When my daughter was a toddler we watched cartoons together. The first time I ever heard her laugh at something on television was watching Tom and Jerry .I love the old MGM Tom & Jerry cartoons…”Pecos Pest” is brilliant on every level.
The old WB/Looney Tunes are hilarious…
…and the 1990’s Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Freakazoid, etc., make me howl with laughter, close to 30 years later.
Most of the Pixar Films are extremely well-made films, not just good animated movies—especially the works of Brad Bird (Incredibles, Ratatouille)...
And all of the ones listed above are filled with jokes and innuendo that go over the kids’ head…not vulgar or dirty, just things kids wouldn’t get.
I still watch cartoons. There I've said it!
I prefer them to the vast majority of the fare that streaming services provide.
Not much modern stuff, old ones in fact. The majority were made before I was born in the late 60s.
They seem even better now due to a 4K screen as opposed to the old B&W tv set we had until the early 1980s.
I'm drawn in particular to either the anarchic early American animations (I see more of the adult themes in them now), I still love Tom and Jerry but also these gems that came from Eastern Europe and were often shown on BBC2 in the UK.
This series (below) has the most amazing animation, the shapes and colours are mesmerising, the soundtracks are wonderful. Each story has an entirely different flavour in their animation and music.
There's something very slow, passive and comforting about them and I seem to derive the same sense of wellbeing and slowing of my washing machine mind that I get from my daily TM practice.
I've enclosed two particular favourites.
Krtek a autíčko / The Little Mole and the Car - YouTube
Krtek a zelená hvězda / The Little Mole and the Green Star - YouTube
No, but the French Pirate Le Foot stuck with me for all these years. Came handy during Modern Western Civilization history class!Bugs Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn and Yosemite Sam live forever in my brain.
But so does George of the Jungle, Super Chicken and Tom Slick. And I still remember all the words to their respective theme songs.
The Bullwinkle and Rocky Show perfected near perfect puns. Anyone remember The Ruby Yacht of Omar Khayyam?
Not strictly on topic, but along with the cartoons, I really liked Little Rascals and The Three Stooges.
“Shut up shutting up!”
Another great Bugs cartoon is Hare Tonic.
It's not old but Archer, on Hulu, is a wonderful cartoon.
While not from my childhood, Pinky and the Brain is pretty downright clever and funny.
From my childhood I've always liked Looney Tunes and of those, Foghorn Leghorn was my favorite.
But my favorite was Johnny Quest.