I’m not sure if I am surprised by this or not. I haven’t given Saturday morning cartoons any thought since about 1979 or thereabouts.
On the one hand, it makes sense that Saturday morning programming dedicated to children would have gone by the wayside. This is an era in which anyone can stream whatever they want to watch on Netflix whenever they want to watch it.
On the other hand, it just seems odd that cartoons are gone. What are kids watching while their parents sleep in? (Well, except for all those kids who are out on a chilly [insert your sport here] field while their parents huddle miserably on the sidelines.)
I could pause and wonder what the major networks are showing at 8 a.m. on Saturdays, but I’m sure it’s some reality crap that I’m not going to be interested in.
I used to love Saturday morning cartoons when I was a kid. The ones I remember include Isis, the Jetsons, Bugs Bunny, the Road Runner, Shazam, and Scooby. I know there were more, but that’s all I can scrape out of that part of my memory banks.
For some reason, when my girls were little, it never occurred to me to let them get up and eat sugary cereal (dehydrated marshmallows optional), then watch animated entertainment for hours. Why is that? I certainly had my share of both back in the day, so why did I never pay forward the fun?
I’m sure you all watched Saturday cartoons when you were kids, so I’d love to know what your favorites were. And if you have/had children, did they watch too? For my non-American readers, we would be very interested in hearing about how things are/were done in your part of the world.