10 Cartoons You Have To Watch Stoned
If you ever find yourself yearning for shows that play to the strength of being high, then look no further. There are no nature documentaries or dramatic mini-series here. Instead, our “must-watch” list is comprised of the best cartoons to enjoy high.
GET HIGH AND FALL IN LOVE WITH CARTOONS ALL OVER AGAIN
Whether it is the style of animation, the quirky characters, or the downright outrageous storylines, each cartoon is significantly improved by our uplifting friend, Mary Jane. Those quiet evenings getting stoned in front of the TV needn’t be so quiet anymore. You will be bursting with feel-good vibes, and lost in fits of laughter late into the night.
AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE
It is hard to put the concept of Aqua Teen Hunger Force into words. Just trying to describe the characters makes it sound like the creators must’ve been high when they designed the show. The characters make no sense, the plot is often bizarre, and the animation style takes pride in mocking itself. By all accounts, Aqua Teen Hunger Force shouldn’t be great to watch, but it really, really is.
A few joints in, and suddenly the show just seems to make sense. Don’t ask us how, just smoke and find out for yourself.
An absolute classic that contains all the elements needed to keep stoners entertained. Outlandish animal characters may start life grounded in reality, but quickly defy the odds and cheat death regularly. The episodes are also short and sweet, which is a welcome change from the hour-long comedy specials on Netflix.
Sometimes, you want to watch something that lasts as long as one joint, before getting stuck into your evening plans. Looney Tunes will remind you of those carefree years as a child, and leave you floating with feel-good vibes.
RICK AND MORTY
No matter how many times you watch the same episode of Rick and Morty, there is always a subtle innuendo or hidden reference you miss. There are the obvious jokes; then there are the inside jokes that only loyal fans will understand. The difficulty, however, is the show can be a little hard to get into, especially if you have started late and your friends have a head start.
Fire up the bong, get the first couple of seasons lined up, and before you know it, you’ll be the guy that’s doing flawless Rick impressions at house parties.
THE REN AND STIMPY SHOW
Ren represents the uptight, moderately stressed corporate machine that many of us fall victim to being. While Stimpy, on the other hand, is the fun-loving, carefree friend we all wish we could be a little more like. Whether you relate to the characters or not, there is something strangely real about the scenarios that Stimpy gets himself into, and the way Ren reacts.
Add marijuana into the equation, and The Ren and Stimpy Show is one of the few cartoons that will have you rolling around with laughter, rather than just the light exhale many shows manage these days.
If you struggle with some of the ageing animation techniques used in older shows like Looney Tunes or Freakazoid, Adventure Time is the modern remaster that captures the essence of lovable children’s cartoons. While many of the characters may appeal to children, it is the dialogue and suggestive nature that have captured the hearts of adults.
The perfect way to fuse the visually appealing nature of the animation with the laughter-inducing narrative is to add some top-drawer ganja to the proceedings. By allowing your mind to wander the cosmos, it suddenly feels like you are right there with the Adventure Time crew.
Western society has long been fascinated with Japanese culture and the concept of the samurai. Samurai Jack blends Western animation and constant action with the themes of honour and redemption as told by ancient clans of samurai warriors.
While many viewers tune in for the classic underdog tale of Jack against the hordes of evil, stoners stay for the intoxicating art style and iconic soundtrack. An intensely euphoric sativa is the ideal complement to the vivid colours and fast-paced fight scenes. Cannabis elevates the show, helping it become the perfect conduit for East-meets-West.
If you have already seen some of the older cartoons in our must-watch list, then it is easy to see their influence in Spongebob Squarepants. The show perfectly balances simple animation with very adult themes. In fact, if you have been on the internet in the last five years, it doesn’t take much to find a sprawling collection of Spongebob memes.
Pre-roll a few blunts, and the charismatic characters will become your new best friends. Some cartoons don’t have to make sense to be funny, they just are.
If you thought the best stoner cartoons would all be about bizarre characters and high-octane fight scenes, think again! Sailor Moon still has some odd characters, and there is action, but the show has an appeal that’s grown among adult men and women. The main characters are fighting for justice while trying to balance the struggles of everyday life. Highly relatable for a large portion of its audience, Sailor Moon has gathered a cult following.
With a few joints to break you in, you will soon find you have more in common with the main characters than you originally thought.
Freakazoid comes from an era that many of us cannot believe existed. Cartoons were free to push the boundaries of their jokes, and their characters, but still be shown in primetime slots.
Freakazoid is not your typical superhero; instead, he may be one of the first anti-heroes to capture the attention of mainstream audiences. Either way, he is strangely charming—in a slightly psychotic and deranged kind of way. With a ton of subtle references and quick skits, a hard-hitting indica helps slow down the senses and let you capture every moment.
One of the few (surviving) shows that is still allowed to step over the line and tackle controversial topics.
With 22 seasons, there is plenty of satirical humour to go around, but all that popular culture can wear a little thin after a while. Instead, try chomping down on a few edibles before embarking on a South Park binge. The fart jokes, jibes about Cartman’s mum, and the infamous “who killed Kenny line” will seem just as funny 22 seasons in as they did when watching the first episode.
Even if you've seen the cartoons on our must-watch list, spark a few joints and enjoy them all over again. You'll quickly find they take on a new meaning.
14 Things You May Not Have Known About SpongeBob SquarePants
Ten years ago today, SpongeBob SquarePants and his Bikini Bottom cohorts became movie stars. The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie made $140 million worldwide and is the fifth-highest grossing animated TV adaptation ever. How did an anthropomorphic sponge who lives in a pineapple become a children’s icon? Some of these tidbits may explain its success and longevity.
1. THE IDEA FOR THE SERIES WAS FROM AN ACTUAL MARINE BIOLOGIST.
Stephen Hillenburg has a degree in natural resource planning with a marine resources emphasis, and he used to teach Marine Biology at the Orange County Marine Institute. Hillenburg also liked to draw, and created a comic book called Intertidial Zone for the Institute, which starred an early version of SpongeBob. When he worked as creative director for the Nickelodeon animated series Rocko’s Modern Life, fellow animators saw the potential appeal of SpongeBob.
2. SPONGEBOB’S ORIGINAL NAME WAS SPONGEBOY.
And the show’s title was initially SpongeBoy Ahoy!. SpongeBoy was a copyrighted name for a mop, however, but Hillenburg made sure to keep the “sponge” in the name of his protagonist as he was worried that children might mistake him for a block of cheese.
3. SPONGEBOB’S PERSONALITY WAS INFLUENCED BY JERRY LEWIS, PEE-WEE HERMAN, AND STAN LAUREL.
SpongeBob creative director Derek Drymon remembered Hillenburg wanting to create a character with a “young, boyish” attitude, with Lewis, Herman, and Laurel specifically in mind. Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob, said that Hillenburg initially described the talking sponge as a “half child half adult, kind of like a munchkin,” before also mentioning the same three comedy legends. The creator also told Kenny to try to do a similar voice that the Mr. Show alum once did for a background character in a long-forgotten scene in Rocko’s Modern Life. Kenny described the nameless character he did not even recall as a “squeaky, helium-voiced elf guy. Just a total throwaway voice.”
4. PATRICK WAS INITIALLY CONCEIVED AS AN ANGRY BAR OWNER.
A starfish character first entered the picture while Hillenburg and Drymon were storyboarding the pilot. But before there was the lovable dummy Patrick Star, the starfish in the first story had a “huge chip on his shoulder because he was pink.” He owned a roadside bar and was a “bully.” Bill Fagerbakke, known mostly as Dauber from Coach and/or Marshall’s dad on How I Met Your Mother, voices Patrick by slowing his speech and pretending that his mouth is in his chest.
5. SQUIDWARD IS TECHNICALLY NOT A SQUID.
Squidward Q. Tentacles has been referred to as both a squid and an octopus throughout the series run, but he only has six tentacles. The animators decided to not give the pessimistic cephalopod the proper number because any more than six legs would “weigh him down too much visually.”
6. THE “MY LEG!” FISH HAS A NAME. IT IS FRED.
Fred’s name was revealed in the episode “Patty Hype.” He is known in various episodes, spanning seasons and years, for crying “My leg!” while under duress.
7. THERE IS A VERY POPULAR POT PARODY OF THE SHOW.
Animation studio Camp Chaos produced a two-season series on VH1 and MTV2 called ILL-ustrated in 2003 and 2004. One of the animated shorts created for the show, SpongeBong HempPants, was a not-too-subtle re-imagining of SpongeBob SquarePants if the characters were shaped like marijuana or the paraphernalia necessary to enjoy the drug. The shorts were never run on television “due to concerns about sister network Nickelodeon.” The episodes however did end up on YouTube, where they have been viewed over 6.3 million times.
The real show’s stoner-friendly reputation remains intact today, helped by the parody and the oft-repeated fact that the episode title of season four’s 20th episode is titled “Best Day Ever.”
8. WILL FERRELL, TINA FEY, ROBIN WILLIAMS, AND OTHER BIG CELEBRITIES HAVE APPEARED ON THE SHOW (AGAINST THE CREATOR’S INITIAL WISHES).
Hillenburg was against celebrities providing guest voices for his creation, out of fear of a comparison to The Simpsons. Two exceptions to the rule during the first three seasons of the show were Tim Conway and Ernest Borgnine, who played SpongeBob’s favorite superheroes, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy. After Hillenburg resigned as showrunner, Bikini Bottom welcomed the likes of Ferrell, Fey, Williams, Amy Poehler, Johnny Depp, Victoria Beckham, LeBron James, Pink, Patton Oswalt, and other established stars to get adults to watch.
9. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE WAS NOT WELCOME TO SING ABOUT SPONGEBOB.
For the movie’s soundtrack, Avril Lavigne sang a Canadian punk-pop version of the theme song, while Jeff Tweedy wrote the original Wilco song “Just a Kid.” The Flaming Lips came up with the song “SpongeBob and Patrick Confront the Psychic Wall of Energy,” which frontman Wayne Coyne initially envisioned as a duet with Justin Timberlake, but Stephen Hillenburg was against the idea. “I don’t want any of those sort of commercial weirdos on there,” Hillenburg allegedly told Coyne.” I don’t like those commercial people. I like you guys, and Wilco, and Ween.”
Ween provided their song “Ocean Man” for the soundtrack, initially from their 1997 album The Mollusk. Musical cameos by Brian Wilson, Tommy Ramone, and Elvis Presley guitarist James Burton highlight the 2006 compilation album SpongeBob SquarePants: The Best Day Ever, and the vocal talents of The Monkees’ Davy Jones and David Bowie have appeared on the TV series.
10. A NEWLY DISCOVERED FUNGI WAS NAMED AFTER SPONGEBOB.
Researchers at San Francisco State University christened a new species of mushroom Spongiforma squarepantsii in 2011, on account of its resemblance to the sea sponge. When the researchers also noted that the spore-producing area of the fungus found in the forests of Borneo resembled a seafloor “carpeted in tube sponges,” it sealed the deal. It has a “fruity or musty” odor.
11. THE WRITERS WERE INFLUENCED BY RAY BRADBURY.
Needing fresh stories for season two, newly hired story editor Merriwether Williams was tasked with helping the writing staff come up with ideas. She gave them copies of Ray Bradbury’s essay collection Zen and the Art of Writing. A particular writing exercise that generated many plots for the SpongeBob staff was called “The Noun Game.” Williams had everyone write three to six nouns on small pieces of paper and place them in a hat. They’d draw one, then spend a minute writing an unfiltered story based on that noun.
12. A CONSERVATIVE GROUP LABELED THE SHOW ‘HOMOSEXUAL PROPAGANDA.’
A 2005 video meant to promote tolerance and diversity to young students featuring SpongeBob and Patrick was notoriously considered by Focus on the Family and other conservative groups as an instrument of gay propaganda. That incident, and interpretations by viewers that SpongeBob is gay, has led to denials from the show’s staff that SpongeBob has any sexual orientation at all. In a 2002 Wall Street Journal interview, Hillenburg said that even though he considers all of his characters “asexual,” he believes the attitude of SpongeBob SquarePants “is about tolerance.”
13. DAVID HASSELHOFF KEPT THE 12-FOOT REPLICA OF HIMSELF THAT WAS MADE FOR THE MOVIE.
Eating $100,000 of the film’s budget, the 750 pound version of The Hoff was given to its inspiration by the crew. Hasselhoff appears as himself at the end of the movie in live-action, a scene that was written before the former Baywatch star had even agreed to play the part. The giant mannequin was sold at auction earlier this year.
14. IT IS THE LONGEST RUNNING NICKELODEON SERIES EVER.
Surpassing Rugrats‘ previous record of 172 episodes, SpongeBob SquarePants will broadcast its 200th episode during the current season (the show’s ninth). The show hasn’t aired an original episode since March though—it is on hiatus in order to complete production on their second movie, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, set for release next February. The 3-D sequel was initially supposed to come out one week later on February 13th, but Paramount Pictures moved the release date forward to avoid competition with Fifty Shades of Grey.
Getting to the bottom of Bikini Bottom