Cereal and Saturday Looney Tunes

When I was young, the best thing about the weekend was waking early to watch Saturday morning cartoons. The 60’s were a great time to be a child. Mom and Dad would sleep in. We would get our own cereal, and then plop down to watch cartoons all morning long.  My brother and sister would lie on their stomachs on the floor. I don’t know why that made me puke. Probably because I just gulped down 2 bowls of Rice Krispies, sprinkled with a bag of sugar. I sat curled up on the couch. Everyone has favorite cartoons, depending on their age. I thought I would share my favorite cartoons with you. This will age me, but that is ok. They were awesome cartoons.

I am going to start with one  family of cartoons, Looney Toons, brought to you by Warner Brothers.

The best cartoons ever!  Everyone remembers Bugs Bunny. He was suave, sophisticated. Nothing really bothered him. “What’s up, Doc?”  There were also Yosemite Sam, Daffy Duck,  Pepe LePew, Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner, Tazmanian Devil, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester (“Sufferin Succotash”) and Tweety Bird, and Porky Pig. Here are just a few that I loved watching those Saturday mornings a long time ago.

My all-time favorite  Looney Tune character was Foghorn Leghorn. “I say, I say, Boy!”  He usually walked around, humming “Camptown Races.”  There were other characters in this cartoon, such as Barnyard Dawg, Henery Hawk, Egghead Jr. and Miss Prissy. Once in a while his college friend, Rhode Island Red, would stop by. I enjoyed Miss Prissy, the widowed hen who had a crush on Foghorn. She was always after him. Foghorn was a huge rooster, and had the best one-liners of all time. I cracked up. I didn’t know what he meant some of the time, but I think he was the one who taught me sarcasm. I think my quick-wit came from Foghorn. What an inspiration. It didn’t work in school, though, when we had to discuss who our hero was. I remember the teacher going around the room, asking each student who was their hero. I was ready. I was tired of hearing about Mom or Dad or Grandpa who was in the war.  It was my turn.  I had an awesome hero.

“Vickie, who would you say is your hero?”……Who?…….The rooster?…..Vickie, you can’t have a rooster as your hero……….No you can’t…..Why?….Well, he is not a real person……Yes, he talked, but he is a cartoon character………….. Well, yes, Doug  just said his was Superman, but that is different…………..Well, it just is different…………..Vickie, you can’t have a rooster as your hero……….A hero is someone who does something special……..Vickie, a cartoon character talks because he  is a cartoon. He is not special because he is not real…..Please quit crying…..Vickie……Just sit down, please…….”

 

2. Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner-  We used to count how many times Wile E. Coyote should have died. I really enjoyed the details in the cartoon, like the boxes that had Acme Corporation written on them. Wile E. would order contraptions from the mail order company to catch the Roadrunner. The only ones I remember were the jet powered roller skates and the rocket sled. You knew he was going to get blown up. Stupid coyote. We would sit and yell at him. He would hold up a sign right before he blew up. The Roadrunner always raced right up to him, stopped, and made a noise, “Beep Beep”, before taking off again.

 

3. Bugs Bunny with Daffy Duck-  There was one episode that was my favorite Bugs Bunny cartoon. It was called Ali Baba Bunny. Bugs was so cool and calm, whereas Daffy was greedy and a bit angry. I thought he was jealous of Bugs. The dance in this segment is Bugs at his best.

 

There were other episodes where Sam the Sheepdog would clock in, carrying his lunch box and the coyote would clock out. I think that’s how it went. Yosemite Sam probably had a stroke and died. He was always pissed off. I think my least favorite was Porky Pig, the stutterer.  “That..that…that’s all folks…”And Elmer Fudd, who needed extensive speech therapy. I bet little kids that were having problems with their r’s and l’s cried when they watched him. “Shhh! Be verwee verwee qwhy-et. I’m shooting wabbits.”

There were other Looney Tune characters that I loved watching. There was Speedy Gonzales “Undalay! Undalay!” And his cousin, Slowpoke Rodriguez. I bet you remember him. How politically incorrect that one was!

And then there were the dog buddies, Spike and Chester. That’s the one cartoon I didn’t care for. Spike was a huge bulldog and a bully. Chester was a hyper Jack Russell type who jumped around Spike. He was always slapping poor little Chester. I really felt sorry for him.

In the end, Looney Tunes cartoons made for  great Saturday  mornings when I was young. My kids missed out on some great cartoons. Sure, a lot of them were violent and a lot of them were politically incorrect. But, they were cartooons for small children. We didn’t see what adults may see now. We ate cereal. We watched cartoons. It was a great childhood.

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14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Melissa Hartley on November 17, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    So I was lucky enough to grow up in the Saturday moring cartoons era…..but I also had a mother who for some reason or another, had an extensive collection of cartoons that were from years way before me, and in some cases, before her. I LOVE the old Looney Tunes cartoons, but my favorite cartoons are the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons!!! On top of that…my mom also had a few video tapes that had old WWII propaganda cartoons on them…ha ha….Until I was in high school I always just assumed that the Big Bad Wolf was a Nazi!!! This probably explains my obsession with propaganda from this era….I own like 3 DVD’s with WWII propaganda cartoons.

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  2. Posted by Joyce on November 14, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Sorry about that first link, which is Tom Jones and is also funny but not a Warner Brothers character. Although he could have had a rabbit stuffed in those pants.

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  3. Posted by Joyce on November 14, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    You missed this one. This is by far the funniest thing every put on film. I watch it when I have a bad day and it gets me every time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b56ST1j-CY0

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  4. Posted by Joyce on November 14, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    You missed this one. This is by far the funniest thing every put on film. I watch it when I have a bad day and it gets me every time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTBzgEHQlk4

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  5. LOL..Trx, silly rabbit..lol

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  6. The 70′s were a great time to be a child, too. We still poured a bag of sugar over our Rice Crispies! (At least *I* did). Looney Tunes were definitely the best, but Tom and Jerry will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you for bringing back some fantastic memories!
    Tina

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  7. Posted by TheIdiotSpeaketh on November 11, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I did a post once about the death of Saturday Mornings. My youngest has never grown up with Saturday Morning cartoons and that is sad. I loved them as a kid. My parents never had to force me to go to sleep on Friday nights because I wanted to be up at 6am to catch the first shows of the day. Now, they got crap on Saturday mornings, mainly infomercials. Glad I was a kid in the 60’s/70’s.

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  8. I remember hours of Saturday morning cartoons … some how it was easier to get up early to watch them than it was to go to school. Watching the old ones bring back memories.
    Happy belated birthday!

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  9. Saturday mornings were the best. I loved loonie tunes too. Funny that you posted this—I was just thinking about how I should have a Saturday morning where I do that again. Trix and Winnie the Pooh or Ninja Turtles. Weekend plans!

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