Winter Break may only be two weeks, but sometimes it can feel like an eternity. With no school to keep you busy, it can be difficult to know what to do with your time. This holiday season many people are also staying home and cannot travel to visit any family. In that situation, bingeable cartoons are going to be there to keep you entertained and mesmerized.
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Available on Netflix
“Avatar: the Last Airbender” is a show that no matter how many times you may have seen it as a kid, a rewatch is essential. The story takes place in a world where it is split up into nations based on the four elements and the only one who can master all four of these elements is Aang the Avatar, who has been missing for 100 years and was recently found by Sokka and Katara, children of the water tribe. The gang travels together around the world, trying to help Aang master his powers and also attempting to fight the war being waged by the Fire Nation. The show spans over three seasons that is filled with outstanding animation and beautiful storytelling that is sure to inspire and teach lessons within every episode.
Over the Garden Wall
Available on Hulu
An autumn cartoon go-to, Over the Garden Wall is only ten episodes long, and a show you could easily finish in one night. If you’re someone like me who religiously rewatches the Halloween episodes of cartoons, this show is perfect for you. Full of pumpkin villagers, mysterious woods of darkness, and catchy songs about potatoes and molasses, the show is sure to maintain your attention within every second.
Available on Hulu
An anime that ran from 1992 to 1997 is a feminist superhero story from the point of view of Usagi, also known as Sailor Moon and her trusty sidekick, talking cat Luna. Usagi meets other teenage girls that help her fight evil and battle crazy monsters. While the main character Usagi is boy crazy, she learns throughout the series to never rely on a man to save her and to always fight for herself. One of the best things about the show is the strong bond the Sailor Guardians make with one another while saving the world. While the show is a bit lengthy, the episodes are short and is so addicting, getting through it will be no struggle.
Available on Hulu & Disney+
Gravity Falls is a puzzling and fascinating cartoon that begins with main characters Dipper and Mable Pines arriving in the mysterious small town, Gravity Falls, to visit their Uncle Stan and work in his gift shop. As the curious and nosy person he is, Dipper is always discovering mythical creatures and suspicious looking books that he is trying to piece together to find out what exactly is going on in Gravity Falls?
Available on Hulu
Another magical cartoon for the list! While the stories in each episode are fascinating and brilliant, one thing that is most memorable is the characters. New characters are introduced almost every episode, and not one is unforgettable. Minor characters like a Peppermint Butler or a Frog Wizard will be permanently stuck inside your brain forever. The simplistic style of the cartoons makes them more exciting, giving them all the possibility for their personality to shine through, instead of focusing on intricate design. That is no dig at the animation, because it is adorable and makes the show the loved cartoon that it is.
Cartoons have been given a bad reputation, for being childish and meant for short attention spans, but this list shows the creativity and inspiration that cartoons really contain. Binging tv shows over break is one of the biggest past times. So, while you wrap presents and lie lazily around the fireplace, bring your cartoons to comfort you and maybe even teach you a lesson or two.