I love all of the old Hanna Barbera cartoons from the 70s and 80s. I love the way they are drawn and the way the backgrounds repeat. You could also count on the same sound effects to show up in 20 different cartoons.
I watch cartoons now and I hate the way they're drawn.
My favorites were Bugs and Daffy, The Flintstones and all of the shows about teens solving mysteries.
I agree, I don't like new cartoons. I have a particular fondness for French and British cartoons of the 80s -- anyone remember Sharky et George, Dogtanian, Around the World in 80 Days, or Count Duckula?
I consider those new.
Old Bugs Bunny before they were sanitized of the violence
I like UPA cartoons -- from the 1950s, mostly.
They are best known for Mr. Magoo and Gerald McBoing Boing, but their catalog was filled with great short animation.
DreamWorks owns the catalog now.
I love the 60s cartoons, like Jonny Quest, the Jetsons, Rocky and Bullwinkle, the Wacky Races,
Huckleberry Hound, Quickdraw McGraw, etc.
Daffy Duck has always been my fave.
How about cartoons from the late 60's/early 70's: Shazzan, The Herculoids,Space Ghost, Scooby-Doo, Speed Buggy, Super Friends??? They were my favorite.
Loved Wacky Races too r5. I also loved Kid Power from that era.
I loved The Anamaniacs and all the other cartoons that were on with them. I know the theme song by heart. I especially love Rita and I wish Bernadette Peters had done more.
Bugs Bunny has always been my favorite but there was a cartoon show in the early 60s called Linus the Lion-hearted I think which was pretty good. I also liked the Beanie and Cecil show. I also liked Felix the Cat sometimes as well as some Betty Boop cartoons which actually date from the 1920s. Bosco was sometimes funny.
Animaniacs--hands down one of the GREATEST cartoons ever! I can still sing Wakko's 50 States and capitals song!
Speed Racer. Johnny Quest, for sure. (Oh, Race!)
Any fans of old Japanese cartoons? My favorites were Prince Planet and 8th Man. I hardly ever hear these last two mentioned.
I grew up in the 1960s, and Bugs Bunny has always been my favorite. I also loved Crusader Rabbit and Rags the Tiger. And, right up at the top of the list are the Jetsons, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and Huckleberry Hound.
My father was a big fan of Underdog
r12--do you remember "Marine Boy" and "Kimba The White Lion"?
Remember the Tex Avery one where the hunter bear looks down the barrel of a shotgun and it blasts into his face? It caused his face and hair to turn black and stick up, with tiny little rags at the end of the hair and the sound of 'Dixie' playing in the background.
At age 8, I laughed my ass off and didn't even know what I was laughing out. Now, it is cruel and could never be shown. I don't think there would be any argument that a cartoon like that needs an edit in the 21st century.
I don't think you could make the Warner Brother's cartoons today. I was a kid in the 80s and they'd cleaned out most of the racist stuff, but now they would have to edit out the violence as well.
I'm fond of 90's cartoons myself. Of the older cartoons, only "The Herculoids" interests me... It's perversely brilliant in its pulpy lack of logic.
And, of course, Milton the Monster, with the best theme song EVER!
You can't talk about old cartoons and not mention the man who popularized the genre. Walt Disney owns this thread. The Mickey and Donald cartoons were great. They appeared before many films in theaters. Many others from the Mouse factory.
r16 Tom and Jerry did that routine all the time. You can still find some of the old ones on Youtube, but they have not been broadcast on TV for many years, for obvious reasons.
I remember Kimba, R15, but I'll have to look up Marine Boy. Those old Japanese cartoons like 8th Man and PP had a seriousness and complexity that domestic kid's shows lacked.
I loved them. My cousins who are now right wingers hated them. Figures.
Thanks for starting this, OP! I've shared before my fond memories of being able to watch the Casper cartoons when vacationing on Cape Cod in the summer. My local stations never showed Casper, but a Boston station did (TV-38? or 56? I can't remember). I looked forward to watching Casper as much as I looked forward to going to the beach or other summertime activities.
I don't get that one R21, other than the blackface. What am I missing?
The only place I remember seeing Marine Boy was when I spent the summer in France, back in the 70s.
There is a great early Warners cartoon where Porky kicks all his cats outside into the snowy night. Their leader, a very Sylvester-like cat, asks his brethren:
"Are we men or are we mice?"
A tiny cat with a high voice says brightly:
"I like cheese!"
And gets a smack to the face by Sylvester (as he says "Smack") and then Sylvester says:
"Aha! I've got it!"
And the tiny cat pops out of the snow to ask:
Which gets him another smack.
My coworkers at the video store where I worked in college thought this was hilarious and used the phrase "I like cheese!" to refer to anyone who just does not get the point.
R26 reminds me of my own favorite Looney Tunes moment.
Ok, you all are making me feel very old. When I was a child, the cartoons on TV were Betty Boop, Felix the Cat, Popeye, Bullwinkel and Rocky, and Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent.
Not cartoons, but we had all the British Supermarionation (marionette) shows: Thunderbird, Stingray, etc.
I love Bugs & I love Daffy, but Sylvester the cat may be my favorite cartoon character ("Sufferin' Succotash!"). Or, as he was known by the supporters of Speedy Gonzalez (who always beat him even worse than Tweety Bird did): "Gringo Poosycat!".
My favorite cartoons are the futile exploits of Wily Coyote, locked in endless struggle with the roadrunner, & eternal victim of the evil Acme Corp.'s ruthless false advertising. A story for the ages (& you always know how it's going to end).
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Love the little dance he does while singing this :)
I loved Tom Terrific (with Mighty Manfred the Wonder Dog). Very simple Terrytoons animation, but with a real innocent charm and droll humor.
In the early '60s, CBS used to show the silent Farmer Al Falfa cartoons as timefiller after the off-camera signal very early Sunday morning around 6 am.
r15, I remember Kimba - and Marine Boy, too. LOVED them, as a little one. Found a Dollar Store dvd of, Kimba, recently - and my brother and I were actually appalled by how cheap and corny it was. And the theme song!
r28, I loved Supermarionation! Thunderbirds, not so much, but, Captain Scarlet. I so wanted, 'Captain Blue', to be my boyfriend- and the Angels! It is indeed a tragedy that the original MST3K of the Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons is not available.
My favorites were the Flinstones, especially their smart-ass quipping appliances. Favorite episode - The Boulderettes at Pebbles' birthday party. They'd do everything in synchronization, including blinking and turning their heads at the cop station. I grew up to be a chorus boy!
2nd favorite Wacky Races. Always fun to try to guess who'd win that week (it was never whomever was in the lead for most of the episode).
I loved Wacky Races, too. I wanted a pink car exactly like Penelope Pitstop.
EEEEEE! Fred look! Dancing girls coming out of the cake! MILLIONS of them!!!
And if you wanna keep on living you better get back to those dishes
Anyone remember "Super Chicken", which ran together with "George of the Jungle? on Saturday mornings during the 60s? A very funny spoof of the superhero comics.
I work with this guy and he sounds like Sylvester the cat.
And every time he talks to me I laugh in his face.
And this makes him mad and he gets enraged and starts yelling at me and he is lisping so bad and spitting and sounding like Sylvester that I laugh even harder.
He took a swing at me once and I kicked his ass and all the time I was pounding him, I kept laughing.
I was waiting for him to say "Suffering Succotash"
I wanted to be part of Top Cat's entourage when I was a kid.
There was like a younger version of Looney Toons--with a blue and pink rabbit--that I would kill to remember the title of...
I used to watch it in the early 90s when I was a child.