Cartons are for kids! Well, thankfully, this is not necessarily always the case. Of course, there is some truth to that statement; animated series are traditionally meant for children. But, today, this archetype is being challenged left and right. With a burgeoning market of adult cartoons – that was spearheaded by shows like The Simpsons, South Park, and Family Guy – maybe adults can enjoy animated series just as much as kids. And, every once in a while, it can be fun to revisit the cartoons of our childhood today.
They just don’t make cartoons like they used to. I don’t know how old you are, dear reader, but I, for one, grew up in the golden age of animation. Yes, I’m talking about shows like Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo, as well as all of the beloved shorts featuring iconic characters like Porky Pig, Donald Duck, Pluto, Mickey Mouse (back before he was just a mascot for Disney), Wile E. Coyote, and Tom and Jerry. All of the classics.
I would be lying to you if I said that I never get nostalgic for these shows. The minute that I put on an episode of Scooby-Doo or Looney Tunes, I am immediately transported to my childhood home. I am a kid again, sitting on the rug, inches away from the TV, with a bowl of cereal, laughing hysterically as Road Runner takes Wile E. Coyote off yet another cliff, or under yet another anvil. Ah, it really doesn’t get much better than that.
A lot of free cartoon streaming sites are geared towards children specifically, but, every once in a while, I come across the rare site that features tons of content from my childhood. Sites like Super Cartoons, however, are not only good for the occasional fun trip down memory lane, they make it easy for me to share my favorite childhood shows with my own kids.
When my son’s face lights up at the site of Bugs Bunny or Tasmanian Devil, I cannot even tell you how much joy it brings me. The fact that sites like this exist is a godsend. I love being able to revisit my own childhood while also sharing with my own children the gift of quality animation.
The current state of cartoons, of course, is a far cry from the classics. And I, for one, miss the days that cartoons were still cartoons, and not CGI computer graphics or live-action remakes that blur the lines between animation and reality. Cartoons should be absurd, ridiculous, and full of imagination. This is why sites like Super Cartoons are great for those of us who are still kids at heart and, of course, our own children alike.
With free streaming sites like this, it can be difficult to find any actual history. The creators of these sites often remain largely anonymous, much of the ways in which the sites came to be are kept pretty under wraps. The one thing that I can say with certainty about Super Cartoons is the fact that, according to the site, it has been in operation since 2012. And even though 8 years does not seem like a huge amount of time for a site to be around, free streaming sites are getting shut down all the time – especially when they feature heavily guarded, copyrighted content like that of Disney, Looney Tunes, and Universal Studios.
So, the fact that Super Cartoons has managed to stay around for almost a decade is exceptionally impressive. And here’s to Super Cartoons sticking around another decade (and beyond!), as it is a wonderful archive of some of the most classic (and difficult to find) animated content of all time.
Super Cartoons has a super simple site design. When you land on the home page, you will be greeted by a sky-blue background with animated clouds softly lining the top of the page. It is, I admit, not the best-looking streaming site that I have ever seen, but it feels appropriate for the content that it features. It lends the site a real air of animated fun, and I always appreciate it when a site’s design mirrors in some way the content that it features.
Beyond that, though, the site is organized fairly well. A site menu bar at the top of the page allows you to browse Super Cartoons’ videos by a few different options. Simply choose between Home, Cartoons, Characters, Studios, or Series. This lets you browse the site as broadly or as specifically as you wish. The one main feature that it is blatantly missing, however, is a search bar, in case you want to type in a specific keyword and not have to click through page by page to find what it is that you are looking for.
Once you click into a video, an embedded JW Media Player will display your content of choice. It is a very basic setup, and additional videos will be featured above the player. Simply click into a full-screen mode to become immersed in the content or minimize it to see more information and view additional videos. Each video comes with a description underneath, including a synopsis, studio and character credits, and an overall rating (given by fellow Super Cartoons users).
I think that the site design could probably be made a little more experiential. I would like, for instance, to have the design more closely resemble that of, say, Netflix – or even YouTube for that matter, allowing for a more fluid experience of all the videos that the site has to offer. But, for what it is, Super Cartoons certainly gets the job done … with minimal ads and zero fees or subscriptions necessary, I might add.
I have already touched upon most of what Super Cartoons has to offer but allow me to reiterate in case I missed anything. On this site, you will find only the best of the best, the classic animations. Enjoy the timeless cartoons of our youth, free of charge, like Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Scooby-Doo, Donald Duck, Tasmanian Devil, etc.
The home page of Super Cartoons boasts that it hosts over 1,000 cartoon shorts. I hate to be the guy who is looking for things to complain about, but I do think that this archive could be expanded quite a bit. I would like to see Super Cartoons add more shows from more networks and a broader range of time periods. The newest cartoon that you’ll find on Super Cartoons likely aired in the 1970s. And it includes no full-length episodes or movies at that.
Super Cartoons could be made even more super if they added a few newer shows (let’s get some stuff from the 80s, 90s, and early aughts even), as well as if they added in a few feature-length presentations. However, I understand that this would result in a copyright nightmare and could potentially jeopardize the entire site.
Desktop and Mobile Experience
Unfortunately, as of now, there is no Super Cartoons app. This, of course, would greatly enhance the user experience from a mobile perspective (for obvious reasons). That being said, the site is pretty well optimized for mobile browsers. In fact, as far as free streaming sites go, Super Cartoons has one of the best mobile experiences that I have ever seen. Simply scroll down the list of titles and click into whatever you want to see without being inundated with too many ads or a clunky design. The site works well whether you are on your desktop computer, iPhone, Android, or tablet.
Pricing and Plans
Arguably the best aspect of Super Cartoons is the fact that it is 100% free, with minimal ads. Most sites like this are absolutely riddled in popups, on-page advertisements, and ads that play before the video content begins. Super Cartoons, however, are especially light-handed when it comes to their ads. A simple adblocker will keep you from any unwanted solicitation with no problems.
Suggestions that I have for Super Cartoons
Well, for one thing, I would love to see Super Cartoons develop a decent app. The way that the site is designed and the type of archived content that it features, I think, would really lend itself well to the app space. However, this is probably unlikely, given the nature of the site.
That being said, I do think that Super Cartoons, as I mentioned earlier, could definitely benefit by expanding their roster of shows. As of now, the site remains somewhat niche. I would love to see their offerings expanded. Perhaps a premium upgrade could make this possible.