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Hanna Barbera was a huge part of my childhood. Hanna Barbera was founded in 1957. It went defunct in 2001 but in their career, they put out some quality cartoons. I watched them either Saturday morning before my chores or after school before homework. I usually did some of my work during the Jetsons. I am probably showing my age with this article. However, I still watch cartoons. Not just “adult animation” like Family Guy or American Dad though those are definitely interesting. Here is my list of favorites.
Scooby-Doo is the best. I remember him. He is my favorite cartoon of all time! I wasn’t alive for the original airings though I did get to see them in reruns. I have watched every one of the cartoon series though some not for very long. I really hate the last few incarnations of the gang. I also don’t like the recent cartoon style. Matthew Lillard is not voicing Shaggy in the new Scooby-Doo movie Scoob and I am upset.
Captain Caveman was awesome. Or maybe it was screaming Caaaaaaaaaaaaptain Caaaaaaaaaaavemaaan! That was so attractive about the cartoon. My brother and I drove our parents nuts with that.
Captain Planet with Gaia, Gi, Kwame, Linka, Ma-Ti, and Wheeler was so fun to watch. I remember being jealous of their adventures and talking to a Goddess. I wanted to be a Planeteer too. I would love to see, but hate to see at the same time, a live-action movie of Captain Planet. I am afraid they would really mess it up though.
Dexter’s Laboratory was just goofy but soo much fun. My favorite character was Dee Dee. She was so airheaded yet so devious. Dexter was so brilliant but somewhat insane though his insanity was better hid than Mandark’s.
I wasn’t alive to watch Hong Kong Phooey when it originally aired but I did see reruns and I absolutely loved it. I remember thinking “This is messed up” one minute and laughing hysterically the next.
I also wasn’t alive for the original airing of The Huckleberry Hound Show either but I adored the reruns. My favorites were Huckleberry, Yogi Bear, Boo-Boo Bear, Ranger Smith, and Cindy Bear.
Watching The Huckleberry Hound Show introduced me to Yogi Bear and so I loved watching The Yogi Bear Show too. I was so excited for a show that was centered around Yogi Bear.
Johnny Bravo is one I never forgot about. I love Johnny Bravo! He was so unlucky in love for such a hound dog. The cartoons were ridiculously simple and in every one of them Johnny was trying to pick up a chick but he was always turned down. Suzy was so funny too.
Still another I wasn’t alive for the original airing but I love Magilla Gorilla. He was really before my time but there was this beautiful thing back then, though not as beautiful as streaming, called reruns and that’s how I watched him.
Pink Panther didn’t air for very long, but it was enough to hook me. I even watched the later live-action movies with Steve Martin. Even my daughter loves Pink Panther.
Pound Puppies was such a cute show. I wanted to go to the pound and get a dog whenever I watched this. I drove my step-mother up a wall asking. She finally bought me a Pound Puppies stuffed toy just to shut me up. It worked. It went back and forth between after school cartoons and Saturday morning cartoons. Now mind you I liked the original cartoon not the recent version of it.
Tom and Jerry is an old school favorite. I never can never forget Tom and Jerry My dad loves Tom and Jerry too and would watch it with my daughter after work. It was so cute to watch them cuddle and laugh.
Here are a few I am not a huge fan of but I know are favorites. Cow and Chicken is one that I know is loved. I remember the Smurfs and the Snorks too and have had the argument of who was better between them. There was also The Jetsons. It was part of the after school lineup. I could take it or leave it.
These are cartoons I have known and loved for a long time. It was fun to write this article. I forgot about some of my old friends. I watched all of these with my brother and sister. Most of these I have introduced to my own kids. Some of them were liked or loved but others were “too old”. Have you seen the recent release of Scoob? You can get it right here! It was supposed to be released in theaters but ended up being released On Demand with the virus! What were your favorites? Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below. Til next week…