Cartoony Memories

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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?


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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9 Responses to Cartoony Memories

  1. I assumed that since most of us were of a certain age that “Saturday Morning Cartoons” were part of life. You mentioned Hector Heathcoat and Tennessee Tuxedo, Gosh. I had forgotten those fellows. Honestly, the theme from “Tennessee Tuxedo and his Tales” at least, parts of it, came straight to mind!

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Yes, the Tennessee Tuxedo theme song was often sung around our house! I think watching Hector Heathcote was one of the springboards for my interest in American history.


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    Like you, my cartoon watching will involve 3 generations. I’ll be hard pressed to remember the ones I watched as a kid.


  3. Some of the cartoons that you mentioned I had not heard of. I do remember The Jetsons from when I was a kid in the 80’s.


  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I loved Saturday morning cartoons, but it seems like I remember a few being shown early in the morning on weekdays. I wanted to watch them instead of going to school.


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