As Beth started this mini- weekend-only job she got today, I had to also be up early (i.e. 7am). So, after I dropped her off & came back to my parent's house a thought occured to me: It's Saturday morning....do they still have Saturday morning cartoons??
I remember as a kid Saturday was THEE day for cartoon watching, but as the years went by there seemed to be less & less good stuff on. If you look inside a comic book published during the 1980's, you are bound to see advertisements for all sorts of Saturday Morning lineups from the big 3 networks of Saturday morning cartoons (at least back then): CBS, NBC & ABC. In the 1990's, FOX & the WB/CW started to get in on the whole Saturday morning cartoon bandwagon so then (for a short time) you had FIVE networks to watch cartoons on.
So, as I'm up already, have work at noon, decided to flip on the boob-tube and see just what the hell is playing on Saturday morning. I started at Channel 2 (aka CBS) & worked my way up. Below, are my results:CBS:
About 5 shows, so not too bad. The cartoons don't start until 10:30am though, which is really weird. They used to start at like, 8, 9 am I think. As for what shows, they got "Horse Land", "Dino Squad" (which might not even be a cartoon), "Sushi Pack", "Strawberry Shortcake" & "Care Bears Adventures in Care-A-Lot".NBC:
About 3 shows. WOW, that's nothing compared to their 80's line-up. Nothing starts until 10:30am as well, and then we get "VeggieTales", "3-2-1 Penguins!" & "Turbo Dogs".FOX:
NOTHING. O_O Holy crap. They are completely devoid of any signs of Saturday morning cartoons. The only thing that's even close, is something called "Teen Kids News" & that's at 9:30am. After that, nothing. I rmemeber FOX Kids, or "Killer Tomatoes" or "EEK! The Cat" being on, now...nothing. Like an ancient civilization that's been completely forgotten.ABC:
OK, now, ABC has got some stuff. A lot of it is live-action shows, but at least they're aimed at kids. Starting at 9am we get: "The
Emperor's New School", "The Replacements", 1 Hour of "That's So Raven", "Hannah Montanna", "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody" & 1 Hour of "Power Rangers: RPM".
WB/CW: OK, now, apparently this is the last of the major networks to still have a FULL Cartoon Saturday Morning lineup. From 8am-to-Noon, there be cartoons here. Here's what you get: 1 Hour of "Sonic X", "Yu-Gi-Oh 50's", 1 Hour of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", "Dinosaur King", "Kamen Rider Dragon Knight" & "Huntik: Secrets & Seekers".
Okay, so it appears that Saturday morning cartoons are NOT completely dead (except for on FOX; it's VERY dead there), which is cool. But...even though there is cartoons on Saturday mornings, there isn't anything worth watching (except maybe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). So, again being curious, I decided to turn on a channel that's more for people MY age: Boomerang. And it's glorious LoL.
Here's what we got this morning, & I cut them off at Noon as that's always when Saturday Morning cartoons offically end & then it's time to go play outside:Boomerang8:30 am:
"The Perils of Penelope Pitstop"- Never really watched it back in the day, but it's typical Hanna-Barbera stuff.9:00 am:
"The Snorks"- AWESOME! Watching it now, this show was always a favorite of mine growing up, so it's cool that it's on still.9:30 am:
"The Smurfs"- HA! Figures they'd have these two very similar shows on back-to-back. Haven't watched this in AGES.10:00 am:
"Dynomutt Dog Wonder"- Okay...I know there was a Dynomutt cartoon in the 80's, and he hanged around with Blue Falcon...but this show says it was, made in the year 2000, so I dunno WHAT it is. If it's the old show, I'll watch it. If it's new, I'm going to the 4th World 20% Off sale. *looks on Google* Hrmm..okay..according to Wikipedia, they never made a newer show...so maybe this is just a collection of older episodes? O_o? The original show came out in 1978, so we'll have to see what it is when it comes on at 10. I'll keep you guys posted on what exactly the show is when it comes on.10:30 am:
"Fantastic Max"- Okay, NO clue wtf this show is, BUT if I'm home I'll find out LoL.11:00 am:
"Hong Kong Phooey"- Number 1 super guy! NICE! This show I liked as a kid. I even managed to get a Hong Kong Phooey beanie from the Warner Brothers store back when it was still around. Cool show AND if features the voice of Jazz, Scatman Crothers.11:30 am:
"Top Cat"- Never really liked this show, as it wasn't in MY generation of Hanna-Barbera cartoons. It's not a HORRIBLE show, but whenever it was on, I'd change the channel.
Okay, well that's it for my blog. Time to go WATCH some of these cartoons instead of writing about them LoL. OH, and a short called "Wonder Wheel" is on now. I vaguely remember this show...ah well, see you later guys!