Many celebrities have had their own cartoons, including Jackie Chan, Mike Tyson, Wayne Gretzky, Shaq, and Michael Jordan. Some have been better than others. Many different things can determine the success and popularity of a celebrity cartoon, such as air time, broadcast channel, content and quality. Some celebrity cartoons go back decades while others are more recent like the Mike Tyson cartoon. Before cartoons starred celebrities, there were cartoons that just guest featured celebrities. Celebrities appeared in Felix the Cat as early as 1923.
In Mike Tyson’s cartoon, called Mike Tyson Mysteries, he plays a mystery solver, much like in Scooby-Doo. The show also features Mike’s adopted daughter, a talking pigeon, and the ghost of Marquess of Queensberry. The series originally aired October 2014. In Jackie Chan Adventures, Jackie plays an archeologist who finds a magical talisman (one of many). He soon learns of The Dark Hand who are seeking out the talismans for evil. He must combat the Dark Hand and the spirit Shendu to prevent their evil. It ran for five seasons and premiered on WB kids in the year 2000. The cartoon Prostars stars Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson, and Wayne Gretzky. All of these men were sports stars, which is why they were chosen for the show. It was originally meant to air on ESPN but instead ran on NBC premiering in September of 1991.
Mike Tysons Mysteries has had one season so far and was renewed for a second. It has received high reviews; nearly ever critic has rated it above 70/100. It has been called funny, a lampoon, odd, entertaining, absurd and profane. The show is a hit and a great fit for the rest of the Adult Swim lineup as it sticks to the type of humor you would expect from Adult Swim. I think this show will do well and run for at least another couple of seasons thanks to the fact that it runs on Adult Swim. Jackie Chan Adventures did very well, running for five seasons on Saturday mornings on WB kids, a prime show time for the target audience. This show received good reviews through some websites, such as IMDB, but is a little too old to be on all the major review website’s radar. Jackie Chan Adventures is filled with action and adventure as well as some humor. With an exciting story and new, magical talismans throughout the first seasons, Jackie Chan Adventures pulls in the audience and keeps them there.
In my opinion, Jackie Chan Adventures was one of the best celebrity cartoons ever made. Prostars ran for only one season back in 1991 with a grand total of 13 episodes. IMDb gave Prostars a 7/10. While Prostars would be mostly incomparable to today’s cartoons, the show did teach good life lessons and morale. If you were a child and a sports fan back in 1991, this would probably your favorite cartoon.