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[-[[caption-width-right:343:A sampling of influential animation from this era.[[note]]In order: [[WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail Fievel]], [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]], [[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead Butt-head and Beavis]], [[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures Buster Bunny and Babs Bunny]] [[RunningGag (no relation)]], [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion Unit 01]], and [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Buzz Lightyear and Woody]].[[/note]]]]-]

The return of animation to a point of artistic respect. The 1980s showed many remnants of {{the Dark Age|OfAnimation}}:
* LimitedAnimation was still the rule on television[[note]]on both American and Japanese airwaves[[/note]]; MerchandiseDriven shows and specials such as ''[[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe]]'', ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'', ''Franchise/CareBears'', ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', ''[[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero G.I. Joe]]'', ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'', ''{{Jem}}'', and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'', ruled '80s television animation and had parents' groups up in arms about children watching glorified toy commercials, which were extremely split between gender lines at that. These shows were obviously still entertaining to their kid demographic though, as is evidenced by the fact that several of them proved so popular among juvenile audiences that they became huge pop culture phenomenons that are well remembered to this day. Another trend of '80s TV animation were that many established franchises received {{Animated Adaptation}}s, including ''WesternAnimation/TheFonzAndTheHappyDaysGang'' ([[RecycledInSPACE IN SPACE!]]), ''WesternAnimation/RamboTheForceOfFreedom'', ''DragonsLair'', ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', and ''Series/{{Alf}}''.
* The Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon came close to ending for good when ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'', intended to be the stunning debut of a new generation of animators, didn't impress just-arrived company executives Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg, who recut it and it proceeded to tank at the box office.

That was about to change, however.

Witnessing the success of first-run syndicated animation shows like ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' and ''CareBears'', Disney tried its luck with two original series of its own in 1985: ''TheWuzzles'', which was soon forgotten, and ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'', whose production values were significantly higher than its contemporaries. Disney's investment would prove successful, which led to the creation of other original series by Disney that aired in ''DisneyAfternoon'' that lasted until the late 1990s with successful shows like ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' and ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', among many others.

Other broadcasting companies took notice, and developed their own original series. By 1987, Creator/RalphBakshi produced ''MightyMouseTheNewAdventures'' with Creator/JohnKricfalusi, a show that helped bring back old school, insane "cartoony cartoons". Creator/WarnerBros had its own revival with several Spielberg produced efforts that brought ''Looney Tunes''-style comedy into the 1990s; ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' were the most successful. Much of the crew from these shows went on to launch the DCAnimatedUniverse with ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' in 1992. This time, Disney eventually aped ''them'' with a cult dark action series of their own, ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', created by GregWeisman, even though they eventually mishandled it badly. Cable networks such as Nickelodeon and Creator/CartoonNetwork started with reruns and repackagings of cartoons from earlier eras, as well as syndicated fare (as did the [=USA=] Network's Cartoon Express block; this was also the ''modus operandi'' of the emerging home video market) but moved on to create their own shows during the '90s. The former launched the "Nicktoons" brand with ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', and ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', while the latter made shows like ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' and ''WesternAnimation/EdEddnEddy'' that went by the moniker "Cartoon Cartoons". The latter's name was eventually dropped, however, as 2002's ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' was the last show to use the Cartoon Cartoon label.

On the silver screen, it wasn't until the late 1980s that the industry rose to new heights. After the box office failures of animated movies in the 1970s, Disney defector Creator/DonBluth pushing for a return to the rich classical style of {{the Golden Age|OfAnimation}}, beginning with 1982's ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH''; while it was not a blockbuster, it quickly became a CultClassic. It attracted the attention of no less than Creator/StevenSpielberg, which led to Bluth's directing the successful ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' for Amblin Entertainment. Bluth would both rise to prominence and [[DarthWiki/FallenCreator fall]] during this period, but his collaboration with Spielberg proved to be the first real challenge Disney had ever faced in the animated film department, at least since the [[MaxAndDaveFleischer Fleischers]] were in business. The failure of Disney's ''The Black Cauldron'' in 1985 seemed to spell the end of Disney's animation unit, but fortunately it persevered, mainly due to the modest success of ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective''. After the threat from Bluth and Amblin though, Disney frantically stepped up its game and rallied with ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'', which was another modest success. Their newly-established, adult-oriented Creator/TouchstonePictures label co-produced -- with Amblin Entertainment, as it happened -- ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', a live-action/animated fantasy that also served as a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover of Golden Age characters and was the box office sensation of 1988.

It was followed by ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' in 1989, a musical that [[GenreThrowback refreshed the old formulas of yore]], was a surprise sensation at the box office -- at last, they were well and truly back in the game. While the following year's ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder'' was a financial disappointment, ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' raised Disney's bar even higher, a financial and critical success (in fact, the first animated film ever to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination). ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' itself proved a smash with the stellar performance of RobinWilliams cementing the CelebrityVoiceActor as the "star" of an animated film. Finally ''Disney/TheLionKing'' surpassed all expectations to become a cultural landmark and the peak of Disney's success. In fact, some people argue that this era should have been called the ''Disney Renaissance'', since they were the most successful animation studio during this era and had the most consistent track record in terms of hits. This new era in hand-drawn animation lasted until the rise to prominence of 3D computer animated films.

By the end of TheNineties, rival studios had launched their own feature animation units, most notably Creator/DreamWorks. However, most of them found that the market was still largely trapped in the AllAnimationIsDisney in terms of traditional animation and most of the attempts failed miserably, or fell victim to Disney's aggressive marketing such as rereleasing ''The Lion King'' so it could crush the rival, ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'', in 1994. Even Bluth was forced to ape Disney with films like ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'', though his attempt to break out with ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' failed and sunk his career. However, Creator/DreamWorksAnimation, after enduring the underperformance of their traditionally animated films like ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'', noticed that their small computer animated film, ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'', did fairly well and suggested that other animation techniques could be the answer. So, they made a deal with the hailed British StopMotion company, AardmanAnimations, who helped show DA that the way forward is to find their own voice and style in the next age.

Adult aimed animation finally came back to television during the renaissance age. ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' became a full-fledged series in 1989 and went on to become probably the most critically acclaimed television cartoon series of all time, and {{MTV}} caused a stir with Creator/MikeJudge's ''[[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead Beavis and Butt-head]]''. MTV, of course, was cable -- and from here came the last great progress that cemented the renaissance: the rise of cable television.

All in all, this era did a good job of at least brushing away the worst aspects of the dark age. ParentalBonus was back, quality had soared, and profits were high. {{Anime}} also found headway in the U.S. in this period with ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' becoming a cult favorite with its audacious flouting of contemporary North American TV animation conventions to present a sweeping military SF saga that felt very different from homegrown fare like ''Franchise/GIJoe''. After that ''Anime/SailorMoon'', ''Anime/DragonBall'' and ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' began to make their presence on TV and home video across the world. In theatres, anime made its own splash with the harrowing cyberpunk ultraviolence of ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' and while the Western world finally was presented with the genius of Creator/HayaoMiyazaki with his classic films like the intelligently charming ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService'' and the grand, profound fantasy drama ''Anime/PrincessMononoke''.

(And indeed, anime must briefly be mentioned as a growing influence on western ''animators'' themselves, here - they were absolutely aware of what was happening in Japan well ahead of the general public, and once things like ''Akira'' and ''Ghost in the Shell'' began showing up, animators and directors across the pond began straining at the bit to have their artistic restrictions loosened for fear of a consistent flood of high-quality anime ''pounding the western studios flat''. It was a flood which never quite materialized as people feared, but it still lit fires under a lot of people and led directly to many of the products of TheMillenniumAgeOfAnimation.)

This is also the era that began the rise of computers in animation, riding the wave of the digital revolution that brought affordable [=PCs=] to the masses in the 1980s. Disney employed CG for major parts of their films starting with ''TheRescuersDownUnder'', and by ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' had refined it considerably (the backdrop of the ballroom scene was very much ConspicuousCGI, as are the stampede from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' and the crowd scenes in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''). In 1994, the first completely 3D TV series, ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', came out of Canadian studio Mainframe Entertainment and premiered on Creator/{{ABC}} in the USA. And 1995 brought the first all 3D movie and the one that launched Pixar into the spotlight and a position to drive the future of the animation industry: ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''.

Depending on who you ask, the deterioration of this era began somewhere towards the end of the 1990s and the early 2000s. The seeds may have been sown in 1995, when Disney distributed {{Pixar}}'s ''Toy Story''. It was a huge hit both critically and commercially...but Disney's traditionally animated entry for the year, ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'', did well enough financially but also disappointed many viewers. Disney's increasingly formulaic approach to feature storytelling -- [[IWantSong "I want" songs]], wacky sidekicks, [[AnachronismStew pop culture jokes]], etc. -- in the wake of its early-'90s hits, resulted in films that strived to include more adult themes/stories yet couldn't lift themselves out of the worst aspects of the AnimationAgeGhetto when it came to content. {{Disneyfication}} became a dirty word as critics accused them of whitewashing/dumbing down history and classic literature/mythology (the increasing amounts of merchandise tied into these films didn't help matters). That said, while these films were considered inferior to their predecessors, only one, the aforementioned ''Pocahontas'', was a critical failure - at a mediocre 56% on RottenTomatoes, it's the only real critical failure of the Disney Renaissance. Meanwhile, the entries that were relative box office failures - ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' and ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' - were modestly well-received by said critics (at a decent 73% and a good 83% on RottenTomatoes, respectively), who considered them improvements over the preachy and pretentious ''Pocahontas'' - ''Hunchback'' has even been VindicatedByHistory recently to the point that it's a darkhorse candidate for the MagnumOpus of the Disney Renaissance. ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' and ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' were even viewed as coming close to the earlier works (at 86% and 88%, respectively). Rival studios' Disney-esque efforts were usually pale imitations at best -- consider Don Bluth's work post-''AllDogsGoToHeaven'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'', etc. -- and often even worse when it came to Disneyfication, culminating in ''two'' Italian animated features that turned the ''Titanic disaster'' into HappilyEverAfter musicals. The absolute nadir of the trend, at least as far as wide release animated films go, was Warner Bros. ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'' - sadly, this film outdid far superior works by Warner Bros. such as the [[AnimationAgeGhetto Ghetto]]-busting ''TheIronGiant'' and ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'' financially, even as critics savaged it. One could even pin ''Quest For Camelot'' as being one of the films that led to the eventual downfall of the Renaissance Age.

In addition, Disney and other animation companys [[{{Sequelitis}} started producing direct-to-video sequels, prequels, and interquels to most of their Modern Age films via their television animation units]], which sold well but are considered inferior to the quality of the originals. The sales were so good that even Golden Age and Dark Age efforts were given this treatment, to the increasing horror of adult Disney fans. It can be argued that the "cheapquels" led to a fatal dilution of the Disney brand name, causing audiences to take less interest in their newer animated canon efforts. And when rival studios (particularly MGM and Universal Studios) started doing the same thing with films ''they'' owned the rights to, video stores were glutted with unwanted, unworthy sequels to everything from ''The Secret of NIMH'' to ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess''. Before this era sequels were rare if not non-existent. It's one reason the Renaissance, like every other period in animation history, is a bit of a mixed bag.

Also, in an ironic twist, the successes of animation and children's programming on cable helped to wound animation on broadcast TV, killing the weekday animation block outright. As animation was an expensive medium at the time, increasing competition led to a greater fragmenting of the audience. With smaller audiences for each network, plus increasing restrictions on advertising content in children's programming (daytime animation still got redlined into the ghetto), animation blocks became increasingly less profitable. The twin developments of a fracturing audience and animation's move to cable (and needing to make do with cable's smaller budgets), led to declines in animation quality. Work was outsourced to overseas studios. computer coloring eventually replaced ink and paint, and soon [[AdobeFlash Flash]] made inroads as an animation tool.

For this era's successor, see TheMillenniumAgeOfAnimation.


[[folder:Films that are associated with this era]]

* ''Manga/{{Akira}}'': The film that made people take anime seriously.
* ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'': This movie was a surprise success at the box office, the first non-Disney animated movie to out-perform Disney, and had a lot to do with showing people that cartoons could still be profitable. Also marked Steven Spielberg's entrance into the animation scene.
** ''An American Tail: Fievel Goes West'', and the two direct to video sequels.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}''
* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': The popularity of the [[Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar DTV]] [[Disney/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves sequels]] and [[WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries tv series]], while acclaimed, ironically opened the floodgate to the {{Sequelitis}} that would plague Disney for years.
* ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'': Considered by some of Don Bluth's fans to be his MagnumOpus or his last good film.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'': The first film to be released by DreamworksAnimation.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}''
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': The first animated feature to earn a Best Picture Oscar nomination, a distinction that would not be repeated until 2010's nomination for ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtheadDoAmerica Beavis and Butt-Head Do America]]''
* ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster''
* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife''
* ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance''
* ''WesternAnimation/ChristmasInTattertown'': A 1988 TV special Creator/RalphBakshi made for Nickelodeon, made in an attempt to revive the 1920s' rubberhose cartoon style. Nickelodeon intended it to be a series, but Bakshi knew this would never work, so it never went past this pilot.
* ''Film/CoolWorld''
* ''David Copperfield'': 1993 animated adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens story with an anthropomorphic cast.
* ''The Devil And Daniel Mouse'': An esoteric '80s made for TV film.
* ''WesternAnimation/EightCrazyNights''
* ''Disney/{{Fantasia 2000}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFearlessFour'' (1997): A german-animated feature, being an extremely loose adaptation of "The Four Musicians of Brementown".
* ''WesternAnimation/FernGullyTheLastRainforest''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Felidae}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlightOfDragons''
* ''WesternAnimation/AFlintstonesChristmasCarol''
* ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound''
* ''WesternAnimation/FreddieAsFRO7'': Made by the British during this era, it's one of the strangest animated films you will ''ever'' see.
* ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'': Technically not part of the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon but very well-liked nonetheless.
* Creator/HayaoMiyazaki films, such as ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' and ''Anime/PrincessMononoke''.
* ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'': This film's moderate success was what convinced Disney to keep doing animated films, as the company was in dire straits in the early '80s after a string of box office bombs.
* ''Disney/{{Hercules}}''
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheKingAndI'' (the 1999 film).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'': The second Bluth movie to make box office records. Also has an very infamous case of sequelitis.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn''
* ''The Little Engine That Could''
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Broke the record for highest grossing animated movie, holding it for 9 years until ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' was released. Also cemented the, later maligned, wacky sidekick trope that Aladdin originally introduced with The Genie.
* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'': The movie that brought Disney into ''its'' renaissance era, after repeated defeats at the box office by Don Bluth's movies.
* ''Anime/LittleNemoAdventuresInSlumberland''
* ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'': Has a cartoon segment contributed by Creator/ChuckJones.
* ''Disney/{{Mulan}}''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/MagicAdventuresOfMumfie Mumfie's Quest]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''
* ''Disney/OliverAndCompany''
* ''WesternAnimation/OnceUponAForest''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePagemaster''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePebbleAndThePenguin'': Directed by the one and only world famous [[strike:Don Bluth]] AlanSmithee.
* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt''
* ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot''
* ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado''
* ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'': Seen by most fans as the movie where Don Bluth [[JumpingTheShark jumped the shark.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RoverDangerfield''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'': Came out somewhat before what many agree to be the start of the renaissance, but definitely played a role in shaping it in the long run.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooInArabianNights''
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'': The 1998 DirectToVideo film which could be very well responsible for the return of ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' in the 21st Century.
* ''SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie'':
* ''Film/SpaceJam''
** Lola Bunny made her debut in this film as a WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes CanonImmigrant.
* ''Starchaser: The Legend of Orin'': A 1985 3-D animated movie, notably for early mixing of hand-drawn animation and CGI.
* ''Film/StayTuned'': A live action feature, notable for an animated segment contributed by Creator/ChuckJones.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'': Notable in how frequently it attempts to defy the Disney formula, while having the characters still end up GenreBlind for other reasons, and ultimately succumbing to the Disney formula. Also the most successful animation motion picture to come from ''Nest'' (meaning: neither Disney nor Dreamworks nor Don Bluth).
* ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Thumbelina}}'': As WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick said, it holds ''many'' similarities to the Disney formula of the time and doesn't work out so well.
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'': Although it was finished and released in the '90s, it ''did'' [[OlderThanTheyThink start production in the 1960s.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'': The first fully CGI animated film.
** ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2''
* ''WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark''
* ''WesternAnimation/TwiceUponATime''
* ''Volere Volare'': A french RogerRabbitEffect romantic comedy.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''

[[folder:Series that are associated with this era]]
* For any and all Anime not listed on here, see:
** AnimeOfThe1980s
** AnimeOfThe1990s
* ''WesternAnimation/AaahhRealMonsters''
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog''
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers''
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'': The Disney cartoon that finally introduced quality animation to made-for-TV cartoons, playing a big role in getting rid of lingering legacies from TheDarkAgeOfAnimation.
* ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux''
* ''WesternAnimation/AlbertTheFifthMusketeer''
* ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'': Their 1980s incarnation.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/WakkosWish'' - A direct-to-video film based off said series.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers''
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm''
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAndMisterFreezeSubZero''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead Beavis and Butt-head]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/BeethovenTheAnimatedSeries'': Yes, this does exist.
* ''WesternAnimation/BettyBoop'': Received two television specials in the '80s; "The Romance of Betty Boop" (1985), and "Betty Boop's Hollywood Mystery" (1989).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars''
* ''WesternAnimation/BobbysWorld''
* ''WesternAnimation/BRATSOfTheLostNebula''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBrothersFlub''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBrothersGrunt'': Danny Antonucci's pre-''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' work.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bubsy}}'': an AnimatedAdaptation of the games. Needless to say, it did poorly.
* ''WesternAnimation/BudgieTheLittleHelicopter''
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster''
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers''
* ''CaptainTsubasa'': Along with ''Manga/DragonBall'', the series that started the anime boom of the '90s in Europe.
* ''Franchise/CareBears''
* ''WesternAnimation/CartoonAllStarsToTheRescue''
* ''WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost'': Got both a live action/CGI hybrid movie revival, as well as a brand new animated TV series to boot.
* ''WesternAnimation/CatDog''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheComicStrip''
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''
* ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''
* ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth''
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinosaucers}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', the very first Nicktoon, and the first TV show for Jumbo Pictures. Aired on both Nickelodeon and ABC (after getting bought by Disney).
* ''Manga/DragonBall'': Made and dubbed during this period (and quite possibly the trope codifier for starting the North American anime craze of the mid-late '90s). One of the hundreds of anime spawned during this period and one of the several dozen that caught on in the US. You can confidently say that this series is one of the main reasons anime became popular during the '90s outside of Japan.
** ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''
** ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp''
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''
* ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat''
* ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad''
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Got its start at the end of this era.
* ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'': Specifically, the character got two revivals, one good, the other very contested. The first one was ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie'', which was based on Felix's flanderized portrayal from TheDarkAgeOfAnimation. The second one was the surprisingly good ''WesternAnimation/TheTwistedTalesOfFelixTheCat'', which basically brought Felix back to his roots and the series even threw in a bit of Max Fleischer surreality into the mix.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstoneKids''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Got its start at the end of this era
* ''WesternAnimation/GalaxyHigh''
* ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero]]''
* ''The Goddamn George Liquor Program'': A pioneering web cartoon series from 1997, being ''the'' first cartoon made in flash, and the first to be made exclusively for online.
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop''
* ''WesternAnimation/GravedaleHigh'': A [[LostForever long-lost]] 1990 HannaBarbera cartoon starring Creator/RickMoranis, who had a skyrocketing career at the time this came out.
* ''Gremlins 2'': Features an opening cartoon segment starring Bugs and Daffy.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeckleAndJeckle'': In ''The New Adventures of WesternAnimation/MightyMouse and Heckle & Jeckle''.
* ''WesternAnimation/HelpImAFish''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/HotRodDogsAndCoolCarCats''
* ''Hugo the Movie Star'' a.k.a. ''Jungle Star Hugo''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo''
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures''
* ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam''
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''
* ''WesternAnimation/LifeWithLouie''
* ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop1995''
* ''LooneyTunesInTheSeventiesAndOnward'': Post-Termite Terrace theatrical shorts from TheSeventies, TheEighties, TheNineties and in TheNewTens.
* ''WesternAnimation/MagicAdventuresOfMumfie''
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': It was renamed ''TranzorZ'' and aired in the USA in 1985, heavily re-edited.
* ''MickeyMouseWorks''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/MightyMouse Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg''
* ''WesternAnimation/MillionaireDogs''
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'': The anime that effectively pulled the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise out from its glut since the late '80s; and the first to gain series wide exposure in the United States.
* ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies''
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': The famous mecha series that deconstructs the entire genre. Also one of the anime that caused the craze of the late '90s.
* ''The New Adventures of WesternAnimation/BeanyAndCecil''
* ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons''
* The Oz Kids (1996)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Patrol 03}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn''
* ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates''
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain''
** ''WesternAnimation/PinkyElmyraAndTheBrain''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Effectively gave anime a fighting chance in the United States. [[LongRunner And the only one that's still going strong]].
* ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo''
* ''WesternAnimation/RamboTheForceOfFreedom''
* ''WesternAnimation/RawToonage'': A [[ShortRunners short-lived]] AnimatedAnthology series from Disney that spawned [[Franchise/{{Marsupilami}} two]] [[WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}} spinoffs]].
* ''WesternAnimation/RaymanTheAnimatedSeries'': An ''extremely'' short lived AllCGICartoon series, very, ''very'' loosely based off of the limbless wonder.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters''
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'': The first fully CGI TV series.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'': One of the three flagship programs of Disney's OneSaturdayMorning, and the most successful and popular one. While not the first Disney animated show to not be based off a pre-existing franchise, it was the first ''really'' successful show by Disney that was animated and ''not'' based off a pre-existing franchise.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''
* ''RescueHeroes''
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''
* ''WesternAnimation/RoadRovers''
* ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'': Yes, it was a CutAndPasteTranslation of three unrelated anime series, but it was on the forefront of introducing American audiences to Japanese animation, breaking several of the conventions of U.S. animated television shows, as well as ironically building the popularity of importing unedited Japanese productions.
* ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower''
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife''
* ''WesternAnimation/RoliePolieOlie''
* ''WesternAnimation/RoughnecksStarshipTroopersChronicles''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/TheRugratsMovie''
* ''Anime/RurouniKenshin'': The series that made samurai stories popular among anime fans from this generation.
* ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries''
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'': One of the three major series that started the anime craze of the '90s (along with ''Dragon Ball'' and ''Evangelion'').
* ''SaintSeiya'': One of the series that also started the anime craze of the '90s, but in Latin America and, to a (sightly) lesser degree, Europe.
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' still lingered throughout this age of animation. However, the franchise seemed to be winding down... for a while.
* ''Anime/SeiJuushiBismarck''
** ''Anime/SaberRiderAndTheStarSheriffs'' (English dub of the above series)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM)]]'': Noteworthy for being a ''huge'' favorite among ''Sonic'' fans.
* ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground''
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': Much like ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', it got its start toward the end of this era too.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGoofs''
* ''WesternAnimation/SpicyCity'': A Creator/RalphBakshi tv cartoon, and one of, if not the first, aimed at an adult audience, predating ''South Park''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiralZone''
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''
* ''WesternAnimation/StreetFighter''
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''
* ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats''
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats''
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987''
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''
** ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventuresHowISpentMyVacation''
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryKids''
* Creator/{{Toonami}}: Cartoon Network's original action after school block, launched in '97 near the end of the age. While showcasing such hits as ''[=ReBoot=]'', it's also known for one of the earliest and most successful blocks to showcase anime, bringing us classics such as ''Sailor Moon'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', ''Dragon Ball Z'', ''Manga/OutlawStar'', and many more, and is probably directly responsible for the rise in anime in Western audiences.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick''
* Franchise/{{Transformers}}:
** ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'': Introduced in the Dark Age, but ran through this era.
** ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTune'' - First feature by indie legend BillPlympton
* ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs''
* ''[[{{Manga/Unico}} Unico]] and the Island of Magic''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Visionaries}}''
* ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'': One of the earliest anime to be released in the US during this age.
* ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWackyWorldOfTexAvery''
* ''WebAnimation/WeekendPussyHunt'': A SpinOff of ''The Goddamn George Liquor Program'', and likewise is one of the earliest flash cartoons ever made.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys''
* ''WesternAnimation/WingCommanderAcademy''
* ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker'' got his comeback during this time thanks to the TV series ''The New Woody Woodpecker Show''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWorldOfDavidTheGnome''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWuzzles''
* ''WesternAnimation/XMen''
* ''WesternAnimation/YoYogi''
* ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'': While not as known, it was one of the anime released during the craze in the United States [[note]]around the time DBZ was getting dubbed - 1995/1996[[/note]]. And also one of the few that had a release by a [[Creator/DarkHorseComics relatively major comic book company]].

[[folder:Real Life People Directly Involved With This Era]]
* April Winchell
* Arlene Klasky and Gábor Csupó of Creator/KlaskyCsupo.
* BillPlympton
* Craig Bartlett, an animator for ''PeeWeesPlayhouse'', writer for ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', and creator of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''. Also MattGroening's brother-in-law, interestingly enough.
* Creator/CreeSummer: Actress/voice actress who got her start in the beginning of this era with her role as Penny in ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''. She's still a popular voice actress today. She also portrayed Freddy in ''Series/ADifferentWorld'', which aired around this time.
* David Kirschner, who was largely responsible for ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' and more obscure animated movies during TheNineties such as ''WesternAnimation/OnceUponAForest'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePagemaster'' and ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance''.
* Creator/DonBluth - A major force behind the start of this movement who's career was ironically (and depressingly) destroyed by the resulting competition.
* Fred Seibert, the producer behind [[WhatACartoonShow World Premiere Toons]] and ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons'', making him indirectly responsible for their various spin-offs.
* GenndyTartakovsky
* Creator/HayaoMiyazaki
* Creator/HideakiAnno
* Hiroaki Noguchi
* Hiroyuki Aoyama: Before doing ''Anime/TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughTime'' and ''Anime/SummerWars'' for Creator/{{Madhouse}}, he was one of the people involved in this era of animation.
* Hisao Yokobori
* Creator/IsaoTakahata
* Jim Jinkins, creator of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', which aired in the middle of the Renaissance.
* Joe Murray, creator of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', and later ''CampLazlo''.
* Creator/JohnKricfalusi, the creator of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''
* Creator/KathSoucie
* Kazuhide Tomonaga
* Keiko Oyamada
* Kenji Hachizaki
* Creator/MattGroening
* Creator/MikeJudge
* Nelson Shin: Producer of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' cartoon; director for ''TransformersTheMovie'' and founder of South Korean studio Creator/{{AKOM}}, who worked on several of the shows present in this age.
* Creator/NobuoTomizawa
* Osamu Dezaki
* Pamela Segal-Aldon
* Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere, who wrote for ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' (the former co-created it) and ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', and the creators of ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''
* Creator/RobPaulsen
* Saburo Hashimoto
* Sawako Miyamoto: More for her work at [[Creator/WaltDisneyAnimationUnits Walt Disney Animation Japan]] then Creator/{{TMS|Entertainment}}'s Telecom unit (as she was a directer there, as she did mosty did key animation at Telecom), not related with ShigeruMiyamoto.
* Creator/SethMacFarlane, who got his start writing, storyboarding, and voice acting in this era; and whose [[WhatACartoonShow World Premiere Toon]] would eventually served as one of the inspirations for ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' (which of course premiered at the end of the Renaissance).
* Shojiro Nishimi: Before doing ''TekkonKinkreet'' for Studio4C, he was one of the people involved in this era.
* Skip Jones, animator on many of the films of this era including several of Bluth's films.
* Creator/StevenSpielberg
* Takashi Kawaguchi
* Creator/TaraStrong
* Ted Turner: His company bought the rights to MGM's pre-1986 library and Creator/HannaBarbera's ''entire'' library, which of course included vast amounts of old cartoons. This would prompt the launch of Cartoon Network.
* Teiichi Takiguchi
* TomRuegger
* Creator/ToshihikoMasuda: Chief Creator/{{TMS|Entertainment}} Directer of the Disney and WarnerBros shows that TMS worked on.
* Creator/TressMacNeille, a very prolific voice actress from this time to today.
* WilliamJoyce: creator of ''Rolie Polie Olie'', which aired at the end of the era
* Yoshifumi Kondo
* Yuichiro Yano
* Yukio Okazaki
* Yutaka Fujioka: Founder of Creator/{{TMS|Entertainment}}.

[[folder:Real life people who are directly influenced by this era]]
* Jerry Beck and Amid Amidi. Animation historians, writers on ''Art of'' and other animation novelty books, and bloggers of the industry-popular Blog/CartoonBrew.
* Doug Walker, a.k.a. WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic. Much of what he reviews exposes the somewhat worse aspects of some of the animation to come out of this era, and frequently includes gags referencing such cartoons.
* ''WebVideo/TheCartoonMan'' saga is a mostly live action homage to animation from this era, and by extension, the previous eras by which it was influenced. One character is specifically said to have made cartoons in the 80s and 90s in universe.
!!Tropes associated with this era include:
* AllAnimationIsDisney: This trope runs rampant on Don Bluth's work, and it doesn't stop there.
* AllCGICartoon: Started in this decade with both, Pixar's films, and TV series ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' and ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' (all three airing within the same time period on television to boot).
* AnimatedAdaptation: Though this does go back to the previous era, it began to happen more frequently in this era, with unlikely movies such as ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'', ''AceVentura'', and ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' receiving their own animated adaptations.
** [[/index]]Animated adaptations of video games were also big at the time, with [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM mixed]] [[SuperMarioBrosSuperShow results.]][[index]]
* AnimationAgeGhetto: A sad relic of the previous era. Animation did begin to overcome this somewhat, with the success of more adult cartoons such as ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* AnimationBump: '''IN ♠ SPADES.'''
* [[ArchEnemy Arch-Competitor]]: Creator/DonBluth to Disney from about the release of ''An American Tail'' untill ''All Dogs Go To Heaven'' was beaten by ''The Little Mermaid'' at the box office (after which Bluth stopped posing a real threat to Disney, arguably due to the departure of Steven Spielberg).
* AwardBaitSong: A staple of animated films of this era.
* BoxOfficeBomb: With Disney in its renaissance, few animated movies released by other studios stood much of a chance. Between the releases of ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' most non-Disney animated films bombed at the box office (Don Bluth's ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' being a prominent exception).
* ConspicuousCG: In some of the 2D movies from the late '80s and early '90s, it just looked weird when they tried to integrate computer animation because CG technology wasn't advanced enough yet. See the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/{{Thumbelina}}''.
* DirectToVideo
* DisneyFication
* DisneyAcidSequence
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Was still used ''a lot'' during the '80s, though it stopped being taken seriously and played straight at some point during the '90s.
* FollowTheLeader: The mentality of many of Disney's competitors during this era. Most of them failed miserably, though.
* GenreThrowback: Rampant. ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' was designed to be just like the old Disney animated musicals, ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' were inspired by the Warner Bros. cartoons in the [[GoldenAgeOfAnimation Golden Age]], Creator/GenndyTartakovsky and Creator/CraigMcCracken frequently threw back to '70s/'80s anime and superhero shows (and at some points drifted into AffectionateParody territory), Creator/JohnKricfalusi threw back to Creator/TexAvery, and so on.
* InkSuitActor: Happened quite a lot in Disney's movies during this period, such as the Genie in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' basically just being RobinWilliams, only blue and a RealityWarper.
* LicensedGame: This trend would explode with the NES, and it continues to this day. Nearly any cartoon that has ever become famous has received a video game adaptation.
* LimitedAnimation: Not quite as present as in the dark age, but shades still existed throughout this era. Especially in regards to television animation.
* LiveActionAdaptation: Just as movies were being adapted into animated series, the inverse was also happening more frequently.
* OffModel: Despite somewhat better animation, this still ran rampant throughout. The fact that literally everyone in North America and Japan were outsourcing did not help matters either.
* ParentalBonus
* PrimeTimeCartoon
* RecycledTheSeries
* {{Revival}}
* SaturdayMorningCartoon: Though by no means did they end during the Renaissance (there are still a few around today), this was the last animation era in which Saturday Morning Cartoons on network TV were still big contenders.
* SerkisFolk: Disney's first all CG character was the carpet from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. From there SerkisFolk would become increasingly more common, as traditional animation declined.
* ShoutOut: There were many shout outs to classic cartoons. ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' was basically one long ShoutOut.
* SpinoffBabies
* TheMovie: Many cartoon characters both old and new, such as ''WesternAnimation/{{Tom and Jerry|TheMovie}}'', ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'', ''[[Film/SpaceJam Looney Tunes]]'', ''[[AGoofyMovie Goofy]]'', the ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', ''[[TransformersTheMovie The Transformers]]'', ''TheFlintstones''. and others, got their own movies during this period, some of which vary in quality, but tended to usually be quite bad.
* ThickLineAnimation: Popularized by shows such as ''Dexter's Laboratory'', this style caught on towards what many may consider the end of the renaissance. Nowadays most western television cartoons that have come out have this style, if it isn't trying to look anime.
* ToiletHumor: Became increasingly more common place in the 1990s, especially with {{Gross Out Show}}s like ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''.
* WereStillRelevantDammit: The animation industry as a whole during this period. And boy did they prove it.