homework with secret espionage assignments isn’t easy, but there’s plenty of humour injected into this storyline, making it appealing even for older kids. If you’ve seen and enjoyed Sailor Moon, then it’s likely you’ll love Totally Spies, as it has the same enjoyable formula just brought into an American high school setting. Introduce your spies in the making to Totally Spies on Amazon Video today!
American Dragon (2005-2007)
Disney’s American Dragon is a sneakily good cartoon, and let me tell you why. Take an Asian/American boy living in modern day New York City, throw in some ancient Chinese mythical creatures, add a dash of good humour and some fantastic animation, and what you end up with is probably one of the most interesting high action cartoons of the early millennium.
The American Dragon in question is Jake, a teenage boy suddenly bestowed with mystical powers, making him the protector of magical creatures lurking amidst the everyday world. There’s a lot to enjoy in this series, a good strong storyline and even a wise cracking side kick in the form of Fu dog. If you enjoyed Ben 10, then American Dragon will be right up your street, and you can stream it today on Amazon Video.
Ultimate Muscle – The Kinnikuman Legacy (2000-2002)
Son of the legendary wrestler King Muscle, Kid Muscle is the new superhero wrestler in town, and with his bulging biceps and the rest of the Muscle League, the Ultimate Evils don’t stand a chance! Intrigued? You should be! This Japanese made cartoon translates well, and it’s an absolute riot of a cartoon from start to finish.
Kid Muscle has inherited a gift from his father– the power of The Ultimate Muscle. Unfortunately, he’s also a bit of a lazy teen! With sudden glory and responsibility thrust upon his shoulders, the action comes thick and fast in this cartoon, and so does the hilarity. It’s a bit of a guilty pleasure, I must admit, but Ultimate Muscle has always been a hit with this animation fan and her family, so I highly recommend you try it on for size. You can grab this muscular offering on DVD today!
By Sunday Simmons
Taken from the January 2017 issue of Geek Parenting, out now!