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When Saturday Mornings Meant Something

August 21, 2012

Okay, I have a word for you.  Sort of an experiment, I guess.  Part of a psychological test, really.  I want to see how you’ll react to this word.

Because the way you react will tell me everything about everything I’m about to tell you here in this post.

Ready for the word?

Alright, here it is.  Cartoons.

There.  Do anything for you?  Are you feeling it?  Even a twitch of sensation?  Heart rate increasing?  Eyes twinkling?  Anything?

No.  Nothing.  Admit it.  You’re numb.  Your eyes are glazed over and your skin is sallow.  While I’m at it, you could stand to run a comb through your hair.

The word is meaningless to you now.

Which proves the point I’m about to make.  And the truth of that point — oh, the truth!  Oh, how it cuts like a knife!  But not the kind of blunt gray knife that the Wonder Twins confiscated from Solomon Grundy in Episode #34 of Super Friends.  No, like an actual knife that could hurt someone.  Like me.

Cartoons — the word, the concept, the feeling, the religion — is dead.  Dead and obsolete like the Gothic-arched mouse hole where Jerry took refuge.  Drowned in a sea of endless animation.  This may not be obvious to you.  Because, true, cartoons today make billions of dollars.  They’re everywhere.  They’re more everywhere than ever before.    Cartoons practically spring forth from our eyeballs involuntarily.  And when they don’t, we can whip them up in three minutes using remedial Microsoft Paint.

This is what’s gone.  I remember when just the word Cartoons would send a tingling shiver of pure joy right down the length of my newly-formed spine.  That’s because cartoons were a rare treat.  My kids?  They happen to think cartoons grow on trees.  Ha!  Well okay they do.

Here’s how it was different back in the 70s and 80s.  I remember when I would actually throw myself down on the couch to watch a MetLife commercial about insurance — insurance! — just to catch the 20 seconds that Snoopy might appear on the screen.

And I remember when Saturday mornings meant something.

Saturday mornings today?  Pffffft.  What’s the point.  A time to ride a bike?  A time to hit the farmer’s market?  My kids think it’s a time to hunt for bugs in the backyard.  What do they know.

Oh, kids today with their jaded, unappreciative little souls, expecting a cartoon to at any moment appear on every large and small screen surrounding them.  No need to wait for it.  No cause for anticipation.  It’ll be there when you want it, exactly as you want it.

Nickelodeon.  DVDs.  Pixar.  Netflix.  Cartoon Network.  I hate you all.  Each of you played a unique part in destroying what was once sacred — the Saturday morning cartoonfest.

Don’t get me wrong.  The cartoons of my day were rubbish.  If Pixar would today compete against Hanna-Barbera in a Laff-A-Lympics race, Snagglepus would be smashed like a homogenous wad of pink bubblegum into the intricately designed treads on Buzz Lightyear’s moon boots.

Why, just look at the crap we once loved.

Alas, we were so dumb.  So fat on our Pop-Tart-Kool-Aid breakfast.  But also so innocent and uncomplicated.  And so gracious for what we were given.

Back then, cartoons were a formula.  Popular + Crap = Good.

A popular new toy?  Sure, make a cartoon out of ‘em.

A popular new video game?  Sure, make a cartoon of ‘em.

A popular new board game?  Sure, make a cartoon out of ‘em.

A popular new TV character?  Sure, make a cartoon out of ‘em.

Oh, and the craftsmanship!  I raise my glass of Tang to the work of Hanna-Barbera.  Their shows were like peering into a 14-year-old’s Trapper Keeper of road warrior doodles.  And ever notice how sometimes when the characters ran, the scenery repeated?  Sure you did.  When Shaggy was in a haunted mansion, you’d come to expect him to freak out and then run by the same old dusty chair covered in a white sheet — six times in a four-second scene.  We noticed.  We didn’t care.  We were just content to see him run.

And the humor — fantastic!  Cartoons were so funny back then!  Wait, did I just say that?  I must be drunk on my nostalgia cocktail.  Nah, cartoons were not funny at all back then.  But along with the sugar puffed cereal that Kellogg’s had sold us during the commercial break, we ate ‘em right up.  And they tasted like a Tootsie Roll Poop.  Because Popular + Crap = Good.

I’ll close with a story to bring it all home.  In third grade, my Girl Scouts troop went camping on a Friday night.  Poor Laura who cried through most of her elementary years was again crying.  We were all concerned as she was led away to chat with a troop leader.  What’s wrong with Laura?  (What wasn’t wrong with her.)  That’s when sweet, dim-witted Janet piped up with a telling thought.

“I bet I know.  She’s probably crying because she can’t watch cartoons tomorrow.”  What a dummy, that Janet.

Except that Janet really was on to something there.

You miss Saturday morning cartoons that week — those four splendid hours of animated bliss you’d been waiting for since last Saturday — and you had to then wait another week before you could watch Saturday morning cartoons.  Two Whole Weeks Without Cartoons.

And that was indeed something worth crying over.

In the downtime, if you were lucky, maybe you’d catch a MetLife commercial.

471 Comments leave one →
  1. August 21, 2012 5:57 am

    I don’t remember which board game the show was made from! HELP ME!

    I know it doesn’t really count, but Pee Wee’s Playhouse was one of my very favorite Saturday morning offerings ever. Along with Isis and Shazaam. Those were the days.

    • August 21, 2012 6:34 am

      Dungeons and Dragons – you know, the evillll game! And Pee Wee? What’s the word for today? When someone says that word, scream until you turn blue! I’ve been covering today’s children’s TV on my blog, and let me tell you, it is no Hanna-Barbera. I mean it’s way worse crap because now crap has to also be educational. Blech.

      • August 22, 2012 8:32 pm

        Hanna-Barbera is sorely needed in the world now. I bet my kids would learn a whole lot more about life from watching The Flintstones over stupid Dora the Explorer. “Look kids! They used wooly mammoths as dishwashers back in the Stone Age!”

    • August 22, 2012 8:28 pm

      Yes! What she said. Dungeons and Dragons. How can you not remember the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon? Little Uni the baby unicorn who was always hysterically yelping like a whiny goat? You could never forget him, could you? I think annoying Uni might’ve broken my obsession with unicorns. Either that or I simply moved on to worshiping Pegasus.

      Pee-Wee’s Playhouse might’ve been the greatest thing to ever happen to Saturday mornings.

      • August 22, 2012 9:19 pm

        Also the Dungeon Master was always vanishing behind a tree after giving useless cryptic advice. Don’t let him go behind the treeee!!! Oh, and I freaking hated Uni.

      • August 24, 2012 10:33 am

        Even as a kid I always wanted them to kill off Uni. In retrospect however, the writing on Dungeons & Dragons was actually pretty good. It’s the one series from that old Saturday morning lineup that I’ve actually collected on DVD. Thanks for the nostalgic reminder of days gone by!

      • August 24, 2012 4:49 pm

        I remember so little of that cartoon! I remember the characters really well but I couldn’t tell you much about any of the plotlines. I always loved the way the show opened with them getting on that ride.

  2. August 21, 2012 6:37 am

    I used to watch G.I. Joe and Transformers back to back because they came on after school. Along with the after school specials. But that was only like one hour before boring adult stuff came on. Saturday mornings were the best, er worst, eh what did we care then? It still beats the crap our kids watch, amiright?

    • August 22, 2012 8:36 pm

      Yes, indeed after-school provided us with some cartoons — why did they always seem to be more male-dominated in that time slot? Although, I don’t remember after-school cartoons happening until I was at least 8 or 9. When I got home from school in the early 80s, the only options were usually Zoom or 3,2,1 Contact on PBS. I lived for 5:00 when they started rerunning The Muppet Show.

      • August 22, 2012 9:22 pm

        CONTACT is the REASON is the ANSWER . . . 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . CONTACT! I might be remembering it slightly wrong but yes it’ s still in my head. Remember the My Little Pony cartoon, back when there were actual villains? I can’t remember if that was a Saturday morning one or just a nightmare I keep having.

    • August 24, 2012 4:54 pm

      No, I think you got the song about right. It also featured the Bloodhound Gang which had an even catchier tune.

  3. August 21, 2012 6:41 am

    Oh my gosh, cartoons were so crap-fabulous. I hated when I woke up too early on a Saturday and had to watch Kung-fu first.
    Have you seen Marvel Mashups? They have taken the old Marvel cartoons–Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four…and dubbed new dialogue over short clips. Hilarious! And so funny to see the animation that used to mezmerize us when we were little.

    • August 22, 2012 8:39 pm

      I haven’t seen that, Gilly — I’ll have to check it out. About 100 years ago, in 1999 to be exact, I remember a video of Super Friends dubbed over with the Budweiser “whassup” bit.

      I think I received that video by email-forward about 70,000 times that year. But of course, we didn’t have Facebook then so what was there to do with our time?

  4. August 21, 2012 7:12 am

    Man I loved the Smurfs. Getting up early on a Saturday and climbing onto the countertops and reaching all the way up to the highest cabinet shelf for the cereal so I could eat Trix or Cookie Crisp while watching my favorite shows while my parents slept in? That was gold, man. When they finally did get up, I was ready to go outside and play. My kids wake me up at 7 every Saturday so I can reach to the highest shelf for their cereal and there is crap on TV for them. What gives? Kids don’t watch cartoons anymore. Look for them in the video game section I guess.

    • August 22, 2012 8:49 pm

      The Smurfs were always the earliest show on TV — why was that? Then we always had to fend for ourselves until our parents woke up. Thank God we had the television to raise us back then.

      Trix? Cookie Crisp? Try Chex, Kix and Cheerios in my house. Geesh, you parents must’ve loved you or something.

      • August 22, 2012 9:24 pm

        I still have nightmares about that one episode where all the smurfs turn purple and start bouncing around saying “Narf.”

  5. August 21, 2012 7:16 am

    I feel like the Laff a Lympics ran every Saturday morning. Could that be right? Because I just remember Yogi Bear and that giant Ape dude shot putting or something. This makes me crave a tall glass of Carnation Instant Breakfast.

    • August 22, 2012 8:46 pm

      It was on every Saturday! Is there anything more amazing than that? Milkshakes for breakfast, Laff-a-Lympics on Saturdays. Oh, my friend, it was like every day was Christmas back then. Let’s face it — we are on the downward slope of fun these days.

      • August 23, 2012 3:13 pm

        Finally my dream has come true! A freshly-pressed post with a cartoon of Mr. T. in it. All is right in the world. Congrats!

  6. August 21, 2012 7:38 am

    I lived for the Bugs Bunny/Roadrunner Hour — even had Roadrunner lunch box. Beep-beep!

    • August 22, 2012 8:51 pm

      I lived for that hour too. I recall it came on around 11:00 in my land — so it was like the final hour of cartoon programming of the morning. It was like our little send-off. When the “That’s All, Folks” came on the screen, I was ready to crawl back in bed and call it a day.

  7. August 21, 2012 8:04 am

    Kids today just have no way of conceiving what those times were like. You had to watch shows when they were actually on, and changing the channel involved getting up and walking to the TV. It required planning, and waking up early to not miss a single show (even if that show was The Mighty Hercules – a Canadian offering that I think you were spared). That, plus the hours spent down in the coal mines, built character.

    • August 22, 2012 8:54 pm

      The coal mines, polio, the hills to school that only went up, the rocks that we ate for breakfast, the lack of remote controls and three-dimensional animation. Oh, Jean-Francois — you’re making the good ol’ days sound so good to me right now. Can’t we acquire the flux capacitor and travel back?

      • August 23, 2012 1:43 pm

        Flux capacitors are just science fiction – what you need to do is head toward the sun at warp speed, and then slingshot around it.

      • August 24, 2012 4:27 pm

        Fantastic!

    • August 22, 2012 8:54 pm

      PS The Mighty Hercules! With a name like that, how could it be bad?

  8. August 21, 2012 10:18 am

    You really did have crappy quality cartoons in your day. At least in MY day, they had great cartoons on Saturday morning, like Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny and Popeye reruns.

    The music on the old cartoons was great. We didn’t even KNOW we were listening to classical music. That wasn’t the William Tell Overture – it was the song from when Elmer Fudd went hunting!

    • August 22, 2012 8:43 pm

      Thank you for giving a shout-out to my homeboy Bugs. I still think that Looney Tunes is one of the greatest comedic creations in the history of our civilization. I own a four-disc Looney Tunes DVD set — “for the kids” of course.

      Although, you might recall that Looney Tunes was largely written for adults to watch in a theater. Who would expect kids actually wanted cartoons to be funny? Nah, we just like dancing bears and fire engines.

      • August 23, 2012 2:06 pm

        Hey, Angie…I just saw you on the front page again. Freshly Pressed! What the… Congrats!

      • August 24, 2012 4:29 pm

        “What the…” is exactly right, Peg. C’mon, you know I’ll never top ol’ Freshly Pressed Nine Times Peg-O-Leg.

      • August 24, 2012 4:42 pm

        Um, yeah, only 6 times, Angie. Thanks for making me use the word “only” and feel like a total failure for not being FPd 9 times.

      • August 24, 2012 4:44 pm

        Only six times? Only six? Blame DarDar. I think she keeps a running tally on how many times her homeboys and girls have been Freshly Pressed. I swear she once told me nine times. Okay, now I can go remove three pins from the voodoo doll I made of you.

      • August 30, 2012 5:22 pm

        Someone got FPd today with a cartoon picture of…wait for it…Thundercats! What does it all mean? Help me to make sense of this, Angie.

      • August 30, 2012 5:25 pm

        Good God! I don’t know, Peg. I just don’t know. What has happened to this crazy world we live in when we all have ThunderCats on the brain? You might have noticed that ThunderCats dominated the discussion on this post. I think it’s maybe a code word for some kind of street drug, and I’m just not hip enough to know it.

      • August 30, 2012 5:27 pm

        I DID notice the Thundercats dominance on this-here post’s comments. That’s why I had to come back here and report in when I saw the FP. It seems to be a bona-fide WP movement of some sort!

      • August 30, 2012 5:30 pm

        Maybe I should’ve coordinated with the other blogger and we could’ve staged a ThunderCats takeover (never mind that I didn’t even remember the show until someone mentioned it in the comments on this post). You in, Peg? Shall we do it again? ThunderCats WordPress Takeover!

        Thanks for telling me. I’ll check it out!

      • August 30, 2012 5:32 pm

        I’m always up for world domination, but I never heard of the show before your post. Maybe I’ll do a rant from an old, clueless person’s perspective.

      • August 30, 2012 5:35 pm

        Good idea. I can’t get enough of old, clueless person rants.

  9. August 21, 2012 10:29 am

    Awesome post. Kids today take cartoons for granted and have no idea how really special they can be.

    • August 22, 2012 8:56 pm

      Thank you! Yes, kids today have no idea how good they have it. (Said a person who is not at all old and crusty.)

  10. August 21, 2012 10:32 am

    Oh my gosh. Saturday mornings were the BEST. It was the only time you could guarantee that I would be awake well before my parents. It was magical. My brother would wake me and my sisters up at 5am and we’d tip toe to the living room and turn on that wonderful black box. Yes, it was a box back then. Oh and we’d spend hours watching insane cartoons and finally tear our blood-shot eyes away from the screen long enough to get some sugary cereal for breakfast.

    T.G.I.F on Friday nights and cartoons on Saturday mornings. Weekends used to be so much fun.

    • August 24, 2012 4:58 pm

      That was about the only time I remember eating a meal in front of the TV as a kid. I just heard myself laugh when I wrote that. Okay, later in my teenage years I ate plenty of meals in front of the TV. But as a young kid, we didn’t often do that. And I can recall about every Saturday morning in my early days was spent in front of the TV with a giant bowl of cereal. It’s a wonder I had the coordination to get the spoon to reach my mouth.

  11. hermosausaadmin permalink
    August 21, 2012 11:47 am

    Saturday mornings was the ONLY day I didn’t need an alarm clock to get up at 6am! I would sneak out of my room, turn on the TV with the volume so low & sit so close to screen, as to better irradiated my young eyeballs. Those were truly good times! :)

    • August 21, 2012 5:26 pm

      So, you had a console (a/k/a/ piece of furniture) TV too! Those were the days.

      • hermosausaadmin permalink
        August 21, 2012 6:40 pm

        Absolutely…a Sony with a gorgeous wooden shell (for lack of a better term)! I still have it! Hahaha…my parents gave it to me when I moved into my own house. It’s still a beautiful piece of furniture ^_^. *sigh* Yes, those WERE the days!

      • August 22, 2012 9:29 pm

        We had one too! I used to turn somersaults in front of the T.V. console and my mom was always afraid I’d go through the screen.

      • August 23, 2012 7:30 am

        Ha! Sounds like my mom. LOL

        Hermosa, you have a treasure. I certainly hope it holds out for you. Tube TV’s have gone by way of the BETA and VHS. You’d be lucky to get it fixed.

      • August 24, 2012 5:01 pm

        I loved those enormous things! They felt like family to me. They took up more space than most of our furniture.

    • August 24, 2012 5:00 pm

      My greatest wish was that I could stay up the night before watching Friday Night Videos and then never go to bed until Saturday afternoon. It’d be one continuous loop of awesomeness. Although, of course there’d be at least eight hours at night that the TV would go static. Okay, it was a half-baked plan.

  12. August 21, 2012 3:13 pm

    Oh, Angie. You do take me back. My favorite memory is how my father used to stand half-hidden in the doorway when Road Runner came on…

    The new cartoons are crap. Same as the new shows. We were way luckier (me luckier than you cause I go way back!)

    • August 25, 2012 9:01 am

      Ha! My dad LOVED the Road Runner too. Must’ve been a dad thing. Looney Tunes still owns a piece of my heart.

  13. August 21, 2012 5:26 pm

    Do you know what cartoons my kids like to watch, now that we don’t have cable or satellite (and the PBS ones are for “babies”)? Pink Panther. Felix the Cat. Rocky and Bullwinkle. Scooby Doo. Tom and Jerry.

    What about Captain Caveman? Or Grape Ape? You so take me back, Angie. Oh! The coveted repeated scene during a running Scooby episode (or Flinstone, or Laffalympics). So classic. I miss those.

    • August 25, 2012 9:04 am

      Rocky and Bullwinkle, Tom and Jerry, Pink Panther — cartoons were so much better in the 60s. I think around the 70s and 80s, people decided kids really didn’t care about the content, so long as it was a cartoon. Thank goodness they kept running the classics so we could taste the “good life” once in a while.

      Grape Ape! Yes! Captain Caveman was a favorite of mine as well. Now I’m also remembering Hong Kong Phooey.

  14. August 21, 2012 5:33 pm

    how my heart aches for the past in this post! I think this post is my favorite to date! :) I miss cheap cell animation cartoons……

    Snoopy is one of my all time favorites. Did you know they have a collection on dvd? From the 1960’s and 1970’s cartoons? I have them on dvd and whenever I watch it, all my childhood memories come back as if they occurred only yesterday. Don’t you just love that feeling? :-)

    • August 25, 2012 9:06 am

      It doesn’t feel like Christmas if I don’t catch the Charlie Brown Christmas special. And Halloween will never be the same without the Great Pumpkin. People could form some kind of basis of religion around Linus’ musings.

  15. August 21, 2012 8:31 pm

    How I love this post!
    Saturdays were magical–full of Cocoa Puffs and Captain Caveman. My brothers and I would get all hyped up on chocolate cereal milk, then pretend to be the Tazmanian Devil fighting the RoadRunnner….but then eventually the party would crash when my dad would put on American Bandstand, then bowling, followed by Bob Ross’s Happy Trees. God, those were the days!

    • August 23, 2012 7:39 am

      LOL Bowling. Us too. That my dad’s way of “boring” us outside or to our rooms. I guess he wanted his Saturday nap-in-the-chair too! Brought to you by bowling (and golf).

      • August 23, 2012 8:05 am

        Exactly. Dad knew once he sat down to smoke a cig, drink a beer and watch bowling, it was time for us hellions to go outside the rest of the day.

      • August 25, 2012 9:09 am

        Bowling! ARGH! Was there anything worse to sit through on television back then?

      • August 25, 2012 9:17 am

        Only golf. And flies boinking.

      • August 25, 2012 9:20 am

        Flies boinking. You just took this to a whole other level.

    • August 23, 2012 2:42 pm

      So I suppose the key here is to go on a long bloggy break (like you and Peggles) then come back and Bam! first post back up is FP? Hmm….

      CONGRATS MISS ANGIE!! Hope you’re feeling better. Well, alive enough to deal with all the comments and new subscribers!

      buh buh buh buh BUUUUUUHHHHHH!!! (that is me yelling the song now because FP brings that excitement out in me)

      • August 24, 2012 4:31 pm

        Thanks, DarDar. When I saw I was on the WordPress homepage, I could’ve sworn I heard Linda Lavin singing, “Buh, buh, buh, buh, BUUUUHHHHHH!” But I guess it was just you.

    • August 25, 2012 9:09 am

      I forgot about American Bandstand! Yes, that show was always the signal that the morning was over. What a sad moment that was.

      I still refer to Looney Tunes on a regular basis. Much like Seinfeld, you can hardly have a conversation without being reminded of something you once saw in a Looney Tunes cartoon. It’s like the backbone of the study of interpersonal relationships.

  16. August 21, 2012 9:03 pm

    You are SO right – Saturday mornings were a serious treat. I was a sucker for all the cutsie stuff like The Smurfs and the Muppet Babies. My brother had the nerve to bore me with the Road Runner and Superfriends. And when those Peanuts specials came on around the holidays? Heaven. The fact that you can see cartoons 24/7 has definitely diminished the impact. Yet another reason why my kids will NEVER watch television (kidding) (kind of).

    • August 25, 2012 9:12 am

      Muppet Babies was a must-watch for me too. As well as the other “babies” invention — The Flintstone Kids. Seems like there was another one that was similar?

      Could you even imagine Halloween without The Great Pumpkin? I still have a notion to some Halloween dress in Charlie Brown’s ghost sheet with the many, many holes in it.

  17. Tony permalink
    August 21, 2012 11:41 pm

    A love letter to the old Saturday morning superhero cartoon – Batman: The Brave and The Bold. Cartoon Network ran it for three seasons until it was (sigh) cancelled last year. Check it out on dvd (or YouTube)

    • August 25, 2012 9:16 am

      Oh, Tony — I have no idea what you’re talking about. Okay, I do — but only because I’ve heard you lament this cancellation before. You need to talk to Steve about this show, if you haven’t.

  18. August 22, 2012 8:18 am

    I really did feel kinda dead inside reading the word ‘cartoons,’ and started questioning my cold, callous heart. But yeah, a lot of it was terrible, huh? I did love me some David the Gnome, though. After morning kindergarten I was all, bring on the graham crackers and the gnomes, Babs, thankyouverymuch. And I might feel the same way today. I mean. Gnomes.

    I feel like you have a lot more up your sleeve when it comes to Janet… Is there a ‘Janet’ tag on your blog I should explore??

    • August 25, 2012 9:18 am

      Nothing goes better with graham crackers than gnomes — indeed it was the way that graham crackers were meant to be enjoyed.

      You are hilarious — Janet stories actually get less funny and rather sad after she hits puberty. I think my blog would take a turn into Very Special Episode territory if I began telling Janet stories.

  19. August 22, 2012 12:27 pm

    I thought that the 80s Cartoon Gods jumped the shark when they made Q-bert the video game into a cartoon but your Rubik’s Cube example shows that there were no depths to their depravity. I wonder if Max Headroom knows that he owes his fame to a Rubik’s Cube cartoon?

    • August 25, 2012 9:22 am

      Q-Bert — now there’s a flashback! I hardly remember the video game — mostly I remember the She Q-Bert (name please?) intro’ing the cartoon with “Gag me with a rocket ship! Q-Bert is next!”

  20. August 23, 2012 1:21 pm

    I remember regularly getting up so early that cartoons hadn’t come on yet. It was news, or a test pattern. But I’d wait. Sunday’s were old Godzilla movies, but Saturdays were endless cartoons.

    I loved Superfriends, but I remember once wondering if they were made with blind kids in mind, because everyone would always say what they were doing. As Wonder Woman tried to shove a boulder out of the road she’d say, “I’ve only got a fraction of a second to push this boulder out of the road!” Yes, I see you doing it, you don’t have to explain. And also, why always “a fraction of a second”? It took at least 3 full seconds just to say that.

    • August 25, 2012 9:29 am

      Your Super Friends memory might be my favorite contribution to the cartoon flashback bank to date. Thank you for that. Blind kids, yes. And I believe it was the regular line “a fraction of a second” that helped spawn the MacGyver series.

      • August 25, 2012 9:31 am

        By the by – congratulations on the FP.

      • August 25, 2012 9:34 am

        Thanks! I’ll be here for a while catching up on comments and then I swear on Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth that I’ll be back around the blogosphere again.

  21. August 23, 2012 2:05 pm

    YOU FORGOT THE NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK CARTOON!!! Sorry for yelling, but for reals.. You forgot the New Kids on the Block cartoon ;)

    • August 23, 2012 7:30 pm

      I used to watch that one too =)

    • August 25, 2012 9:32 am

      Oh no, Kim! I not only “forgot” about that show, I don’t even remember it now! What is wrong with me? But that makes perfect sense because at one time every teen idol needed to be manifested into a cartoon — The Beatles anyone? Why do the cartoon execs not understand that heartthrobs never look good in two-dimension?

  22. August 23, 2012 2:06 pm

    Danger mouse,dungeons and dragons etc…<3

    • August 24, 2012 12:05 am

      Yes yes YES DangerMouse! I still have a crap load of episodes on VHS! :-)

    • August 25, 2012 9:37 am

      Danger Mouse! I loved his meek hamster sidekick. They used to show that on Nickelodeon at three in the morning. And somehow I still caught it?

  23. August 23, 2012 2:10 pm

    You know, there is still a place where cartoons capture the imagination and people go crazy trying to sit down and watch them. It’s called Japan, and all fans of manga and anime are willing to go to great lengths to watch the shows (I know I certainly do). If you’ve never tried it, you should, and I can recommend some really great titles if you’re at all interested.
    By the way, why are two kids hugging Skeletor? And who’s the blonde next to He-Man? I’m only familiar with the reboot of He-Man.

    • August 23, 2012 11:08 pm

      The He-Man image is, I believe, from the Christmas special. The kids have been (inadvertantly) saved by Skeletor. The blonde is He-Man’s sister, She-Ra, who had her own show (albeit short-lived).

      • August 24, 2012 7:07 am

        He-Man had a sister? You learn something knew everyday.

      • August 24, 2012 4:38 pm

        A Christmas special it was. Good job! You win the bonus round! How did you remember? Wow. I’m impressed.

    • August 25, 2012 9:39 am

      Yes, Japan takes their cartoons very seriously. I can respect that.

      • August 25, 2012 8:02 pm

        you’d have to take them seriously if you had a neighborhood where people go just to dress up like their favorite characters!

      • August 25, 2012 8:35 pm

        Ah, perfect. Then I would dress like Gossamer from Looney Tunes. Google him if you must.

      • August 25, 2012 9:36 pm

        i’d be like zero from code geass. google him if you must.

      • August 25, 2012 9:39 pm

        Ooh! Pretty cool!

      • August 26, 2012 12:56 am

        you should see his powers; very effective (and I’m assuming here you went on Google and saw him in his costume).

  24. August 23, 2012 2:15 pm

    Saturday mornings were both a source of joy and rage for me. You see, I grew up watching cartoons on network television, broadcast out of Buffalo, NY.

    During those classic toons, they would have vignettes promoting the saturday morning programming block, and there were always a few cartoons they plugged at the end of said block.

    But the programming execs in Buffalo didn’t think we needed that extra hour of cartoons. No, those bastards cut out the last two cartoons to put on SOUL TRAIN.

    To this day, I still feel like my childhood was robbed of its full potential…

    • August 25, 2012 9:41 am

      I have never traveled to Buffalo, NY — and this cements it. I will never go there now. Never.

  25. August 23, 2012 2:17 pm

    I used to get up at 5 am on Saturday morning to watch cartoons. My brother and I would both do it. Mom bought us one (1) box of sugary cereal per week. We ate the whole thing on Saturday morning while we watched cartoons.

    • August 25, 2012 9:43 am

      I don’t think you could watch Saturday morning cartoons without eating cereal. And I don’t think you could watch Saturday morning cartoons without watching commercials for cereal. In fact, I think cartoons were invented just to promote cereal.

  26. August 23, 2012 2:17 pm

    Reblogged this on wincharles.

  27. August 23, 2012 2:18 pm

    Nothing today holds a candel to Jem. Sure, the cartoon look like crap now, but that show had catchy music, MTV-style, sung by Jem in all of her pink-haired glory. I so wanted to be a rock star. I also miss Muppet Babies and Ghostbusters. I caught a glimpse of Scooby Doo recently and got all nostalgic. I used to tear out of bed at 7am on Saturday mornings to watch all of my beloved cartoons. Thanks for the reminder.

    • August 24, 2012 12:11 am

      Yup, nothing holds a candle to Jem (you know cause she’s outrageous and all). What I find really interesting since we have been watching it in Netflix lately ( don’t judge!) Is that some of the lyrics and themes surprise me from a kids show. There was a lyric about “making love to a fantasy” last week. I totally never grasped that when I was a wee sprout! My fiancee says “its basically a soap opera for kids” :-)

      • August 24, 2012 4:42 pm

        Oh, yikes! Yes, when I watched Jem, I always felt sort of like I was in over my head.

      • russelllindsey permalink
        August 25, 2012 4:05 pm

        How could I forget JEM? I wasn’t much into the cartoon, but I had the tape – and maybe even a doll? Of course Jem inspired Barbie and the Rockers, with a Ken who had actual hair and all. LOVED Barbie and the Rockers. That Ken doll looked like he belonged in a hair band. What wasn’t to love?

    • August 25, 2012 9:45 am

      Muppet Babies, Jem, Scooby Doo — how sad that they don’t make crap like that anymore.

  28. August 23, 2012 2:19 pm

    How did I miss this one? I’m glad it got Freshly Pressed! :D

    • August 25, 2012 9:46 am

      Thanks, Nicki!

    • August 25, 2012 9:47 am

      PS For whatever reason, this post never appeared in my reader — and, judging by my initial stats, I suspect it didn’t appear in anyone’s reader.

      • August 25, 2012 10:18 am

        Oh, that’s happened to me a few times, too. If I edit it, it will suddenly appear in everyone’s readers. I edit almost every single one of my posts immediately after publishing to fix some mistake or another, so for all I know, my posts would never appear in anyone’s readers! :)

      • August 25, 2012 10:21 am

        Thanks for that tip, Nicki! I actually republished this post four times to try to get it to appear in my reader. That usually works for me, but not this time. If it happens again, I’ll try to edit it first.

      • August 26, 2012 9:41 am

        Hey Ang, this post didn’t show up in my Reader that day, nor did my own post. I’ve had this problem on and off for months so my stats are in the toilet. I finally contacted WP support and they fixed it (or so they say). I’m saying Yeah! but with reservations.

        I’ll email you the support link if this turns out to be more than an isolated incident.

        BTW, hi Nicki! Hope you don’t mind me stopping in your comment stream. How’ve you been? And the family?

      • August 26, 2012 4:08 pm

        Thanks, Peg! I’ll email you for that link if it happens again. I will be at your blog soon to catch up so that’ll add a couple hits to your stats (woo-hoo).

  29. August 23, 2012 2:20 pm

    Great article! I was actually watching old intros to cartoons just last night on YouTube. I love reliving the nostalgia and seeing how much television has changed. These days, I catch children’s shows every now and then for fun (I gotta admit, I like some of those Family Channel sitcoms), but they just aren’t the same as they used to be.

    • August 25, 2012 9:49 am

      Thanks for reading! Yes, every so often I have to linger on youtube for a while (I won’t define “a while” or I’ll come off looking really pathetic) and wallow in some 80s nostalgia. I’m all about nostalgia if you can’t tell.

  30. August 23, 2012 2:22 pm

    Woooooot Nnnnnng!!! Dang you look Fresh today. Never mind the tissues and cold medicine…

    • August 25, 2012 9:51 am

      Thanks, Jules. I guess I produce some of my better work while I’m hopped up on cold medicine. Wait a second….drugs? Drugs make you more creative? Where have I heard this before? Oh, Jim Morrison, I should’ve listened to you long ago while in college during my Vinyl Phase.

  31. August 23, 2012 2:44 pm

    Ah, I loved Saturday cartoons. Six in the morning, we would get up, do our chores, eat breakfast, so we could watch in peace – three hours of fun and learning (Schoolhouse Rock). Thanks for the reminder of a simpler time.

    • August 25, 2012 9:54 am

      Thanks for your comment. Ah, “do our chores” — that’s so sweet! I think if my parents suggested chores on a Saturday morning, we would’ve laughed them out of the family room where we had already attached our eyeballs to the screen. I raise my glass of Tang to parents who stood their ground in the midst of the Saturday morning cartoonfest.

      Schoolhouse Rock was the BEST.

  32. aschmid3 permalink
    August 23, 2012 2:47 pm

    When I was a kid, like late ’80s, early ’90s, I remember ABC would show a *preview show* of its fall cartoon lineup one Friday night in August during TGIF programming. I LOVED that preview show, and I loved those cartoons every Saturday morning!

    My husband said he used to get up even before the cartoons started every Saturday morning so he could watch “Amazing Discoveries,” an infomercial for different products. He was fascinated by some kind of food processor they used to advertise all the time, haha.

    • August 25, 2012 9:58 am

      Amazing Discoveries — I loved it! Especially the wiry little British fellow that’d come on with the cleaning products. Was there anything more cathartic than watching him dump blueberry juice on a square of white carpet? I could never do that in my home! It was liberating. The host, Mike Levey, totally ripped off Bill Cosby in his sweater selection.

  33. August 23, 2012 2:48 pm

    Cartoons aren’t all that bad today. Of course the Saturday morning cartoonfest does not exist for our kids as it did for us. But all is not lost. There’s Phineas & Ferb, a cartoon that entertains kids as well as adults. My kids watch a lot of the classic cartoons that I did because I find them on DVD. I grew up in the mid to late 80’s watching G.I. Joe, Transformers, Scooby Doo, The Flintstones, The Snorks, He-Man, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and the like. I was also still watching cartoon in the early 90’s and my afterschool lineup was Duck Tales, Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers, and Tale Spin. I have all three of those on DVD for my kids to enjoys as well as a plethora of old Disney and Looney Tune cartoons for the kids to watch. My kids and I also enjoy watching the Simpsons, a show that I’ve been watching for over 20 years! Yes cartoons have changed but it is up to us “cool parents” to expose our kids to the classic cartoons we enjoyed. And if possible, sift through the crap on TV today to find the cartoon gems that do exist.

    • August 25, 2012 10:02 am

      My kids happen to know Looney Tunes by heart as my husband bought us the four-disc DVD collection — so I agree that it’s up to us parents to expose them to The Classics. The older cartoons from the 60s, like Looney Tunes and The Flintstones, were much better than the awful stuff we had in the 80s (though at the time, I enjoyed them immensely). Cartoons today are much more creative and witty — yes, like Phineas & Ferb and SpongeBob. I also loved Ren & Stimpy in the 90s.

  34. August 23, 2012 2:50 pm

    Do you remember how you would be able to tell where something was “hiding” or when something was going to move because it was always a slightly different color from the surrounding “same” thing. Like a drawer in a desk or a spot on the wall.

    • August 25, 2012 10:05 am

      Ha! What a great memory — I know exactly what weird cartooning phenomenon you’re referring to. Funny how we noticed these little “errors” but never seemed to mind them.

      Thanks for this!

      • August 25, 2012 10:12 am

        I and my brother used to make it out to be a little contest to see who could find the hidden door or whatever it would be in the cartoon. Silly, really, but it made watching cartoons more fun.

      • August 25, 2012 10:18 am

        I love it! Sounds like something my brother and I would’ve done back then.

  35. August 23, 2012 2:51 pm

    Thunder, thunder, thunder, thunder CATS!

    • August 25, 2012 10:06 am

      That’s a show I completely forgot about until I read the comments on this post — wow, there are a lot of ThunderCats fans among us!

  36. August 23, 2012 2:56 pm

    Popeye and Olive Oil, Tweety Bird, Betty Boop, —-Interestingly enough, these cartoon characters have been kept alive in Apulian via t-shirt graphics.
    I also remember looking forward to the dessert after the cartoons….DON CORNELIUS AND SOUL TRAIN!!!!!!!!

    • August 25, 2012 10:09 am

      I loved Olive Oyl — my first day of kindergarten included my prized new Olive Oyl notebook (and, no, I don’t know why it’s spelled “Oyl” instead of “Oil” — weird, huh).

      I can’t imagine my childhood weekends without Soul Train and Solid Gold.

  37. lsurrett2 permalink
    August 23, 2012 3:11 pm

    Tang, you said Tang! Ah, for the love of the wannabe orange juice. But have you noticed that the moderned-up cartoons of Tom and Jerry are a little wierd? Occasionally, CT network will run an 8 hr straight marathon of classic cartoons (like New Yrs day). On those days, you can find my son and my husband (both are adults) huddled on the couches like zombies. I love it.

    • August 25, 2012 10:11 am

      Thank you for your comment! Tang was the official drink of astronauts, mind you. That’s what helped convince parents that it must be good for us. Powdered orange sugar = the breakfast of champions.

      We don’t have cable TV, but when my kids visit their grandparents, the highlight is getting to watch (the original) Tom and Jerry at their house. And I’m not a fan of moderned-up anything!

  38. August 23, 2012 3:19 pm

    Congrats on being FP! You deserve some props :) I particularly miss each character having their own eyes. I know that sounds weird, but I can’t over the fact that they all have big non-expressive eyes that look the same. Today’s cartoon are just creeeeepy! PS – I don’t have cable, so I never get to see the oldies but goodies…I even miss School House Rock now that you mention it…

    • August 25, 2012 10:17 am

      Thank you! I don’t have cable either. You must invest in some DVDs of the classics! When my husband bought our family the DVDs of the classic Looney Tunes last Christmas, my life was significantly improved. And I also bought Schoolhouse Rock for my 9-year-old niece. She’s into music and so I felt it was imperative she got exposed to Scooter Computer and Mr. Chips. Never mind that she doesn’t even recognize the primitive “computer”.

      • August 25, 2012 10:56 am

        I am sooo going to add some ‘toons to the Christmas gifting list ~ good idea :) I already have Monty Python’s Holy Grail purchased and am searching for the Flying Circus. (You know the bag in the back of Mom’s closet we ALL snooped through, yeah I got one.) Looney Tunes, Schoolhouse Rock, some Scooby, and definitely going to look for Hong Kong Phooey (sp?), Mighty Mouse, Tom & Jerry, Yogi & Booboo, He-Man & She-Ra, Spy vs. Spy…yeah, I’m more a product of the 70’s. But seriously, great idea to give them to my son…yeah they’re for him, really they are.

      • August 25, 2012 10:59 am

        I sometimes lobby my kids to watch Looney Tunes over stupid Diego or Wonder Pets. Come on, kids — Looney Tunes is the best! Can’t we watch that this morning? They got a little burned out on Looney Tunes after I made them watch it every day for three weeks.

        Hong Kong Phooey was a great one!

      • August 25, 2012 11:08 am

        PS – LOVED your comment on Cheerios! I couldn’t stop snorting out loud. Since I moved out of my parents’ house, Cheerios have NEVER passed my lips again! UGH ~ it took about 40 scoops of sugar to handle those things :) Health cereal ~ schmealthy cereal…my kid got Froot Loops and Crunch Berries!

      • August 25, 2012 11:12 am

        Thanks. Yes, I would put so much sugar on Cheerios that it’d form big piles of odd gray matter at the bottom of the bowl. I remember my mom bought Lucky Charms a few times (on rare occasion) since they were essentially Cheerios with added marshmallows. But I would often eat out all the lucky charm marshmallows and leave the remaining oat cereal. When my mom discovered the newfangled (Chex-like) Crispex, it was over. The beginning of the end.

  39. August 23, 2012 3:25 pm

    Great stuff! Even my parents tell me I don’t know what Saturday mornings used to be like although I can remember looking forward to Saturday morning cartoons myself! I do miss those days, and those cartoons.
    I am happy now though that I can scour the internet and find all my long lost favorites.

    • August 25, 2012 10:20 am

      Thank God for the internet! (I think that statement should be carved into marble.) Without the ability to find these relics, I’d be lost.

  40. August 23, 2012 3:29 pm

    Totally agree with this. And sometimes on Saturday mornings, I hunt on youtube or on netflix for an 80’s cartoon just so I can fall back into the magic of what Saturday morning once meant.

    • August 25, 2012 10:22 am

      Aw, way to keep the candle burning for the glory of the Saturday mornings of yesteryear!

  41. August 23, 2012 4:12 pm

    I remember waking up early on Saturday mornings to watch those great cartoons. Do any kids even do that anymore?! I don’t think so. Sad!

    • August 25, 2012 10:25 am

      We don’t have cable (odd, considering my TV upbringing) and rarely watch real-time TV. So I had no idea if Saturday morning cartoons still existed. When I wrote this post, I hunted around online and found mention that a few cartoons are still aired on Saturday mornings but the viewership has fallen so significantly since 2000 that this is not a major part of most networks.

  42. August 23, 2012 4:12 pm

    Great topic! It was ALWAYS Saturday morning cartoons, and Sunday was cartoons leading into 80’s Kung-Fu (with subtitles) into The Three Stooges. I miss those simpler times.

    • August 25, 2012 10:27 am

      Yes, I’ve seen several mentions in the comments on this post of Kung-Fu being aired on the weekends. I don’t remember this! I’m sure my brother would’ve been more tuned in to that. What I do remember on Sunday mornings is Davey and Goliath, a sort of claymation-looking Christian-based show about a kid and his dog. It was rather odd.

      • September 14, 2012 7:49 am

        LOL sorry for the late reply, I remember that show. It was rather odd, hence why kung-fu and three stooges won out. :P

  43. August 23, 2012 4:17 pm

    Oh, man, does this bring back some memories. I remember waking up early Saturday mornings to catch Dungeons and Dragons, Looney Tunes, and the aforementioned Pac-Man. After school, it was all about Masters of the Universe, GI Joe, and Transformers.

    I feel sorry for my son. He’s stuck in an age of heartless computer animation and manic cartoons that lack soul. How I weep for today’s youth!

    • August 25, 2012 10:31 am

      I don’t think they started running those after-school cartoons until I was nearly in middle school. By then, I seem to remember watching a lot of Nickelodeon shows such as Mr. Wizard and Hey, Dude and therefore missed The Transformers (and the like) cartoons.

      Dungeons and Dragons and Looney Tunes were staples in my Saturday morning.

      Yes, cartoons today lack soul — you nailed it there! The magic is gone.

  44. Jeff Walker permalink
    August 23, 2012 4:20 pm

    For me, it all started with me being sleepy-eyed and settled under my blanket to watch Scooby-Doo (which even freaked me out a little). Other than getting a bowl or three of cereal to eat I didn’t move until the final toon of the week: Fat Albert & The Cosby Kids was over. Once American Bandstand’s theme fired up right after Fat Albert’s credits/theme song, I knew it was time to get out of my pajamas and head outside to play.

    I loved this post. Thanks for taking me back.

    • August 25, 2012 10:35 am

      Scooby-Doo was scary! Both Scooby-Doo and The Bloodhound Gang (which was a segment on the old PBS kids show 321 Contact) would give me reason to leave the light on in the hallway at night.

      I’ve had the pleasure of catching Fat Albert on Netflix Streaming. I’ve watched it with my young children a few times — who love it. Only, I forgot about all the Very Special Episodes of that show. One kid is caught stealing, one kid is offered drugs. Yikes! Serious stuff there, Bill Cosby.

  45. August 23, 2012 4:22 pm

    I like many as you put it felt numb when you mentioned cartoons however when I was flicking through a ringtone website the other day and started playing the themes from my favorite childhood cartoons I could actually feel that old anticipation like at the beginning of thundercats when its all building up to a crescendo of noise that would begin twenty minutes of animated joy and I could not help but get a little excited and equally disapointed when no cartoon actually appeared. I think it is so important that we never forget these little childish feelings or we will end up becoming the boring old people that we all loathed as kids.

    • August 25, 2012 10:39 am

      Yes! I started this blog in part so I wouldn’t become one of those “boring old people that we all loathed as kids”. (Although, I still have a need to yell at kids to cut their hair, turn down their music and get off my lawn.) We must embrace the magic of Saturday morning cartoons and the like!

  46. August 23, 2012 4:24 pm

    i watched so many cartoons when i was a kid. back then, all of the networks had their weekday morning and afternoon cartoon line-up. have we forgotten the disney afternoon? fox kids? mighty max, alvin and the chipmunks and david the gnome in the morning. gummy bears, talespin, chip n dale, tiny toons, sonic the hedgehog in the afternoon? rugrats and doug in the early evening. top it off with the simpsons at 6 before the grown-up tv shows started. saturday mornings were reserved for cartoons specifically for that day like cro and princess gwenevere and the jewel riders, the little mermaid and reboot. pirates of dark water, anyone? during the weekend, the same episode of captain planet and the planeteers would get played 4 times on 3 different channels.

    i could go on and on about my cartoon watching habits back then. i even had a daily schedule in 30 minute increments. it had time slots for the smurfs, shirt tales, the jetson, the flintstones, snorks, the 13 ghosts of scooby-doo, wait till your father gets home. it should also be noted that at the age of 10, i was watching designing women, golden girls and quantum leap. you’re right for wanting your kids to watch tv more because i turned out pretty awesome.

    • August 24, 2012 12:18 am

      Big woot for pirates of dark water! I freaking LOVED that show! So exciting! I’m convinced that it single handedly created the love of fantasy fiction I still have o this day.

      • August 24, 2012 4:39 pm

        You all are dredging up some shows that I must’ve buried in my cranial vault — I can’t say I remember this one!

    • August 25, 2012 10:41 am

      Quite a memory you’ve got there! And thanks for referencing one of my favorites — The Snorks! I think I even owned a couple rubber Snorks. I’m thinking they were pencil toppers. Of course, what wasn’t a pencil topper back then?

      Aw, I wasn’t lucky enough to have The Disney Channel. I missed out, I’m sure.

  47. August 23, 2012 4:32 pm

    You have touched upon something that is near and dear to my fiancee’s heart! He whines all the time that cartoons are just not as ridiculously awesome as they were in the 80’s when we are kids.

    Thank the gods for Netflix!

    Because of the wonders of Netflix, we spend our Saturday mornings on the couch with He-Man, She-Ra and Jem (cause she is truly outrageous, truly truly truly outrageous!)

    • August 25, 2012 10:43 am

      Yes, thank goodness for Netflix! My kids have recently discovered Heathcliff on Netflix — as well as Garfield and Friends, Fat Albert, Rainbow Bright and The Care Bears. I cringe when they watch Care Bears and Heathcliff — there are some 80s cartoons that are better off locked away in a vault forever.

  48. August 23, 2012 4:34 pm

    Awesome post! Anyone remember those great Disney and WB afternoon shows of the 90s? Ducktales, Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Rescue Rangers, Tailspin, or Darkwing Duck for Disney! Tiny Toones and Animaniacs from Warner Brothers! Wow, those were primo cartoons…

    • August 23, 2012 5:12 pm

      You remember Darkwing Duck!! My favorite!! \(^o^)/

      • August 24, 2012 4:34 pm

        Aw, I think I missed Darkwing Duck…I was in college then and didn’t own a TV.

    • August 25, 2012 10:45 am

      Those shows are a little bit after my time (and would’ve been an improvement from the crap I grew up with), but I did watch a few of them in high school. Tiny Toon Adventures was a favorite among my friends in the dorms at college. That show made me fell in love with the band They Might Be Giants.

  49. August 23, 2012 4:37 pm

    My GAWD! THERE’S HOPE! People do remember!

    Saturday morning cartoons with siblings, my goodness! Esp. back in the day before the remote. Who ever got up first got control of the channels and worse, control of what cartoons were watch. If you got up to go to the bathroom get something to eat or left the front of that old console T.V. for anything you gave up your pilot seat! The strategies we learned! For example, if you were in the pilot seat, you’d wait until the other had to go pee and while they were in the bathroom you’d run to the kitchen to grab that pop tart and get back in front of the tube before they were done. Yeah … nothing prepared me for the grown up world like Saturday morning cartoons!

    • August 25, 2012 10:48 am

      Ha! Fighting for control over the pilot seat — what a great memory from the Saturday mornings of yesteryear! Yes, fighting was inevitable on Saturday mornings since most houses back then only had one large TV (maybe you had a smaller one in your kitchen but not always). Lucky for us, there were only three main channels to fight over.

  50. La Oreja D VanGogh permalink
    August 23, 2012 4:49 pm

    Oh how i miss Saturday morning cartoons! I remember expecting the weekend getting up annoyingly waking up my parents to ask them if i can watch scooby doo. Ny 10.30 after been feed on cartooning glory we did our shores and off to granparents house, aunts or surprise outing.

    Saturday cartoons how i miss you! Congratulations on being freshly press.!

    • August 25, 2012 10:54 am

      Thank you! Waking up your parents to ask if you could watch Scooby-Doo? Wow, that sounds like something my kids would do today. Kids have a knack for finding a reason to wake up their parents.

  51. August 23, 2012 4:57 pm

    Mighty Mouse, Alvin, The Banana Splits, Bugs Bunny/Road Runner, Space Ghost, Superman, Spiderman, Heckyl and Jeckyl, Casper, I did not want to grow up.

    • August 25, 2012 10:56 am

      Space Ghost, Casper, Heckle and Jeckle — these are some gems I had forgotten about! I more so remember Space Ghost for his appearances on Laff-a-Lympics than from when he had his own cartoon.

  52. August 23, 2012 5:09 pm

    Totally loved this post! I really miss those saturday mornings of 90s cartoons. I’m not a fan of spongebob or Yu-gi-oh cartoons.

  53. August 23, 2012 5:21 pm

    Great post! Yeah, I remember Saturday mornings. In front of the TV, big bowl of sugar cereal, and not a care in the world. MAN! I missed those days. Congrats on the FP.

    • August 25, 2012 11:02 am

      Thank you! Sugar cereal was a must while watching cartoons on Saturday. I don’t think I tore my eyes away from the screen for a single moment, so I’m not sure how I managed to get the spoon to my mouth.

  54. shemovesinherownway91 permalink
    August 23, 2012 5:24 pm

    I remember getting up at 6am and going downstairs with our dog. We’d lay on the settee together and watch cartoons all morning. We had Popeye, Dexter’s Lab, Powerpuff Girls, Bugs Bunny. Those were the good old days :)

    http://shemovesinherownway91.wordpress.com/

    • August 25, 2012 11:04 am

      6 am — yes, Saturday mornings were our one day to sleep in, yet it was so worth it to get up early. If you slept past 10:00 you’d nearly miss the entire line-up.

  55. August 23, 2012 5:26 pm

    The Scooby Doo theme song (when I catch one of the originals) still gets me. I’m a kid again for a nano-second. Josie and the pussycats, anyone?

    • guest permalink
      August 23, 2012 5:38 pm

      Hello lessthanperfectmama! I like the second theme song. I like Josie and the Pussycats ever so much. Maybe he does know the words to the theme song. Or does he know the Chalk Zone theme song?

      • August 25, 2012 11:06 am

        Cartoons wouldn’t be the same without the catchy theme songs. I can still remember the words to the theme song for Hong Kong Phooey, among others.

    • August 25, 2012 11:05 am

      Josie and the Pussycats — that was a good one! I later learned that Cheryl Ladd was one of the singing and speaking voices on that show (before she replaced Farrah Fawcet on Charlie’s Angels). There’s a little random factoid for you.

  56. guest permalink
    August 23, 2012 5:32 pm

    I like it. I’m very fond of the cartoons from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and today. I watched the Shirt Tales and Penelope Pitstop when I was 11 years of age. As of now, I still have the cable channel Boomerang on Cartoon Network. Today, I currently watch Gravity Falls, Bubble Guppies and Phineas and Ferb. To Quote Isabella: Hey Phineas! Whatcha Doin? Thank You for your time.

    • August 25, 2012 11:08 am

      I loved The Shirt Tails! Much like the Getalong Gang, I think they might’ve started out as stuffed animals that you could buy in a toy store. And then they were stickers, lunchboxes and, naturally, iron-on t-shirts. Then of course they had to be made into a cartoon. Yet another toy-turned-cartoon example.

      • guest permalink
        August 27, 2012 7:20 am

        Hello Angie. She said the same cartoon title as me. I liked the Shirt Tales when i was 11 years of age. Thank You for your time.

      • August 30, 2012 5:18 pm

        Yep, that was a good one.

  57. August 23, 2012 5:33 pm

    I think kids still get excited about cartoons, despite the plethora. I always had to work around my chore schedule to watch cartoons. I actually watched the re-runs in the afternoon, especially on the WB – Freakazoid, Animaniacs, Batman The Animated Series, and then various off-shoots and one-off’s that were fun.
    Although, in many ways, my life is a cartoon.

    • August 25, 2012 11:15 am

      You’re about the fourth person here who mentioned having to do chores on Saturday morning. I don’t remember even having chores back then. Years later, when I was in middle school, my parents made me work in their hardware store every weekend — and that torture pretty much made up for the many years I didn’t have chores.

  58. August 23, 2012 5:38 pm

    BRAVO!! what a wonderful post. thanks
    i was a thudarr the barbarian fan.
    geez louise i loved that cartoon.
    BOOMERANG!, had started showing it but then stopped (why?!).

    ariel…ooklah…ride!!

    • August 25, 2012 11:17 am

      Thank you for the comment. Boomerang is a great channel! I don’t have cable and that’s probably a good thing — with Boomerang, I’d never leave the house.

      • guest permalink
        August 30, 2012 7:23 am

        Hello Angie! I watch Boomerang too. I haven’t watched an 80s cartoon since I was 11 years of age. My favorite cartoons in the 80s were Moon Dreamers and The Shirt Tales. I do like DreamGazer as the quality character from Moon Dreamers. Thank You for your time.

  59. August 23, 2012 5:43 pm

    Hilarious! Today, every morning is a Saturday morning – sad but true.

  60. ChrisKincaid permalink
    August 23, 2012 5:54 pm

    Here in Canada we have a network called Retro Toon. All the classics! And on Fridays and weekends it’s a calvacade of gems like He-Man, She-Ra, Transformers, Turtles, etc. I watch it quite a bit since I have the brain of a 10 yr old that’s trapped in a 33 year old body. :)

    • August 25, 2012 11:19 am

      I don’t have cable TV — but in the US, Boomerang and the Cartoon Network are a couple of cable channels that show the old animation goodies. Speaking of Canada, I wish I could find where I can rewatch episodes of You Can’t Do That On Television. And maybe some DeGrassi High for good measure.

  61. August 23, 2012 6:04 pm

    I remember when I was growing up, Saturday mornings, while all the neighborhood kids were outside playing, my siblings and I were busy. We had cartoons to watch, my daughter looks forward to her 4 hour cartoon fest..

    • August 25, 2012 11:23 am

      Outside playing during Saturday morning cartoons — what was that all about? What kind of weird neighborhood did you grow up in? Were these kids the Stepford Wives’ children?

  62. August 23, 2012 6:08 pm

    Reblogged this on AshlieSociaLight and commented:
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  63. August 23, 2012 6:11 pm

    How about Gummi Bears? Bouncing here and there and everywhere! The theme tune was epic! Look it up on youtube or somewhere. The opening theme song to each episode lasts about 5 minutes. It has about 4 verses and choruses in between! Dedication to the craft of cartoons. Similar mention goes to Braveheart, Teddy Ruxspin, Fraggle Rock, Thundercats, Superted and many more!

    • August 25, 2012 11:24 am

      I do remember the Gummi Bears cartoon! Another example of the popular things they turned into cartoons back then. “Everyone loves the candy so just imagine how much they’ll love the cartoon!” Okay, I guess they had a point there.

  64. August 23, 2012 6:17 pm

    Don’t forget: They taught us valuable **lessons**! He-man, thundercats and snoopy, as honorable mentions.

    • August 25, 2012 11:26 am

      Yes, cartoons taught us that TV was our great, honorable ruler. I also learned that Popular + Crap = Good.

  65. sheenaeastonwannabe permalink
    August 23, 2012 6:18 pm

    Truly an era that shaped a generation. Saturday morning cartoons were something we waited for, looked forward to all week, and savored. In our house it was usually with cold pizza and orange juice (don’t ask). We would talk about what we would watch all week! Sigh…..sometimes I hate the 24 hour availabiltiy of everything these days. Seriously, who the hell really wants to watch Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in July on DVD?
    Thanks for a great post!

    • August 25, 2012 11:28 am

      Sheenaeastonwannabe — what a great username! I agree — I just can’t bring myself to buy my kids the Rudolph, Frosty or Charlie Brown Christmas specials on DVD. You have to catch them on real-time TV with all the commercial breaks or it’s just not the same.

  66. August 23, 2012 6:33 pm

    You hit the nail right on the head.The anticipation was a better high/rush than the actual cartoon was.I guess I would use action figures to fill that weekly void until another episode aired.It truly was a vicious cycle lol!I beg to differ on the”cartoons we watched back then were crap” remark ;) G.I. Joe still kicks some serious a@$ :)Fantastic post btw!

    • August 25, 2012 11:29 am

      The “action figures would fill the weekly void until another episode aired” — that’s a beautiful thing right there.

  67. August 23, 2012 6:43 pm

    Nice post, congrats on FP, btw!! You must be just a tad younger than me. The cartoons of your day were rubbish! I grew up in the ’70s and nothing since compares to Merry Melodies, Looney Tunes, Felix the Cat, the Pink Panther, the Hanna Barbera cartoons like Dick Dasterdly, Mutley, the Hooded Claw; Superchicken, George of the Jungle and on I could go. My dad & I would sit & watch many of them and literally bust a seam laughing! Merry Melodies & Looney Tunes were the best. Shame Ted Turner bought ‘em all up & locked them away on cable (We don’t subscribe to pay-TV, so my kid totally missed out on all these). Anyway, great post. Here’s one of my blog pages where I linked some of these together! Enjoy!…

    http://wildstar84.wordpress.com/2010/12/06/retro-cartoon-intros/

    • August 23, 2012 11:24 pm

      Ahhh, man. I must of been the REALLLLLY nerdy kid cuz i used to look forward to Sunday morning cartoons on some obscure channel that played Superchicken, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and George of the Jungle. THe other reason I looked forward to Sunday morining cartoons meant one of my folks was sick so NO CHURCH!

      • August 24, 2012 4:37 pm

        Do you remember Davey and Goliath on Sunday mornings, the creepy Christian-based claymation show about a boy and his dog? They were either made of clay, wood or carved from stone. I used to watch that before church. So I got church, church and more church.

      • August 24, 2012 10:49 pm

        OH WOW, I watched that show too. To this day I recall one episode where Davey wishes that the world would go away…so he gets his wish and there are no people on Earth anymore. It freaked me out so bad, I now actually like people..hahaha.

    • August 25, 2012 11:32 am

      Thank you! The cartoons of your day were much better than the ones of my day. I loved Looney Tunes and do have to raise my glass of Tang to Ted Turner for running them on TBS in the 80s and 90s. I had no idea he had buried them in a vault since then. I own the four-disc Looney Tunes DVD set and it has added a lot of joy to my life. I recommend you check it out on Amazon. I think my husband bought the set for less than 20 bucks.

  68. August 23, 2012 6:44 pm

    Getting up to watch Superfriends, Bugs Bunny was also one of my favorites.

    • August 25, 2012 11:33 am

      Bugs Bunny was the best. I don’t know that any cartoons have ever been made that could rival the hilarity of Looney Tunes. I still watch it on DVD and marvel at the genius of it.

  69. notahappycamper permalink
    August 23, 2012 6:54 pm

    I don’t watch TV anymore so I have no idea what cartoons are popular now. The last ones I saw were so over the top that it made me tune out. I used to watch cartoons everyday for about 10 years from childhood to early teens. My favorites were The Mask, Slam Dunk, Johnny Bravo and Ghost Busters. I used to stay up late to watch them and even the next day after breakfast. It never gets old until I got more into watching films and listening to music. I get embarrassed sometimes to say that I used to watch it all the time when I see the remakes and spinoffs. It made it look modern and too provocative. It’s like selling a can of soda, a business that has lost it’s grip on it’s product but I feel that it also reflects what society has become. All I know is I still don’t see any flying cars.

    • August 25, 2012 11:36 am

      Ha! Yes, The Jetsons promised us hovercrafts — what an empty promise that was! I’m still bitter about that.

      I would say that cartoons today are much funnier and more creative than the ones that came out of the 80s but, thanks to a diluted animation market, the magic is now gone.

  70. August 23, 2012 7:05 pm

    Egads, Batman! How I miss the ole days. Those few hours in front of the old zenith round screen (yep, round it was in the early 50s and in living shades of black and white!) were the highlight of my week. Nothing like the old “Crusader Rabbit”, “Tom Terrific”, and “Johnny Quest” in the later years. I’m surely dating myself–I don’t care. Times seemed so innocent then…nowadays most of the cartoons are running for public office!

    • August 25, 2012 11:38 am

      Thanks for your comment, Russ. It doesn’t matter how good cartoons are today — it’s just not the same as it once was. Overexposure has done ‘em in, I’d say.

      • August 31, 2012 11:41 pm

        I fear you’re right. As our British cousins would say, “You’re spot on!” Excellent article.
        Russ Roberts

  71. August 23, 2012 7:10 pm

    YES!!!!! Saturday mornings were THE BEST!!!!! Thanks for the flashback:)

    • August 25, 2012 11:38 am

      And thank you for reading and taking the time to comment!

  72. August 23, 2012 7:23 pm

    Cartoons are so crap these days (except maybe Ben 10 and Batman). I really miss watching Looney Tunes (Warner Bros) cartoons more than anything else I think. They are hardly on tv anymore because they are “too violent” for kids to watch. But that’s ok, you can just sit there and play that shoot em up game instead little kid!
    Hell, if anything those “violent” cartoons teach us great life lessons. For example, when you still can’t catch that Road Runner for the umpteenth time, try try again. And when no one believes you when you say that bullfrog actually sings and tapdances, don’t give up – keep telling anyone who’ll listen, they don’t really think you’re crazy…
    I think I might need to just go find some dvd’s with all these cartoons on them and just sit and watch them for a few hours on a Saturday morning – the best way to spend a Saturday morning in my opinion!

    • August 25, 2012 11:43 am

      I couldn’t agree more! I am very sensitive to violence on television and don’t even like my kids watching Disney movies as seemingly benign as Monsters Inc. for that very reason. Yet, I really don’t mind them watching Looney Tunes. We own the Looney Tunes DVD set — all the classics — I highly recommend you buy them!

  73. August 23, 2012 7:33 pm

    I used to love cartoons as a kid. Jem, She-Ra and He-Man, Voltron, Thundercats, Rainbow Bright, Ghostbusters, Muppet Babies, My Little Pony, and so many others. It was great.

    • August 25, 2012 11:44 am

      Those are some gems indeed. Thanks for your comment, Lauren.

  74. August 23, 2012 7:39 pm

    Oh I miss those Saturday AM cartoons! I was just reading about something that talked about cartoons in general as well as “those good old days” and it actually made me feel so old! And to think, so many of the people that see your post will not even know any of these cartoons! Remember when Nickelodeon was good? when there were cartoons?

    Check out this link, http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/40-things-that-will-make-you-feel-old, I think you will appreciate it

    • August 25, 2012 11:46 am

      I don’t have cable TV but I believe Nickelodeon now is more about kid-centered situation comedies? Oh how I miss Mr. Wizard, You Can’t Do That On Television and Inspector Gadget. After-school will never be the same without them.

  75. August 23, 2012 7:54 pm

    Well it’s been a summer for you! Man. Congrats again!

    • August 24, 2012 7:51 pm

      It’s moments like these I’m glad not to have “subscribed” to commenting and the subsequent flood of FP emails into my inbox. This one is so worthy! Look out. You could be next, Karen. :)

    • August 25, 2012 11:46 am

      Thanks, Karen! Being on Freshly Pressed is a great ride (as you know), but sooner or later I have to get myself back to reading other blogs! I promise I’ll “see” you soon.

  76. August 23, 2012 7:57 pm

    It seems like all the good cartoons have come and gone. I cant say that i enjoy too many that are on TV recently. I remember the goodones though: Scooby Doo, looney tunes, the Flintstones, Tom and Jerry, Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers and many more.
    -Paul

    http://apieceofthegame.mlblogs.com/

    • August 25, 2012 11:49 am

      Thanks, Paul. I think you’re the first here to bring up Chip and Dale. I loved that one. When I later heard of the Chippendale dancers (“heard of” and not “saw”, mind you) I believed they were called Chip and Dale dancers. I figured they were men who stripped off chipmunk costumes. And my childhood wouldn’t have been the same without Looney Tunes, The Flintstones and Tom and Jerry.

      • August 25, 2012 12:56 pm

        Haha, I havn’t watched the Chippendale dancers, but i have heard of them.
        I enjoy reading your blog. My blog is baseball related, feel free to check it out. It is also nice to read other blogs (like yours) that are about other topics.
        -Paul

        http://apieceofthegame.mlblogs.com

  77. August 23, 2012 8:12 pm

    My first introduction to classical music was through “Looney Tunes.” And who could forget the farm animals of Frank SInatra and Bing Crosby singing to the swooning hens. Classic! Am I dating myself? Thanks for taking me down memory lane.

    • August 25, 2012 11:54 am

      Oh, Vincent — what a gem you remembered! I loved the old, old Looney Tunes (the ones that were’t highly racist, that is!) — were they called Merry Melodies? Though they weren’t as funny as the Looney Tunes of the 50s and 60s, as I got older and more aware of the stars of the 30s and 40s, it was fun to try to pick out what celebrities of the era were being portrayed. I also remember a few imitations of Clark Gable, Bette Davis and the Marx brothers in there, among others.

  78. August 23, 2012 8:23 pm

    Congrats Angie!
    Who can forget the glory days? Now kids actually want to play along?What`s that about? I`ve been feeling bursts of nostalgia as one of the phone companies in Japan has been advertising using Ultraman. Not a cartoon but part of the Sat morning and after school line up. Loved him.

    • August 25, 2012 2:00 pm

      Thanks, Emily! Good to see you! As you know so well, Japan loves cartoons. I have to appreciate the Japanese for keeping the cartooning spirit alive.

  79. August 23, 2012 8:34 pm

    I can relate. I miss those cartoons to, but I guess it is mostly because I was part of that generation. 30 years from now grown ups will be missing pixar and cartoon network the way we miss those saturday mornings (which were sacred by the way). I would love to go back to that. There was a different feeling in the air those days.

    • August 25, 2012 12:17 pm

      You’re right there — it’s hard to imagine anyone one day feeling nostalgic about The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, but I guess someone will.

  80. August 23, 2012 8:37 pm

    Being born in 1987, I just missed this fantastic ritual. No one in my family wanted to get up that early on the weekends, so we just programmed the VCR to do it for us the night before. We still have some four-odd hours of Bugs Bunny on tape!

    • August 25, 2012 12:18 pm

      Aw, too bad — it was a special time to be a kid! Back when the adult world didn’t cater to us and you felt warm inside just to get a bone thrown to you on Saturday mornings.

      • August 28, 2012 7:28 pm

        True, kids are way too catered to on TV now. There are shows for babies, shows for pre-schoolers, shows for grade-school kids, shows for tweens, but shows the whole family might enjoy watching together? Good luck finding one of those anymore!

  81. August 23, 2012 8:59 pm

    First, congrats congrats congrats! I am so glad you’re getting FP’d AGAIN because that’s how I first learned about your wonderful blog. So I hope you’ll reap some new adorers from this post. WordPress has good taste!

    Second, a little personal testimonial. When Miss C was still getting up every two hours to nurse, the one and only thing that made me keep my sanity was not her sweet face, not my iPad where I could read blogs around the clock, and not the promise of her one day sleeping through the night. No, the one thing that made me keep my sanity was a little thing called Qubo Night Owl, a kids’ station whose overnight programming included She-ra , He-Man, Bravestar, and Ghostbusters. At one point I was live tweeting He-Man because, why the heck not? If you had told me at the age of four when I was obsessed with She-Ra that one day I would be a mommy myself staying up with my baby, watching that same cartoon, I would have wound up and smacked you with the power of Gray Skull.

    • August 25, 2012 12:26 pm

      Thank you! So good to see your adorable smiling face here! I always love hearing about what other new mothers watch while up late nursing their babes. Because it seems to be the most random crap. Usually shows that feel comforting to watch — i.e. reran nuggets of nostalgia. If I had cable and access to those shows, I would’ve been watching them too. I nursed my daughter and son to Julia Child, Katie Brown Workshop and how-to-knit shows on PBS. And I don’t even knit, by the way. But they did feel nice and homey to watch.

      Live tweeting He-Man? You complete me.

  82. August 23, 2012 9:01 pm

    This is fantastic. SO TRUE. Congrats on FP! :-)

  83. August 23, 2012 9:05 pm

    I remembered cartoons like the Biscuits and the Samarui Pizza Cats after visiting your site.
    Thanks for the memmories.

    • August 25, 2012 12:28 pm

      Ooh, those are not ringing a bell! “You’ve stumped the panel” — well done!

  84. artisticillusionsinc permalink
    August 23, 2012 9:19 pm

    Great post!!

  85. August 23, 2012 9:59 pm

    Great post! I still love cartoons.and was very sad when I recently got out my old my video tape of the Disney “Silly Symphonies” and found it was ruined. Time to get the DVD! I especially like the cartoons from the 30s, 40s, and 50s.

    • August 25, 2012 12:30 pm

      Cartoons from that era were quite good — probably because they were clearly made for adults to watch in a theater. Even The Flintstones was created for the entire family to watch. When cartoon execs started focusing solely on the kids, I think that’s when they went to pot!

  86. yablogtherapy permalink
    August 23, 2012 10:03 pm

    I agree! I remember waking up early on Saturday mornings to watch “Saturday Disney”. :D Happy memories…

    • August 25, 2012 12:32 pm

      Ooh, I didn’t have The Disney Channel! I always felt left out. Especially when DTV came about, the music videos set to Disney cartoons. I hated missing that show!

  87. August 23, 2012 10:13 pm

    In my late 40’s, I think Phineus and Ferb are the bomb and Fairly Odd Parents is close behind.

    • August 25, 2012 12:34 pm

      I loved Fairly Odd Parents, back when I still had cable TV — my husband and I were watching that before we had kids. I love the new animation shows like these two that take on the old 60s stylized look. I prefer them to the computerized three-dimensional stuff.

      • guest permalink
        August 30, 2012 7:32 am

        Hello Angie! I liked The Faerie Godparents too, since I still have cable TV. What are the odds of having a 10 year old average kid that no one understands granting wishes by 3 fairies? Is it like 100 or close to 100?

  88. August 23, 2012 10:22 pm

    How could you have missed Rocky Raccoon and Bullwinkle J Moose? I used to watch them on one of the Buffalo stations – in the dark ages before cable :)

    • August 25, 2012 12:37 pm

      Rocky and Bullwinkle was a good one (although I have to correct you that Rocky was actually a flying squirrel). I believe it came out in the 60s. It was creative and funny, not like the stale junk that came out of the 80s.

  89. August 23, 2012 11:07 pm

    What a sentimental post! I’m so happy you wrote about such a meaningful part of my childhood. I remember drinking orange juice out of one of those plastic (or glass) tall glasses from McDonalds. Sometimes they were Star Wars. Anyways, when I’d come up to the US for a year, I would watch the Smurfs. Here is a video tribute to all the 80’s Saturday morning cartoons. I think you’ll like watching it. It will give you warm and fuzzy feelings.

    • August 25, 2012 12:47 pm

      This is great! Thanks for sharing! And I could write an entire post on just the cartoon PSAs (“I hunker for a hunk of cheese!”) that used to run on Saturday mornings.

    • guest permalink
      September 2, 2012 6:00 am

      Great video of Saturday Morning TV Memories from 1965-1979! Those are really great cartoon intros! A few cartoons you missed in the video were Clue Club, Jabberjaw, Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch and Buford and the Galloping Ghost. Among the quality cartoon titles I like were Shazzan, Wacky Races, The Impossibles and The Banana Splits. My least favorite cartoon in the timeframe is The Mighty Heroes. What are the odds that Strongman, Ropeman, Cuc-Koo man Tornadoman and Diaperman need help? Is it like 0 or close to 0? Thank You for your time.

      • September 3, 2012 8:13 pm

        Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch — now that is definitely scraping at the back of my memory bank. I forgot about that one.

  90. The Grundyler permalink
    August 23, 2012 11:24 pm

    I love this. If it makes you feel any better at all, I am just now at the age of twenty, getting into those good ole cartoons that I was never allowed to watch as a child. I treat them like gold.

    • August 25, 2012 12:48 pm

      Good for you! I hope you spend a lot of time with Looney Tunes especially.

  91. August 23, 2012 11:24 pm

    Did I ever for a minute even think about sleeping in on a Saturday morning? Heck no! Saturday morning cartoons were the best thing about the weekend.

    • August 25, 2012 12:49 pm

      They were the best thing about the weekend! I don’t think Saturday morning had any meaning at all for me outside of watching cartoons.

      • August 26, 2012 9:07 am

        The only thing that could convince me to take a break from cartoons was a run to the donut shop.

  92. August 23, 2012 11:43 pm

    Reblogged this on netish.

  93. August 24, 2012 12:17 am

    I grew up in Nigeria, and you pretty much described my childhood Saturday mornings. I shed a tear for Dungeons and Dragons. Less is more?

    • August 25, 2012 12:50 pm

      Dungeons and Dragons was a fixture in my Saturday morning line-up. Thanks for reading, Sharon.

  94. August 24, 2012 12:46 am

    Hey Angie! Congrats on being FP’d! (I’m so excited I even had to comment on this post in a sort-of timely manner.) My favourite cartoons were Rainbow Brite, Jem & the Holograms (LOVED!), the Gummy Bears, She-Ra, and (cough) The Smurfs. I was so saddened to see a movie made out of the Smurfs recently. Truly, the crappy, English-dubbed cartoon was more than enough. Oh. I also loved Inspector Gadget. It was on at 4:30 on weekday evenings, so it provided enough cartoon crack to keep me from full withdrawal before Saturday morning hit again. :)

    • August 25, 2012 12:59 pm

      Thanks, Dana! It’s nice to see a familiar face here!

      Yes, I’m certain the only reason they made a movie out of The Smurfs is because of the fact that the grown-ups who grew up with the show now have children of their own — and parents always want their children to enjoy the things they enjoyed as children. It was very strategic on the part of The Smurfs movie producers — evil geniuses.

      I loved Inspector Gadget! I used to watch it after school with a friend while eating a bag of peanut butter chips we stole from her mom’s pantry.

      • August 26, 2012 12:05 pm

        Mmmm…. peanut butter chips! I am so obsessed with peanut butter anything, it’s not even funny.

        Penny was one of my girlhood heroes. I totally wanted to be like her, i,e, solving mysteries, wearing the exact same outfit all the time, and styling my hair in chunky yellow pigtails every day. :)

      • August 26, 2012 4:06 pm

        Yeah, Penny rocked! I think it’s funny how similar the show was to Get Smart (and the actor who played Maxwell Smart even talked Inspector Gadget). It’s like Penny played the role of Agent 99 from Get Smart. I’m not sure who Brain’s counterpart would be.

  95. August 24, 2012 1:31 am

    Oh man, I really, really miss Saturday and Sunday morning cartoons! Even as an young adult, I had to watch Pinky and Brain, Animaniacs, and Superman/Batman cartoons every weekend or it just would not be complete.He-Man was another show I would rush home to watch after school on a Tuesday (wow, I remember that!). Laffalympics, Gadget, Ruff n Reddy, any Hanna-Barbera or Warner Bros cartoons….I can go on forever. This was my whole childhood :)

    • August 25, 2012 1:08 pm

      I can’t imagine my after school hours in 5th grade without Inspector Gadget. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

  96. August 24, 2012 1:42 am

    Oh, how I remember the days. I miss them, they were really something to look forward to. Nice post, and congrats.

    • August 25, 2012 1:09 pm

      They were really something special, weren’t they? Thanks for reading, JWB.

  97. August 24, 2012 2:24 am

    Smurfy post! I raise my Kool Aid glass to you for a toast! Thanks!

  98. August 24, 2012 2:34 am

    This was pretty hilarious. I loved watching the Justice League, ThunderCats and Inspector Gadget. And let’s not forget that 6:30 a.m. slot: Felix The Cat … Too funny. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

    • August 25, 2012 1:12 pm

      Thank you! I always get Justice League mixed up with Super Friends — completely different, right? Was it a spin-off of Super Friends? Sorry but I’m somewhat inadequate in the superhero department.

  99. August 24, 2012 3:05 am

    Cartoons, Yaaaaah.

    Thanks for promoting cartoons. A picture is worth a 1000 words. A few cartoons and you’ve got a short book or movie.

    Cartoons give us all a laugh, young and old, and there should be more of them.

    Phone/email your local newspaper, web-news outlet and TV station and demand more cartoons. MORE cartoons !!!

    What do we want ? “More cartoons”, , , , , When do we want them ? “Now”.

    And why do I suggest this action, you ask ????

    (ashamedly) I’m a freelance cartoonist, and I’m looking for work.

    Please have a look around the various sections of my blog.

    • August 25, 2012 1:16 pm

      Cartoonist! My brother is a freelance artist who does cartooning too. What a great job. I hope you find more work — good luck.

  100. August 24, 2012 3:09 am

    I am from a different generation. My Saturday cartoons were on kids WB that we got with “bunny ears” because we didn’t have cable. It was a break from PAX tv and the other stuff that we watched because it was all that was on. Now that everything is digital I don’t have to watch another Shop til you Drop ever again which I am glad about. The cartoons I watched were shit though. Like you said they were great at the time but Jackie Chan adventures really wasn’t a quality show. I still watch cartoons and have to say that there are still some kicking around that are of real quality. The problem is that cartoons are being targeted at such a large audience now that some of the stuff can be off the wall for the younger kids who should be able to just watch innocent cartoons. Thanks for the post made me reminisce a little.

    • August 25, 2012 1:18 pm

      Thanks for your comment. I remember the rabbit ears days! I also remember the television sets with channel dials. Can you imagine what we put up with?

  101. August 24, 2012 3:40 am

    Those were the days where in we look forward to saturday morning tv. What a great post! A nice way to remember Jem with her Synergy earrings. Rainbow Brite and his colorful horse, She-ra and He-man. Do you also remember Thundercats and the Visionaries? Cabbage patch kids oh my the this list could go on. It just made me smile. Thanks!!! Have a great weekend.

    • August 25, 2012 1:19 pm

      I think Jem might be the most talked about cartoon in the comments on this post!

      Thanks for your comment!

  102. August 24, 2012 3:57 am

    Aww the Memories… mmm how I just loved watching cartoons especially Duck Tails, He-Man, Tom and Jerry, Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers, Blossom She-ra… but The Gummie Bears, my favourite… simply loved the theme song…

    Dashing and daring, Courageous and caring, Faithful and friendly, With stories to share. All through the forest, They sing out in chorus, Marching along, As their song fills the air.
    Gummi Bears!! Bouncing here and there and everywhere. High adventure that’s beyond compare. They are the Gummi Bears.

    Magic and mystery, Are part of their history, Along with the secret, Of gummiberry juice.
    Their legend is growing, They take pride in knowing, They’ll fight for what’s right, In whatever they do.
    Gummi Bears!! Bouncing here and there and everywhere. High adventure that’s beyond compare. They are the Gummi Bears!!! (”,)

    • August 25, 2012 1:21 pm

      Holy cow! I didn’t have Disney channel so rarely saw that show (I had to be over at a friend’s house to see it). But you are like the third person who left a comment recanting all the lyrics to it! Hilarious.

    • guest permalink
      August 29, 2012 8:05 am

      Hello Michelle! That theme song of the Gummi Bears from long ago is driving people crazy. If I were you, I would sing some other cartoon song. Maybe Michelle can sing the Little Einsteins theme song or the theme from Phineas and Ferb.. Maybe Michelle was jerked around from that Gummi Bears song.

  103. August 24, 2012 4:43 am

    Well done on being FPd, well deserved. Alas, I grew up at around the same time in the UK but took ballet classes on Saturday mornings which meant I missed all the kids’ TV they showed in the mornings too. I actually rebelled one morning and refused to go in order to watch it. My father took a superior view to this sort of thing (even though he was fond of telling me that he spent his childhood Saturday mornings watching Flash Gordon at the cinema in the 1930’s/40’s) and he felt that I should be spending my free time in museums and art galleries. Which is why I can tell you that mouse holes have curved Romanesque rather than pointed Gothic arches. Sorry.

    • August 25, 2012 1:23 pm

      Ooh, ouch. You got me on my misrepresentation of the arch. And I was even an art minor who took art history courses. My professors would be disappointed.

      Poor thing, missing out on Saturday morning cartoons! In the end, I think you were much better off getting cultured on actual culture.

  104. guest permalink
    August 24, 2012 6:05 am

    I’ll be getting my cold pizza and orange juice and I’ll be watching my regular cartoons this Saturday morning. I’ll be having some pizza, watching a little Gravity Falls and Little Einsteins, and in the next Saturday, I’ll be doing it over again with the same snack food and different cartoons. I already watched Bubble Guppies 3 days ago and it was really great! I do like Gil, Molly and Neema! I do like the Nick Jr and Playhouse Disney cartoons.

    • August 25, 2012 1:24 pm

      That’s a whole lot of cartoons I don’t remember! Maybe after my time. The cold pizza and orange juice combo sounds like the perfect accompaniment to Saturday morning cartoons.

  105. milezaway permalink
    August 24, 2012 6:16 am

    Saturday morning cartoons…god that takes me back but for me it was Saturday early evenings when the A-Team series was on here in the UK…what a show!

    • August 25, 2012 1:26 pm

      A-Team! I loved my A-Team evenings. I’m glad you Brits weren’t denied that show.

      • milezaway permalink
        August 28, 2012 3:19 am

        Even now when I hear the theme tune it brings a smiole to my face and I think back to those days watching the show as a kid….

  106. August 24, 2012 6:21 am

    Cartoons are awful these days! It’s a shame.

  107. August 24, 2012 6:45 am

    wow! Congrats on FP again!

    • August 25, 2012 1:27 pm

      Thanks, Heather! One of these days, I promise I’ll get off my own blog and visit everyone again.

  108. August 24, 2012 6:51 am

    You are right: the magic of Saturday morning is long gone. I recall yelling “Cartoon Day!” on Saturday mornings and racing my brother from the bedroom to the living room to turn on the TV. When I was four or five, the Space Kook episode of Scooby-Doo scared me silly. Now my children watch Ninjago or Penguins of Madagascar anytime they want. :(

    Bonus points for mentioning Solomon Grundy. =)

    • August 25, 2012 1:29 pm

      Scooby-Doo was scary alright. I can’t believe I wasted a single wink of sleep because of that silly show!

      Thanks! I grew up with a comic book geek for an older brother. The bonus points should probably go to him.

  109. rachelocal permalink
    August 24, 2012 7:46 am

    Freshly Pressed again? I’m squealing with delight for you, Angie! I don’t know why they just don’t Freshly Press ALL your posts. This one, like all the others, is epic!

    • August 25, 2012 1:31 pm

      Thanks, Rachel! I see in my stats that you got a couple dozen hits on your site, thanks to your rockin’ Dynomite photo! People simply can’t resist a bewildered looking kid with crooked glasses.

      • August 27, 2012 10:09 am

        I did get some hits. Another positive side effect of my awkward years. Who knew?

      • August 30, 2012 5:18 pm

        Let’s keep exploiting our awkward years and see where it gets us. Deal?

      • August 31, 2012 9:14 am

        Haha, oh, of course. :)

  110. August 24, 2012 7:52 am

    Wow this brings back memories. I used to love watching He-Man and She-Ra (showing my age now) cartoons now a days just aren’t the same.

    • August 25, 2012 1:32 pm

      Those two shows defined 80s cartoons! You couldn’t watch one without watching the other.

  111. August 24, 2012 8:11 am

    This is OUTSTANDING. I fully agree. Cartoons were the best…thank God for channels like The Hub and Boomerang. I watch my favorites in the morning while I get ready for work!

    • August 25, 2012 1:34 pm

      Those channels are the reason I don’t have cable TV. I’d never leave the couch.

      Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment!

  112. August 24, 2012 8:54 am

    So cool. I’ve been doing the same thing only not online, in a book for my children. I’m sure my grandchildren will be amazed how my childhood was in comparison to theirs. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed….

    • August 25, 2012 1:36 pm

      Thanks! Good for you on the book — that’s an excellent plan.

      • russelllindsey permalink
        August 25, 2012 2:57 pm

        That is precisely WHY I write. I’m convinced that reading anything I write about my childhood in say about 30 years will be absolutely fascinating to that generation of kids.

        Things are so different already. My childhood will be unrecognizable in 30 years. By the way, that is one thing that didn’t get brought up here: Little House on the Prairie. I was entranced by that show as a child. I watched it religiously after school. I can’t stand to watch it now, but the books, of course, will always hold up.

        Lindsey

      • August 25, 2012 3:13 pm

        Noooooo! You can’t stand to watch it? I could watch it All Day Long. Still. But that’s probably because I’m a nostalgia junkie. Michael Landon as Charles Ingalls is like a second father to me.

        Unless of course you’re referring to a LHOTP cartoon I wasn’t aware of?

      • russelllindsey permalink
        August 25, 2012 3:31 pm

        LOL – I love Michael Landon, but the show just gets to be a bit too much for me at times. Then again, I am a HUGE fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder herself and her books.

        I can see why anyone growing up when we did would consider Michael Landon as almost a second father. Heck, a family friend nicknamed me Sis and my little sister Half-Pint. Still a point of contention today as I obviously was meant to be nicknamed half-pint (my sister never really watched the show).

        Lindsey

  113. August 24, 2012 10:32 am

    hahaaaa fuckn janet. that bitch.

  114. Liz Alexander permalink
    August 24, 2012 10:45 am

    While I definitely have some nostalgia, I also have to admit that I enjoy modern-day cartoons, too! There’s a whole lot of brilliance going on for both the old and the re-vamped. (If you haven’t seen the new My Little Pony, go watch the first two episodes. And then, go back and watch the first ever aired MLP from back in the ’80s. Yeeeeaaah….)

    Personally would LOVE to see a well-done modernization of She-Ra! :D And yes, I would ABSOLUTELY collect new She-Ra merch!

    • August 25, 2012 1:38 pm

      My kids love the new My Little Pony. My husband watched it with them and was telling me how great it was, how funny — really? I didn’t believe him. I guess I need to see it for myself!

      Modern day cartoons are much more creative and funny now. I think there’s just so damn many of them on TV that they actually have to produce quality in order to be viewed. Back in the 80s, we’d take any ol’ crap we could get.

  115. August 24, 2012 10:49 am

    I must say the original spider-man cartoon was my favorite, no matter how bad the animation. Watching now though is quite painful, Even my 5 year old son laughs in amusement. Well now that cartoons are CG
    Thanks for sharing and congrats on the FP! :)

    • August 25, 2012 1:39 pm

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment! I never caught the old Spider-man cartoon but I’m certain my brother did. He’s a screaming comic book geek.

  116. August 24, 2012 10:50 am

    OMG i love old cartoons! As a kid in the 90s I didn’t know that Tom And Jerry and The Flintstones were old, all I knew was I loved them! They used to show all the time in Cartoon Network but then CN started having all those “new” cartoons like Courage The Cowardly Dog. I was sooo scared of courage! Nowadays though I think even Courage is less creepy than those awfull 3d computer things….

    • August 25, 2012 1:43 pm

      I’m so repulsed by all those 3D animated shows. They’re so overly stimulating — it’s like watching a cartoon on crack. Not like the comforting feeling I once had curling up on the couch with an hour of Looney Tunes. The Flintstones were so old — once I realized that, it became more apparent that the “celebrities” on there were based on actual celebrities from that era (i.e. Ann-Margret, Rock Hudson, etc.).

      • August 25, 2012 4:36 pm

        I know right? I always wonder if any toddlers learn anything whatsoever from those shows.. I don’t know what exacty it is that’s wrong with some of the non “educational” ones but the images are really… un-human like! Which is weird because it isn’t like real bears steal picnic baskets like Yogy Bear.

  117. August 24, 2012 11:18 am

    Reblogged this on Digital Pittsburgh and commented:
    Ah the good old days, when cartoons were something to be cherished.

  118. 40 is the new 13 permalink
    August 24, 2012 11:46 am

    This is such a great post. I’m impressed not only by your appreciation of old cartoons… but your encyclopedic memory of them and the detailed analysis! Yes, I definitely do remember the illustrated backgrounds repeating behind Shaggy… but didn’t realize I’d even noticed until you pointed it out! I also agree that magic is lost when everything’s immediately at your fingertips. But the specialness is still there. It almost makes me teary-eyed to pop in a “Tom & Jerry” DVD and watch my daughter sit, mesmerized. Some things are timeless, I guess. Thanks for writing this… really a fantastic read.

    • August 25, 2012 1:46 pm

      There was a lot of background repetition in The Flintstones too. It seemed to be a common tactic of Hanna-Barbera so they didn’t have to produce as much artwork. I’m sure it made their jobs easier.

      My husband and I watch Looney Tunes DVDs with my kids. Definitely timeless.

      Thanks for your nice comment!

  119. August 24, 2012 12:24 pm

    I grew up on Bugs Bunny, Daffy and the rest of the gang. My dad used to tease me because even in my teens, I would watch Bugs Bunny cartoons. I miss some of the oldies but goodies mentioned above.

    • August 25, 2012 1:47 pm

      I still watch Looney Tunes. I watched it in junior high and high school too. My dad rarely admitted it but he loved Roadrunner.

  120. August 24, 2012 12:29 pm

    Yessss!!!! G.I Joe, the smurfs, care bears, the list goes on. This saturday, I’ll have a cartoon fest of my own and watch my favorite cartoons online. To be fair, I also think SpongeBob squarepants is pretty F-in awesome.
    P.S. I only commented because all of the cool kids are doing it. Damn you pressure to be cool.

    • August 25, 2012 1:49 pm

      SpongeBob is hilarious — I love that cartoons today are funny and have much better content than the 80s crap I grew up with.

      PS You are officially cool now.

  121. August 24, 2012 12:32 pm

    Saturday mornings were the best as long as I didn’t drag my feet cleaning my room first. Then my father bought a small-town grocery store, so naturally from then on (age twelve for me) it was breakfast and off to work on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays…

    • August 25, 2012 1:50 pm

      We have much in common, Richard. My parents bought a small town hardware store when I got older — and when I hit about 12 or 13, I had to spend quite a few Saturdays there.

  122. August 24, 2012 1:03 pm

    That face that you have The Littles posted makes me happy. Man I miss Saturday morning cartoons!

    • August 25, 2012 1:51 pm

      The animation on that show is just painful to watch! At least now I think so. Back then I soaked it up. I recall that their legs hardly bent when they walked. Or was it that they bent too much?

  123. August 24, 2012 6:33 pm

    This post just took me back…….waaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy back. Love it….

    • August 25, 2012 1:52 pm

      Thank you for reading, Lavon.

      • August 26, 2012 12:01 am

        I remember all of those cartoons… I loved waking up on Saturday mornings.. I remember watching Dungeons and Dragons… Hulk Hogan’s Rocking Wrestling…. and all that ….

      • August 26, 2012 4:10 pm

        You’re the first to bring up Hulk Hogan! Loved that cartoon! Mean Gene, Junkyard Dog…

  124. August 24, 2012 7:53 pm

    So happy for you my friend! Or maybe not so happy…I just counted a crapillion (that’s a really REALLY big pile) comments that you must reply to. So, don’t reply to mine. Just know that I am smiling. And toasting your most awesome bloggy-ness into the fall. Cheers!

    • August 25, 2012 1:56 pm

      Thank you, Shannon! I always appreciate your kind support, my friend.

  125. August 24, 2012 10:35 pm

    Oh man Hanna-Barbera was truly great. You really brought me back! Major Kudos on the Punky Brewster and Mr T cartoon stills! Totally forgot about those!

    • August 25, 2012 1:57 pm

      Punky Brewster was one I often watched. I still can’t get my head around Glomer and what the hell he was supposed to be.

  126. August 25, 2012 6:09 am

    Haha i used to love watching george and martha, arthur and pingu. Bring back the oldies!

  127. August 25, 2012 8:02 am

    Johnny Quest, Bugs Bunny and Land of the Lost FTW!

    • August 25, 2012 1:14 pm

      Land of the Lost! I have a fuzzy memory of that show and was trying my hardest to convince some friends of the era that it existed. Real kids and their dad in prehistoric era with a dinosaur pet, etc., etc. No one believed me. To make it worse, for the life of me, I couldn’t remember its name. Thank goodness for Google!

  128. August 25, 2012 8:07 am

    Thoroughly enjoyed your post. Even though I’m from the Republic of Maldives, we seem to have watched the same cartoons growing up :)
    I wrote about something similar

    http://msharyf.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/messed-up-cartoons-tvm-used-to-show-during-my-childhood/

  129. August 25, 2012 8:54 am

    Wait! The weekend actually started on Friday night – if you lived near Cleveland – with a late nite horror / sci-fi fest on the Hoolihan & Big Chuck Show. Than along with the Saturday morning cartoons (yes!) there was H R Puffinstuff, Lidsville, Kaptain Kool and the Kongs, the Kroft Supershow, Space Academy, Jason of Star Command… and let’s not forget Schoolhouse Rock! Oh Saturday mornings, I miss you.

  130. russelllindsey permalink
    August 25, 2012 10:58 am

    Angie. I can just completely relate to this post.

    As a preschooler I used to wake up at 5 AM to watch absolutely every single cartoon. There were even kids shows in the time slot before Romper Room, which always kind of seemed like the official start to Saturday morning to me. Saturday morning cartoons were a huge part of my childhood.

    My favorites were:

    – Smurfs! They were by far my favorite.
    – Alvin and the Chipmunks
    – The Snorks
    – Gummy Bears
    – Ghostbusters
    – Scooby Doo
    – Gumby
    – Fraggle Rock
    – Garfield and Friends
    – Any Looney Tunes

    Oh, and I am so happy that you included Punky in the post! I adored the actual show AND the short-lived cartoon. Same goes for ALF :D

    God it was amazing to grow up in the 80s.

    Lindsey

    • August 25, 2012 12:44 pm

      Great memories! I barely remember Alf as a cartoon — I mostly remember the main show. I loved the Punky cartoon — but, seriously, what the heck was Glomer? A furry leprechaun? They must’ve felt the regular plotlines that worked on the TV show wouldn’t transfer over to a cartoon. Add a magic creature to the cast and — wabam! — cartoon success.

      • russelllindsey permalink
        August 25, 2012 12:56 pm

        Angie –

        I think you nailed the formula for the Punky cartoon. I have no idea what Glomer was, then or now. It was Brandon that really stole my heart at age 5/6.

        I loved Romper Room too, and maybe you can help me. I’ve tried to research the name of a show that used to come on even before Romper Room. It involved REAL kids and a kid-made spaceship. It had different program segments that involved some pretty rudimentary animation/etc. (think a mix of Gumby, cartoons, and real kids). I’ve tired to research the name of the show for the longest time – unsuccessfully. 3-2-1 Contact comes to mind, but I don’t think that is it.

        By the way, do you remember Today’s Special? Manikins coming to live in a deserted mall were some kind of bad 80s nightmare. I loved the show though :D But when I was in junior high there was some R.L. Stein-type book that was set in a closed mall. Still gives me the creeps to think of it!

        Lindsey

      • August 25, 2012 1:07 pm

        I loved Today’s Special on Nickelodeon. I was way too old for it too. I think I watched it as a 3rd grader while home sick from school.

        Was the show you’re referring to HR Pufnstuf? Polka Dot Door? Pinwheel? I’m completely stumped!

      • russelllindsey permalink
        August 25, 2012 1:22 pm

        I am stumped too. I was so little when I watched it (4-6), I have no idea what it was called.

        Pinwheel sounds kind of familiar though?

        By the way, I was kind of “old” for Garfield and Friends when it came out too, but that is the magic of having a much younger brother. It kind of became a Saturday morning ritual for us.

        The funny thing is that we grew up in the boonies. My parents still can’t get cable at their home. We had 3 channels until we finally got satellite when I was 12. I grew up thinking Nickelodeon was the most amazing thing ever (thanks to city cousins). My brother was only two when we got satellite, but once we did, we watched the Flintstones and the Jetsons on the Cartoon Network every night.

        You should do a post on old Nick sometime –

        Hey, Dude!
        Salute Your Shorts
        Finders Keepers (my favorite!)
        Doug
        Rugrats (the last two I watched with my baby brother)

        So many great old shows.

        Lindsey

      • August 25, 2012 1:34 pm

        Hey, Dude was a great one. Also, Welcome Freshman. Yes, Salute Your Shorts. You Can’t Do That on Television. Pete and Pete. I recently did a post on Mr. Wizard.

        Remember Fifteen? The teen soap opera? Awful!

    • August 25, 2012 12:45 pm

      Romper Room! Loved it.

      • guest permalink
        August 26, 2012 6:08 am

        I agree with all of you. We should do a post on Old School Nickelodeon. I do like the Classic Nick shows such as Rocket Power and As Told By Ginger. Thank You all for your time.

  131. russelllindsey permalink
    August 25, 2012 11:00 am

    Oh! And how could I forget the CARE BEARS? Not to mention Richie Rich? I think I could go on and on and on.

    • August 25, 2012 12:41 pm

      Richie Rich was a favorite of mine! I remember there was an older version and then a newer version (the one I grew up with) later made in the 80s. I thought at first that it was based on Silver Spoons!

  132. russelllindsey permalink
    August 25, 2012 11:17 am

    Reblogged this on Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde and commented:
    Proof, yet again, that Angie and I would’ve been fast friends if we’d grown up together. Check out the pic of Punky!

    • August 25, 2012 12:40 pm

      Thanks (alwalys) for the reblog, Lindsey! Indeed, we would’ve had loads of fun growing up in the 80s together.

  133. August 26, 2012 1:26 am

    HAHA I love it!!! Great post. Brought back a lot of memories!!

  134. Matt Molgaard permalink
    August 26, 2012 11:57 am

    a nice read. I shared it on reddit in fact.

  135. August 26, 2012 5:02 pm

    Jumpin-Jehosophats, Angelic-one – you’ve got 5 bazillion comments! Are your fingers bleeding yet?

    Shouldn’t you be busy making a wholesome Sunday dinner for the family instead of fooling with this nonsense?

    • August 26, 2012 5:08 pm

      And I replied to every one of them. And my fingers haven’t been working since then. I’m dictating this comment to my dog.

  136. rijandmeg permalink
    August 26, 2012 8:22 pm

    I raise my glass of Tang to this post….and Skeletor….and Smurfette. Somehow my parents kept Saturday morning cartoons from me until I discovered them at a sleepover. Speaking of which, I’d love to see a post about sleepovers- an integral part of any classic 80’s childhood. (maybe you already have, I am new to your blog).

    • guest permalink
      August 29, 2012 7:30 pm

      Sleepovers? In an 80s cartoon theme? I agree with rijandmeg! I can stay in my character until the next morning. Whoever breaks character is eliminated. I love 80s cartoons and method acting.

    • August 30, 2012 5:15 pm

      I don’t think I’ve covered sleepovers on this blog before. Hmmmm. When my birthday rolls around soon, I will most definitely have to write about the worst birthday party ever, which happened to be a sleepover when I turned 8. Thanks for the suggestion!

  137. August 26, 2012 9:27 pm

    You have so wonderfully captured what I have been trying to explain to my kids for years…Saturday mornings used to be magical! My favorites were Laffalympics, Muppet Babies, Super Friends, and yes, Dungeons and Dragons. The only cartoon I’ve found refreshing within the past 10 years (found only on Saturday mornings) was “Pepper Ann”. How can you not love a cartoon with a character called Pink-Eye Pete?
    Cheers to you and your post!

    • August 30, 2012 5:18 pm

      Thank you! That’s a great cartoon line-up you got there — I loved Muppet Babies too. Only, who was Skeeter? Why did they have Skeeter? Skeeter as in the female version of Scooter. Did they feel they needed to invent another female character or something? Wasn’t Miss Piggy enough? Sigh. I’m just such a stickler for keeping it classic.

  138. August 27, 2012 7:03 pm

    Did I read someone else lked Josie and the Pussycats? She and the kittens were “da bomb.” Saturday mornings were a holy ritual at our house and nobody had better get the way of the four-hour worship fest! Thanks for the memories and wit! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed,too! Way cool.

    • August 27, 2012 7:46 pm

      Josie and the Pussycats now has taken a different meaning and a life of it’s own. I have to admit that show was a bit suggestive even when I saw it for the first time when I was 7 years old. Then when I was 12 it was kind of you know fun to watch. Puberty sure did ruin the things I liked when they get overexposed and made to look more and more provocative. Don’t get me wrong it’s great for what it is but more than half an hour of it gets old.

      • August 30, 2012 5:22 pm

        Yeah, I think I’d get tired of that show now in about five minutes! Meanwhile, Looney Tunes I could watch All Day Long.

    • August 30, 2012 5:21 pm

      Thank you! And I think I replied to someone else’s comment that Charlie’s Angels’ Cheryl Ladd talked/sung for one of the Pussycats before she was famous. I just feel the need to keep circulating this pop culture trivia bit.

  139. Emily permalink
    August 29, 2012 3:12 pm

    My brother and I used to love Saturday morning cartoons. When I was maybe six or so (circa 1990), they introduced Sunday morning cartoons as well, but they only ran until ten o’clock or so, when Hour of Power started. My brother and I hated the Hour of Power guy, because we thought that his sole mission in life was to come on TV to cut short our cartoon fun. No, he wasn’t providing religious enlightenment to people who couldn’t leave their houses to go to church, he just hated kids……lol. By the way, on an unrelated matter, when I started university, my friend Teresa and I once saw a commercial for Worship for Shut-Ins on TV, and our immediate thought was, “It’s 2003–why is there no nicer, more politically-correct term instead of ‘shut-ins?'”

    • August 30, 2012 5:37 pm

      Shut-ins — you’re right. That is an awful word — and you bring up an excellent point. Shut-ins should more accurately describe the children who lie in their pajamas until noon on a Saturday watching amateur-looking cartoons.

  140. joiedevivre74 permalink
    September 3, 2012 4:05 am

    Reblogged this on This beautiful life.

  141. September 4, 2012 10:28 am

    Reblogged this on VISION POWERED COACHING VISITORS CENTER and commented:
    This was interesting to me. I remember Saturday mornings spent with cartoons myself. Later on in the day, I had to go with my mother to my maternal grandparents’ home and pretend I was more of an observant Jew than I was. (We weren’t supposed to watch TV, write, shop, or do other kinds of work on the Sabbath. We weren’t even supposed to travel, and yet they knew we couldn’t get to see them without doing that, so I suppose they closed their eyes to that reality.)

    For a couple of blissful hours, though, I got to immerse myself in the cartoon world, with no worries over competing with my peers at school to get top grades, no concerns over being clumsy and never getting chosen when we divided into teams at recess, no anxiety over squabbles in the extended family that I didn’t understand, but that scared me sometimes.

    Why I remember Saturday mornings with such fondness, though, is because this was a precious down time, a time I could escape from the pressures of the real world (and yes, kids do have stress and pressures)–a down time that I don’t think kids nowadays have at all.

    When I was raising my own kids, there was still a little of this time, Kids were already starting to be over-programmed, in my estimation, and as a young mom, I railed against this. I refused to book up every moment of my kids’ lives with an activity. I refused to be their perpetual chauffeur. I insisted that they have time to do nothing. Sometimes that did mean watching cartoons or some other mindless show and unwinding. My eldest needed that brief down time after school, to let his tensions ebb. He was never a compulsive TV watcher in spite of this need, and after a half-hour or so, he would turn off the telly on his own, have a snack and get busy with other things. He was always an excellent student. The others were a bit more addicted but we had rules about how much TV was permitted. True, they had chores to do, usually on Saturday mornings, that took a lot more time than what my mother required of me (She was a cleanophile and I had to do only a bit of dusting because cleaning wasn’t a skill of mine, according to her, and still isn’t, according to me!) Once they did their chores, though, there was time for a little TV, for outdoor play, for reading, writing or lounging about.

    When I was a kid, I cherished my time to be left alone, to immerse myself in the sillyness of cartoons, but also to read, write and play in an imaginative way. AS I got older, I had homework to do, from both regular school and Hebrew School, but every moment of my life wasn’t programmed to the hilt. My mother wasn’t my social director. I found things to do with my friends, like roller skating in the streets, stoopball, jumprope, etc. I didn’t sit in front of the TV all the time, probably because I was allowed to do it some of the time. It wasn’t a forbidden pleasure.

    That brings us to kids nowadays. As an adoption agency director for about 30 yrs, I got to observe a lot of other families, aside from my own and the families of my four kids’ friends. Then I got to observe my grandchildren’s lives.

    With most households being two parent working ones nowadays because it’s hard to survive economically otherwise, parents don’t get to see their kids all that much. Here in the US, many children start daycare and six or eight weeks of age. One would think that families would want to maximize the time they get to spend together. Contrary to that, most families I know have one activity or another scheduled on most days of the week. After work and daycare, and often after quick stops for fast food or prepared take-out, their are sports activities, “enrichment” classes for the kids, lessons of one sort or another. On Saturdays and sometimes Sundays too, their are baseball, football, softball, soccer games, ballet or acrobatic lessons, etc. etc. I don’t know a lot of young kids who have chores, who get to stay home on Saturday mornings and lounge in their pajamas in front of the TV, who read books, or who just play with their parents and/or siblings.

    The author of this blog post probably wasn’t thinking all of this when he wrote about cartoons, but his post did trigger a lot of memories and feelings for me anyway. Cartoons were and probably still are, often silly, too violent, sometimes sexist (though I hope not as much as in earlier decades) but they still hold a fond place in my memory because they represented a more innocent, easier, less cluttered and programmed time.

    • September 4, 2012 10:36 am

      Thanks for sharing this perspective, Iris! “The author of this blog post” — that would be me, Angie! :) I couldn’t agree more with you about kids being too booked with activities now and don’t have enough downtime. The Saturday mornings of my childhood were definitely “downtime”. Probably too many consecutive hours of it at that! I’ve really managed to avoid over-booking my kids thus far. I can see you have a very broad perspective on all of this with such unique glimpses into other families and other generations over the years.

      Thanks again for your comment!

  142. September 4, 2012 12:15 pm

    Classic. It was just yesterday my wife and I were cracking up to an episode of Jem…damn she is SO outrageous!!!

    Cartoons in the 80’s and early 90’s were epic and part of many kids up bringing. Also with the viewing of Jem we also checked out Duck Tales (woo hoo!!!), GI Joe (cartoon so much better that the GI Joe action movies of today), a bunch of cartoon openings (pretty much all the disney cartoons – Chip and Dale: Recue rangers!!!) and teddy Rupskin. I used to really get down with Teddy R… but now… what was I thinking!!!! Teddy R is wack!!!

    I teach kids in Korea at the moment and they have no idea on the beauty of Saturday morning cartoons. Unless its connected to a smartphone or a computer game these kids don’t want a bar of it. They don’t have the appreciation of an afterschool cartoon to finish the day of learning. Sleep is probably more important after a 14 hour school day.

    Good post, bringing it back! Long Live Launchpad!!!

    • September 11, 2012 7:35 pm

      Thank you for your comment. I missed the Teddy Ruxpin cartoon — I think I was getting toward junior high age by then and thinking I was too cool for that stuff. (I wasn’t.)

  143. September 4, 2012 1:17 pm

    I would say that you all missed the real cartoons… these were the cartoons like Woody Woodpecker, Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Deputy Dawg, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Popeye, Mighty Mouse, Heckle and Jeckle, Yogi Bear, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, these and many more were the REAL cartoons ;-) as I watched my sons grow up watching that 70’s – 80’s junk I lamented the passing of an era when great animation and imaginative scripts were the rule.
    I do agree with your observation about how magical it was on Saturday morning when we kids could watch 3 hours of cartoons and how empty it felt if we had to miss them. Of course my perspective is a bit different since I was born in 1948, the time before TV was in every home, and there were only three channels to watch when we finally got our first TV. The cartoons you idolize were the ones my poor kids had to watch as I longed for a return to the “real” cartoons of my childhood. :-)

    • September 11, 2012 7:39 pm

      Trust me, I could not agree with you more. The nostalgia junkie in me likes to reminisce about the ’70s and ’80s cartoons from my generation, but I am smart enough to recognize they were mostly flat, boring and the graphics were blah. I got a Looney Tunes DVD set a few months back and it has CHANGED MY LIFE. I’ve always worshiped Looney Tunes, along with Rocky and Bullwinkle and Tom and Jerry. You grew up during the Golden Age of cartoons!

      • September 11, 2012 8:25 pm

        Thanks Angie, I wasn’t trying to put your cartoons down it was just that I had been born in the Golden Age of cartoons. I’m glad you agree that they were far better than the ones that came along in the 70s and 80s. I received a DVD a few years back of the Looney Tunes cartoons and I love to sit back and enjoy them from time to time. Thanks for the kind reply too.

      • September 11, 2012 8:29 pm

        No offense taken — I agree 100%! :)

  144. September 4, 2012 2:41 pm

    I can still remember the line-up for the cartoons I watched as a kid…and I’m a lot older than you. When I feel overwhelmed by the lunacy of this fragmented, jaded world, I sit at my computer and watch old clips from Beany & Cecil (the seasick sea serpent in a Bob Clampett cartooo-ooon!), Rocky & Bullwinkle, Huckelberry Hound, the Flintstones (pre Gazoo), the Jetson’s… Those were simpler times and we were happier. Was it our own age or the age of man? I don’t know. But I wish we could go back there.

    • September 11, 2012 7:41 pm

      That sounds like an excellent therapy plan! I will admit that I have spent some nights alone watching Looney Tunes on DVD with a beer and feeling like I just cleansed my soul.

  145. September 4, 2012 3:28 pm

    Grandes recuerdo… ahora también significa algo, pero muy diferente.

  146. September 4, 2012 3:31 pm

    Yes life is so simple but how easily we forget.

  147. September 4, 2012 3:50 pm

    Now it is the stratosphere for your blog, Angie. Well done!

    • September 11, 2012 7:46 pm

      Thanks, Elyse!

      • September 11, 2012 7:48 pm

        Don’t forget the little people.

      • September 11, 2012 7:49 pm

        I won’t — I love Danny Devito.

      • September 11, 2012 7:53 pm

        And Davy Jones. Don’t forget Davy, either!

      • September 11, 2012 7:54 pm

        Of course I won’t forget Davy — even though, sniff, sniff — it still hurts.

  148. September 4, 2012 5:10 pm

    Great post! Honest truth the only cartoons I liked as a kid were “The Flintstones,” “Mr. Magoo,” and “Speed Racer.” But I was jealous of my sister who loved all cartoons and would get up early to watch them.

  149. September 4, 2012 5:59 pm

    I loved your post the memories dungeons and dragons thundercats . Sitting in front of tv in pjs . Never seeing the last episode of dungeons and dragons always wondering did they get home ?

    • September 11, 2012 7:52 pm

      Did they? Yes, it still haunts me a bit that I never found out.

  150. September 4, 2012 7:24 pm

    Love it – I am a parent with children who are slowly outgrowing Saturday morning cartoons – dying in desert winds are Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo, Strawberry Shortcake, reruns of the Smurfs, Yogi Bear and so on – I still, at times, when no one is home, look for these little gems because the nostalgia definitely brings me back to a time when it was indeed simple and uncomplicated!

    • September 11, 2012 7:53 pm

      Those are some great ones — and simpler times they were! Thanks for reading!

  151. September 4, 2012 11:02 pm

    The good old days! Smiles. Beautiful post!

    • September 11, 2012 7:55 pm

      They were “the good old days.”

      I’m pushing 40, so I am now authorized to use that expression.

  152. September 4, 2012 11:39 pm

    Best thing about those old cartoons were the advice endings from He-Man. Such valuable advices for kids of all ages: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaVZzGwPd8c

    • September 11, 2012 7:58 pm

      Aw, darn. It says the video was blocked for me because of copyright. But thank you for reminding me of this. For this and other reasons, He-Man was practically a father to me.

  153. UKYankee permalink
    September 5, 2012 3:41 am

    THANK YOU for the trip down memory lane! Tootsie Roll Pops and Tang went nicely with Pac Man cereal for a healthy morning of cartoons and sugar! What I wouldn’t give for a morning fuelled by terrible Hanna Barbera cartoons starring Casey Kasem as all the voices!

    • September 11, 2012 8:02 pm

      I am so impressed that you brought Casey Kasem into this. Zoinks! What was a Hanna Barbera cartoon without Casey Kasem?

  154. September 6, 2012 7:22 am

    Love this post! I often think about the great cartoons I watched as a kid, they were brilliantly done and I think really taught kids values… Captain Planet, Stopit and Tidyup, Dungeons and Dragons, He Man and She Ra, Bucky O’Hare, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, David the Gnome……

  155. September 6, 2012 1:01 pm

    We are from way in S.A. – and even we had a bad case of the 80’s! Damn, those were the good old days!!

    • September 11, 2012 8:03 pm

      No one is immune from catching a bad case of the ’80s — no one!

  156. September 7, 2012 10:31 am

    I remember that I would get up really early on Saturday morning so that I could beat my brother downstairs because I knew that if he made it down there first, I’d be stuck watching whatever cartoon he picked out. There was no way I was letting that happen. No sir, no ma’am. I wanted to choose, even if it was the same thing he was going to choose I got such a high from being the TV master on Saturday morning. Ahh, to have that again and a little Captain Crunch :).

    • September 11, 2012 8:06 pm

      My brother was five years older so I think he was usually the TV master. If I wanted to watch something else, I could always watch it on the 12″ black-and-white set in the kitchen, while sitting in a hard-backed chair. Ooh, so not the same.

      A little Captain Crunch for me too, please. Make it the peanut butter kind.

  157. September 7, 2012 3:17 pm

    This blog sure brought me down memory lane with our Saturday fix of Thunder cats, Archie cartoons, Super Mario Brothers, Yogi Bear and GI Joe. Thanks for bringing this up!

    • September 11, 2012 7:52 pm

      I loved Archie comics. I collected the digests. The cartoon — not so much. Of course, I didn’t actually see it until I was an adult, so I watched it with my critical cap on.

      Thanks for your comment.

  158. September 10, 2012 5:10 am

    I once cycled 3km in 6minutes to catch superman in action. :P
    Now : superman? who’s that guy!!

  159. September 11, 2012 8:50 pm

    Great blog and so true. When I was in 2nd grade, my mom signed me up for knitting lessons over Christmas break. My knitting teacher said she was going to have more classes after the break on Saturday mornings and one of the other girls said she wouldn’t take classes anymore because she didn’t want to miss the Smurfs.

    • September 11, 2012 8:55 pm

      Ha! Fantastic illustrative story! It might’ve made my whole day. Thanks so much for sharing.

  160. September 13, 2012 1:32 pm

    A fabulous blog! Thoroughly enjoyed the trip down memory lane and your tribute to the cartoon era. :)

    • September 14, 2012 10:12 am

      Thank you for reading — stop back again when the spirit moves you.

  161. heather201 permalink
    September 16, 2012 7:53 am

    ”Cartoons were not funny back then”. For me ”back then” was the early 70’s and we watched Looney Tunes and Hanna Barbara reruns which were hilarious, easily on a par with SpongeBob. Also, the older cartoons didn’t have to be appropriate, which gave them more freedom to be funny. We simulate Saturday morning cartoons in my house. We just show netflix DVD’s on Saturday mornings, old Looney Tunes, HB, and even Max Fleischer (betty boop). Since we don’t have cable we filter out the rest of it.

    Now if I could only re-create the experience of the ”post-cartoon Love Boat/Fantasy Island Saturday afternoons”…..

    • September 24, 2012 10:40 pm

      Hmmm…I don’t really count Looney Tunes as cartoons of the ’70s or ’80s. I watched them religiously, don’t get me wrong. In my city, every Saturday at 11:00 came the Roadrunner Hour. It was a nice way to wrap up the morning’s cartoon extravaganza. And I now own the four-disc DVD set of all the classic Looney Tunes — and I don’t own any other cartoons on DVD. None. Just Looney Tunes. Because I’m in love with it still.

      But Looney Tunes was also created in a different time — in its prime, during the 1940s through the 1960s — when adults would watch animated shorts before the feature attraction at the theater. They were witty because they weren’t dumbed-down for kids, they were made with adult humor in mind. I’ve watched some of the newer Looney Tunes specials produced in the ’70s and ’80s and they weren’t all that hot.

  162. September 18, 2012 12:34 pm

    I love this! You are right on! My children have no idea what they are missing. So funny that we just had this conversation last week when my boys were fighting over the remote control to delete each others recorded “cartoons” to make room for their new shows (that yes air 24/7). They have no clue… :) Thanks for bringing it all back and the pics were hilarious. I forgot how animation once was!

    • September 24, 2012 10:57 pm

      My kids think cartoons will be on the television whenever they turn it on. We have streaming Netflix so they are in fact right about that. *Sigh.*

  163. Dan permalink
    September 19, 2012 1:08 pm

    It’s like a step back into time with all of the cartoons and shows you mentioned here. My wife and I were just talking about how sad we both feel for the kids of the modern era. No toons and or kids shows to watch on Saturday mornings anymore. It’s like they have taken away the one day that meant the most to kids. No kid friendly commercials like the ones of Ronald McDonald sitting down to a bag of burgers and fries with children. No more cool toys to look forward to playing come Christmas time. Even Kool-Aid Man is nowhere to be seen.
    I just am glad we grew up in a time when being a kid was special, and that we time to gradually grow into who we would be, and to not be subjected to Japanse Anime, which are just crude looking to begin with, nor the endless adult-oriented infomercials that want to hype the need to take Viagra to young kids.

    • September 24, 2012 10:55 pm

      I absolutely remember the Ronald McDonald commercials like those — so less manic than the McDonald’s commercials today, without graphics flashing and loud music blaring and obnoxiousness running rampant. I’m still waiting for the Kool-Aid Man to punch down a brick wall again — why? I have no idea. To this day, I don’t understand what that was even all about.

  164. September 23, 2012 9:57 pm

    I loved that crap we used to watch. I lived for Saturday mornings and was always so upset if I slept too late and missed some. Thanks for this post!

    • September 24, 2012 10:52 pm

      Indeed it was crap and indeed I loved it. Thanks for reading!

  165. September 24, 2012 8:43 pm

    Heavens to Murgatroid, you are So. Right. On. (Where is Snagglepuss when you need him?!?)

    • September 24, 2012 8:47 pm

      You have no idea what it means to me that you remember this line. I was fretting that the world had forgotten about my dear friend Snagglepuss.

      • September 24, 2012 8:52 pm

        His voice was so hilarious…I would walk around trying to talk like him. :)

      • September 24, 2012 8:55 pm

        I had a male friend in college who could perfectly mimic him on command. That is what you call a God-given talent.

  166. September 30, 2012 5:09 pm

    Ah, He-Man. Pure bliss! I remember jumping off the bus and running into the house so I wouldn’t miss my episode that day. They were magical…and when they came out with a short top-10 episode DVD from the cartoon I was surprised and happy to buy it. Now most cartoons are about getting monsters to fight each other for you, don’t worry about telling any kind of story. What about the Transformers? Smurfs? Gummi Bears!? Snorks? The Super-Friends? Days of untold awesomeness, forever gone. :(

    • October 6, 2012 11:49 am

      Snorks were the greatest. I couldn’t tell you one thing about anything that happened on that show. But I do remember loving it.

      After-school cartoons weren’t really around until the mid-80s and by then I was almost too old for them. I mourn this fact.

  167. prttynpnk permalink
    September 30, 2012 6:07 pm

    Am i crazy or did anyone but my husband and i learn all of our health and safety basics between cartoons? The superfriends taught me how to get grit out of my eye!?

    • October 6, 2012 11:51 am

      Ha! This little slice of hilarity made my day. Is it weird to tell you I get giddy when I see you left a comment on my post? No, I suppose it isn’t unless I also tell you I print them out and frame them.

      • October 6, 2012 12:12 pm

        Lord, my mother says my presence on the internet makes her uncomfortable- I’m glad you can take it!

  168. October 5, 2012 6:12 am

    At 21 I’m probably too young to comment on the sort of cartoons you’re thinking of, but late ’90s / early ’00s British Saturday morning TV is probably not that different to what you ‘Mericans enjoyed (probably because most of the shows we get since the ’80s were American or Japanese imports). In no particular order I remember… Pokémon, Digimon, Sonic Underground, Pinky and the Brain, Dexter’s Laboratory, Ghostbusters, Men in Black, Angry Beavers, Rugrats, Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Budgie the Little Helicopter, Garfield and Friends, Doug, Recess, Hey Arnold!, Scooby Doo… and that’s JUST cartoons on a Saturday morning.

    Two programmes I recommend you look for online are The Rottentrolls and Sir Gadabout. Neither are cartoons, strictly speaking, and neither were on Saturday mornings, but they are two of the finest British children’s shows ever created. My dad seldom even smiles at most comedies but they both have him weeping with laughter.

    On the other hand, isn’t there also room to congratulate YouTube, Netflix et al for having these cartoons on hand in the first place? Without them I’d never have been able to see gems like The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, Inspector Gadget, Beetlejuice… I’m not saying that I don’t miss when Saturday mornings meant something, but be grateful that these shows are still accessible to young’uns these days.

    • October 6, 2012 11:59 am

      Thanks for the TV show recommendations. “British children’s shows” is not a genre I’m entirely familiar with, unless you’re talking cartoon of Simon the chalk-drawing kid, which few people in the States seems to remember. I’m intrigued.

      For sure, YouTube needs to be commended for allowing people to upload ancient recorded gems from all their old VHS tapes that would’ve otherwise been lost forever. I can’t tell you how often I refer to YouTube for a little blast from the past. Netflix is practically a surrogate family member in my household. Although I try to keep my kids away from the really bad 80s cartoons. I can’t sit through Heathcliff for more than five minutes. So awful. Including the wretched theme song.

  169. Dan permalink
    October 24, 2012 1:11 pm

    Oh my freaking goodness! Does this post bring back some fond memories for my wife and I, back when we were just kids ourselves. Although we just found this post as of today…today being October 24th, 2012, that is. But boy oh boy you do bring up some interesting points. Some things that you said about the toons, from back then, were a tad bit overboard it seems, but nothing that can’t be taken as your own personal choice, which is everyone’s right to do have here in the good ol’ US of A.
    My wife says that kids are just handed everything these days, without having to earn it…like watching their favorite toons and shows whenever they please. Even with all the Advanced technology we have at our fingertips these days, she and I, both feel that we liked the way things were for the most part back then.
    I usually watched for a few hours while eating a bowl of cereal. Then went out, (outside the house, and played till it got dark, or until I got hungry or thirsty. My wife on the other hand used to watch cartoons then catch American Bandstand, and learn all the latest dance moves.

    • October 28, 2012 8:32 pm

      Though I definitely watched it, I resented that American Bandstand signaled the end to my weekly cartoon marathon.

      Thanks for stopping by, Dan. Carry on with the cartoons. Keep the dream alive.

  170. Rob permalink
    November 2, 2012 8:25 am

    Your comments are all great…
    It would be awesome just to hop back in time and be young again. Just to relive some of the moments that put a rush in your system. Watching all the Sid and Marty Kroft shows: Sigmund…The bugaloos… Even watching the cheap japanese anime …Starblazers and marine boy…Ultraman. Do you remember when they use to have a Friday night special for an hour on regular tv that showed the fall lineup just for cartoons and this was just before school started back up. You just couldnt wait for the fall shows. Shazam…Electro woman and Dyna Gurl….Isis. Then when it got to Kukla Fran and Ollie it was like… well whats going on outside.

    It was a great time to learn how to be creative and let your imagination run wild. Mom and Dad didnt mind it let them sleep in. You always found your cereal soggy because you forgot you were eating it…lol. I raised my daughter to enjoy cartoons Bugs Bunny ..Winnie the Pooh and Angry Beavers. She always enjoyed sitting beside me and laughing at the humor even though it got dopey.

    Thanks for the memories
    Yabba Dabba Doooo

    • November 16, 2012 11:24 pm

      “You always found your cereal soggy”…me too! How did you know? But, wait, what about Captain Crunch? Didn’t he fight off “the Soggies”? Remember, they sort of looked like cartoon mucus globs but were apparently supposed to be breakfast puffs?

      Thanks for reading!

  171. January 6, 2013 6:45 pm

    Zowie, Cavey! Finally! The first blogger I’ve ever wanted to follow. And not just because you got me wondering why the Wonder Twin Powers always activated water, and reminded me how hot Michael Schoeffling was (even though he was 24 when he was Jake Ryan), or the Shawn Cassidy tape I listened to religiously to hear “Teen Dream.” Looking forward to reading more of your ancient blogs.

    • January 10, 2013 3:38 pm

      Aw shucks. Thanks for the nice note, kerbey. And, yeah, I did think it was a little odd that a supposed 18-year-old had a 5 o’clock shadow by 3 o’clock.

      Thanks for reading.

  172. Chris permalink
    March 22, 2013 5:09 pm

    Does anyone remember short segments between cartoons on Saturday mornings in which real kids talked about their home towns, families, hobbies, etc? Sort of like big blue marble but only 1 or 2 minutes long. Probably around 73-77. I cant remember the name of the segments. HELP PLEASE!

    • March 24, 2013 8:33 pm

      Wish I could help but it doesn’t ring a bell! I can definitely empathize with your plight — I once spent two weeks feverishly trying to uncover the name of the TV show Riptide.

  173. January 16, 2014 7:34 pm

    “There. Do anything for you? Are you feeling it? Even a twitch of sensation? Heart rate increasing? Eyes twinkling? Anything?”
    I reacted with all the above. I have to disagree with you that the spirit of cartooning is dead, because there have been some really, REALLY good cartoons to come out in more recent with just as much dedication and love put into them as the best of what came out in years long past. Yeah, I’ll admit there’s a lot more crap out there because there is a lot more out there, period, but that doesn’t mean that everything being made now is without a soul.

    • January 22, 2014 1:38 pm

      Indeed! It doesn’t take much to top Hanna-Barbera cartoons. And I think you misread me in that I agree cartoons are still alive and well but the spirit of their specialness to the viewer certainly changed.

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