Stella spent the night last night and when we got up we shared a family (and I imagine it’s true of a lot of other families) tradition. We started out with a comfortable breakfast, waffles, honey, scrambled eggs, and orange sections. Then we watched cartoons. I haven’t tried any of the newer cartoon shows on Cartoon Network. Stella recommended the Regular Show. Turns out it’s far from new; it premiered back in September 2010, has won several awards and is followed by youngsters teens and adults alike. I liked it for it’s relatively low key presentation (not nearly as frantic and abrasive as some voices and sounds on network cartoons can be), its likable characters and its surreal flow. Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker)is the voice of Skips, a yeti. Other characters include a raccoon, a blue jay, a gumball machine boss, and an overweight green guy named Muscle Man. mark mothersbaugh, one of the founders of Devo does the original score, but there is frequent use of licensed tunes, usually from the 80s. The show is created by J.G. Quintel.

I started thinking about my early TV viewing days and the oddities that were common cartoon faire in the fifties. Things were a lot different and far less colorful. I remember one show on Sunday morning which consisted of a mellifluously voiced man reading from the Sunday Funnies as black and white closeups of the color comics were shown. There was very little original material. Programming consisted largely of cartoons from the Fleischer Brothers, Ub Iwerks, and other animation wizards of the thirties and forties, along with some primitive Warner Brothers offerings. But I was hooked on animation right from the beginning.

I took the title of this blog from the segment of the same name on the old Peewee Herman Show . There were two “King of Cartoons”, actors Gilbert Russell and his replacement, William Marshall (who is famous for his portrayal of the title character in two blaxploitation films, Blacula and Scream Blacula Scream. This was a favorite part of the Peewee show for may since it featured old classic cartoons from the thirties and forties. Here’s one:

And here is a comic:

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