Does anyone remember those hour-long movie specials for cartoons, back in the day?
Yeah, you know them. The over-hyped specials that would be advertised at every opportunity, the ones that Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, and of course, Nickelodeon were notorious for. But did we, as viewers, really expect anything amazing from the newest Spongebob hour-long special, or the newest Fairly Oddparents movie?
No, of course not. But that being said, there were several gems among them–special stories that really took advantage of the extra time, to create something that really stood out from the rest of the series.
I’ve been feeling a little bit nostalgic as of late, so here’s a quick top ten for you–my favorite movie specials of Western Animation! To qualify as what counted, the series had to be generally advertised as a special event. Even if there were technically separate episodes, or if it was just a singular movie, it doesn’t matter–so long as they were aired together at some point, telling a single narrative–season finales, TV movies, whatever!
And yes. Nine. I couldn’t think of a tenth, sue me.