They sure don't make cartoons like they used to.
Cartoons are part of growing up - and part of the fun of looking back at how we got here. Some cartoons, it seems, can be enjoyed at any age. Others not so much.
I ran across The Pink Panther the other day on Hulu. I had not seen The Pink Panther in more years than I have fingers and toes. I actually really enjoyed it and have watched several more episodes since.
It got me to thinking and I wondered if anybody else my age enjoys an occasional classic cartoon, and if they did, what that cartoon would be. So I asked our Facebook friends about their favorite classic cartoon, and here are some of the responses.
This is a true classic, and you may not realize that originally it aired in 1962-1963, and then in syndication 1985-1987. I wonder if those of us watching in the 70s realized we were seeing the same episodes over and over and over again. George, the 40-year old dad battled with his boss Mr. Spacely, while his wife Jane dealt with the kids, Judy and Elroy, and their dog Astro. We can't forget about the robot maid, Rosie, who only appeared in two episodes of the original season.
Bugs Bunny came to life in the 1930s, and from 1940 to 1989 was voiced by the legendary Mel Blanc. Most of the time Bugs was pretty laid back - so much so, one might wonder exactly what was in those carrots. But, Bugs was a kind, likable fellow, very clever and always looking for an opportunity to throw in a "What's up, Doc?"
Fat Albert always aired at 10:00am, which was on the very edge of my Saturday morning cartoon viewing. Quite often around this time, my mom would walk by, informing me I had watched enough TV. Really, mom? Only four hours of cartoons? But, on those occasions where mom was busy with housework, or some family crisis, I managed to let the TV keep on rolling and spend some time with Fat Albert, Mushmouth, Russell, Weird Harold and the gang. Hey, hey, hey - it's Fat Albert!
One of my favorites to be sure. Voiced by Wally Cox, Underdog transformed from a humble shoe shine, to a mighty superhero. And while Superman was adored by Lois Lane, Underdog's secret love interest was Sweet Polly Purebred. The regular villains were Simon Barsinister, and Riff Raff. There's no need to fear, Underdog is here!
One of the most violent shows on Saturday morning, nobody ever died, and nobody ever said a word - other than the roadrunner's "beep, beep." Poor hungry Wile E. Coyote tried in vain to capture the roadrunner only to be crushed by a huge boulder, fall off a steep cliff, or blown to bits by a dynamite explosion. Just when you thought his plan was about to succeed to capture the elusive bird, things unexpectedly would go terribly wrong. Somehow we knew how it was going to end, but we kept coming back for more thinking "perhaps this time will be different."
I was surprised to see this one on the list of Grand Junction's favorite cartoons. From the Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies cartoon family, and voice by Mel Blanc, the fastest mouse in all of Mexico was pretty adorable. However, the Mexican stereotype portrayed in the show would not be accepted today as it was in the 50s, 60s and 70s.
Yes, this is my contribution to our list of favorite classic cartoons. He never spoke a word, yet we always knew exactly what Pink was thinking. Often times frustrated, frequently angered, and sometimes tickled pick, this cat was down on his luck. If something could go wrong, it did. No matter how promising the deal looked, you just knew it was going to go bad. Of course, I can't talk about Pink Panther without mentioning the classic theme music that filled every episode and absolutely added greatly to the viewing experience.