Saturday Morning Cartoons: Retro RTD

When I was a kid, Saturday Morning Cartoons were an event. I’d wake up early and turn on the television. The TV took a few minutes to warm up so I’d use that time to pour myself a huge bowl of Count Chocula. Then I’d make a nest on the floor with blankets and pillows and settle in for a morning of animated entertainment.

By the time I was in Grade 5, cartoons were available every morning, at lunch time, and after school. These other time slots were short, 30 to 60 minutes. I’d get up at 6am every day to watch Spider-Man and Inspector Gadget. I’m still a morning person and I think it has to do with my childhood cartoon habit. Flintstones played at Lunch. After school was Transformers and later, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Once a week at 7pm I’d watch The Racoons. My family always watched Disney on Sunday nights.

While I did love my weekday cartoons, they were never as important to me as Saturday Morning Cartoons. I loved the variety. I was not picky with my Saturday Morning Cartoon consumption. From Jem to He-Man, Care Bears to Captain Caveman, I loved them all.

With Netflix, box sets, and cartoon channels, I’m not sure cartoons are as special to kids as they used to be. It wasn’t even possible for me to own a season of Duck Tales. Even if it was, my family didn’t own a VCR until I was a teen. If I wanted to watch cartoons, I had to plan for it and follow through on that plan. Television was the only place I could go for cartoons. I think I would’ve loved cartoons no matter what, but I believe my limited access to them as a child made them… precious.

What are your favorite Saturday Morning Cartoons from back in the day?

Have you watched any of your old favorites with your kids?

Do you think cartoons were better then or now? Why?

Join us on Twitter at 9EST for a blast from the past as we discuss our favorite Saturday Morning Cartoons and even a few new ones we’ve seen since then (Adventure Time). Use #DadsRT to follow along.



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  1. Daddysincharge says:

    I was just talking about this at dinner tonight after watching Mr. Peabody. I loved the Flintstones, the Jetsons, and Scooby Doo. I also loved Tom and Jerry, but it seems like every time I turn on the TV nowadays its the same episode… weird timing.

    • Hanna-Barbera had a ton of great cartoons. I used to watch the USA Cartoon Express before it became the Cartoon Network.

  2. The DaddyYo Dude says:

    USA Cartoon Express was always a great watch. My favorites back in the day were The Jetsons, Tom and Jerry, and Animaniacs. They just don’t make great cartoons like they used to.

  3. Dungeons & Dragons was a favorite. I remember going nuts over the concept that these kids got sucked into a magical realm just from going on a roller coaster. Voltron is way up there along with Super Friends and Scooby Doo.

    As I Google this to jog my memory I want to basically answer — all of them were my favorite. He-Man, ThunderCats, TMNJ, Snorks (lol), and everything Hanna-Barbera. I also remember getting a kick out of the WB frog not singing for the guy unless they were alone. That poor, poor greedy man.

  4. I remember watching GI Joe all the time. Voltron, magilla gorrila, the great race. thinking back Hanah Barbara really dominated my cartoon time.

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