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15 Kids Cartoons That Should Be Made Into Movies

Updated June 14, 2019 26.2k votes 3.5k voters 221.0k views15 items

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Children of '80s and early '90s spent a lot of Saturday mornings watching cartoons: from funny cartoons to anime, they took in the modern cartoons as well as reruns of some of the amazing cartoons from the '60s and '70s. They watched the best cartoons and the worst cartoons. As long as it was animated and intended to be fun for kids, they watched it. Over time, a lot of the greats have been made into feature length films (some good, some bad), but there are still a wealth of titles that have yet to be given the feature film treatment and that is a missed opportunity.

You may have asked yourself before: which kids cartoons should be adapted for the big screen? Nostalgic fans of the cartoons of the '60s through the '90s would certainly flock to theaters to see big-screen adaptations of the titles they grew up watching every weekend. Whether the adaptation is live action like the Transformers movie or animated like The Jetsons movie, nostalgia buffs don't necessarily care (as long as it is done right). 

With all of that said: it's safe to say that cartoon buffs are anxious to see some of the classic cartoons of yesteryear adapted for the big screen. Here are fifteen picks for kids cartoons that should be made into movies. 
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  • Gargoyles
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    "Gargoyles" is a much loved children's cartoon that began its run in 1994. Many fans of the show feel that it was too short lived and would be thrilled to see this cartoon series adapted for the big screen. Perhaps "Gargoyles" would be best suited as a CG film.
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  • ThunderCats
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    "ThunderCats" was a series about human-cat hybrid creatures that fought crime and kicked ass. This series featured an absolutely awesome villain in the dastardly Mumm-Ra. Seeing the Thundercats hit the big screen would be a dream come true for fans of the series. It's hard to say whether the film would work best as an animated or live action feature, but fans will gladly take what they can get if the proposed film sticks to the series' origins and do right by fans. 

    *Side note: This beloved cartoon has been pitched time and again to studios for the big-screen treatment and has been very close on several occasions but nothing has come through as of yet. 
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  • Darkwing Duck
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    The small screen exploits of the crime fighting Darkwing Duck enchanted a generation. The '90s show was both humorous and highly entertaining. An animated adaption of the series would be a welcome turn of events for fans of this hilarious cartoon series!
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  • Animaniacs
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    Yakko, Wakko, and Dot were such clever characters and a testament to the creativity that went in to the cartoons of years past. An animated adaptation of this '90s series geared for the big screen would be a welcome sight for an entire generation that grew up watching this whacky trio!
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