As I sit here writing down the names of my favorite cartoons and shows I can’t help but feel a sense of joy and happiness that I would not trade for anything in the world. How I wish my children had that same experience but let’s face it, you don’t get that from “Barney” or those Japanese cartoons that they seem to love to watch. I do hope these bring back some memories for you and make you smile, laugh and perhaps even relieve some of your childhood.
The Quick Draw McGraw Show – Debuted in 1959, I was two, this show would have three different cartoons. You would have Quick Draw McGraw & Baba Looey, Augie Doggie & Doggie Daddy and Snooper & Blabber. Horses, dogs, cats and mice, boy could they make me laugh. Daws Butler was the voice of Quick Draw and Kellogg’s was the sponsor of this show.
Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks – This show would air with The Huckleberry Hound Show which ran from 1958 until 1961. Here you have two mice and a cat who sounded much like Marlon Brando. Mr. Jinks was always after these two but unlike his predecessor Tom from the Tom & Jerry show, Mr. Jinks did not pose much of a threat to these crafty mice whose voice was that of Daws Butler.
Wally Gator – “Is the greatest alligator in the swamp”, words to the song leading into this show. Living in the city zoo and watched by the zoo keeper Mr. Twiddle because Wally liked to escape so he could check out what he was missing on the outside of the zoo walls. His voice was by no other than Daws Butler, and Mel Blanc did many of the other voices.
Sidney The Elephant – So many wonderful character in this show, Stanley the Lion, Cleo the Giraffe, Melvin the mouse and more. Lionel Wilson was the voice for most of these with Dayton Allen as Cleo the Giraffe. Back in 1958 after a few incidental spots Sidney appeared as “Sick, Sick Sidney”. There was a new wave flowing and Sidney would be a part of the new Terrytoons along with Mighty Mouse.
Top Cat – A prime time series and part of Hanna-Barbera this would run from 1961 to 1962 airing 30 episodes. Not a long run series but don’t let that fool you, it was great while it lasted. Some of the gang included Benny the Ball, Officer Dibble, Brain, Fancy-Fancy, Spook and Choo-Choo. Two of the sponsors of this show were Kellogg’s and Bristol-Myers who made (Bufferin). Usually the others referred to Top Cat as TC and he came off very sophisticated for a cat with his hat and cane.
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