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9 Cartoons From Your Childhood That Were Made In Canada

Arthur, Franklin, Caillou & more!
9 Cartoons From Your Childhood That Were Made In Canada

There's a certain nostalgic feeling that comes with re-watching our former favourite shows. The comfort of those memories and those beloved characters make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. While you may assume that many of these classics were made in the States, it might surprise you that quite a few hit cartoons from the 90s and 2000s have Canadian roots.   

Tons of live-action shows we were raised on also feature Canadian cast members, including The Big Comfy Couch, Mr. Dressup, and Goosebumps.

Family Channel classics also hold a special place in our pre-teen hearts. Shows like Life with Derek, Naturally Sadie, and Darcy's Wild Life are all Canada-based series too. 

Just like us, our favourite Family Channel stars are all grown up, starting families and continuing to thrive in their acting careers.

Today, we have the hilarious CBC sitcom Schitt's Creek to honour our northern roots. One of the show's stars, Noah Reid, got his start as a voice actor on childhood shows including Rolie Polie Olie, Babar, and Franklin, which you'll find on this list of Canadian-made cartoons.

Caillou (1997-2010)

The little bald-headed boy that we grew up with was produced by Cookie Jar Entertainment, according to IMDb. The media production company was based in Toronto.

Arthur (1996-Present)

IMDb claims that Arthur's production company, called Cookie Jar Studios, was located in both Montreal and Toronto. It was part of Cookie Jar Entertainment.

Deadline reported that DHX bought Cookie Jar Entertainment in 2012. The series has been running for over 20 years and even put out new episodes as recently as 2019!

Barbie (2000s)

If you played with Barbies as a child, you likely loved to watch her on-screen too. The animated doll has had so many different movies including Barbie of Swan Lake, Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus, and Barbie in a Mermaid Tale among tons more.

The first two films were created by Mainframe Entertainment and the last one was produced by Rainmaker Entertainment. Both studios are located in Vancouver.

Little Bear (1995-2003)

Animated talking animals were totally entertaining back in the day. Multiple production companies were used to create Little Bear and his friends, including the Toronto-based company part of Corus Entertainment, called Nelvana.

The Magic School Bus (1994-1997)

Ms. Frizzle and her class also have some Canadian roots. One of the show's many production companies includes Nelvana. Grace and Frankie star Lily Tomlin used to voice the iconic teacher, and Noah Reid also voiced two episodes in 1997.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 & 2001)

The shiny-nosed reindeer we grew up with is a classic Christmas icon. The original movie premiered in 1964 and IMDb notes the filming location was in Toronto.

Then, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & the Island of Misfit Toys came out in 2001. Three Vancouver-based companies called BLT Productions, Pinewood Sound, and Atomic Cartoons were all used in its creation.

Franklin (1997-2004)

The bright green talking turtle comes from Toronto and was voiced by Noah Reid. That means Franklin along with Bear, Rabbit, Snail, Goose, Fox, and the rest of the gang were created here in Canada.

Angela Anaconda (1999-2002)

According to IMDb, five production companies contributed to Angela's adventures, three of which are Canadian owned.

The Berenstain Bears (2002-2004)

You may recall the Reddit post from someone who insisted that the bears were named "Berenstein" which started a whole online discussion. Forbes even reported on the confusion back in October 2017. IMDb confirmed that Berenstain Bears is, in fact, the correct spelling and also lists Nelvana as a production studio, making this classic totally Canadian.

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