Eating breakfast in front of the TV while still wearing pajamas has been a staple of the American childhood for decades. Since the 1960s, kids everywhere have been looking forward to Saturday morning when they get to see all their favorite shows back to back. How many of these classic Saturday morning cartoons do you remember?
Originally aired in 1969, everyone’s favorite gang of meddling kids and their lovable talking dog have been solving mysteries for five decades solid. The original show, “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” was a fan favorite from the start. The mixture of comedy, action, adventure, and horror appealed to a wide audience but was mild enough as to not scare kids away.
Over the years, there have been several spinoffs, reboots, and movies of the ever-popular characters. In 2002, Scooby-Doo even earned himself a live-action movie and a sequel two years later. The gang is still going strong with the newest addition to the franchise, “Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?”, which premiered on Cartoon Network in 2019.
It doesn’t matter how old you are — everyone remembers watching "Looney Tunes" as a kid. They have stood the test of time and have been a strong presence in pop culture for almost 90 years! Bugs Bunny even has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The original cartoon debuted in 1930 and ran until 1969, introducing everyone to the cast of lovable lunatics that are sure to get memories fired up:
- Bugs Bunny
- Elmer Fudd
- Daffy Duck
- Porky the Pig
- Yosemite Sam
- Foghorn Leghorn
- Road Runner
- Wile E. Coyote
Even with the ending of the series in 1969, "Looney Tunes" have never left the spotlight with consistent reboots, spinoffs, cameos, and feature movies with no signs of stopping.
"Tom and Jerry"
The classic rivalry between cat and mouse, “Tom and Jerry” first appeared as a series of animated short films in 1940 and grew to be the most popular series of its time. They told of the adventures of Tom, a cat, as he tries to capture and eat Jerry, a mouse. Unfortunately for Tom, he hardly ever succeeds. Despite his elaborate schemes to catch Jerry, he’s always outsmarted in the end.
Even without any dialogue from the main characters, Tom and Jerry have been staples on televisions every Saturday morning for 50 years in countless reruns and reboots. A live-action, animated movie is scheduled to be released in 2021.
Yogi Bear is “smarter than the av-er-age bear” and his perpetual hunt for the perfect “pic-a-nic basket” usually comes up dry. He lives in Jellystone Park, which was a fictional place at the time. With the popularity of the cartoon, a chain of real-life Jellystone Parks have sprung up featuring the lovable bear as their mascot.
The first appearance of Yogi Bear was as a supporting role in another popular cartoon called “Huckleberry Hound” in 1958. Yogi was so popular in his segment of the show that he got his own series and eventually became even more popular than his old pal Huckleberry. Yogi Bear and his sidekick Boo-Boo have been constant fixtures in pop culture, spawning spinoffs and movies for over 50 years.
"Popeye the Sailor"
From his humble beginnings as a cartoon strip in 1929, "Popeye" grew in popularity and has brought entertainment to generations of children, teaching them to always eat their vegetables if they want to grow big and strong. Throughout the 30s, Popeye was a popular figure in theatrical cartoon shorts which continued well into the 50s.
In 1960, Popeye finally scored his own television series called “Popeye the Sailor,” which consisted of 220 episodes over a two-year period. Since then, he has been saving his love Olive Oyl, from all kinds of predicaments in several spinoffs and reboots including one full-length live-action movie starring Robin Williams as Popeye.
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