When did you grow up?
Ok let me rephrase that. What decade did you grow up? I understand there are some adults that never truly grew up and that’s ok….sometimes.
I’m a 70’s kid myself. The decade of bell bottoms, super short shorts, knee high socks, butterfly collars, paisleys, feathered hairdos, afros, shag carpet and disco. I’ll be the first to admit something went very very wrong with fashion and style in general starting somewhere in the late 60’s lasting to well into the mid 80’s. Personally I don’t miss the 70’s. Most of the music I could do without, the houses, cars, appliances, furniture, wallpaper it was a complete disaster. It’s simply best left forgotten and never remembered.
Unless we’re talking about Saturday mornings. Now THOSE I miss. One day a week every kid would get up early, tromp into the kitchen for a super sugary bowl of cereal then head to the living room, switch on the television and spend the next six hours of unadulterated bliss, lost in cartoons. Even the commercials were awesome!.
Kids of the last few decades will never appreciate cartoons the way we did. They’ll never look back fondly to that one special day of the week of cartoon memories. Today they have entire channels dedicated to nothing but cartoons 24 hours a day. They can even play toons on demand. Where is the magic in that? What does that leave them to look forward to?
I wish I could remember all of the cartoons and kids shows I loved to watch but I think with anything it’s those that I remember that mattered most. There are always certain ones that have found a special place in my memory and are easily recalled.
That crazy moose Bullwinkle and his fearless flying sidekick Rocky were around before I was and I’m glad they stuck it out long enough to become part of my Saturday ritual. They were always finding ways to outwit Sasha and Boris even though I can’t remember from what?
I simply ADORED Fat Albert and his rag tag gang of Cosby Kids. They had fun, had madcap adventures and always taught a great lesson with each episode. With the help of a young Bill Cosby, Fat Albert and the boys taught me lessons for life; dealing with friends, problems and people that. Lessons that stick with me today and even still make me laugh.
However, I never understood that funky pink beenie MushMouth always wore on his head.
Cavey had it made! He lived through the Ice Age, the black plaque, Prohibition and the Ford Edsel, to end up with three hot chicks. The Geico Cavemen have nothing on him. Captain Caveman was awesome. There was no mystery he and the Teen Angels couldn’t solve. Little did I know 20 years later I would have a kid that was very much like Cavey. Super smart and hyper as a super charged atom.
Is there anyone on Earth who doesn’t know about “The Flintstones” and “The Jetsons”? These two wacky cracky families were the first introduction to Yin Yang for kids of our generation. You started out with Fred & Wilma in the stone age and it was directly followed by George and Jane in the space age. And it stayed that way for decades. I never remember them playing the other way around.
I bet Fred has some seriously callused feet. The only time I didn’t really care for the Flintstones was when the voice actors changed. Do you remember that? Barney ended up going from a baratone to this wimpy high pitched tone and Betty went all nasally on us. Even Fred dorked out at some point. At least the producers learned and over the years found voice actors who could most closely replicate the original characters.
It simply amazes me how endearing these two shows were that it was inconceivable my own children would be watching them 30 years later.
You may not remember these super heroes. Personally my memory of the show is vague at best but I do remember how much I loved it. There was something that stuck with me so much so, I remember getting this….
Wow!! I remember this lunch box. I can actually recall the smell of my lunch meat sandwiches and chips as they permeated it over the years. Sure we washed it but every day my lunch would sit in there for hours waiting for me, the cool tin walls soaking up the familiar smells like a comfortable blanket. It’s crazy how this thing is seared into my memory. Sad to think it’s in a junk yard somewhere. I wonder if it remembers me?
Talking of heroes the ThunderCats and Transformers were the epitome of awesome! As a little girl I even had my own Transformers. I think at one point you could get them in cereal boxes.
That’s another thing today that doesn’t even come close to resembling the toys of yesterday. Cereal had the coolest toys in the world buried at the bottom of each box. I would dump whole boxes out just to find the treasure buried in the bottom. Everything from bubble-gum record albums to hot wheels. Ah the good old days.
Regardless of all the cartoons about heroes, in the end nothing, I mean nothing, matched the power and pull of “The Super Friends”. They were certainly Super! The Wonder Twins could turn into things made of the air and water, Flash was uncatchable, Aquaman could talk to the fishes and breathe underwater, Wonder Woman had an invisible plane and Superman, well he’s what every little girl dreamed of marrying and every little boy dreamed of growing up to be.
Speaking of Wonder Woman, tell me there’s not a parent today that wouldn’t kill to have her rope of truth.
Cartoons weren’t the only thing to watch on Saturday mornings. There were real people shows too. “Shazam” was a total favorite of mine. I just had this thing for Super Heroes.
Then there was “The Land of the Lost” which a lot of people remember. Kookie costumes were totally believable to an eight year old as was the idea of traveling back to the dinosaur age.
No less believable but not so remembered was “Dr. Shrinker”. Am I the only person who remembers this program? I’ve asked so many people over the years and no one recalls this show. I think it was my favorite of all the real shows. I’m surprised I don’t find more people who recall it.
Three teens crash land on the island of a crazy scientist who has created a shrink ray. Of course he uses it on the kids taking them to six inches tall with the idea they will be his proof his ray works. But even at 1/2 foot tall those crafty kids were too clever for him and always managed to avoid him. Of course never enough to make their way back to the shrink ray to fix their stature problems.
Another show I seem to be the only living person who remembers it is The Electric Company. It wasn’t just a Saturday morning cartoon though. I remember watching it right after Sesame Street every day after school in first grade. Sadly Sesame Street endured while the Electric Company faded away to become saved in the vaults of film and TV past. It wasn’t until several years ago that I learned my absolute favorite actor EVER, I mean EVER and still is today the BEST EVER actor, got his start in this show. You may recognize him, the tall one in the back. Yes that’s him…the great, incomparable
And now to my two most endearing shows of memory. One is a world icon that has managed to survive and live on in infamy for more than 40 years. Scooby-Doo is still on today and to be honest I never tire of watching the old shows with my kiddo or even on my own. There were several spin-offs like “Scooby & Scrappy Doo” and “Scooby Kids” but they couldn’t hold up to the classic. The best mystery solving teen-cats around. Can you remember all their names without searching the internet?
When all is said and done though, at the end of the day, when all the cereal is gone and the sun is high in the sky nothing, nothing, nothing is more dear to my heart than
Schoolhouse Rock. Not even a program but more like learning intermissions between cartoons. Catchy little tunes that taught you something in less that three minutes. Songs for grammar, punctuation, math, science, history, social, studies that were so cleverly written and animated kids didn’t even know they were learning.
Of all the things I watched as a kid, these little shorts are the single most memorable and endearing of them all. So much so I purchased the whole DVD set of them around the time WizKid was born and now he even gets to watch them.
I’m a voracious learner and there is a part of me that feels Schoolhouse Rock was a major reason for that. I don’t find it coincidental the two subjects I love the most also happen to the two subjects of these songs I remember most.
Do I remember the language arts and history songs because they were my favorite subjects or are they my favorite subjects because I remember those songs?
The world may never know.
I have a lot of friends around the globe and am curious if you watched cartoons on Saturdays? What are shows you loved the most as a kid?
What played on the television where you are?
Thanks for letting me reminisce with you. Before you leave I pulled one of my all time gems off YouTube to share with you.