Popeye the sailor man, Micky Mouse, The Pink Panther, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Dexter’s Laboratory, Noddy, Oswald, Tom and Jerry, Johnny Bravo, Scooby Doo, The Jetsons, Powerpuff Girls, The Backyardigans, Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, Looney Toones, Jungle Book (remember Mogli?), Richie Rich, Bob the Builder, Ed, Edd and Eddy, Sylvester and Tweety, and the list goes on.
I bet most of the people reading this would’ve felt nostalgic reading the list of the cartoons that used to be played on TV before. I remember sitting with my brother every weekend and binge watching all the cartoons being played on Cartoon Network and Pogo. it was almost impossible to get us to stop, and hence all the homework for Monday would remain as it is. And whenever my parents would change the cable connection, we would always make sure that they chose the cable that Cartoon Network was included in- of course it was our topmost priority!
In India, Cartoon Network would play the Hindi version of the cartoons. I got used to watching it that way and now when I watch it online, I need it in Hindi! Though, I must say that watching these cartoons online and watching them on TV is a complete different experience. I agree that I can watch them at any time I want and anywhere I want, but the feeling of sitting in front of the old, fat TV with your friends and siblings, waiting for the programme to start and the advertisements to end is a feeling that just can’t be described in words. And if there happened to be no electricity at that time (which happened a lot), there would be a sure ruckus.
Slowly these cartoons started to be replaced by modern ones, with better animation and graphics- which we didn’t clearly care about. Although many such ‘modern’ cartoons were attractive and had a good story line, a few of them were just stupid adaptations of old ones. Take for example, Chhota Bheem which my brother watched and which really annoyed me (I was a dedicated Popeye fan, and still am),. It’s plot is pretty much the same as Popeye, except this guy eats Laddoos instead of spinach and was nowhere near the original.
A few cartoons like Johnny Bravo, Tom and Jerry, Courage the Cowardly Dog, etc are being played on Cartoon Network now, and its nice to see them finally appreciating the importance of the classic old cartoons. I really feel sad for my younger cousins who are missing out on these classics.
I’m pretty sure that everyone who grew up watching these cartoons knows how much they’ve contributed to our lives. And I know it’s too early to decide, but I”m definitely not letting my kids miss out on any of this.