Thinking Aloud On a Sunday

Good cartoons.

No idea why, but I woke up thinking about cartoons today.

I know we now have adult cartoon shows, like ‘The Simpsons’, and ‘Family Guy’. Younger adults are also well-served by the Japanese animators, with their amazing imaginations. Kids have Disney Pixar and Nickelodeon, and the tiny ones have things like ‘My Little Pony’ and ‘Paw Patrol’.

But I never see any of the old ‘good cartoons’ anymore. Ones like these.

Or the ones I grew up with.

At the cinema, cartoons always added to the enjoyment.

Many became household names, and endured for decades.

When television came along, we had cartoons to enjoy at home too.

I was happy to watch these into my late teens,and always enjoyed the antics of the familiar characters. But then longer cartoon shows took over, like the awful ‘Scooby-Doo’, ‘Hong Kong Phooey’, and many more. Pop groups like the Jackson 5 had their own cartoon show, and very soon the essence of the short cartoon seemed to have disappeared without trace.

Political correctness, merchandising of associated products, and the power of the networks put an end to the cartoons I had enjoyed for years.

Let me know what cartoons you miss, by leaving a comment.

68 thoughts on “Thinking Aloud On a Sunday

  1. Great memories, Pete. I always liked the underdogs in cartoons β€” the bad guys like Snidely Whiplash were much more interesting to me. I liked Hector Heathcote and his band of often not politically correct associates. I did not care for Deputy Dawg or Huckleberry Hound, but I could watch Felix the Cat, Betty Boop, Mighty Mouse, Speedy Gonzales and Mr. Magoo all day. My favorite characters in Popeye were the goons and Wimpy. Great memories.

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  2. Great post πŸ™‚ All of these are classics πŸ™‚ Speaking of cartoonists, do you remember Tex Avery? πŸ™‚ He did a lot of great ones like Red Hot Riding Hood. Frank Tashlin is another legend. Anyway, keep up the great work as always πŸ™‚

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  3. I was excited as Droopy to reconnect with these favorite cartoon characters. I always enjoyed the Flintstones and the Jetsons growing up, but was a huge fan of Johnny Quest!
    By the way, we have coyotes and roadrunners out here, and although I’ve never seen one chase the other, I’ve seen them separately just a few minutes apart…

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  4. I didn’t grow up watching cartoons but Josef still does until now. Maybe it’s because I am not fond of watching tv. There was a time though when I watched A Little Princess Sara and Miss Minchin in cartoons too.

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    1. Ah, The Smufs. I was too grown up for them, but I did have a tiny model of ‘Smurfette’. I gave it to a younger blonde girl who worked at the same ambulance station, and told her she looked like the character. She wasn’t angry! πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. The entire library of Looney Tunes were a comic revelation to me growing up, especially the “Road Runner” stories…the only thing you left out were the “live action” cartoons like The Three Stooges and The Banana Splits!

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  6. That was a delightful trip down memory lane. Sadly, some idiots decided all those were too violent, so now our grand kids watch animation with super powers, characters shooting beams, throwing buildings on others, loud frenetic action. I still watch the old toons.

    I actually cried, when Disney was bought by the entertainment company.

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    1. I’m old-fashioned, Ron. But I think that ‘sanitising’ characters and scenarios is unrealistic. The exaggerated violence of the old cartoons was obvious, but they also taught lessons about kindness and friendship.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  7. I have managed to download most of them for the kids and they lap them up, Roadrunner is a favourite, I must try harder with Popeye, if only to get them to eat spinach πŸ™‚
    Mind you I must defend Hong Kong Phooey, its a classic, although not as good as Rhubarb and Custard πŸ™‚

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  8. I wouldn’t say I had a favourite cartoon; I like many different ones in different genres, but I think it’s interesting that people often seem to remember the cartoons from their childhood better than the ‘live action’ programmes, perhaps because they were more extreme (which kids generally enjoy) without any of the consequences of real life?

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