...finally managed to watch was the Hunger Games movie.

Since I finished the trilogy it was pretty much inevitable. I was really curious of how accurate it will be, and to tell you the truth I was surprised.

It was actually a pretty decent movie, though I guess there were a couple of things in it that wouldn't have made any sense if you didn't read the books. The actors in it were OK too, and I'm actually proud that I loved the same characters in the movie as in the books (Cinna and Rue that is).

Anyway, this last weekend there was a short conversation about old and new cartoons between my friends and me. We were all pretty much of the same accord: that there are no better cartoons than the old ones on Cartoon Network.

Here are my favorites from those old times:

1. Dexter's Laboratory

This show is about a boy named Dexter who has an enormous secret laboratory filled with an endless collection of his inventions. He also has an annoying sister: Dee Dee, and an arch enemy, another genius boy who calls himself Mandark.

Note: If you like The Big Bang Theory, and Despicable Me this show is for you.

2. The Powerpuff Girls

The show centers on Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, three kindergarten-aged girls with superpowers, as well as their "father", the brainy scientist Professor Utonium, who all live in the fictional city of Townsville, USA. The girls are frequently called upon by the town's childlike mayor to help fight nearby criminals using their powers.

Note: if you watch this show with open eyes you'll catch quite a couple of references to historical events in it.

3. Ed, Edd n Eddy

The series revolves around three adolescent boys collectively known as "the Eds," who hang around in a suburban cul-de-sac. Unofficially led by Eddy, the Eds constantly scheme to make money off their peers in order to purchase their favorite confectionery; jawbreakers. However, their plans usually fail, leaving them in various predicaments.

Note: if you liked reading about Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, or just generally liked stories about awkward teenagers and their adventures you'll love this.

4. Courage, the Cowardly Dog

Its central plot revolves around a somewhat anthropomorphic dog named Courage who lives with his owners, Muriel and Eustace Bagge, an elderly, married farming couple in the "Middle of Nowhere" (the fictional town of Nowhere, Kansas). Courage and his owners are frequently thrown into bizarre misadventures, often involving the paranormal/supernatural and various villains.The show is often noted for its surreal, often disquieting humor and bizarre plot twists.

Note: this cartoon is pretty weird, and probably not for little kids. It has lots of black humor in it, so if you're not into that stuff keep clear of it.

5. Codename: Kids next door

The main characters of the series are five 10-year-old children who operate from their high-tech treehouse. Their mission is to fight crime committed by adults, senior citizens and teenagers and other evil children. They make up what is known as Sector V of a worldwide organization called the Kids Next Door.

Note: this show also has a few delightful references to other movies, for example Indiana Jones. If you're not familiar with old adventure movies you'll prolly not catch them.

These cartoons of course were from when I was about 10 years old. They were refreshing after all the Flintstones, Jetsons, Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes, Popeye, Droopy and who knows what else episodes.

I remember hating Johnny Bravo back then, but at the moment I would give my left pinky finger to have a show at least as good as that one. Ah well...C'est la vie (and yes, I copied that out from an internet site because I suck at french).