Tuesday, June 26, 2007

What were your favorite Saturday morning cartoons as a child?

Who's asking: Karen Olson, New Haven, CT

Today's question is a complete rip-off because it's the subject of Karen's post over at First Offenders, but I'm past deadline on a few things and don't have time to be original. Anyway, I love this question. Leave your own responses below.

My favorite Saturday morning shows in childhood weren't the cartoons, but the Sid & Marty Krofft live-action shows: "H.R. Pufnstuf," "Sigmund & the Sea Monsters," "Lidsville," and most of all, "The Bugaloos," which was only on for one season, I think. A friend of mine who acquired a Krofft box set last year says that these shows are not as good as we remember them; that's bound to be true, but I suspect they are still surreal and marvelous in their own sinister ways.

On the cartoon side, I did love the original "Scooby Doo," but my twin sister and I were special fans of a show called "Mission: Magic," which featured a young Rick Springfield as a rock musician who toured with a magical schoolteacher and her students. I mentioned this show at dinner not long ago, but couldn't remember the name of the show; my friends were skeptical, but the show ran for two seasons, and you can watch the opening credits here.

And while you're surfing YouTube, check out the trailer for Joseph Finder's next book, POWER PLAY, here.


Anonymous said...

This will show my age but I was into G.I. Joe, Transformers, Voltron, and all the morning cartoons on USA network: The Great Grape Ape, Snorks, Jabber Jaw, and in College we used to play "Smurfs". Before the football games on Saturday we watched the Smurfs. When you heard the word Smurf or any variation of the word you had to drink. No suprise what happened there.

AnswerGirl said...

You turned blue?

Diane said...

I loved the old Warner Brothers cartoons. I was especially fond of the ones featuring classical music and operas like the "Barber of Seville" and Wagner's "Die Walkure."

AnswerGirl said...

I don't even count the old Warner Brothers cartoons for the purposes of this question, because 1) I don't think they're really meant for kids and 2) I STILL love them.

Wile E. Coyote is my personal role model; he is Kierkegaard's knight of faith in celluloid and ink.