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Saturday Morning memories thread

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

  1. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member


    I already posted that, and I think the responses I got were "Stop whining about the industry and use your college degree to shove yet another indie comic into the already overcrowded market, full of crappy talentless Harvey Pecar (sp?) wannabees." I know what you mean, and I'll probably do that anyways... but trying to sell comics out the back of a truck ain't going to even pay off a month of student loans in a lifetime. (come on, someone... I need a storyboarding job at least... I can get someone's coffee... anything!)

    Face it, the parental groups won this one. They killed the American cartoon... they killed the prospect of Saturday Morning, with the help of lackadaisical programming directors who get a modest paycheck no matter how big they screw up, and no matter how little work they actually do (passing the buck and rerunning cable shows is NOT doing a job, therefore they shouldn't get paid).

    So basically, everything I've ever stated about this. Over and over. Lack of Junk Food commercials, crazy standards and broadcasting, ever growing budgets, crappy over rated competition, the ever crappening economy.... the perfect storm for the death of cartoons. I want to do something about it, and making a petition no one will care about isn't going to cut it.
  2. Xerus

    Xerus Active Member

    I guess I can always check out my collection of Saturday Morning cartoons on DVD and check out classic SM commercials on youtube to get a taste of the old days. And I'm sorry you're going through such hard times Dr. Tooth. I too am waiting for my cartoonist dream.
  3. Xerus

    Xerus Active Member

    Lately, they've been airing these quick commercials called, "One Small Step", where they get kids to go out and play an hour a day, eat less, don't waste energy, and go green.
  4. bazooka_beak

    bazooka_beak Active Member

    ^ I wonder if those work? I never paid attention to or cared about PSAs and stuff as a kid :p
  5. Baby Gonzo

    Baby Gonzo Member

    I've heard that the current kid/tween generation is among the most eco-aware. Though I doubt PSAs alone are a huge contributing factor to that, kids have an understanding of sorts of man's impact on the environment.
  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Yeah, but we need much, much more of them. The only one I've seen on a frequent basis is the NFL sponsored "Get up and be a Player" PSA. To a much less extent I might see the clumsily added Jungle Book "Bare Necessities of nutrition." I don't see why they don't air the Shrek one more often.

    The problem is, these groups have the influence and funds to ruin stuff... errr... threaten sponsors... err... Let me start over. You'd think that a group like that would use their time, energy, and funding (if any) to make more PSA's, and come up with catchy new Timer like characters, so they can run them along side the cereal and McDonald's commercials.

    The health ones or the eco ones? It works for anyone who's willing to listen. and then of course, there are people who listen and just don't care. As for the environmental stuff, every generation starts being eco-aware and trying to help the environment, and then they completely toss the fad to the side for 10 years until something terrible happens. They can rerun Captain Planet all Ted Turner wants, but its up to kids to listen, and grow up still striving to those goals. That's what bugs me about the environment... people only seem to care when it's popular, and then they quickly forget about it when it gets out of fashion.
  7. Xerus

    Xerus Active Member

    It also makes me wonder if the healthy eating fad might fade away as well and then come back a few years later.
  8. Xerus

    Xerus Active Member

    Also, I've noticed that some commercials have been airing ads about getting kids into the arts. Like making their own inventions, or how reading books can take them to great fantasy worlds, or getting them to visit art museums and theaters which could inspire them create their own artworks. I really like seeing those things on TV. :)
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Anything will. Any given good intentioned movement, as soon as it becomes trendy, will also tend to fade away into the background.

    Anyway, here's something I am too young to remember but I've read about... in the 1970's the Looney Tunes split off into different sub series (The Bugs and Tweety show, The Porky Pig Show, The Road Runner show, the Foghorn Leghorn and those annoying effeminate, agreeable Gophers Show- okay, I made that one up- ... etc. etc.) And sometimes they even ran opposite each other on different networks. Oh, to have been alive at that time.
  10. Xerus

    Xerus Active Member

    I too remember the different Looney Tunes collection shows growing up. During the 70's, weekday syndication offered the Popeye and Bugs show where they showed classic Popeye and Bugs cartoons back to back.

    And on the weekends, they had the Bugs Bunny, Road Runner Show on CBS.

    And soon, ABC had the Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show, but the cartoons were heavily censored and weren't that much fun.

    Nickelodeon aired the Looney Tunes for a while along with the rarely seen black and white Bosko and Buddy cartoons.

    And the WB Network had That's Warner Bros. and the Bugs N' Daffy show.

    Now they only seem to show the Looney Tunes on Boomerang and they made a special appearance on Cartoon Network this New Years Day.

    And here's the theme song to the Bugs Bunny, Road Runner show from 1985.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPFhSTyek38
  11. ryhoyarbie

    ryhoyarbie Active Member

    Speaking of the Looney Tunes shows, Bommerrang was showing a marathon of Looney Tune cartoons thursday for new years.

    The one where the guy discovers Michigan J Frog and tries to use him to get rich was funny/yet sad at the same time, because at the end, the guy was homeless after using all on his money in getting people to listen to the frog sing.
  12. bazooka_beak

    bazooka_beak Active Member

    ^ Sigh, I wish I had that channel. All we get here is their On Demand thing.
  13. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    I know in the nineties their was also Loney Toons on TNT and by the time they were on cartoon network they were edited to death.
  14. Xerus

    Xerus Active Member

    There was this one Looney Tunes ending scene that was edited so many times.

    Daffy Duck was dressed in a devil costume and he performed an act where he swallowed gasoline, nitro glycerine, gunpowder, uranium 238 and a lighted match causing him to blow up and become a ghost. Some networks had the entire ending erased or had the gasoline and match scenes erased or just had Daffy hold the nitro glycerine bottle and blow up. Or they had Daffy just say, "Lights!" and he blows up which was pretty confusing.

    And I heard on the Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show, there was this cartoon where an opera singer couldn't rehearse because Bugs was playing his banjo and singing. So the singer crumples up Bugs's banjo and clobbers him. The edit just had the singer looking angry at Bugs and then moves on to the next scene.
  15. animal0606

    animal0606 New Member

    - Scooby Doo
    - G.i Joe
    - Transformers
    - Robotech
    - He-Man & The Masters Of The Universe
    - M.A.S.K
    - Gobot
    - Looney tunes
    - Flintstones
    - Smurfs
    - Astro Boy
    - Bionic Six
    - Bravestarr
    - Captain N : Game Master
    - Captain Power & The Soldiers Of The Future
    - Chip & Dale Rescue Rangers
    - C.O.P.S
    - Gummi Bears
    - Duck Tales
    - Dungeons & Dragons
    - Garfield & Friends
    - GhostBusters
    - Inspector Gadget
    - Jetsons
    - Super Mario Brothers

    ME LOVE 80ies TOONS :halo:
  16. bazooka_beak

    bazooka_beak Active Member

    A good list you have there :) Some of those I've never seen, though.
  17. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    I love Captain N!
  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    But that third season was... BLEHHH hehhe huhhh...Uhgh! They shouldn't have forced Captain N and Super Mario World to share a half hour. Captain N was a much better show when they were allowed the full 20 minutes for story development.
  19. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    Yeah, I agree. The episodes with from season three were animated strangely. And was it just me or did those episodes air after the series had already ended?
  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Well, now we're entering technicality territory... Captain N is considered a separate series from Captain N and Super Mario World, hence why SHOUT! factory split them up as 2 separate DVD releases. So technically Captain N did end, but a new series was made basically to be a companion to SMW. And as such, they used the same cheap animation studio they used for SMW, and not the good Japanese studio that did the original series run.


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