It will come as no great shock to anyone that Disney+ has some major animated series queued up and ready to go for some solid binge-watching. Yes, The Simpsons, one of the best and most popular shows of all time, is on the new streaming service. Yes, the various Star Wars cartoons are there for you to plow through before Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters. Yes, other major animated hits like DuckTales and Phineas and Ferb are waiting for you. And yes, popular shows for young children like Little Einsteins and Doc McStuffins are also included. But there are also plenty of other cartoons for your viewing pleasure.
Over the years, the House of Mouse has built up a solid catalog of animated series and there are some real gems waiting for your perusal on Disney+. From Adventures of the Gummi Bears to '90s superhero adaptations like X-Men and Spider-Man, there is something for everyone on the new content provider. Whether you're on a nostalgia trip, wanting to relive your childhood a bit, or you're looking to discover some hidden classics from years past, we've got you covered.
For a certain generation of people, the opening theme to X-Men: The Animated Series will forever remain the quintessential theme for the superhero squad. But this show is more than just a radical opening song.
In classic X-Men fashion, the show deals with more mature subject matter (like religion and prejudice) than one would usually find on a Saturday morning cartoon show. The series also adapts many storylines from the comic books that inspired it and remains a favorite of fans to this day, almost 30 years after its initial airing.
Actors: Norm Spencer, Cathal J. Dodd, Lenore Zann, Iona Morris, Alison Sealy-Smith, + more
When you're lucky enough to employ Keith David and his booming voice as the main character of your show, you've got something special on your hands. It helps that Gargoyles remains highly imaginative to this day and was lucky enough to have a supremely talented cast and crew behind it, but when David's deep roar comes out of Goliath's mouth, chills run down your spine.
Gargoyles stars a group of noble, nocturnal creatures who turn to stone at daylight each day. The show is notable for being much darker than the vast majority of all Disney media coming out of all arms of the company at that time. Though the show was merely a modest success when it was airing, it went on to have a strong cult following and even a comic book continuation that was published from 2006-2009.
Actors: Keith David, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Jeff Bennett
Number of Seasons: 3
Years before Spider-Man was the subject of multiple feature films, he was the subject of numerous animated adaptations. No cartoon featuring the web-slinger has been as commercially successful as Spider-Man: The Animated Series. Hot off the heels of X-Men: The Animated Series, this wall-crawling show aired from 1994-1998.
Following in the footsteps of its mutant-focused forebear, Spider-Man: The Animated Series adapts many storylines straight from the comic books. In a fun twist for Marvel Cinematic Universe fans, the show also features numerous Marvel superheroes in cameo roles, including Iron Man, Captain America, and Doctor Strange.
Actors: Christopher Daniel Barnes, Sara Ballantine, Roscoe Lee Browne
Number of Seasons: 5
When there's trouble, you call DW. Darkwing Duck follows the exploits of one Drake Mallard, who fights bad guys under the alter ego of Darkwing Duck. Joined by DuckTales character Launchpad McQuack, Darkwing Duck fights villains and looks great doing it.
Darkwing Duck takes obvious inspiration from vintage pulp fiction and comic books, drawing from sources like The Shadow, The Green Hornet, and Batman. His slapstick style of vigilante justice may be more comical than the series it parodies, but we defy any other superhero to pull off that audaciously stylish hat.
Actors: Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern, Christine Cavanaugh
Number of Seasons: 3