My Favorite Cartoons

This week we’re talking about cartoons. Is there anyone who’s never watched them? I must be older than dirt because some of my favorite cartoons aired a long time ago. I have one vivid memory of my father and I watching Woody Woodpecker. Bet some of you don’t know anything about that, but I liked the program so much that I wrote my own story about Woody. Of course I couldn’t write at the time so my dad had to write it down for me, and I’ll never forget how he laughed and told me how great it was.

As I got a little older one of my favorites was Tom and Jerry. Did you know that they won seven Academy Awards for animated short films? Tom the cat liked to say “I hate meeces to pieces.” Jerry was a mouse hence the name. My grandmother reminded me and my sister that we shouldn’t say that to any of the Meece family who lived in front of her.

Bugs Bunny was great too. Some people said he was better than Mickey Mouse, and he has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I still remember him chomping on carrots and saying, “Eh, what’s up doc?”

I also loved The Flintstones. It was said to be based on The Honeymooners, a TV show I was too young to enjoy. It debuted in 1955. The Flintstones was also slanted toward adults, but I promise kids loved it too. I would imagine it’s still in syndication somewhere even today.

My own children liked cartoons such as He Man: Masters of the Universe, Transformers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I watched with them, but I didn’t especially like them.

And then my grandson was born. If it had anything to do with superheroes he was all for it. I still have a nice selection of Spider Man and other superhero DVDs. He really liked Batman too. The picture I posted is my grandson in his Batman costume.

Other than superheroes David liked some Disney/Pixar things such as Cars, Toy Story, Up, Monsters Inc, Finding Dory, and WALL E. I’m sure to have missed some. He also loved Thomas the Tank Engine. We watched many Thomas stories. I liked most of those programs, but my favorite one of all is Up. If you haven’t seen it you should get a copy and watch it. I showed it as a treat to my high school classes on the day before Christmas vacation started, and they liked it too. They must have because nobody tried to talk or sleep, LOL.

So what about you? Did you like any of the same shows I did?


About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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10 Responses to My Favorite Cartoons

  1. Oh, this cartoon theme was my idea and I have too many to relate. Tom and Jerry went through several studios, some much better than others. At one time,it took a terribly dark and violent tone. Hanna-Barbera, who also did the Flinstones, took them on and made the best of the T&Js.
    Flintstones! I woke up with the entire, “Here we come on the run with a burger on a bun” song in my head this morning! My mother thought they were a shameless rip-off of “The Honeymooners”, but I enjoyed them greatly.


    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      It occurred to me after I went to bed last night that I hadn’t said much about Disney. My favorite Disney film when I was a child was Sleeping Beauty. Somewhere in the film they were eating tarts, and I begged my mother to make some for me. She did and the entire family enjoyed them. ln the more modern times I really liked Beauty and the Beast.

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      • Oh, the Disney movies! Yes, Sleeping Beauty was always my favorite, too. A number of the modern ones are good. I love The little Mermaid and I visually adored Moana. I have not seen all of them, but I did really like Luca.

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  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Cute picture! My kids went through the stage when they wanted to be characters they saw on TV. My younger daughter was Minnie Mouse, then a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, and a Power Ranger! The older daughter was also Minnie Mouse, but then she went more for the fairy princesses.
    I remember all the cartoons you mentioned! I’d forgotten about Woody Woodpecker.


  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    David wore his suit almost every day. That’s one of my favorite pictures of him. I had forgotten about Power Rangers. Your older daughter had a good idea. Who wouldn’t want to be a fairy princess?


  4. I’ve seen all of these cartoons. We still watch some of them. We have a dvd with older cartoons and Woody Woodpecker is on that one. We also have a few Looney Tune dvds. My kids all make a lot of references to Bugs Bunny. When I was little I had a giant Bugs Bunny stuffed animal. It was probably about 3 feet tall. If it weren’t for the house fire at my parents when I was 20 I would still have it.


    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      Oh, I hate that you lost Bugs Bunny. I bet your kids would have loved him. I’m glad to see that people are still watching some of my old favorites.


  5. Jeff Salter says:

    Most of your favorites were also among mine.
    As a grandparent, I watched the Thomas (train) shows… but never really got interested in them. It was mostly fun to watch my grandson explain (in great detail) the name of each train character, and what their relationship was to the overall story line.

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  6. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I didn’t start watching Thomas until my grandson got interested. And, yes, he could explain everything about the series. He had a Thomas railroad in his bedroom and most of the engines.Took up a lot of space, but he enjoyed it.

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