Saturday Mornings in New Bedford Meant Watching Cartoons
Who else rolled out of bed on Saturday, grabbed a bowl of Qwisp or Frankenberry cereal, and plopped down in front of the TV for hours of Saturday morning cartoons? Those were the days.
When I reached my pre-teenage years, Saturday became more about Dick Clark and American Bandstand, but before then, it was all about the toons – and there were plenty of cartoons on back then. Good ones, too, not like the crappy anime and Pokemon-type garbage of more recent years.
We had quality cartoons when we were kids. How do you compare Pokemon to the Bugs Bunny/Roadrunner Hour? Come on, man! Bullwinkle J. Moose? Does it get any better than that? Fractured Fairytales? What about characters like Huckleberry Hound, George of the Jungle, Dudley Dooright, Magilla Gorilla, Quickdraw McGraw, and Top Cat?
Even the Beatles had a cartoon back in the day, as did the Jackson Five, the Three Stooges, and the Osmonds. Remember Archie Andrews, Veronica, Betty, and Jughead? What about Josie and the Pussycats, Aquaman, Batman, Superman, and the rest of the Justice League of America?
One of my first cartoon memories as a kid was Beanie and Cecil. There was also Heckle and Jeckle, Mighty Mouse, Felix the Cat, Touchette Turtle, and Underdog.
Who can forget Johnny Quest and Speed Racer? Space Ghost? Wacky Racers? What about The Flintstones, Jetsons, Tennessee Tuxedo, and The Peter Potamus Show? And then there is Snagglepuss, Yogi Bear, Deputy Dawg, Tom and Jerry, Sylvester, and Tweety.
I can't possibly remember everyone's favorite cartoons and characters from those glorious days, so perhaps you can help me to fill in some of your favorites that I may have overlooked.
Whatever happened to good, quality cartoons such as those that we watched each Saturday morning over a bowl of cereal? I miss those days.
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