Our Friday Fox asked about our favorite cartoons. I have to admit that it’s been a long time since I watched an animated show. My youngest grandchild is nine years old, and if he watches cartoons, I’m not there to watch with him. But I have memories of them from three different periods of my life.
Growing up: Back in the days of the big three networks, my brothers and I were allowed to watch tv on Saturday mornings so that mom and dad could sleep in. I remember Mighty Mouse and Rocky and Bullwinkle, but had to do a search for “Cartoons from the 1960s” in order to come up with others: Tennessee Tuxedo, Hector Heathcote, and the Jetsons were shows we watched every week.
With the kids: After I had kids, Saturdays again became the day for cartoons. I imagine my daughters watched TV at their daycare provider’s home, but at our house, Saturdays were for parents to sleep in, and the girls would settle in to watch their favorites. There were a few that they would watch after school, too, which gave their father time to get supper ready. One show I enjoyed was Duck Tales, which featured characters I’d watched when I was young (Huey, Dewey, and Louie, plus Scrooge McDuck), but there were a lot of newer ones like the Power Puff Girls, Doug, and Sponge Bob Square Pants. There were several that I felt were inappropriate for young kids, and we discouraged those.
With the grandkids: Now I’m on my third generation of cartoon watching. The artwork seems to be better than it was in the 1980s. But Saturday morning cartoons are no longer shown on TV. I took care of my youngest granddaughter when she was small, and she enjoyed shows on my iPad like Daniel Tiger on PBS and Doc McStuffins on Disney Jr. When the two youngest spent time at our house, they’d watch cartoons like Paw Patrol and Blaze. My kids don’t have access to network television, so they watch shows through various streaming services. I know they watch Disney cartoons, and if I’m at their house when they’re watching I’ll watch with them. I remember watching a Lego movie and the Minions, and those were cute. But think I enjoy them mainly because I’m watching with people I love. When I’m at home, I don’t watch much television at all, and never choose to watch cartoons.
Do you watch cartoons? If so, what are your favorites?