My Top 5 All Time Saturday Morning Cartoons – Screamin Scott
Saturday morning memories always started with an extra large bowl of Super Sugar Crisp, turning the TV on Saturday morning by 7 a.m. I didn’t want to miss a second. The only problem was there were only three channels to fight over my viewing pleasure- had to make some pretty tough choices over the years. A complete cartoon was between CBS, NBC, and ABC. But I have narrowed it down to my Top 5 Cartoons of All Time.
#1 The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Hour. Always a top favorite of mine and the man of a 1,000 voices Mel Blanc who amazingly did ALL the cartoon voices of the show. It had everything Bugs, Daffy, The Road Runner, Tasmanian Devil, Sylvester & Tweety, Foghorn Leghorn and so many more.
#2 The Pink Panther. The first thing is the theme song by Henry Mancini. I love this cartoon so much that I collected almost everything with the Pink Panther. Except for Owen Corning Fiberglass Insulation. Still, the stories were funny, and you still catch me Scooby-Dooing, going back and watching the show anytime it pops up on cable.
#3 Scooby-Doo Where Are You. Velma, Fred, Daphne, hippie Shaggy, a talking Great Dane, Scooby-Doo, and their green van, the Mystery Machine, Always were driving somewhere but on the way would always find a Mystery to solve. Scooby Shaggy is always hungry and always finds Scooby Snacks. But Scooby and Shaggy ate dog biscuits together sometimes? Ruh-roh! The show was great till they added Scrappy Doo. Too cheesy after Scrappy was added to the mix. He was the Oliver to the Brady Bunch.
#4 Hong Kong Phooey. Working at a police station as a “mild-mannered” janitor turns out to be the Hero of the story as the #1 Super Guy Hong Kong Phooey! It took me years to figure out the voice of Hong Kong as the famous actor Scatman Crothers known for playing Louie the Garbage Man on the TV show Chico and The Man. Even the theme song was later covered by the band Sublime.
#5 The Ant and the Aardvark. Another favorite was an extra during the Pink Panther program. The cartoon is all about a blue Aardvark that sounded like Jackie Mason attempting to catch and eat a red ant named Charlie whose voice sounded like Dean Martin’s. When the Aardvark would try to eat the Ant it sounded like a loud vacuum cleaner sound.
I was a cartoon junkie for a while then I later got into sports like hockey, baseball, and bowling which took me away from my Saturday fix of good cartoons. Nowadays, I love Rick & Morty & Aqua Teen Hunger Force. When in doubt, remember the classics.