Thursday, October 25, 2018

It's Out! Remember The Saturday Morning Cartoons When We Were Kids? They Are All In One Book! 1960s-1990s

It's Saturday Morning! A Look Back at Four Decades of Cartoons, Pop Culture, and Tradition

By Joe Garner and Michael Ashley | Published October 23, 2018

Broadcasting into family living rooms from the 1960s to the 1990s, this wildly creative art form wrought a beloved rite of passage. From the hours of 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., parents could sleep in while their children plopped on the couch to consume cartoons galore. From The Bugs Bunny Show, The Jetsons, and Jonny Quest to The Smurfs, He-Man, and Animaniacs, this window of time promised pure entertainment and an experience that united generations.

That experience is captured in the new book It’s Saturday Morning! A Celebration of the Golden Era of Cartoons, 1960s – 1990s, by Joe Garner and Michael Ashley (becker & mayer! October 23, 2018). “Saturday mornings were magical,” says co-author Garner, adding, “you waited all week for Saturday and the cartoons were like fuel for your imagination that powered your play for the rest of the weekend.” Essentially, for millions of kids the Saturday morning cartoons were pure escapism at its most vivid and silly. The animation, characters, voices and stories were something all kids shared, millions having at least one thing in common: hours in front of the TV every Saturday, laughing and enjoying the latest cartoon adventures.

 The 411:

Who doesn't remember waking on a Saturday when you were a kid and spending the morning watching cartoons with your siblings? It was one of my favorite things about my childhood.  We would lie in the living room and watch The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Pink Panther, Yogi Bear, Bugs Bunny and so many others. There was nothing like it. It was a time that I am so glad I grew up in. There was no You Tube, smartphones, iPads, computers, game systems we all watched the same thing. We sang the theme song, laughed, talked and played. It was a wonderful time to grow up and I get nostalgic even now when I fall upon on of my favorite childhood cartoons. 

It's Saturday Morning celebrates the golden age of cartoons and about how the characters were created, how long the show was on air, how many episodes, and who voiced the characters as well as really cool information like...did you know that The Jetsons was the first series to air on ABC in color? No? Me either how cool is that?! Oh and Scooby Doo...he got his name because of Frank Sinatra.  And..Josie and the Pussycats were way ahead of their time. As the first cartoon presenting females as lead characters who fought crime "They weren't anyone's Angels. They did their own thing".  

It really is a special book and would be a great gift to anyone but especially your siblings who will undoubtedly remember all the times you fought over which show to watch (There weren't many but needed to choose.

1 comment:

  1. This looks like a great book. Saturday mornings were the best! I can remember each fall there would be a Friday night special at the beginning of each new season showing the new cartoon line up. This book would be like taking a trip down memory lane!


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