Friday, November 26, 2010

Saturday Morning Cartoons

I was trying to think of my favorite cartoon of my childhood as prompted by a Facebook friend. I do remember watching a lot of cartoons growing up, but not a single one that stood out enough to call my favorite.

Why should this be a problem or even blog-worthy?

Because it makes me think I am losing my mind. Or getting old. Or both since for the first time in my life I was asked by someone if I was- gulp! -

Middle Aged

Gah!  I was shocked and then I realized that creeping up on 40 is, well, middle aged.  Especially to a 16 year old.


At any rate . . . Back to the cartoon thing . . .

I actually Googled 70s cartoons to remind myself of all the cartoons out there then to try and jog my memory. I could think of a few cartoons on my own, but wanted to make sure my lapse in memory was temporary. While some of these are not strictly 70s cartoons, they must've been in reruns or something because I watched 'em. A lot.  Don't tell my mom, m'kay?!

Here are my top five:

1. "Oh Fred!" (The Flintsones) Fred was always yelling, but the trouble he got into in spite of Barney's objections was hilarious. And Wilma was always so sensible and long-suffering.  I truly related to her. As much as a six year old with a pesky little brother could. Just sayin'.

2."Ruh-Roh, Raggy!" (Scooby Doo) I was always mildly fearful of the creepy costumed bad guys, but knew that Fred and the gang would prevail. And I loved, loved, loved the chase scenes with the groovy musical accompaniment.

3. "Lets all have a smurfy day!" (Smurfs) Mesmerized by all the different types of smurfs, I could hardly take my eyes off of the tv. Brainy was my favorite. I guess I aspired to be a braniac myself - without all the lecturing, of course. I didn't like, though, that the only female character was always in league with Gargamel. Even then I was highly sensitive to labels and gender roles.  Surely cartoons never had a social agenda, right?!  Mm-hm.  That's what I thought.

4. "Th-th-th-that's All, folks!" (Looney Tunes) Bugs Bunny, of course, was my favorite because he was so smart-aleky and always got away with it. I loved Daffy Duck's lisp and the fact that whenever he shot off his own beak, it always mysteriously re-appeared after a beat or two. I do wish that one time - just one time - the Coyote could have gotten the best of the Road Runner. That *beep, beep* was so supercilious and smug. I usually root for the underdog and no matter how you look at it, you can't get much under than Wile E. Coyote.

5. "WonderTwin Power, Activate!"  (Superfriends) Twins fascinated me.  Probably because my dad is a twin and I thought I always wanted twins because of it.  And who doesn't want good to triumph over evil? Not to mention, the muscles on Superman and Batman are enough to keep any girl's attention on the tv. Just sayin'.

What are your favorite childhood cartoons?

Counting it all cartoony joy,

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