I decided to lighten up a bit today since I have been rather serious as of late with all my posts about the loss of liberty and the situation on the Korean peninsula. Since these are all likely to get worse and maybe even a lot worse I decided that I needed a break and with more bad news just waiting for its chance at getting into the 24 hour bad news cycle to drive up the anxiety level and make people unhappy I had to find a diversion. I think that for a few minutes that we should be entitled to a break from wars and rumors of wars, economic, financial, ecological, and biological catastrophe looming not to mention whatever Lady Gaga, Charlie Sheen, Sarah Palin, Nancy Pelosi and Paris Hilton are up to. My goodness we all deserve a break before Armageddon don’t we?
I find that I miss the old Saturday morning cartoons, not all the new Japanimation and the crap that is produced just to get people to buy their kids toys. I’m sorry but most of what is produced today caters to the baser instincts of humanity and is better left for Midnight Swim and left off our Saturday mornings. Maybe this makes me a curmudgeonly Elmer Fuddyduddy but I don’t care anymore because if I want to watch debased sex and horror I can turn to any cable movie channel late at night and have my fill of it. In fact I remember the morality police condemning the “violence” of Bugs Bunny and the Road Runner back in the 1970s but I’m sorry but that as absurd. Now it is harder than hell to find a decent cartoon, and that includes the animation not just what is portrayed. Heck back then e even had something educational, the Schoolhouse Rock series that my goodness actually was educational and entertaining. Speaking of educational here are some Schoolhouse Rock episodes.
Conjunction Junction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkO87mkgcNo
How a Bill becomes Law: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEJL2Uuv-oQ&feature=related
The Electoral College: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaPlIcQw_dg&feature=related
So this morning I dug up out of my DVD stash a DVD of Bugs Bunny and his Looney tunes friends and when I was done with that a DVD of Pink Panther cartoons. I mean it was so much fun to watch real classic cartoons again and commercial free to make it even better. Here are some great Bugs Bunny and Friends, Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies episodes.
Bugs Bunny Opera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPCUDAF0bVY
The Rabbit of Seville: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55G7T8VdWEs&feature=fvsr
Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcR6Uw2UL7c
Daffy Duck: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD2rI4rTzRw
Sylvester and Tweety: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACkBAcN4kh4
Foghorn Leghorn and Henry the Chickenhawk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kwo8amOULkw and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdpfhAuAmjI&feature=related
Bugs Bunny and Melvin the Martian: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMuWOLVAzYY
Yosemite Sam: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJf4levMDTI
Of course there are Dastardly and Muttley: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJf4levMDTI and so many more. When I was a kid I loved to watch Bugs Bunny and Road Runner and all of their Loony Tunes friends, Sylvester the cat, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Peppy Le Pugh, Tweety, Granny, Foghorn Leghorn, Speedy Gonzalez, Wile E. Coyote, Melvin the Martian and the rest of the gang. I also loved Dastardly and Muttley and the Wacky Races and their Flying Machine, Scooby Doo, Yogi Bear, the Flintstones, the Jetsons and of course the aforementioned Pink Panther cartoons. I’m sorry but the new crap is just that….crap and I miss to old stuff. I was looking for anything decent on TV last Saturday morning and was sorely disappointed as I clicked on channel after channel to see nothing but crap. I mean seriously robots that look demon possessed demons in tights, repossessed demon mutant teddy bears and animated ads for mass produced lead paint coated slut dolls made in China that fill toy stores and discount houses…let me stop to catch my breath…. Audible sigh….deep breath….all better now. Thank you.
Anyway so you get the idea I don’t think much of what is shown on Saturday morning nowadays and I wish that the morons that do the programming would at least have the decency to at least show some of the oldies. But since they won’t I just went to the web to get some links to some great entertainment. Try as I might I have yet to find much in the way of entertainment or educational value in any of this, but there was entertainment as well as real artistry in many of the cartoons and some good educational value in stuff like Schoolhouse Rock…heck most of what I know about opera came out of Bugs Bunny, the Barber of Seville and the Flight of the Valkyrie just to name two. In fact I have never seen a little kid not laugh at the old stuff or be seriously harmed by watching it. Maybe we should go back to the classics and ditch the crap. Sure it won’t stop terrorists, wars or economic meltdown but at least we can laugh.