Cartoons Revisited


As you know, in the last few years there has been a spate of cartoon comedies that have appeared on network and cable TV. There has been ‘American Dad, ‘Family Guy,’ ‘Rugrats,’ ‘South Park,’ and of course the granddaddy of them all ‘The Simpsons,’

I don’t really watch any of them much, as I’m more a news and sports addict than a cartoon buff (except for Bugs Bunny cartoons and the Warner Bros. Cartoons of the 1940’s and ‘50’s), But, did you know that there was another time in the ‘60’s where there was a run of half hour cartoon shows as there are today?

The best known of them was ‘The Flinstones.’ Based on the Jackie Gleason’s ‘Honeymooners’ television show of the 50’s, it portrayed a stone age family and their neighbors the Rubbles. It was, I believe the first time that a cartoon was geared for a prime time audience and was successful for a few years.

Another show that had some success was ‘The Jetsons,’ That was the opposite of ‘The Flinstones.’ It was about a space age family of the future with all the modern things, including flying cars and a robot maid who had emotions. The maid has to be a forerunner of 3CPO of Star Wars fame.

There was even a show about an alley cat called ‘Top Cat.’ The main cat and his feline friends lived somewhere in New York and tormented Officer Dibble with their antics. It only lasted a couple of years

So this age is not immune of copying the past. I guess what goes around, comes around. The past is always with us, even in the fantasy world of half hour cartoon shows.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted August 14, 2007 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    As a 48 year old woman who was born and raised in a small town in South Central Texas, TV was all we had…and even so, we only had three channels.–four if you count PBS which we rarely did.

    That made me something of a TV junkie from the televisions “Second Golden Era”….So yeah, I remember The Flintstones and there was another prime time cartoon you’re forgetting. “Johnny Quest” was broadcast early Sunday evening. Can’t remember which network but I loved Johnny, Hadji and that interesting “relationship” between Dr. Quest and Race Bannon.

    Enjoyed the post!

    Laurie Kendrick
    Houston

  2. Posted August 14, 2007 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    I do remember “Johnny Quest,” but I never watched it. I’ve seen a few things on youtube about it. Glad you liked the post!

    Joe Kaminski, Jr.

    Author of “In The Company of Legends” Published o with Booklocker.com


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