CB Bears

CB Bears

Like pet rocks and mood rings, the Citizen's Band radio craze hit the 70's hard and fast. Spurred on by the success of the C.W. McCall song "Convoy," the popularity of C.B. radios skyrocketed, moving from truckers' rigs into private residences. The cries of "Breaker, Breaker" and "10-4 Good Buddy" could be heard for miles around. The song inspired a movie starring Kris Kristofferson and Ernest Borgnine, and eventually the craze manifested itself in a Saturday morning cartoon called CB Bears. Continue reading...

Harlem Globetrotters

Harlem Globetrotters

In the 70s, one needn’t even be a hoops fan to know who the Harlem Globetrotters were. Formed in 1927 by millionaire Abe Saperstein, the Globetrotters were heralded around the world for their acrobatic and gravity-defying antics on the court. Whistling “Sweet Georgia Brown” all along the way, their celebrity appeal soared to slam-dunking heights and a Saturday morning cartoon show soon followed. Continue reading...

An American Tail

An American Tail

Disney was not the only one making feature length animated movies as Don Bluth would gladly tell you. A Disney alum himself, Bluth directed An American Tail in 1986, a movie produced by Steven Spielberg's company, Amblin Entertainment. The film told the touching story of a young immigrant mouse that comes to America to avoid the tyranny of cats everywhere and finds his new home more terrifying and more wonderful than he ever imagined. Continue reading...

Monchhichi

Monchhichi

In the mid-70s, the Japanese unleashed the cuddly, thumb sucking monkeys called Monchhichi on an unsuspecting world. But it wasn’t until 1980, when Hanna-Barbera decided to follow up their decidedly cute Saturday morning offering, The Smurfs, with another adorable addition. Working with Mattel Toys, the two conspired to bring the lovable Monchhichi to the airwaves and, of course, the toy stores. Continue reading...

The Littles

The Littles

Created by author John Peterson, The Littles were a series of popular children’s novels written in the late 60s featuring a family of tiny intelligent creatures, part-human and part-rodent. In 1983, they emerged from the books to star in their very own Saturday morning cartoon series on ABC called The Littles. Continue reading...

Dino Riders

Dino Riders

Between the electronic toys of the 70s and the quirky toys of the 90s came the clever toys of the 80s. Cartoon creators and toy makers combined their popular concepts into freakishly cool tie-in toys. Robots and vehicles collided to form Transformers. Machines and animals merged into Battle Beasts. And pre-historic creatures met the people of the future in the guise of Dino Riders. Continue reading...

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time of traditions, and for kids of the past few decades, one of the most beloved of them, besides the behemoth meal, is curling up in front of the television to watch the classic animated special, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Created by master illustrator Charles M. Schulz and filled with all of his colorful Peanuts characters, this seasonal cartoon has delighted kids for over 35 years. Continue reading...

Super Friends

Super Friends

Most kids have a superhero they identify with. Problem is, each used to have their own individual shows and there just wasn’t enough time on Saturday morning for every hero to get a time slot - meaning some young Aquaman fan was probably out of luck. The solution was to put them all together, and that’s precisely what Hanna-Barbera did in 1973, under the umbrella of Super Friends. All the favorites were there – Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, even Aquaman, plus a few up-and-coming prospects from the minor leagues. Continue reading...