Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Good Ole Days

Okay, I have been staying up waaaaaay too late watching the Olympics. So in my effort to drink coffee in peace this weekend before dealing with perky little princesses, I turned on the TV in search of some entertaining Saturday morning fun only to find...there's nothing on.

What happened to those good ole days of waking up EARLY, letting your parents sleep, and perching in front of the TV for the long awaited Saturday morning lineup? Now, some of you may not be old enough to remember the same shows I used to watch but these were some of my favorites.

The Smurfs

I'm guessing that even if you aren't old enough to have seen them on Saturday mornings, you know the smurfs. That jolly band of mythical blue creatures that live in the forest? There was only one girl smurf that I know of and since she was the only one, she was simply referred to as Smurfette. Makes me wonder if a woman created this world. Maybe there were more and I just don't remember. Anyway, who didn't love to hate Gargamel and his cat Azrael? We had some smurf Christmas ornaments (I think we still do actually) and my sister and I bought my dad a smurf keychain that he carried until all that was left was a head.

The Harlem Globetrotters

Somehow the creators turned this basketball team into crime solving villains with a few super powers thrown in and we bought it. But doggone it, who doesn't love crazy basketball stunts from cartoon heroes with huge afros?

Scooby Doo

Now, I'm talking about the old Scooby Doo. Remeber the ones where the ghosts were really just people dressed up. Nowadays, the sleuthing team is dealing with the "real" thing. I liked it much better when it ended with them ripping off the mask and the nasty crook saying, "And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids!"

The Jetsons

Now, I don't know anyone who didn't love the Jetsons. I still have moments to this day where I wish I could stand on a little conveyor belt and ride along while being showered, styled, dressed and made up...all in less than 30 seconds. Who wouldn't want to be able to push a button and have a 5 course meal pop out of a slot? Not to mention, trips to Mars and flying cars. Luckily, I can occasionally catch this one with On Demand in the Kids section under Boomerang. I've gotten my kids hooked on this one too.

The Flintstones

Basically, the Jetsons, only in the Stone Age. ("Flintstones. Meet the Flintstones. They're the modern stone age family") Again, you can sometimes see it on Boomerang. Yabba Dabba Do!

Captain Caveman

Does anyone remember this one? He was a goofball "superhero" who would flip out, turn his club into any number of things and pull whatever else was needed out of his fur. Who comes up with this stuff? I don't care, I loved it.

Bugs Bunny

Okay, now how could I leave out such a classic? And it's not just Bugs, but Daffy, Roadrunner, Sylvester and Tweety, and all the other lovable Looney Toons. Whenever we can catch it on TV (never on Saturday morning mind you) the girls love it as much as we did.

Land of the Lost

I'm really going to show my age here. Is anyone out there old enough to remember this one? It was LOST for kiddos. I'm telling you, I've been saying that the current primetime hit, LOST, was about people lost in time for the last couple of years. I got this idea from my childhood memories of Land of the Lost. It was a show about two kids and their dad (I think) who go on a camping trip and while canoing, end up going over a waterfall only to find themselves in Land of the Lost. There are dinosaurs, apemen, and the scary sleestacks.

So, there you have it. I really could go on and on but this is way too much energy already devoted to something so random. But please, share your favorite cartoons from your Saturday mornings as a kid. Which ones do you miss?


Rhonda said...

Hey Tracy!

Just 2 seconds ago, I was reading Amy's comment on my blog, which made me think of you, and then I saw your comment come across at that moment! How wild! I was thinking that I need to write you, call you, come see you, or SOMETHING! It has been TOO TOO long! Maybe ML and I can come up to H'ville in the next couple of weeks and have a play date with yours' and Amy's girls! FUN! How is sweet Jeff doing? I know WHAT he's doing, but HOW is he?! haha! Please hug him from the Kemps! I sure hope JP2 does great this season...Does he realize that Tyler is a senior? That should make him feel old. ;) And Nolan is a freshman this year, so I have book-ends on the team. Sheer Joy and Sheer Sadness at the same time! Well, just wanted to say hi...Love hearing from you from time to time in blogland...


Susan said...

Great post Tracy! I'm right there with you!! Kickin' it old school. :) I remember Land of the Lost! My mom did ceramics when we were kids and I have a ceramic smurfette. Thanks for bringing it all back- those were the good ole days.

Montee said...

Oh gosh, these were the best! Land of the Lost and the Sleestacks! I thought the son was really cute. I also liked Johnny Quest but I don't know if you remember that one. Then, after cartoons, we would watch American Bandstand and Soul Train! I agree, nothing is on anymore and the cartoons these days are really stupid. What has the world come to when Saturday mornings are filled with news shows and then the silly cartoons come on? My kids love the old cartoons. Brett used to watch Gumby and Pokey and also Davey and Goliath, the Christian claymation show. Britnee liked Scooby Doo and RugRats (not so old but still cute). I made them watch the old cartoons and they're happy that I did!

Anonymous said...

We love the old cartoons! We DVR them on boomerang all the time. My boys' favorite has to be Tom and Jerry. Mine is the smurfs, hands down! Great post! Miss not seeing you all the time!

Jason said...

Loved Land of the Lost, Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids, and what about this stone age cartoon...Mighty Mouse!

Julie said...

I know I'm a little younger than you, but I remember all those shows! I was a bit young for Land of the Lost--I liked it, but it wasn't my favorite. We lived in the DC area and didn't have cable, but my grandparents down in Kingston, TN did (go figure!). I loved staying with them so I could watch the USA Cartoon Express. It had the Smurfs, and some other recognizable cartoons as well as Jana of the Jungle, the Hair Bear Bunch (2 personal faves), and some other lesser-known cartoons. I also got to watch Bozo during the week when we were there (God rest his soul). :)