This entry was inspired by Millsanicole’s entry on Saturday morning cartoons. That entry really took me on a stroll through memory lane. Had me reminiscing about my old Saturday morning routine. Kids just don’t know what they are missing out on these days. Let’s take a look at the Saturday lineups from then compared to now and see which one wins out.
Saturday Morning Cartoons: Then vs. Now
Then: I wasn’t always up before 9, although there were many a day that I was. If I did happen to wake up early, I always had something to watch. All my facvorite DIC cartoons came on before nine. (Remember that girl’s voice at the end of their cartoons. “Deec” made me giggle everytime. Still does in fact.) There was Heathcliff, Super Mario Bros., G.I Joe, ALF: The Animated Series, and of course, the crown jewel itself, Inspector Gadget!
I still wish I could do some of the cool things he could do. And I want his car.
Now: Well judging by most channels kids don’t get up before 9 AM anymore. If you do then you are probably under the age of five. Therefore if you are a little tike nowadays and you happen to wake up before 9AM, the networks give you a choice between Guthy Renker, Oxy Clean infomercials, and baby cartoons like Oswald or Dora the Explorer. This Round goes to the past in a landslide.
Then: This was the Bugs Bunny hour. No question about it. My dad even got up and sat in on this hour. Yes a big bowl of cereal and Bugs Bunny & Friends. Can’t beat that.
Now: Well we’ve already established that you can’t beat the Bugs Bunny Hour, but let’s see what now has to offer anyway. Hmm at nine we have Sonic X (crappy Sonic the Hedgehog show), Spectacular Spider-Man (not the best Spidey show ever), and whatever display of horrible child acting ABC has on at that time. Actually PBS has the best to offer at this time. They have Clifford. But still this is no contest.
Then: This was always sort of the revolving door time slot. This was when I would sometimes shower or make my bed or get something else out of the way. Still there was always something good. Some notable 10-11ers were Beetlejuice, Garfield and Friends, Eek the Cat (awesome show!), Bobby’s World, and of course Pee Wee’s Playhouse.
Now: Well now we basically have two choices. That’s So Raven for an hour or the new Ninja Turtles show for an hour. The old choices are still more appealing, but I’ll give this round to Raven because of how much I loved her on the Cosby show. The new Ninja Turtles show sucks big time though.
Then: This hour had some of my favorite shows ever. Freakazoid, Darkwing Duck, Saved by the Bell, Fat Albert and Alvin and the Chipmunks back in the day. Power Rangers made it’s debut in this time slot. The real anchor for me here was X-Men. Maybe the best cartoon ever (besides Bugs).
Now: Veggie Tales, Yugi-Oh, and Hannah Montana. Ugh I feel so sorry for these kids. What the hell kind of crap is this?!!! You’d think that with shit like this on TV more kids would be outside.
Then: If it was a lazy afternoon then I got treated to WWF Wrestling and American Gladiators (nothing like mullets and spandex). Mind you I said WWF not WWE! I’m talking Ultimate Warrior, Macho Man, The Rockers, The Genius, Mr. Perfect, Jake the Snake, Coco B. Ware, Andre the Giant, Rowdy Roddy Piper, and the REAL HULK HOGAN!!!
Now: You know what I am not even going to bother looking this one up. You can’t beat Hulk Hogan. He’ll just hulk up, turn invincible, then leg drop that ass. By the way the leg drop was probably the corniest finishing move in the history of wrestling, but it was Hulk Hogan so we loved it anyway. I must have legged dropped my little brother about five hundred times when I was younger. I might go leg drop him today just for old time’s sake.
Alright that’s it. Hope you enjoed this stroll down memory lane with me. I’m off to lunch now.
Sidenote: I was considering doing an afternoon cartoon version of this as well, but there is nothing there at all. That is a total blowout. We’re talking The Snorks, Duck Tales, Animaniacs, Tale Spin, Thundercats, He-Man, Tiny Toons, Rescue Rangers, and Batman (you guys know the Batman show I mean), going up against Judge Joe Brown and Tyra . Not even worth it right?