Saturday, April 10, 2021

The Flintstones and Looney Tunes: Cartoon perfection when I was growing up


The image above is a little distorted, but what is NOT distorted is my certainty that Looney Tunes and The Flintstones were not only the two greatest cartoons of my childhood, but likely ever.

Growing up in the 70s and 80s as I did, both were originally produced well before my time. It's not that I didn't like contemporary cartoons. I just gravitated to these two series, as both were smart, funny, and unfailingly entertaining.

I can, for example, watch Daffy Duck as Robin Hood over and over and over, and I will never not laugh. It's just perfection.

Similarly, every episode of The Flintstones contains at least a few LOL moments for me to go with an engaging series-long story arc. Watching the Flintstones and the Rubbles go from childless blue-collar neighbors to parents of Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, respectively, was actually, well, kind of heartwarming.

I also loved the Stones' incorporation of what were then modern-day TV and music celebrities, from Ann Margrock to Rock Quarry to Ed Sullystone.

Mel Blanc was one of the common threads between the two series, as he voiced both Barney Rubble and Bugs Bunny (along with other Looney Tunes characters).

This is not one of those cartoons-were-better-in-my-day posts, since honestly, neither of these 'toons was a product of "my day" in the first place.

But I am saying that you would be hard pressed to beat either of these classics when it comes to short-form animated entertainment.

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