I'm trying to think back to what cartoons I watched back then... I don't think there were many others in her age bracket. It was unique having a young girl, our age, who was also smart and capable but at the same time constantly getting tied up.
the majority of my other crushes back then were on older-girl-babysitter-types, or just the likes of Gadget, Vixie, etc.. furry shit.
Like, of the cartoons that were actually attractive to look at, you mainly had disney renaissance movies.. and those mostly had kinda older ladies who registered as more 'mom' to me. even the young Ariel. I can appreciate them plenty now, but...