Oh no! Saturday morning cartoons are gone?! This was the reaction of many adults who grew up during this golden era when CW announced that Saturday, September 27, 2014 would be the last time that the Saturday morning children’s television block, Vortexx would air.
To the adults that miss Saturday morning cartoons I have to ask, when was the last time you woke up early on a Saturday morning to watch programming that defied logic and common sense? My own answer to this question is just about every Saturday since the early 1980s. I would also ask these same adults what does Saturday morning mean to children who have access to the internet, Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, Vimeo, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Disney XD, The Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, The Hub, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and any other forms of digital media that is in competition with creative content? Now that I have taken a moment to lament over the end of my childhood joy, I’m going to share memories of what made Saturday mornings enjoyable for me.
Video games and Superheroes were the highlight of my childhood and Saturday Supercade and Flash Gordon, Tarzan, Zorro and the Lone Ranger are the first shows that I remember. Filmation and Ruby Spears were the production companies that produced most of the animated shows that I watched throughout the 80’s.
NBC, CBS, and ABC commercial breaks were always fun. The mix of different animation techniques and educational information were cleverly put into some of the content.
Even celebrities got in on the Saturday morning fun. Luther Vandross was the
voice of Zack, in Zack of all Trades.
In the early 90’s, Fox got into Saturday morning animation with their Fox Kids block.
X-men, Bobby’s World, Eek the Cat, and The Tick were some of the shows that aired during the
Saturday morning block.
Although Saturday morning are no longer special for the adults who grew up with Saturday morning cartoons, I enjoy being able to share my memories and enjoy my favorite shows whenever I get the chance. It will be interesting to see what children born the 2000’s will find nostalgic once they become adults. Until then, we can remember Batman singing Jiggly Puff’s theme song.