For most of WWE’s history, programming has been geared towards families and younger audiences. Until the mid-90s, WWE prominently featured cartoonish gimmicks. After a brief run with Attitude Era and Ruthless Aggression Era producing more forward-thinking content, WWE returned to producing family content in the PG era. It’s no surprise, then, that WWE has produced or helped create several cartoon films and series over the years, as cartoons are primarily associated with children’s entertainment.
WWE has partnered with family cartoon company Hanna-Barbera to create WWE-related films starring Scooby-Doo, the Jetsons and the Flintstone. Outside of this deal, WWE also produced Camp WWE, Slam City, and Story Time animation for the WWE Network. In the 1980s, WWE was also involved in creating a cartoon starring Hulk Hogan called Hulk Hogan’s Rock N Wrestling.
8 Scooby-Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon
In 2016, WWE wrestlers teamed up with the cast of Scooby-Doo for the second direct-to-video film and the third film in the Hanna-Barbera and WWE crossover. The movie featured the likes of Rusev, Paige, The Undertaker, Los Matadores, Sheamus, Triple H, The Miz, Lana, Kofi Kingston, and the Rhodes and McMahon family. Unlike the other films in the series, Curse of the Speed Demon did not feature any struggle.
Instead, the movie centered around a race between WWE’s various wrestlers and an evil racer called Inferno. The film called for Shaggy and Scooby to team up with the Undertaker as the Mystery Inc team sought to uncover Inferno’s identity. In the end, Inferno ended up being unmasked as Triple H with the help of Stephanie McMahon.
seven Scooby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery
Scooby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery was the first crossover between WWE and Scooby-Doo. However, unlike the sequel to that Scooby-Doo movie, this one featured wrestling, bumping the film’s rating from G to PG. The film follows the Mystery Inc gang after Shaggy and Scooby win an all-expenses-paid trip to WrestleMania. The film stars John Cena, Sin Cara, Triple H, Brodus Clay and Mr. McMahon. During the film, WWE is plagued by a monster known as Ghost Bear.
As is tradition in the Scooby-Doo movies, the Mystery Inc gang eventually reveals that the person behind Ghost Bear is Cookie, John Cena’s trainer and a disgruntled wrestler whose career was cut short by injury. Like many other WWE and Hanna-Barbera crossovers, WrestleMania Mystery was also not well received by critics.
6 The Flintstones and WWE Stone Age SmackDown!
In 2015, WWE teamed up with the Flintstones in Stone Age SmackDown. The story of this film revolves around Fred Flintstone creating a wrestling promotion as a way to earn money for his family’s vacation that he had previously lost.
The Flintstones and WWE crossover featured the voices of WWE talent including The Undertaker, John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio, Mark Henry, CM Punk, Vince McMahon and the Bella Twins. Although the movie contained some wrestling, it only had a running time of 44 minutes for the whole thing, which means it barely feels like a movie.
5 The Jetsons and WWE: Robo-WrestleMania!
The final cooperation between WWE and Hanna-Barbera was the Jetsons and WWE crossover which saw the Jetsons travel back in time to bring in current WWE stars to help take on The Big Show, who entered the future by being frozen for 100 years. Besides the Big Show, the film also starred Roman Reigns, The Usos, Sheamus, Mr. McMahon, and Seth Rollins.
The 2017 direct-to-video film was the final nail in the coffin for the WWE Studios and Hanna-Barbera crossover. The film was also Jetson’s first film made since the deaths of the cartoon company’s original founders, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.
4 WWE camp
Camp WWE was a cartoon show that aired on the WWE Network from 2016 to 2018 and was co-produced by Stoopid Buddy Stoodies, founded by Seth Green. Although it was a cartoon, the series was more like a more mature audience like Family Guy or American Dad than traditional cartoons. The show featured Vince McMahon as the owner of Camp WWE, who was voiced by the real Vince McMahon. WWE Legends Ric Flair, Sgt. Slaughter, Lex Luger, Jake Roberts, and The Godfather have also spoken on the show.
Camp WWE also featured child versions of WWE Superstars, voiced by professional comedians. Some of the characters to feature on the show include John Cena, The Rock, Triple H, The Undertaker, The Big Show, and more. After two seasons, the show was canceled for unknown reasons. There was also a rumor that WWE planned to do a Camp WWE movie which was never made.
3 slamming city
Slam City was a stop motion animated show that aired on the WWE Network in 2014. The show featured WWE wrestlers like John Cena, Steve Austin, Brock Lesnar, and CM Punk. The show featured various wrestlers doing various things in WWE’s Slam City.
Outside of the WWE Network, the show also aired on Nicktoons on Wednesday nights. The show would also feature WWE wrestlers competing in matches around Slam City, including Alberto Del Rio vs. Damien Sandow in a cafe and Kane vs. Santino Marella in a high school cafeteria.
2 Hulk Hogan’s Rock N’ Wrestling
At the height of Hulk Hogan’s popularity, the WWE World Champion was offered a chance to headline a cartoon on CBS. The show ran for two seasons and included the likes of Junkyard Dog, Jimmy Snuka, Roddy Piper, Andre the Giant, The Iron Sheik, Big John Studd, as well as Bobby Heenan and Gene Okerlund. Instead of wrestlers providing their own voice, all wrestlers were voiced by actors.
Brad Garrett voiced Hulk Hogan, who would be best known for playing Robert Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond. Another notable actor, James Avery, would voice the Junkyard Dog. Avery would also voice Shredder of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but most people remember him from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, where he played Uncle Phil.
1 WWE Storytime
WWE Storytime is probably the best WWE animated series that WWE has ever produced, but that’s because of the show’s format. WWE Storytime took WWE wrestlers to tell comedic stories of their experiences over the years. Some of the legends who have appeared on the show include The Godfather, Ron Simmons, Jake Roberts, and Steve Austin.
The show also featured stories from current stars including Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and The Miz. Mean Gene Okerlund originally hosted the show before his passing. Okerlund was replaced by Jerry “the King” Lawler for the show’s fifth season