Old TV cartoons can send you straight down memory lane, or they might have you wondering what the creators were thinking. When was the last time you thought of these old TV cartoons?
Hanna-Barbera cartoons count for a large number of the old TV cartoons you probably watched as a kid, and Scooby-Doo probably ranks high on that list. The amazing crime-solving team and its lovable talking dog have graced Saturday morning cartoons from 1969 through the present. Whenever children gathered around to watch cartoons on Saturday morning, "Scooby Doo" was an inevitable feature. Even adults are fond of "Scooby Doo" thanks to the show's psychedelic elements and the goofy antics of Scooby and his human buddy, Shaggy.
They're cuddly, they're lovable, and they're-blue? Another Hanna-Barbera cartoon, the Smurfs deserve their own entry due to their own large cult following. These sky-blue creatures lived in a forest, and each portrayed a different stereotype or archetype. Since any child could easily identify with one of the Smurfs, they quickly gained popularity.
"The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show"
"Rocky and His Friends" and "The Bullwinkle Show" were two separate animated television shows that ran from the late 1950s through the early 1960s. Both characters are featured in each series, so they're collectively referred to as "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show." Rocky and Bullwinkle weren't well drawn, but they had amusing and engrossing scripts, and they appealed to both kids and adults with their clever pop-culture references and underlying social commentary.
He eats spinach and gains incredible strength. He's sweet on Olive Oyl. His archenemy is Bluto. Yes, you guessed it-he's Popeye the Sailor Man! Also originally a comic strip, Popeye appeared in various television series over the years and remains an iconic cartoon character.
"The Pink Panther"
"The Pink Panther" started out as the opening for the "Pink Panther" series of movies, but the cartoon became so popular in its own right that it became a Saturday morning series. This pink feline won the 1964 Academy Award for Animated Short Film and now belongs in the annals of cartoon history.
No-one could forget this grumpy orange tabby, his annoying sidekick Odie and his slow-witted owner Jon. Garfield was originally a comic strip dating from 1978, but 12 Garfield cartoon specials and the "Garfield and Friends" animated TV show brought this classic cartoon to television.
Who could forget "The Transformers"? Are they cars? Are they robots? Everyone knew the most popular Transformers and the forms they could take, and the show was so popular that it came back as an even more explosive and high-tech movie in 2007.
"Inspector Gadget" was a lovable guy with gadgets that failed more often than not, and a niece who ended up doing a lot of the detective work for him. Voiced by Don Adams, who played Maxwell Smart in the old television series "Get Smart," Inspector Gadget seems to share many mannerisms and a bungling personality with his predecessor.
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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