The Demise Of Saturday Morning

8 Jan

sat morningDee2 here…

I know I’m dating myself here, but does anyone else remember Saturday morning cartoons? The joy of waking up early on a Saturday, pouring a bowl of Lucky Charms, sitting on the floor in front of the TV to watch your favorite heroes fight the bad guys and save the world.

My favorite was “SuperFriends” (1973-1986) My brother and I spent many a day being the Wonder Twins. “Into a flying monkey!!!” Yep, in my world, monkeys could fly. Oh! And still my favorite today; “Scooby Doo Mysteries.”

With all the new technology of computers, cell phones and hand-held video games, I feel we’ve lost something. The fun of Saturday morning is gone. Now don’t get me wrong. I enjoy having all these cool gadgets as much as anyone else, and being able to watch whatever I want, whenever I want is pretty cool. But I do sometimes miss the way it was.

Now I understand that through the magic of Netflix and Hulu I can again, watch some of the cartoons I grew up with, but it just isn’t the same. I have especially missed sharing this fun with my kids. I can hardly get them to spend a couple hours with us to watch a movie, let alone cartoons. They’re too busy playing their games or watching their own shows.

And today’s cartoons are nothing like they were when I was a tyke. The language, violence and adult humor gets to be too much for young, impressionable minds. The innocence of cartoons, for the most part, is gone. Unless you want to count the educational programs. Don’t get me started on those! I have plenty to share on that topic as well, but that’s for another day.

Sadly, I think it’s safe to say that the days of “SuperFriends” and “Scooby Doo” are over. And most of all, the reason to get up early on a Saturday morning is extinct. So let us reminisce, friends. What cartoon got you up early on a Saturday morning?

2 Responses to “The Demise Of Saturday Morning”

  1. elizabeth ann January 8, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    I can remember blocks on FOX with superheroes, up through the first years of college. Good stuff! I still watch those shows whenever I can. And the Laff-Olympics! Robotech and Voltron… all the things kids today don’t have. And for my money, the animation and stories are tons better than this crap that airs now. I don’t even get up on Saturdays if I don’t have to- waste of time without my cartoons! 😉

  2. motherkus January 8, 2013 at 11:44 pm #

    I liked Sat. mornings ’cause I knew wheree the kids were and I could sleep in.

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