17 October, 2011


After watching the The Velveteen Rabbit videos that I posted in my recent blog post I started thinking about other cartoons that I really enjoyed as a child. Of course, there were things like Chip N Dale: Rescue Rangers, Duck Tales, Tale Spin, The X Men, Muppet Babies, and about 100 others (I am a little ashamed to admit that I watched a lot of TV as a kid - but since I don't watch much, if any TV now so I figure it evens out somehow, haha). The real favorites though, were the pre-1960's Disney and Buena Vista cartoons.

I dont know how my mom got ahold of them or if maybe she recorded them for my (much) older brothers when they were kids, but we had TV recordings on VHS (what's that?!) of several short cartoons. My mom recorded them back to back so that I would just pop one into the VCR (what is that?!?!) and happily play Barbies in front of the TV for an hour or so. Oooh multitasking...
Funny story with that - my parents were in their 40s when I was born, and in their 50's when I was a toddler/watching cartoons/playing with dolls. Their motto for children was, "Children should be seen and not heard"... which meant that when I played with my toys, I was required to do so quietly. As an only child (at home), this was no problem really, and I just started doing the dolls' and toys' voices in my head - which was super convenient, because then I wouldn't miss any of what the cartoons were saying! AND! I WAS NEVER LONELY!!!

Aaaanyway, strange childhood quirks aside, I really loved all the nice old cartoons when I was little. It was perfectly great because I had no idea they were "old" until I was much older and we actually got more than 4 channels, one of which got Saturday morning cartoons (Oh, mah, gah... you mean there were only cartoons on SATURDAY? MORNINGS??)... and I was introduced to the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and Captain Planet among other awesomely bad TV shows. Did I ever mention that I learned to braid hair by watching someone make challah bread on a cooking show? This was around that same time. As previously mentioned... A LOT of TV(but on the bright side, I also did get outside and play a lot too!).

I actually get a kick out of sharing favorite cartoons from my childhood with my friends' children - and I will certainly enjoy passing on these cartoons to my own kids someday. For now, I will share a few with you!

And last but not least, my all time favorite short cartoon, Lambert the Sheepish Lion

What were your favorite cartoons as a kid?


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