It’s been almost five years since the last Saturday Morning Cartoon block signed off the airwaves, so with a little help with our pals from the GenXGrownUp show, we’re going to do our best to recreate that sweetened cereal and pajama vibe for you in a form you can enjoy on your commute to work!
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6 thoughts on “Recreating Saturday Morning – Laser Time #370”
Loving this episode. I just got the entire tex avery collection and hoping you guys do an episode of this. Some of the old timey references (the house/car of tomorrow , the 4th wall breaking that are still funny today. Not to mention the fugitive wolf hiding from droopy still funny even today.
Chris you might be mistaking Thundarr the Barbarian with Mighty Mightor (who would later be the caveman like judge on Harvey Birdmam attorney at law.)
Interesting episode either way, I like hearing about things from one generation before most of the rest of Laser Times era growing up.
This episode really made me appreciate growing up in the ‘90s. Whereas ‘80s kids get to look at their cartoons and gradually recognize how terrible they actually were, I was blessed with Kids WB for basically all of my childhood. Warner Brothers was doing the lord’s work when it came to animation in the ‘90s, and I literally did not watch any cartoons on the other networks Saturday mornings—more Animaniacs for me, thanks, and keep it coming. Plus Tiny Toons, Freakazoid!, Pinky and the Brain, Histeria!, the Batman and Superman animated series, even Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries. And as an Asian kid, getting Pokemon and Jackie Chan Adventures later was way more important than you might think.
It is true, though, that I wasn’t there every single weekend, because (as was brought up in the episode) I had video games to play that were way more important than watching TV could ever be to me. My mom (born in Vietnam in the ‘50s) was excessively hostile to video games and forbade my cousins, my brother, and me from playing them from the time we went to bed Sunday night until she got home from work on Friday afternoon, so I was waking up at 5 a.m. on Saturday to play Ocarina of Time or Banjo-Tooie for 4-5 glorious, uninterrupted hours.
Having the N64 locked away on the weekdays meant I consumed most of my cartoons in the after-school block instead of Saturday mornings, and you know Toonami was the go-to in my household of young Asian boy-children. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers was indisputably the most important show in my house during my early childhood, but it was just a stepping stone; Dragon Ball Z will always be the most personally influential show I was ever exposed to. (This isn’t the place for a doctoral dissertation about Goku, the Asian’s Superman, but know that I always have one simmering in the back of my brain.)
I admit that O.G Readmore got on my nerves. Being 4 years old watching the ABC Weekend Specials were the bane of my existence. My older sister ate it up. I preferred CBS Storybreak. Nothing beats an electric guitar on Saturday Mornings.
I have to back Chris up on things like Animaniacs and other products of the late ’80s and early ’90s animation renaissance holding up way better than anything made before 1988. I have my own kid and I’ve been rewatching older stuff with him via various streaming services. He loves things like Animaniacs and Tiny Toons because they’re gorgeously animated and the jokes are still funny. I’ve showed him things from earlier in the decade like Care Bears, He Man, and Hanna Barbera stuff and hoo boy. Not only does that stuff not stand up to repeat viewing as an adult (compared to newer stuff that’s like watching it all over again with adult eyes) but the animation quality is terrible, the story is nonexistent, and it’s just all around bad and can’t hold a modern kid’s attention.
The only two Saturday Morning Cartoons that were appointment watching for me growing up was Muppet Babies and Garfield and Friends. Of course I watched my boy Pee Wee too. I always felt like ABC’s cartoons were always still stuck in the 70s and NBC’s was depressing as hell, especially with the live action stuff.