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What cartoons did your parents enjoy?

Asked by Berserker (33470points) June 26th, 2010

We always hear or talk about our favourite cartoons, now or some years back…but what about your parents?
Or, otherwise, television shows that were aimed at children in the time that your parents were children? If there was no TV when your parents were kids, feel free to let us know what form of entertainment they enjoyed.
My dad always used to say that Bugs Bunny was the king of cartoons. We used to watch them together when I was little. It was awesome. He never strayed away from this. Even when I stopped watching cartoons, he still proclaimed Bugs Bunny as overlord of cartoons.
What about you? Or rather, the hell with you; what about your parents?

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andreaxjean's avatar

Ah, my dad also loved the Looney Toons, but I was never a big fan of them. So his second option when he would turn the TV on for me was either Yogi the Bear or Bullwinkle.

My grandfather, however, LOVES Popeye.

kenmc's avatar

The same ones I did. The Flintones, the Jetsons, Yogi Bear, and the rest of the Hannah-Barbara collection. Also, Looney Toons.

One in particular I remember my mother talking about (read: randomly singing the theme song) was Limpy the Lion and Hardy Har Har.

Les's avatar

I know my mom liked “Ding Dong School” and “Winky Dink”. Others were Rocky and Bullwinkle and Underdog.

Aethelwine's avatar

My parents were born in the mid 30s, so they didn’t really watch cartoons. They mostly read, played games and listened to music. They did like Mickey Mouse though when I was growing up. We visited Disney Land quite a bit when I was younger, and my father would love to talk to us in his Donald Duck voice. It always made me giggle.

ETpro's avatar

Well I am 66, and I came along late in my parent’s life. If they were still around, they would be well past 100. So you may not know these characters by name, but they did.

Li’l Abner by Al Capp
Lee Falk’s Mandrake the Magician and The Phantom
Dick Tracy, originally by Chester Gould
Popeye by E. C. Segar but by the time I came along, Tom Sims & Bela Zaboly were doing it.
Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annie

shego's avatar

My dad loved Howdy Doody, but he loves Mighty Mouse, and the Looney Tunes

ETpro's avatar

@jonsblond The cartoons were in the Newspaper back in your parent’s day. All the ones I mentioned were in newspapers long before cartoons went to film then television. Popeye made his debut in the Thimble Theater daily King Features comic strip in 1929.

Aethelwine's avatar

@ETpro I know. They never talked about them to me. We discussed music more than anything else.

aprilsimnel's avatar

My guardian was born in the late 1940s, so any cartoons she watched were mostly of the Hanna-Barbera variety in the 1950s and early 1960s: The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Top Cat, etc. There was also in her childhood The Bugs Bunny Show, Casper, the Friendly Ghost, and repackaging of Warner Bros., MGM and Hanna Barbera theatrical cartoons on afternoon kiddie shows. She was too young for the earliest TV cartoons, like Crusader Rabbit and she wasn’t a Rocky and Bullwinkle fan, nor of Hoppity Hooper. I only know this because when they were rerun during my childhood in the 70s and 80s, she asked me how did I manage to find those shows interesting.

I know the girls of her family liked the Archie comic books and Peanuts in the newspaper. My uncles liked Sad Sack and the Batman comics, especially.

YARNLADY's avatar

Early Disney

Your_Majesty's avatar

My parents used to dislike cartoon since they’re not accustomed with it in their childhood but when my little sister born and grew up there’s a cartoon named ‘Upin and Ipin’ and my parent like this one since it’s a reflection of people in my country(It based on Malayan life but it still has a connection with people in my country). And for me,I used to like ‘Inuyasha’,and other Japanese cartoon(forgot their names and don’t watch them anymore).

knitfroggy's avatar

My folks watch Scooby Doo, The Flintstones and Tom and Jerry. What makes me smile is I watched those shows and my kids watch them too.


My Dad grew up in Southern China and Hong Kong, so he enjoyed the Chinese comic book cartoon “Old Master Q”.

My Mom grew up in Japan, so she was into “The Adventures of Mighty Atom”, otherwise known as “Astroboy” or Tetsuwan Atomo, when it came out in the 50s. She was an early fan of Japanese anime and robot cartoons. Lol.

Berserker's avatar

@Les Rocky and Bullwinle is awesome. :)

@ETpro I’m familiar with Dick Tracy (Although I met him through the 8-bit Nintendo game, and then the movie.) as well as Little Orphan Anny.

ETpro's avatar

@Symbeline Yes, a lot of the age old cartoon characters have had comebacks recently. New media for new eyes. Great question, by the way. It was fun to think back to that time, sitting on dad’s lap while he read me the comics from his newspaper.

Pandora's avatar

For my parents I would have to say Bugs Bunny. It was the one cartoon they would watch with us as children. They didn’t own a tv till the 60’s.

Berserker's avatar

@ETpro I wonder, Archie Andrews is pretty old right? They keep coming out though, (The comics.) and adapt to changing cultures. Are you familiar with those at all?

ETpro's avatar

Archie came out in 1939 and was a strip in our local paper. I can’t tell you why, but it is one of the few neither my parents or I ever got into.

Berserker's avatar

No idea. I’m not a fan either, but I did read some. I guess it’s just this casual thing that people read when they’re bored or something. I mean, I’m sure that long ago people thought it was corny ass as they do now, but somehow, it just makes you smile, at least until your favourite TV show comes on.

AstroChuck's avatar

Old animated shorts that were shown in movie theaters along with newsreels and sing-alongs before the main feature. Also animated films such as Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, Dumbo, and Pinocchio.

My parents are in their eighties.

Kraken's avatar

My dad liked the Flintstones and Beavis and Butthead, LOL.
My mom: I am very unsure of what she liked.

Berserker's avatar

Beavis and Butthead fucking rock. :)

knitfroggy's avatar

@Kraken I never saw my Grandma laugh so hard as she did at the episode of Bevis and Butthead where Butthead is choking on a chicken nugget and Beavis goes for help and gets sidetracked. I found it so amusing my Grandma liked that show. She and I used to watch it all the time.

Kraken's avatar

@knitfroggy That’s freaking sweet :)

Berserker's avatar

I second that. :)

OpryLeigh's avatar

My dad often reminisces about Bill and Ben the Flower Pot Men!

talljasperman's avatar

My dad liked Sergeant Rock war comics.

YARNLADY's avatar

Popeye and anything Disney. My Dad had an original copy of the first Mickey Mouse cartoon, Steamboat Willie. My sister probably still has it, unless she lost it when she couldn’t pay for a storage locker.

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