Last time when we wrote about our favorite Saturday morning cartoons, we could only cover so much. So, we decided to put together a second list. What others would you add?
Saturday Morning Cartoons, Part 2
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1989-1992)
This cartoon was based on the Hasbro ® toys and Marvel comic books and was produced by DIC Enterprises. The popularity of the original toy spawned an animated movie in 1987, which then became a five-part mini-series and then turned into a regular series in 1990. In 2007 and 2013, the live-action feature films G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and G.I. Joe: Retaliation were released, but received poor reviews. A prequel is slated to appear in theaters in 2021 in order to reboot the series.
Garfield and Friends (1988-1995)
This CBS show about a sarcastic cat named Garfield and his best friend Odie the Beagle was based on the popular comic strip and ran for seven seasons. The series also featured characters from another comic that creator Jim Davis was drawing called U.S. Acres, but when he stopped with it, the characters still remained in the cartoon. Even though the show went off the air over two decades ago, you can still catch the feline and all his friends in Davis’ comic strips.
The Archie Show (Original Version: 1968-1969)
CBS ran this musical cartoon series based on the comics just for one season on Saturday morning, until it expanded to an hour long in 1969 and retitled as The Archie Comedy Hour and then Archie’s Funhouse, involving live-action segments, in 1970. Other versions ran until 1979, like Archie’s TV Funnies (1971-1973), The U.S. of Archie (1974-1976), and The New Archie and Sabrina Hour (featuring Sabrina the Teenage Witch) (1977-1978).
The New Casper Cartoon Show (1963-1970)
This friendly ghost, based on the 1941 Harvey Comics cartoon character, made his television debut on ABC in 1963, along with Wendy the Good Little Witch, The Ghostly Trio, Spooky the Tuff Little Ghost, and the ghost horse Nightmare. All of the new material premiered the first year and then continued into syndication until 1970. The 1990s saw a resurgence in Casper’s popularity after the release of the 1995 live-action film starring Bill Pullman and Christina Ricci.
The Milton the Monster Show (1965-1968)
Milton, which ran on ABC starting in 1965, featured a Frankenstein-like monster who was created by a mad scientist named Professor Montgomery Weirdo and his assistant Count Kook. The good-natured creature, whose voice resembled Gomer Pyle from The Andy Griffith Show, was much different than the Professor’s other monsters, such as Heebie, a skull-faced ghoul, and Jeebie, who was more slow-witted. Because he was so kind, Professor Weirdo and the Count were always plotting ways to evict him from the castle, which never seemed to work out.
Sonic the Hedgehog (1993-1994)
Based on a popular video game, Sonic the Hedgehog aired for two seasons on ABC but continued in reruns for another year. The title character lived on the planet Mobius, which was populated by andromorphic animals, like Bunnie Rabbot, the coyote Antoine, and a walrus named Rotor, among others. The popularity of the cartoon inspired a comic-book series and a film that came out in early 2020.
The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show (1983-1985)
Based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz, The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show aired for two seasons on CBS. Because the cartoon’s ratings were lower than expected, production halted in 1984 before five new episodes were created in 1985. After several weeks of reruns, CBS officially cancelled the show in 1986. However, it found its second wind when reruns began to air in 1993 on the Disney Channel. Schulz died in 2000, but you can still see his comic strip in the newspapers, and the Charlie Brown Halloween and Christmas tv specials continue to run during the holidays.
Here are even more cartoons to check out:
The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (1971-1972)
The Kwicky Koala Show (1981-1982)
Josie and the Pussycats (1970-1971)