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Top 5 Saturday Morning Cartoon / Breakfast Cereal Pairings

Z-Trip, Murs and Supernatural said it best: "On Saturday mornings I used to like to get a big, fat bowl of cereal and watch cartoons." Well guess what gang, so do we. But we're sophisticated adults which means we can afford to make sure we have the right cereal for the occasion. Just in time for Saturday morning, here are our picks for the top five best cartoon/cereal pairings:

5. Captain N: The Game Master / Nintendo Cereal System

One good product tie-in deserves another. Which is why we ate up The Nintendo Cereal System and Captain N: The Game Master in the late '80s. At that time, the Nintendo Entertainment System was at its peak. The Nintendo Cereal System was a cash in on the video game system's success that divided one cereal box divided in halves, giving kids the chance to choose between munching on Super Mario or Legend of Zelda shapes.


By today's standards, Captain N sucks. The premise follows an everyday gamer who gets sucked into his TV and must become the hero of "Videoland." It's the sort of plot that only barely resembles an excuse for exploring the various worlds featured in Nintendo video games in one show and it was done poorly. Yet at the time we didn't care that they were destroying our most beloved video game characters with their grossly inaccurate characterizations. We were too fixated on the fact that Captain N was using the Nintendo control pad and zapper, the very tools we'd used to best Bowser and Ganon, to pause in mid-air and blast baddies to care. Consume enough of the Nintendo Cereal System while watching this show and the impending sugar coma will ensure that you won't care either.

4. Ren and Stimpy / Cinnamon Toast Crunch

You'd have to have space madness to want to ingest anything while watching a show that frequently relied on kitty litter and "magic nose goblins" for its punchlines, but if there's one thing we found appetizing it's Powdered Toast Man. When Ren and Stimpy's cupboards were bare, this bread-headed hero would swoop in and essentially scrape off some of his toasty dandruff on to Ren and Stimpy's plates where it would form sparkling, cinnamony slices of toast.

As such we recommend laughing until you wet yourself silly while enjoying the delicious baked squares coated in sugar and cinnamon we call Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Even grown-ups can see why this is a perfect match.

3. The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy / Count Chocula

Maxwell Atoms' The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy takes the Grim Reaper, one of the most frightening figures of the human conciousness, and reduces him down to a plaything for two demented children. What's worse, he is also given a poorly imitated Jamaican accent. If there's one other product that removes the fangs from one of histories most legendary monsters, it's Count Chocula cereal. Rather than feast on the living to sustain his afterlife, Count Chocula seems content with helping children suck down more sugar and chocolately goodness with each bowl of his cereal. It's enough to make us wonder what happens we he sees sun light. Does he just melt?

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Jonathan McNamara