Pop music in the '60s ran the gamut from Bobby Russell's "Saturday Morning Confusion"
to "Come Saturday Morning"
(from the soundtrack of "The Sterile Cuckoo"*
and performed by the same guys who sang of "Guantana
). And they still write songs today about "Saturday Morning"
(with pancakes! and vampires!).
The first thing Disney did when it took over ABC was "One Saturday Morning"
**. But then there are the "REAL Saturday Morning Watchmen"
(remixed from previously on MeFi
). (other Saturday Morning video
*yes, that is a very young Liza Minnelli
**I'll never forgive them for canceling "Reboot" and "Bump in the Night", the only Saturday toons I still enjoyed, because they weren't produced by Disney
Saturday morning cartoons
were once a staple of American television, but by the year 2000 they had all but disappeared
. Of course, the Internet never
forgets. Case in point: Cartoon Network Video
-- a free, searchable, ad-supported service that provides hundreds of full-length episodes of classic shows like Dexter's Laboratory, Cow and Chicken, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Johnny Bravo, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
, and The Powerpuff Girls
, as well as current offerings and scads of shorter material. Too recent for you? Then give Kids WB Video
a whirl -- it does the same thing with the same interface, but for older programs like Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, The Smurfs, Scooby-Doo, Thundercats
, and the original Space Ghost
. If you're in the mood to learn (and don't mind some live-action), PBS Kids Video
has educational fare such as Arthur, Wishbone, and Zoom. And don't forget about Sesame Street
, The Electric Company
, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
, The Magic Schoolbus
and Schoolhouse Rock
! Now if only we had some Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs
It is Saturday
at 8:00. It's 1969
. Your parents are asleep. What'll it be? CBS
of course, with The Jetsons
, then The Bugs Bunny and Roadrunner
, Dastardly and Muttley
and their Flying Machines
, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop
, The Archies
, The Monkees
, The Wacky Races
, The New Adventures of Superman
and Jonny Quest
. On Channel 4
fights back with
Heckle and Jeckle
, then The Grump
, The Pink Panther
, HR Pufnstuf
, The Kellogs Banana Splits Adventure
, The Flintstones
. Channel 7 is ABC
which trails with Casper
, then Cattanooga Cats
, Hot wheels
, The Hardy Boys
, George of the Jungle
and Fantastic Voyage
. Good times.
Jim Davis' other strip
was U.S. Acres
, with Orson the Pig, Roy the Rooster, chick and egg Booker and Sheldon, sheep Bo and Lanolyn, and... a dog named Cody and a cat named Blue?
Everyone who grew up from that time remembers the long-running Saturday morning show, but no one remembers the strip, which ended a couple of years before the cartoon did and evolved on a different track. Platypus Comix brings us highlights from the strip's surprisingly good, yet neglected, newspaper run.
Breakfast of the Gods: The Last Good Morning.
A serialized webcomic featuring the sugary, crunchy stars of your childhood - destroying your childhood dreams one after another. Via Monkeyfilter