The great thing about watching cartoons when you're adult is you can finally catch all the pop culture references you'd never even think twice about as a kid. Well hold on to your brain juices because here's 10 examples that may just BLOW YOUR MIND.


1. "The Dude" from The Big Lebowski featured in both Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends

Powerpuff Girls:

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Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends (with Walter and Donny):

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2. Throughout The Animaniacs, The Godfather's Vito Corleone is re-imagined as a pigeon

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3. The show Arthur, starring a lovable aardvark and his animals friends, references the South Park pilot in which Cartman is abducted by aliens and given an anal probe.

Note the "Hey, you squished Buster" in lieu of "Hey, you killed Kenny."

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4. The 90's movie Space Jam, starring Michael Jordan, gave a shout out to Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction during a face-off with alien rivals.

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The Dick Dale and The Del Tones "Misirlou" background music really runs it home.

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5. Looney Tunes did a straight up parody of American classic Casablanca, aptly named "Carrotblana"

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6. Freakazoid gives a subtle shout out to the movie about eccentric cross-dressing director Ed Wood, title by the same name.

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7. The original Transformers series sneaks in a very discreet reference to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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Megatron quotes the famous Percy Garris, Butch and Sundance's boss when they briefly go straight.

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8. Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends titles an episode after epic war film Apocalypse Now.

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9. Sesame Street takes on Mad Men

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10. Pumba's line "They call me MISSTERR PIGGG" in The Lion King references the classic film In the Heat of the Night

"They call me MISTER pig"

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"They call me MISTER Tibbs"

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