Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Twelve Fab Caaaaaaaaar-tooooooons!

For those of you not paying meticulous attention, this particular day should be said with the emphasis of Five Golden Rings. I know it's a little harder to keep track when the number stays the same every day. I also know this means I am not done until Boxing Day... I might even finish the 27th, just to be contrary... see, I had a guest the day I should have started and I didn't want to be rude by demanding he put his post in Twelvsies...

Now cartoons weren't on my original list, but Jennee at Cheap Therapy is having a blogfest, and because it fit with the cadence of what I am doing... *shifty* Seriously though... I was a latch-key kid and watched HOURS AND HOURS of cartoons... I KNOW cartoons! (and have strong opinions, if you can imagine...)

So first, let me recap where we are in the song, so you don't lose track again.


On the Twelve Days of Twelvsies, her Tartness gave to you....

12 Twelving Twelvsies
12 Things Amusing
12 Lovely Man Butts
12 Lame Excuses
Doce Animales
12 TBR Books
12 True Confessions
…... 12 Fab Car-toons!

Okay... not lost anymore, right?

Now TO IT! (mostly, the closer to the bottom, the more I loved them)

Dudley Do-right (and Snidely Whiplash!)--Even then I knew I liked that they were MOCKING the stereotypical hero, but he still always won over the bad guy...


Loony Tunes Dog, Cat, Bird stuff... Tweetie, Sylvester... but especially that big bulldog and the worlds cutest big-eyed kitten...


I know it was only seasonal, but I am going to start off with Peanuts. There were things I didn't like (Lucy was always mean, Sally was always annoying, Charlie Brown always was picked on—yes, I was a sensitive kid) but could you BEAT Snoopy? Not really. And I love both Linus and Peppermint Patty.


The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show: Mostly I just like Moose. Squirrel is bossy and make nice hat. [said in best Natasha voice] and now, let me pull a rabbit out of my hat... And oh, for the days to not recognize the anti-Russian propaganda for what it was.


Winnie the Pooh!: Oddly, I think this was on too early to watch as a kid, but when Mr. Tart was still only Sirius Black and we were first living together, we used to watch this on Saturday morning sometimes... And then when I had kids I bought a video... I ADORE Poo... though actually, it is Tigger I love... and Eeyore and his gloomy ways...


Jetson's: I think what sold me on this one was Judy... the TEENAGER.


Pink Panther: I'm not sure why I loved this so much... mighta been the music... maybe it was just that the Pink Panther seemed to have so much style...


Flintstones: This was my favorite REALLY early! In fact when I was 4 and my friend Gary's mom used to babysit me after nursery school we used to want to PLAY Flintstones, but Gary and I inevitably fought over who got to be Pebbles... I claimed it as the GIRL. He claimed it as the RED HEAD. (notice nobody wanted to be Wilma—also a girl red head). But this remained an after school favorite clear up until I had sports after school, so MANY years.



Land of the Lost: now this wasn't, strictly speaking, a cartoon, but in the definition of Saturday morning children's programming it fits, so I am including it, as, other than Scooby, it was my FAVORITE


ALSO not a cartoon, but watched before school with the cartoons: Little Rascals/Our Gang. Sure, it was OLD, but I adored the love triangle with Darla, Spanky and Alfalfa. (are you mocking me?) Seriously, I loved this.


Scooby Doo: Now I am talking BEFORE all that Scrappy nonsense... And I admit to wanting to be DAPHNE, not Velma... yes, I was a shallow child... I loved the mix of mystery and silliness (hello, future Cozy mystery writer)... and that Shaggy and Scooby were always hungry...


Not just Bugs Bunny... Bugs Bunny in DRAG!: Oh, I admit I get endless chuckles out of missing the left turn at Albuquerque and I love Bugs tricking Daffy into telling Elmer, “I INSIST that you shoot me now,” but what I REALLY like is Bugs in a dress... in fact my favorite episode ever is the Bugs Bunny Opera. (honorable Loony Tunes mention for Ralph and Sam—LOVE that set-up... that it's only a job. The sheep disappearing into a hole in the ground is just icing.) But the innuendo in Bugs... the stuff you didn't get until you were older... I ADORE Bugs...


You may notice my lack of superfriends... not my thing... I was a girlie girl who liked furry animals...

What were your favorite cartoons as a kid?  Now?

23 comments:

Missed Periods said...

I totally wanted to be Daphne and Judy Jetson too!

Al said...

Loony Tunes. Definitely poor Sylvester was my favourite.

DCAllen said...

Great list. Bugs Bunny was definitely my favorite as well. And Scooby. And I loved Winnie the Pooh (because people always called me Christopher Robin). I remember getting very excited about the Charlie Brown Christmas specials every year.

Adina West said...

I really, totally, missed the whole cartoons thing as a kid because we didn't get a TV until I was fifteen (long story, but it was a parental choice).

Having said that, I couldn't avoid hearing the Pink Panther theme music once or twice, and I've always loved it (the music, that is, as I sadly don't really know the cartoon). The best version I ever heard of this tune was the jazz harp version which I heard played once on a classical music station. Sounds weird, but it was actually totally cool. Seriously.

;-)

Alan Orloff said...

Those are some fine choices, Hart. I was also a big Land of the Lost fan. Bizarre show, really, especially for kids. But cool.

mshatch said...

wow! Someone else who remembers and loves Land of the Lost! My brother and sister and I used to watch that show religiously every saturday morning. Remember the Sleestacks? (not sure if I spelled that right!)

Great list.

ciaraknight said...

I loved Land of the Lost, Bugs Bunny, and a few others you mentioned. My middle son LOVES Scooby Doo. Great list, Hart! I'm enjoying your blog posts.

Carol Kilgore said...

Scooby Doo! So much that we once owned a Great Dane.

Falen (Sarah Ahiers) said...

i have to say, i'm not really a fan of any of the above cartoon, but man, i grew up on the Bugs Bunny Opera, and to this day i LOVE it

James C. Wallace II said...

Growing up in the 60's, I recall the Alvin & the Chipmunks show. It wasn't so much Alvin or his brothers that I loved, but a seperate cartoon that appeared during the show. His name was Clyde Crashcup and he had a diminuitive assistant named Leonardo, who never spoke (he only whipsered into Clyde's ear). Clyded would invent something (i.e.: Grvaity, bathtub, the wife [that one was a beauty]), it would go horribly wrong and then Leonardo would fix it. I even have a production drawing and animation cel from this cartoon. Clyde Crashcup was the inspiration for me wanting to become a scientist.
Another inspiration was Captain Kangaroo, otherwise known as Bob Keeshan. His unique program was instrumental in shaping my mind towards the joy of learning.
Despite what many psychologists would have you believe, television did not rot my brain. In fact, my fondest memories of childhood were of Saturday mornings in front of the TV machine watching the Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour and eating Captain Crunch with Crunchberries cereal.
And of course, wondering what Clyde would invent this week.

erica and christy said...

My sons watch Scooby Doo. So then we also play Scooby Doo and the oldest (age 4) assigns the parts to be played. I am always given the role of Velma. I am not allowed to be Daphne because I do not have long hair like her. He is Fred and his younger brother switches between Shaggy and Scooby. :0) christy

Carolyn Abiad said...

I watched all of these shows. My favorite is Tom and Jerry, even though I like cats and Tom usually gets the shaft. That's one smart mouse! I especially like the episode with the little French musketeer mouse. "Touché, pussy cat!"

Old Kitty said...

He Man and She Ra!! :-) LOL!! What a brilliant list!! Yay!!!

Awww I love that Bugs bunny opera with Elmo Fudd!! It's perfect!!! Oh definitely Bugs and Co and all the Warner bros characters!!

I have a soft spot for Foghorn Leghorn! Take care
x

Hart Johnson said...

Hey all!!! Sorry I've been absent all day! I've been being PAMPERED! (more on that tomorrow). Love all these comments though! Love seeing what everybody's favorites are! Now to go check out the other blogfest responses...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Must have Scooby and Bugs!!
Do we get a video of Tart signing this 1 Days of Christmas when it's all over?

Cold As Heaven said...

That's some cool series I used to watch when I was a kid, in particular the Rascals, Flintstones and the Pink Panther cartoon.

Merry Christmas with lots of good food an cool cartoons >:)

Cold As Heaven

RaShelle said...

Hey Hart - Actually watching old Scooby Doo cartoons with my son right this very second. No, seriously! It's so much fun to know exactly when everything is coming - Velma losing her glasses, Shaggy and Scooby having a "pig out", the trap going wrong and Shaggy and Scooby saving the day . . . - those are just the basics. I know there are more. LOL

My hubs and I got the new iphone4 and it's got a little doo-dad called "face-time". We were talking about how it's just like The Jetson's because when we talk to each other, we can see eachother (if we want to - I aready have a sad, sad "potty" story). Anyhoo . . .great cartoons!!

Raquel Byrnes said...

Oh my gosh! Land of the Lost...that girl was so depressing. Even her smile was sad. Merry Christmas!
Edge of Your Seat Romance

Rusty Webb said...

Wow. I watched most of the cartoons on the list myself. I would include the Superfriends for sure and probably add Fat Albert and the Laff-A-Lympics.

Ahh, sweet memories.

Ca88andra said...

I remember that at Christmas time I either watched Charlie Brown's Christmas or Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer. I must have been at my grandparents place because my parents refused to buy a TV...

The Words Crafter said...

Loved Land of the Lost and The Little Rascals! I'd have to add Tom and Jerry. Great list!!!!!

Jennee said...

Oh I can't believe I forgot about the Pink Panther and some of the other ones you listed! Great list! Thanks so much for joining in on the fun!

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