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TNTM: Top Ten favorite Saturday Morning Cartoons

Saturday morning cartoons are dead

With the invention of cable/satellite TV and the availability of every cartoon in the world at the push of a single button, only the older crowd will appreciate this list.

Back in the day before 24 hour cartoon networks, video on demand, DVR, and the internet, we had to wake up early on Saturday mornings in order to see our favorite cartoons. If you missed those cartoons your whole psyche was wrecked until the next Saturday. There was nothing worse than having to listen to your friends talk about the newest episode of Thundercats if you had missed it.

Saturday morning cartoons were almost a religion for kids growing up in that era. You would run downstairs in your footie pajamas, pour a bowl of your favorite cereal (mine was Count Chocula), and turn on the TV.

I lived in rural Indiana in the late 70s/early 80s. We only had 3 channels that came in clear enough to watch, 4 if we turned the antenna toward Ohio. For those not from that era, an antenna is something we attached to the outside of our house and connected it to the TV so we could tune in channels.

I would sit in front of the TV until the adult programming started. I would watch every cartoon regardless of how bad it was because…. well because it was a cartoon!

Kids nowadays don’t understand the deep depression you would fall into if you missed Saturday morning cartoons. They can pull up their favorite cartoons on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, or any other numerous streaming apps.

They don’t even have to be at home in front of a TV. They are able to watch cartoons on their Ipads, Kindles, or even their smart phones. It is now a world of instant gratification.

If you’re from our era we hope you enjoy the little trip down memory lane of all the older cartoons. If you’re one of the younger crowd check out some of the cartoonswe mention.  They should be available on YouTube.

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TNTM Hanna Barbera comics get revamped

Jack and Troy from ZiaComics.com get all nerdy about the DC Comics revamp of some of our favorite Hanna Barbera cartoons.

Everyone remembers waking up early on Saturday morning, running downstairs in you Spider-man underoos, and pouring yourself a bowl of Fruity Pebbles while watching your favorite cartoons (This was before the invention of cable TV and on Demand viewing).

Most of those cartoons were from Hanna Barbera. Well, DC Comics is modernizing a few of those cartoons into comics that are up to date with current times. Let me tell you what comics have been thrust into the 20th century.

SCOOBY APOCALYPSE – Featuring character designs by veteran artist Jim Lee and an origin story by Jim Lee and Keith Giffen, artist Howard Porter will provide his own unique take on Freddie, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy. and Scooby-Doo. “Those meddling kids” and their Mystery Machine are at the center of a well-meaning experiment gone wrong and they’ll need to bring all of their mystery solving skills to bear (along with plenty of Scooby Snacks), to find a cure for a world full of mutated creatures infected by a nanite virus that enhances their fears, terrors, and baser instincts. This time the horrors are real in this apocalyptic near-future badland!

FUTURE QUEST – Writer Jeff Parker and artist Evan “Doc” Shaner join forces to bring fans new tales of adventure’s most iconic teenager, Jonny Quest, along with his sidekick Hadji. This series combines Team QUEST (Hadji, Race Bannon, Dr. Benton Quest and Jezebel Jade) with some of the most well-known action and adventure heroes ever created by Hanna-Barbera, including SPACE GHOST, THE HERCULOIDS, BIRDMAN, MIGHTOR and FRANKENSTEIN Jr., among others.

WACKY RACELAND – Take The Ant Hill Mob, Penelope Pitstop and Dick Dastardly, mix in a healthy dose of “Mad Max” and you get this dark and gritty take on Hanna-Barbera’s “Wacky Races,” courtesy of writer Ken Pontac and artist Leonardo Manco, with vehicle designs by Mark Sexton.

A time of hope and innocence with Utopia at the finish line has given way to planetary Armageddon and a desert wasteland full of radioactive lakes, nanotech dust storms, and cannibalistic mutants. Against this backdrop, the Wacky Racers and their sentient vehicles continue their contest, but now the competition is for survival, and there can only be one winner when the checkered flag falls.

THE FLINTSTONES – Based on character designs by Amanda Conner, writer Mark Russell provides his own unique perspective on everyone’s “modern stone age family.” Russell will use Bedrock’s most popular family to shine a light on humanity’s ancient customs and institutions in a funny origin story of human civilization.

Fred is still the simple man, striving to be the king of his castle, Wilma is still the tolerant but not-indulging wife and Barney (with his wife Betty and infant son Bamm-Bamm) is still the original wingman, whose loyalty to Fred often outweighs his common sense.

These new comics will give you that nostalgia feel without all the campiness of the original cartoons.

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