21 thoughts on “Reader Friday: Cartoons

  1. I miss the days when Saturday morning cartoons were REAL cartoons. With good animation. My brother and I would watch all morning. Loved Roadrunner. Meep Meep.

    • I used to have what I called my “beep beep sheet” (i.e. my “security” sheet. Had Wiley Coyote & Road Runner all over it. When it wore to tatters and my mother ‘disappeared’ it, I was not a happy camper. 😎

    • Remember the first Roadrunner cartoons? When Wile E. Coyote went over the cliff and landed, there was a small “poof” sound effect, and the cloud of dust. It was so perfect. Later they changed the sound to “SLAM.” That’s the only wrong move they ever made.

  2. I love Hagar the Horrible. As tough as Hagar is, it’s really Helga who is in charge and smartly, Hagar is wary of crossing her. Incidentally, my nickname for my mother-in-law is Helga and she loves it.

  3. Glad to see so many Warner fans here. I’m a Warner Bros. woman. For me, Disney and its princesses are wimps. I love the Simpsons, and six signed Chuck Jones cartoon cells are some of my favorite things.

  4. Liked several but Scooby Doo is my all time favorite. Also Wiley Coyote & Road Runner, Tom & Jerry, The Super Friends (had the Wonder Twins, Wonder Woman, Aqua Man, Super Man and I forget who else). Nobody mentions Captain Caveman much–I didn’t like that one as much BUT two memorable things about him stay stuck in my mind through the years–hearing his voice we he says “Unga Munga!” and does that long shout of “Captain CavemaaaaaAnnnnnnn”.

    There were probably others but that’s what I can remember at the moment. That was back in the day when there was a lot on TV to watch…

  5. Nu pogodi! The Russian (Soviet) version of (or answer to) Tom and Jerry cartoons. The Wolf there is probably the funniest, the cutest, and best well-formed villain I have ever seen in a cartoon. It’s very easy to like and dislike him at the same time. Simply brilliant! LOL’s guaranteed. My children love these cartoons too.

  6. We should also mention the great Jay Ward cartoons: Rocky and Bullwinkle, Mr. Peabody, George of the Jungle, etc. Great writing and what a stable of voices! The last of them, the legendary June Foray (who lived about two miles from me) died last year.

  7. Scooby Doo! The ghosts, the mummies and vampires, the ghouls and of course the lovable Dane! As soon as I was a grownup, I got myself a great Dane. And now I write about ghosts and mummies.

    My straight-laced, engineer-geek dad used to watch The Roadrunner. Daddy would turn off the sound and laugh himself silly. He said you could tell if a cartoon was good when you could understand what was going on when the sound was off.

  8. We’re from the eastern half of the U.S. But when we were out west driving along a lonely desert road, a little blur of a creature zipped across the road in front of us so fast that all I saw was a glimpse of the animal and a trail of dust. The roadrunner!
    No sign of Wile E. Coyote. Darn.

  9. I mean, REAL cartoons. Biff, pow, bang, >explosions from the Acme Dynamite Company<, Ah-hoo-hoooooooo, Eeeehh, what's up, doc? A good ole Donald Duck TANTRUM. Mr. Magoo thinking a skunk is a dog that needs a shower and deodorant.

    Not this sitting-around-holding-hands-and-singing while some so-called life's lesson is taught. (And honestly, Angelinos, can you REALLY expect us to learn real life lessons from those folks who live west and north of you with their parties-in-a-bottle, their deal-closings via a sniff and a snort?)

    Mickey? In a clubhouse? Dancing and singing?

    Where are Foghorn Leghorn and Yosemite Sam to straighten things out when you need them?

    • Good old Foghorn (based on the famous radio comedian Fred Allen’s “Allen’s Alley” character Sen. Claghorn). My favorite character in those was the Chicken Hawk. The little bird with attitude. “Are ya gonna come along quiet, or do I have to muss ya up?”

      • I’d forgotten about Chicken Hawk.

        He reminded me of a kid I went to grade school with. You can be we didn’t call him Chicken Hawk.

  10. Moose and Squirrel. Absolutely loved everything about the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. Peabody and his boy, Sherman. Fractured Fairy Tales. Aesop and Son. Dudley Doright et al. They’re still funny, and lots of jokes for adults, too. The Warner Brothers cartoons are great, too.

  11. When I was a kid, you were either a Warner Bros or a Disney kid, Bugs Bunny or Mickey Mouse, cool or a lame-o dork. But that’s just my biased opinion.

    Bugs is smart, witty, confident and just cool. Everybody wants to be Bugs Bunny, but we are all much more like Daffy Duck. But what really makes Bugs Bunny cartoons great are his deeply flawed enemies – Daffy, Elmer, Yosemite, Wile E, which sometimes led to one of my favourite quotes, ‘You realise, of course, this means war.’

    Disney, on the other hand, always felt like happy people in happy land. I guess that’s why they built ‘the happiest place on earth.’

  12. I remember the Katzenjammer Kids. I was excited in high school German when I learned that ‘Katzenjammer’ meant ‘hangover.’

    Also Calvin and Hobbes. And, yes, I liked them before I moved to Chagrin Falls.

  13. You might want to check out Depaite-Freleng’s ‘Super-Six’ series of super hero cartoons. My favorite was Elevatorman who could grow or shrink using a button on his belt. But the interesting part was that each episode was told in a film noir voice over because he was a detective. Also anything WB by Chuck Jones, or early Hanna-Barber serialized cartoon ‘Ruff and Ready’.

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