Thursday, November 30, 2017


IMHO, TV cartoons today aren't near as clever or funny as they were in the 50's & 60's.  I was born in 1934 so I was an adult then, but I still loved them!!  There were also great cartoons at the movies.  As far as I can remember, Saturday matinees always had a double feature, Movietone News and a cartoon.  (And the coming attractions weren't nearly as long as they are now.)

Beany & Cecil (the seasick sea serpent) was one of my favorite shows.
They made many subtle (& sometimes not so subtle) references 
to current events, place names & people,
such as Vic Tanney in this short (6 minute) episode.
He used to have a gym franchise.

Another of my favorites was the Rocky (Rocket J. Squirrel) & Bullwinkle. The show was structured as a variety show, with the main feature being the serialized adventures of the two title characters, the anthropomorphic moose Bullwinkle and flying squirrel Rocky. The main adversaries in most of their adventures are the two Russian-like spies Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale. Supporting segments include Dudley Do-Right (a parody of old-time melodrama), Peabody's Improbable History(a dog named Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman traveling through time), and Fractured Fairy Tales (classic fairy tales retold in comic fashion), among others.

Mr. Peabody & his boy Sherman were part of the Rocky show:

I don't want to forget Huckleberry Hound:

or Quick Draw McGraw (This is a remix.):

No matter how young you are, I'm sure you're familiar with Yogi Bear:

& the Flintstones:

The Roadrunner started later, in the middle 60's.
This is the very first cartoon:

I gotta go, my show is starting----fishducky



  1. Four stations? Luxury.
    We had only two when we first got television. And no remote.

    1. That's why they called that time "The Dark Ages"!!

  2. You are 100% correct! The old cartoons were clever and the aim was to entertain. Today the cartoons are all designed to teach children how to "share" and "understand other cultures" and "be nice" and "always tell the truth" etc etc...all worthwhile lessons, but lessons parents should be teaching and cartoons should just entertain. My grands love the old Tom and Jerry, and surprise surprise they don't really think it is ok to smash a cat with a giant sledge hammer or stick his tail in a socket, it is just a cartoon and it is funny!

    1. I still love Tom & Jerry but I couldn't put EVERYTHING in this post!!

  3. That was a memory trip. Road Runner was always right before the feature and was huge among teenage boys. Smurfs was the only one I remember watching regularly.

  4. I was a big fan of cartoons growing up. Looney Tunes were the best. Other cartoons I loved were Scooby Doo and Tom and Jerry.

  5. I didn't watch Beanie and Cecil but all the rest are old friends. Was a fun trip down memory lane. Also--Tom and Jerry, Top Cat, Felix the Cat--there were a lot of cat cartoons. :)

  6. A lot of cartoon are as entertaining for adults as they are for children. We used to watch Pink and The Brain with our kids. It was hilarious.


    1. I'm not familiar with that one. Several cartoons are done on both adult's & children's levels, like Beanie (& so is the book, The Phantom Tollbooth)!!

  7. I loved Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman. If a boy can have a dog, why can't a dog have a boy?

  8. I remember all the cartoons from Huckleberry Hound to The Road Runner.
    I can't imagine anyone silly enough to pay for a "watching paint dry" network.


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