Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Do You Remember These Cartoons From Childhood? (#TuesdayTen Linkup)

I am so tired of today's kids' TV shows. Since my girls are a little older, they don't watch many cartoons anymore. Instead, they watch the over-acted, ridiculously stupid "tween" shows on Nickelodeon and Disney. For example, one they like is "Dog With a Blog." Really? It's about a dog that talks and types. They also like Austin and Ally, Jessie, and Victorious. In most of these shows the parents are either very scarce or they seem to be the butt of the jokes and made to look exceptionally unintelligent. Experts say you should watch TV with your kids to combat the bd influence, but I just cannot sit through these shows. It's painful. 

(In fact, I wrote a post a while back about Family TV Shows from the 80's I wish were still on!)

Fortunately, since today is National Animation Day, I have a chance to reminisce about the TV shows from my childhood, mostly cartoons, that were so much more intelligent! (wink, wink)

There are a couple enormous differences. First of all, I watched cartoons on Saturday morning and that's it. When I was older, there were a few that were syndicated in the afternoons, but it was mostly Saturday morning. Nowadays, kids' shows are on 24/7. My kids should probably turn on the TV at 2:00am and find one if "their" shows. If not, they would simply go to Netflix or the "On Demand" channels. Secondly, I watched cartoons all through elementary school, but now, animated show are primarily considered to be for preschoolers and toddlers. Aside from SpongeBob or Phineas and Ferb, most of the shows for older kids are done by actors. 

So what were my favorite cartoons from childhood? Here's my top ten:

1. The Smurfs - This was my favorite. In fact, I quit a Saturday morning dance class when I was about 5 because, to attend, I had to miss the Smurfs on Saturday morning.   I didn't really like the teacher, either, but mostly it was because of the Smurfs! 

2. Bugs Bunny and Looney Tunes - Bug, Daffy Duck, PePe LePew, Foghorn Leghorn, the Tazmanian Devil,  Sylverter and Tweety, Wile E. Coyote, and the Roadrunner were classics!

3.  Tom and Jerry - Another classic that, come to think of it, I'm not sure if my kids have ever even seen!

4. Scooby Doo - "Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you?"   I used to love this one. Of course, I didn't get the 60's undertones. I just thought Scooby and Shaggy were funny.

5. Inspector Gadget - I had almost forgotten about this one. Even now as a mom, I would LOVE to have some Go-Go Gadget arms!

6. Charlie Brown - It doesn't get more classic than this! It's a great memory today, too. Last year, my two youngest daughters and I were too sick with the flu to attend our church Christmas Even service. Instead, we sat snuggled up together on the couch and watched A Charlie Brown Christmas on my computer. :-)

7. The Snorks - Do you remember the Snorks? 

8. Alvin and the Chipmunks -  I even had an Alvin and the Chipmunks cassette tape that I listened to on my walkman while I rode my bike! 

9. Care Bears - I love that these came back around a few years ago, but I watched the originals. 

10. Punky Brewster - I wanted a Glomer of my own! 

There you have it - 10 cartoons from my childhood.  What cartoons do you remember from your childhood? Which ones were your favorites?

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Janine Huldie said...

No wonder we are pretty much the same age, because I so watched all of the above. And like you I miss the 80s TV so much, because we definitely had some great shows (cartoons and sitcoms alike),

Jill Robbins said...

My kids still like Scooby-Doo. Dog with a blog? Really?

Ginnymarie said...

My little brother and sister watched a lot of these cartoons! I was a little too old to actually sit down and watch them, but I would sneak in an episode of The Smurfs every so often!

Marcia Shaw Wyatt said...

Love your list, Lisa. I'm especially glad that you included The Smurfs. I used to watch them with my oldest niece when she was just a toddler. She loved that cartoon a lot and seeing in on your list today brought back lots of great memories and smiles to me. Thank you! :)

twindaddy said...

I watched He-Man, GI Joe, Transformers, and Voltron. Of course, watching any of those cartoons now makes me wonder what was wrong with me back then.

MamaRabia said...

These are some good ones! Definitely bringing back memories. I sure wish I could lay around and watch cartoons all day!!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

They were some great cartoons!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Yes, really. 😝😂

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Everybody loved the Smurfs! :-)

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

You're welcome! Glad you enjoyed the list - it was fun to make!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Ha! I actually remember a Master of the Universe movie (with real people) that I loved!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Wouldn't that be great!?!?!

twindaddy said...

I loved that movie when I was a kid! I need to watch it again to see if I still do.

Tamara Bowman said...

I still want Glomer...
And I loved the Snorks!! I forgot that one.
Scarlet watched Dog With a Blog the other night and it was so awful.. and strangely vulgar.. and just awful. Just awful.
I do like Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins is a good kid! Unlike Caillou.

Kim Steele said...

Oh my gosh. These bring back memories! The only one I didn't know was The Snorks. That was a new one for me!

Elaine A. said...

My husband and I were just talking about this the other day and looking them up on YouTube! ha! I do NOT remember The Snorks, at all. I wonder if we just did not have them on the channels where I grew up.

I loved Scooby Doo, The Smurfs and Looney Tunes. And then I started watching Pee Wee Herman! ;)

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Never thought I would wish for my kids to go back to Mickey Mouse and Dora, but after a few tween shows, I really wish they would!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

:-) The Snorks were awesome!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

I remember Pee Wee Herman, too! Although, I always found him rather annoying. :-)

Dana said...

I loved the Smurfs - I collected all the puffy stickers, too. I just don't understand why there was only one female Smurf - how odd is that? I also watched Jem and the Holigrams, and Jabberjaws.

I'm not sure if your girls are too young to remember Clifford the Big Red Dog. That was the best cartoon; my kids loved it. I was so sad when John Ritter passed away - he was the voice of Clifford. Now that was a cartoon worth watching with your kids!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

My kids absolutely watched Clifford and read all the books! We loved Clifford! And, the puffy stickers! I had almost forgotten about those, but now that you have reminded me I actually had a sticker collection book at one point!

Diego Jalen said...

Oh! I remember them all. I even wanted to show these to my kids but was unable to find it online. I am hoping to find some links from here now. Even shows by Andy Yeatman are over now and have no idea what to show them that will help them learn good and stay entertained.

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