I hate to admit it, but TV was still in it's infancy or at least it's toddlerhood when I was a kid. We had our select shows, of course, but there were few to pick from and TV was not on 24/7 like it is today.
|Typical of the jelly glasses we had that predated the Flinstone glasses.|
|My all time favorite cereal.|
Our cartoons were often in black and white until I'd say 1960 or so. But we didn't really care. They were cartoons! But, there were some disturbing characters in some of those old cartoons. Merrie Melodies cartoons had almost all animal characters, almost never people. There were cows and pigs and cats and dogs all dressed like people, pushing baby carriages, going to ball games. But no people!
Merrie Melodies also had Porky Pig, who I did like, although he never wore pants and his stutter was frustrating, but fun to imitate. I never liked Daffy Duck or Sylvester. I hated how they spit when they talked and they were infuriatingly dumb and often dethpicable. And again, no pants. Tweety was really just a little wise guy who I didnt like either, but I always wanted to like him. Bugs Bunny was also a wise guy whose constant tormenting of Elmer Fudd bothered me and wasn't really funny. Hey, wait a minute! Elmer was a person. I guess there are exceptions to every rule. I did like Elmer.
But some of the more contemporary cartoons that never really became classics, were some of my favorites. I never really liked Rocky and Bullwinkle, especially Boris and Natasha, but I watched the show because Mr. Peabody and Sherman were on that program. Mr. Peabody was a dog, who wore horn rimmed glasses and a bow tie and walked on all fours. He and his "boy" Sherman, who also wore horn rimmed glasses went on journeys back in time to historical events in the "Way-back" machine that Mr. Peabody had invented.
Then there was Tooter Turtle and Mr. Wizard, a lizard. They had some sort of time machine, too, and at the end of his visit back in time, Tooter would always be in some kind of trouble and Mr. Wizard would have to quickly bring him back. Then Tooter would be swirling around in a spiral, tornado thing and Mr. Wizard would say. "Twizzle, Twazzle, Twuzzle, Twome. Time for this one to come home."
And a little later in my cartoon watching career, there was Clyde Crashcup with his assistant Leonardo who never said anything, except when he whispered into Clyde's ear. He was the Penn of the 1960s. (Or was he Teller? I never know which one is which.) But Clyde was some sort of scientist and had a very distinctive voice, sort of a low Pee-Wee Hermany sort of voice, with a very professorial tone.
These cartoon duos seem to have held some sort of attraction for me. Maybe it was just that for the most part they were people, not animals in drag. Be that as it may, I wonder if today's kids ever watch the cartoons we watched? Probably not. They weren't very sophisticated and they have so many more to choose from than we did. After all, Sponge Bob does wear pants.
Well, "Twizzle, Twazzle, Twuzzle. Twome. Time for this one to go home." Or at least time to get another cup of coffee and start my day.
Have a great Saturday morning everyone!