Classic cartoons never go out of style, but which classics have you taking a walk down memory lane? Do you miss Disney cartoons? How about Bugs Bunny cartoons? Here are a few oldies, but goodies.
Classic Disney Cartoons
Mickey Mouse is one of the classic figures in cartoon history, and one of the original Disney cartoons that can be credited for beginning cartoon history. "Steamboat Willie" was the first cartoon that included both sound and video, and it began Disney's long history of cartoon stardom in the form of Mickey Mouse. Later on, adding such classics as Donald Duck, Pluto and Goofy, Disney cartoons have remained a centerpiece of cartoon television history.
Founded in part by two animators who left Disney, Looney Tunes has an equally long and illustrious history. Porky Pig was one of the first Looney Tunes characters to capture the imaginations of millions of kids, but Daffy Duck came along shortly thereafter, followed by Bugs Bunny cartoons. Each of these classic characters had a personality, natural enemy and typical storyline, but they all kept kids laughing for hours in front of the TV.
"Tom and Jerry"
Not to be outdone, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera got together to create Tom and Jerry. Who can forget all of Tom's antics, which constantly culminated in failed attempts to eat poor Jerry? Tom and Jerry was full of cartoon violence, and the show has been parodied by The Simpson's "Itchy and Scratchy."
Road Runner And Wile E. Coyote
Taking a page from "Tom and Jerry," the ingenious but ultimately accident-prone Wile E. Coyote was constantly looking for a new way to catch the Road Runner. Teaching kids to avoid Acme products at all costs, Wile E. Coyote was often injured in his pursuit of the Road Runner. The lesson? Don't buy shoddily made merchandise.
In 1960, "The Flintstones" was the first animated sitcom to grace prime-time television and really brought cartoons to an expanded audience. With themes relevant to working-class America, "The Flintstones" was designed for the whole family; not just the kids.
"The Jetsons" was Hanna Barbera's attempt to capitalize on some of the success that "The Flintstones" achieved. "The Jetsons" dealt with similar issues and was also a prime-time cartoon sitcom, but it was based in the future instead of the stone-age past.
"The Simpsons" may not have roots in the annals of cartoon history, but it certainly qualifies as a cartoon classic. In fact, "The Simpsons" is the longest-running cartoon and the longest-running sitcom in television history. With over 20 seasons, this show may not have origins back in the Mickey Mouse days, but it certainly qualifies as a classic cartoon.
Cartoon history consists of magical moments and old friends. Unfortunately, studying cartoon history reveals a sad trend-that hand-drawn animations are slowly fading away.
Nickelodeon cartoon characters may not have started out with the same notoriety as the classic television 'toons, but today's Nick characters are some of the most popular cartoons on television. Recognize any of these names?
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