Saturday mornings are meant for cartoons. Doesn't matter if you're 8 years old or 24 and nursing a hangover, the weekend should officially begin with some mindless cartoon violence, humor, or general insanity. Canadian Netflix has a wealth of cartoons to fill your Saturday morning. Some are duds, others are actually worth watching. Grab a bowl of cereal and get ready for some cartoons you can watch guilt-free on Canadian Netflix.
The adventures of Mr. Spongebob Squarepants is cartoon silliness at it's finest. Impossible undersea scenarios and a strangely lovable cast of cartoon sea creatures make for a show not only for children, but for everyone who likes some simple/crazy humour. If you want to have an air of maturity while watching, just imagine Bikini Bottom was a nuclear test site and that's why all the sea life is mutated and talking. More on that cartoon conspiracy here.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Just because bronies are weird and creepy it doesn''t mean their cartoon of choice is awful too. My Little Pony is a kids show, just not as in your face about it as Dora is, and there is a basic but fun plot to each show that makes it entertaining. Some of the pony-characters actually have a good line now and then, especially if you're into puns. Pony-puns, that is.
Did you like Avatar? Then you'll probably be at least slightly into Ferngully, as the two films pretty much share the same plot. Seriously. Some guy who works for people that want to destroy an inhabited forest is accepted by a magical society of wildlife creatures, learns their ways, and eventually switches sides to save the forest. Sound familiar? Expect more impromptu singing and Robin Williams in this movie though.
One of the only super-retro titles on Canadian Netflix, Pink Panther takes you back into a cartoon era before transforming robots, Saiyans, pocket monsters, where witty talking animals reigned supreme. Think of it as a hilarious history lesson which is actually pretty fun to watch.
A superhero title had to make this list, and Silver Surfer wins out (among a pretty legit selection) because it breaks from the typical kids superhero show mold. Anything to do with that awful Fantastic Four sequel is not seen in this show, if that made you second guess the choice. The short series is surprisingly sophisticated, focusing more on storytelling than action and lasers.
Avatar: The Last Airbender
I wouldn't even call Avatar: The Last Airbender (or just Avatar, it did come before Cameron's thing) a kids show, as there are so many adult fans already. For good reason, because this cartoon has everything. A mystical world, kung-fu fights, character development, intense plots, spirituality, social commentary, and more, all wrapped into a truly enjoyable show. A tight three seasons made for an epic story arc and a fantastic finish, which can't be said for many cartoons which just run on too long. Can't recommend this one enough.
A feature film, and not technically a cartoon show, Hugo is a solid option for those looking for a set 90-minute Netflix session. Directed by Martin Scorsese, Hugo is a fun adventure movie for kids that also has some film history thrown in. Hugo probably won't wow you, but it's cool to see real clips of really old movies from way back in the day.
Everyone read Goosebumps as a kid, and instead of sitting down and reading a Goosebumps book for some nostalgia, relive your childhood horrors visually with the Goosebumps TV show. Most of the classic stories are re-enacted with hilariously bad child actors, so you'll get to watch, instead of read, your old favourite book...while laughing at the acting.
Kung Fu Panda
If you're a fan of kung-fu movies then you'll like Kung-Fu Panda, as the name would suggest. Even though it's animated, and features talking animals, the fight scenes are pretty legit. If you're not a fan of kung-fu movies, you'll probably still like Kung-Fu Panda. The cast is star studded (Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan) and the story is funny, compelling, and will probably give you some warm fuzzies by the end.
The 80's were a special time for cartoons, and G.I Joe is one of the best products of the 1980s era of cartoons. Sure, the animation is a little dated, and most of the male characters look like they belong in creepy pornos, but it's still a silly-good time. Watching it also kind of like watching vintage made-for-children pro-America propaganda, which is more fun than it sounds. For a real mind trip, watch the season 1 two-part finale and Season 2 Episode 14, both of which are way too intense for children.