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Saturday Morning memories thread

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Xerus, May 7, 2008.

  1. Xerus

    Xerus Active Member

    Who here has memories of the joy of Saturday Mornings? :)

    Every Friday Night after a tough week of school, I'd get to bed early so I could wake up early to see my Saturday Morning favorites and forget all my cares and worries.

    And every year in September, I would look forward to those Saturday Morning preview shows and get excited about what I'm about to see.

    These were the shows I loved every Saturday when growing up.

    H.R. Pufnstuf, Bugaloos, Lidsville, The Osmonds, Yogi's Gang, Uncle Croc's Block, Laff-A-Lympics, Yogi's Space Race, Bay City Rollers Show, Heathcliff and Dingbat, Smurfs, Pac Man, Saturday Supercade, Muppet Babies, Wuzzles, Pee Wee's Playhouse, The Comic Strip, Alf Tales, Garfield and Friends, Captain N The Game Master, Beetlejuice, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Eek the Cat, Phantom 2040, Freakazoid, Earthworm Jim, Channel Umptee-3, Pokemon.

    And I remember each of the 3 major networks had their theme for Saturday Mornings. CBS was known as the Starcade in the 80's. NBC called themselves Saturday Morning Fever during the 70's. And in the 70's, ABC called their line-up, Funshine Saturday and then All-Star Saturday.

    And then in the 90's came the new Fox Kids and a few years later came Kids' WB.

    But now Fox Kids is called 4Kids TV and Kids' WB is going to change into the CW4kids very soon. ABC seems to show only Disney Channel reruns, NBC is showing shows from a network called Qubo, and DIC is now in charge of CBS Saturdays.

    And now here's a commercial from 1972 about the SM lineup for ABC. It's really great and heartwarming. :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJEHBbkUo9o
  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Not me... when I was growing up, we had CABLE, so Saturday mornings weren't special.
  3. Kiki

    Kiki Active Member

    If you were were a child of the early 90s-early 21st century and you lived in Aus, it would be likely that you would've watched 'Saturday Disney'. It's was a program on channel 7, and it showed popular Disney cartoons, including 'Hercules' (the series), 'Goof Troop', 'Darkwing Duck', 'Gargoyles', 'Bonkers', 'Winnie the Pooh', etc and later on, when I was about in grade 1, there was 'House of Mouse', 'Recess', '101 Dalmations' (the series), 'Peper Ann', 'P, B & J', and more. saturday Disney started in 1990 and is still going today. Nowadays, it has shows like 'Kim Possible', 'Brandy and Mr. Whiskers', 'Hannah Montana' and some more-recent cartoons. After Saturday Disney, there was also 'Saved by the Bell' and various Warner Bros. cartoons, including 'Animaniacs'. I remember watching these shows with my older brother, and even though some of them were aired when I was, like, four or even three I can still remember them quite cleary- they bring back really good memories.
  4. lowercasegods

    lowercasegods Member

    You are a generation Xer after my own cartoon watching heart! I too grew up with fond recollections of the Sid and Mary Krofft school of Saturday morning puppetry (rough around the edges though it was!).

    Some of MY favorite Saturday morning memories from childhood were waking up at five a.m., eating cold pizza from the night before and watching local programming, usually a rerun of some old obscure PBS show from the 70's, sometimes Romper Room, New Zoo Revue or, by the mid 80's, the original Kids Incorporated.

    When I was very young (late 70's) I enjoyed Liddsville, HR Pufnstuf, and especially the work of Hanna Barbera studios, who basically owned Saturday mornings. I loved Laff-a-lympics, Hong Kong Fooey, Captain Caveman and whichever incarnation of Scooby Doo was airing at the time. I also enjoyed the Ruby Spears shows like Plastic Man, Rickety Rocket, Heathcliff and Marmaduke and Thundarr The Barbarian. I even enjoyed, to a lesser extent, Filmation's offerings, like their take on Mighty Mouse/Heckle and Jeckle, Fat Albert, the original Count Duckula, and Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam.

    By the 80's, I loved Smurfs, Muppet Babies, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Wuzzles, Gummi Bears, Pee Wee's Playhouse, Saturday Supercade, Pac Man, The Real Ghostbusters, Ewoks, My Pet Monster and Beetlejuice.

    Man, thanks so much for giving us children of the old school Saturday mornings such a great topic to wax on about!
  5. lowercasegods

    lowercasegods Member

    And Garfield and Friends, Mother Goose and Grimm and The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show! I can't leave them out!
  6. Xerus

    Xerus Active Member

    Yes, it did seem like when cable stations like Nickelodeon, Disney, and Cartoon Network started airing new cartoons on certain days of the week, Saturday mornings of today just don't seem the same anymore.

    But I'll always still remember my glory days of Saturday mornings. You saw what ABC Saturday mornings was like in 1972, now here's NBC's SM line up for 1972.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ptgw2kFyUs
  7. Xerus

    Xerus Active Member

    Oh your welcome. :) I too like cold pizza when watching Saturday mornings. Garfield and Friends and cold pizza were a great combination back then. :)

    And when I was younger, I enjoyed my SM cartoons with either donuts, Pop Tarts, or cereals like Cocoa Puffs, Peanut Butter Crunch, Lucky Charms, and Froot Loops.
  8. Xerus

    Xerus Active Member

    Yes, I too loved Mother Goose and Grimm also from the same studio that brought us Garfield and Friends. And Charlie Brown and Snoopy were great on Saturday mornings. I think we need more cartoons based on comic strips so we can bring the joys of Saturday mornings once again.
  9. wwfpooh

    wwfpooh New Member

    Or we also need the specials or what have you of those classics to keep airing in order to keep those characters in people's minds and memories (because once Shultz died, Peanuts essentially went with him, save the once-in-a-blue-moon special presentation, which is rare nowadays).
  10. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    I used to love the that show. It's pretty silly to think about now, heh!

    I was just watching an episode of that yesterday. weird stuff!
  11. wwfpooh

    wwfpooh New Member

    It seems we all enjoy our childhood deeply. :) What I remember most though from my younger years was getting up and eating a healthy bowl of Cheerios or Honey Nut Cheerios (as the former was the only "health"-related cereal I would--and still dare to--stomach down & the latter is sweet enough to eat as is), whilst watching one of my favorite shows; either the shows in my signature (excluding those made recently [recently as in late 90's and onward, as I was predominately an 80's-early 90's child, having been born in 1984 & thus able to get the best of both decades]) or just anything from Disney, Nick, The WB!, PBS, & ABC/CBS/FOX.

    On Mondays--and later, Thursdays--(coupled with the stations & shows therein aforementioned) I would become a fan of the WWF's "Attitude Era" (1997-2001).

    All in all, my childhood was certainly a fun time and I miss it already. :D
  12. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    So did I but cable seemed even more special back than
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member


    Saturday Mornings are dead to me, as far as I'm concrened. or at least a vegetable that's about to have the plug pulled. And the people holding the various murder weopon?

    The FCC. In an attempt to fool the public to let single conglomerates buy up as many media outlets as possible the FCC passed 2 idiotic regulations on Kid's programming. Limiting the amount of junk food advertising on kid's programming, which left the market virtually unprofitable. And then the 3 1/2 hours of TV E/I programming, which doomed the only people still playing the game to run educational programming. Which worked at first, letting in a bunch of newly produced shows on the syndicated market... but in the long run, stations just provide lip service with slapdash programming, like old cheaply produced nature shows from the mid 90's.

    The Cable Conglomerates/ Corporate partners. Due to the fact they now possessed all these networks (see above), they feel they needn't compete with themselves. So, to satiate the FCC's requirement (a formality, since the FCC has been a corporate slave for years) they felt they could just toss on some old reruns of their educational programs. All the while, not trying to compete with their up to three children's networks on cable.

    To extrapolate, when CBS and WB wanted to merge their 2 pathetic networks together, huge terrible changes to children's programming occurred. It started with the CW dropping their afternoon kid's line up (why compete with Cartoon Network- they're owned by Warners) for adult programming like ER and 8 Simple Rules (a terrible, terrible show). now it's the CW's toxic waste dump of cancelled, unfunny, unwatchable WB and UPN sitcoms (Mostly Reba, which has to be on ABC Family half the day too). Which of course led to their dropping the kid's WB line up in order to get as many profits with as little effort as possible.

    So basically, it's all this huge corporate deal. Kiddy shows that don't feature talentless live action tweenage twits yowling mindless pop music just aren't worth anything anymore. having a toyetic or toy based show is the only way to get your foot in the door, since profits are increasingly harder to come by with things like creativity and variety.

    Sorry if this sounds bitter, but this is a touchy subject. No animated shows means no work for animators. And as I'm still struggling to find a way to get my foot in the door, the number of doors is dwindling.
  14. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I guess I always just took cable for granted.:smirk:
  15. lowercasegods

    lowercasegods Member

    I know! I tried to convince cartoonist Greg Evans that his comic strip Luann would make a great TV cartoon, but he says the networks just aren't as interested in such things as they were in the 70's and 80's. Sigh....
  16. lowercasegods

    lowercasegods Member

    I hear what you're saying and I feel your pain...
  17. wwfpooh

    wwfpooh New Member

    Don't we all? The days of it being worth getting up on Saturday mornings are dead.
  18. Xerus

    Xerus Active Member

    Yes, it does seem like Saturday Morning's not the same anymore with cartoons airing at different times on cable, educational rules, and political correctness in food commercials. Which is why I spend my days collecting old Saturday Morning stuff on DVDs so I can relive my wonderful SM days whenever I want.

    By the way, here's another blast from Saturday Morning Past. You remember Schoolhouse Rock and Time For Timer? Well, there was another series of educational shorts that aired on a show called Kids Are People Too and also appeared during the commercials. A musical advice series called, Dear Alex and Annie. Check it out. :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm_xK3kioyE
  19. wwfpooh

    wwfpooh New Member

    Remember it? SHR taught me school-related things (like how bills become laws, cunjunctions, interjections, and more) before school even really got started & Time for Timer--who hankering for a hunk o' cheese--showed us how to make a quick and healthy snack, instead of resorting to the junk food all the time.

    Note: A little tidbit is that the little girl who exclaims, "Darn! That's the end." is actually a charicature of Lauren Yohe, the daughter of the creator of SHR (with Lauren herself doing the character voice-over)!
  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Other than TMNT and the Spectacular Spider-Man (which is dang good, lemme tell you) and Tom and Jerry tales, there's nothing worth watching period. Of course, you could tell the end was near with Kid's WB when they had crap like "Skunk Fu" on the line up. Seriously... Dreamwork's Kung Fu Panda is bad enough (I had the desire to see it, but lost it months ago). Stop milking the kung fu parody genre till the parodies outnumber the originals. You did that with Superheroes, and they haven't been great since The tick and Freakazoid left the air.

    I think you could tell Warners wanted out of cartoons all together. Loonatics Unleashed? That was a cry for help, if ever I heard one. Though they did have sort of a good idea in season 2. Super Hero versions of the Looney Tunes fighting supervillain versions of the bad guys. But the damage had been done, and any potential for a funny Looney Tunes superhero show were shot to heck. And for some stupid reason, Duck Dodgers, a fabulous cartoon, was tossed aside, like it never existed.

    Coconut Fred was their lowest stunt ever, though. Nothing but a total knockoff of Spongebob. That was a nightmare.


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