I grew up watching classic cartoons. They are very enjoyable and make me laugh until this day.
Cartoons Go MIA
When I was a kid, I remember watching cartoons like Popeye, Bugs Bunny, Mighty Mouse and Woody Woodpecker. These cartoons use to air on local channels in our area. Over the years, modern-day cartoons took over the local airways and bumped these timeless classics.
Cartoon Network, TNT and Boomerang adopted and aired these cartoons, but it's a disadvantage for people that don't have cable and satellite. The alternative to this is that these cartoons can be found on Youtube, streaming apps, 8th Man DVD and other DVD collections.
Cartoons Get A New Local Home
MeTV is a local sub-channel that released these classic cartoons back in January 2021. Here are the programs:
- Toon In With Me is a compilation of Popeye, Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry and other MGM and Warner Bros. classics. Weekday Mornings at 7AM.
- Popeye and Pals airs Popeye and Betty Boop cartoons. Saturday Mornings at 7AM.
- The Tom and Jerry Show features Tom and Jerry and other MGM cartoon shorts. Saturday Mornings at 8AM.
- Bugs Bunny and Friends shows Bugs Bunny cartoons and other animated shorts from Warner Bros. Saturday Mornings at 9AM.
Brief Origin of These Cartoons
Bugs Bunny made his debut back in a 1940 cartoon short entitled: A Wild Hare which Elmer Fudd is in the forest hunting Bugs as he makes a fool of the hunter. As the cartoon ends, Elmer is leaning on a tree crying, because he feels bad about killing Bugs. Bugs kicks him in the butt causing him to shoot up into the air and fall. Elmer has a meltdown and walks off.
Tom and Jerry was created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera who created the Flintstones, Yogi Bear and Jonny Quest. The first cartoon entitled: Puss Gets The Boot was released in 1940. Tom's name was Jasper. In the cartoon, Tom breaks something in the house while chasing Jerry. He is warned by his owner if he breaks one more thing that he is going to be thrown out the house. Sure enough, that's what happens at the end of the cartoon.
Popeye made his first appearance in the Thimble Theater comic strip in 1929 and later became an animated series when he first appeared in a 1933 Betty Boop cartoon. The cartoon shows Betty hula dancing topless at a carnival. Later, Bluto kidnaps Olive Oyl and of course Popeye rescues her.
The Studios That Birthed and Reproduced These Cartoons
The companies who originally made these cartoons:
- Popeye (Fleischer and Famous Studios by Paramount Pictures)
- Tom and Jerry (MGM Cartoons)
- Bugs Bunny (Warner Bros.)
- King Features created Popeye cartoons between 1960-63 by a number of animation studios, including Rembrandt Films in the Czech Republic. Hanna-Barbera Studios created The All New Popeye Hour from 1978-83. It was part of the CBS Saturday morning cartoon line-up.
- Rembrandt Films created Tom and Jerry cartoons between 1961-62 along with Popeye at the time. Sib 12 Tower participated in the production from 1963-67. Filmation Associates did it's share in 1980 and was also a Saturday morning cartoon.
- Bugs Bunny and the other Looney Tune characters were reproduced under new animation by Warner Bros. with TV specials from 1972-82.
Brief Origin of The Animation Studios
- Fleischer Studios was founded in 1921 as Inkwell Studios, Inc. and Out of the Inkwell Films by brothers Max and Dave Fleischer in New York City. It produced cartoons like Gulliver's Travel, Superman and Betty Boop. Due to a contract violation, the studio was repossessed by Paramount Pictures and renamed Famous Studios in 1942.
- Famous Studios was founded by animation producer Sam Buchwald in 1942. It was based in Miami, Florida until it relocated to New York City in 1943. The studio produced Casper, Baby Huey, Herman and Katnip and the Noveltoons anthology. It shut it's doors in 1967 when Gulf+Western took over Paramount Pictures.
- Warner Bros. Cartoons was founded in 1933 as Leon Schlesinger Productions in Los Angeles, CA. It was popular for the Bosko, Buddy and Merrie Melodies cartoons. In 1944, Leon Schlesinger sold the studio to Warner Bros., who continued to operate it as Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc. until 1963.
- MGM Cartoons was founded in 1937 by animation producer, Fred Quimby in Culver City, California. Captain and The Kids, Barney Bear and Screwball Squirrel and Happy Harmonies were some of it's early cartoons. It closed in 1958 during the time when producers/directors, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera left with the whole staff to open Hanna-Barbera Productions.
About The Reproduction Studios
- Filmation Associates was founded by producers Lou Sheimer, Hal Southerland and Lou Prescott in 1962 in Reseda, California. They produced cartoons such as Fat Albert, He-Man and The Masters of The Universe and The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle and Jeckle. The studio closed it's doors in 1989 due to the WARN Act of 1988.
- King Features Syndicate is a print syndication company founded by William Randolph Hearst in 1914. It was associated with Larry Harmon Pictures, Halas and Batchelor, Gerald Ray Studios and Rembrandt Films who animated the Popeye cartoons from 1960-63. It's famous for comic strips and other animated cartoons such as Blondie, Snuffy Smith and Beetle Bailey. This company is still in business today.
- Sib Tower 12 Productions was founded by Chuck Jones in 1962, after he was fired from the Warner Bros. cartoon department. It produced cartoon specials such as The Cricket In Time Square, How The Grinch Stole Christmas and The Phantom Tooth. When the production became successful, MGM purchased the studio in 1964 and renamed it to "MGM Animation/Visual Arts", which made many successful shorts and was closed in 1970 after Jones and his crew were fired.
If you are a classic cartoon lovers, you are invited to watch these timeless classics on MeTV. Hopefully, this channel will adopt other classic cartoons in the future.