Wednesday, July 20, 2016

What Were we Watching on Saturday Mornings in 1993?

Saturday Morning Cartoons were still a thing back in 1993, which is worth noting in itself.  According to TV Guide's Summer 1993 Parent's Guide to Children's Entertainment Issue, the shows available ranged from tried and true classics (Looney Tunes compilations), updates of classics ("Tiny Tunes", of course, but also the... less fondly remembered "Tom and Jerry Kids"), attempts at recreating the success of the Ninja Turtles (the insane "C.O.W. Boys of Moo Mesa"; honestly, I'll never get used to minotaurs riding horses), and mostly forgotten oddities like the "Super Dave" cartoon.  And a cartoon with Scooby Doo in it because there has always been a cartoon with Scooby Doo in it.


Draw of the Day

5.21.16 - "She ran callin' (or screaming?)..."

On an ill-advised nostalgia kick, I watched a few episodes of the all-but-forgotten 1986 Hanna-Barbera series "Wildfire" and it is... something else.  Starring magnificent monstrosities meant to be magical talking horses, droopy-winged fairies, Maleficent-with-the-copyright-cropped-off, and a really boring protagonist.

1 comment:

Warren JB said...

Eengh... nostalgia overload. Couple of comments:

I thought the Back to the Future show was alright, but not entirely memorable. (Though back then I thought any cartoon with a time machine that didn't set every episode in the mesozoic was doing it wrong) Doc Brown's character design worked well, with typically wide cartoon eyes - I'd guess it helped to get Christopher Lloyd, too - but by comparison Marty looked liked a squinting plastic doll. The real Michael J. Fox looked more cartoony.

Captain Planet: not much to say, just that I think it's hilarious and refreshing that a parent's guide to television says something like 'this show is too educational and responsible!'

Cowboys of Moo Mesa: I was developing into a cranky old nerd even back then, and could spot a desperate Ninja Turtles clone a mile off. Anyway, it couldn't top the wild west weirdness of the marshal riding his deputy in Bravestarr.

Kiddified classics: agreed with their opinion of Tom and Jerry kids and old Scooby, but I kind of respected A Pup Named Scooby-Doo for giving Daphne, Fred and Velma actual (self-deprecating) personalities, and trying to give the general franchise some humour. Y'know, beyond hitting the canned laughter button every time Scooby (and no-one else) did anything.

Poor old Taz takes a kicking. I liked that show, though I did start to wish they'd put the fourth wall back up towards the end, and the Platypus brothers were two of the most punchable characters on TV.

And X-Men is exhibit A in the case that the 90's had some of the best cartoon intros.

"Starring magnificent monstrosities meant to be magical talking horses..."

Plus ça change... ;)