If you haven't heard it yet, check out the Saturday Morning Cartoons episode from the Eclectic Mayhem podcast. The premise of this episode was that we were all responsible for creating a block of Saturday morning programming from 7 am to noon. This was no easy task. I had a slew of cartoons that I wanted to include. I was able to narrow it down though in a way that I felt worked. Brian guided us across a rather fun and enjoyable episode as well. He also issued out a challenge for us; to write a post on our respective blogs where we watch our block of cartoon programming and write about it. That is just what I did.
First thing's first, I have to be dressed for the event.
I also need to have my breakfast for this event, which at this point in my life is just some Ocean Spray Cran-Apple juice.
With everything all set, I was ready to sit down to watch my list. Please note, the way I wrote this was free form based on my live reactions to the episodes I was watching. Enjoy!
First up is the Muppet Babies!
Muppet Babies in Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dark?
This was one of my favorites to watch as a kid. The episode I am picking to watch was the second episode of the first season entitled Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dark? The opening theme song is just perfect. Totally belongs in my list of favorite theme songs ever.
Episode opens up with a nice solid start. The Babies enjoy playing around with Scooter's light pin. Fozzie cracks a crappy joke but it's crappy for kids because it involves psychiatry and is more likely something that an adult would get. Nanny arrives and the Muppet Babies scramble to put away their light pin creations, which is fun. This just brings me back to being a kid again. I loved the combination of animation with random live black and white footage, like with baby Gonzo putting his light pin tank in the closet and seeing the real life film clip inside. This show was so creative and fun.
Rowlf now busts into song, "Good Things Happen in the Dark" and it is great. They are all singing about the virtues of the dark. The song is catchy. Oh my goodness I so loved this show! The song is also working, Beaker seems ok. Wait. Never mind. Fozzie just screwed it all up with talk of Haunted Houses. Damn Fozzie.
This whole scene is really nice though.
Holy crap I remember this! The babies go into the closet to conquer the fear of the dark! Oh my goodness! I am so loving this. Piggy honking Gonzo's nose and rebuffing his flirt! This stuff is timeless. So Beaker saves the day and vanquishes his fear of the dark. They all go to sleep. What a great episode. I love the interactions with Piggy and Kermit too. There is that hint of diva in her, but they both are content around each other. I guess it all just falls apart when they get older. I highly recommend you all to check out episodes of Muppet Babies. This cartoon holds up as a great piece of entertainment.
The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3- The Beauty of Kootie
Up next I'm watching The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3. This was one I enjoyed a great deal as a kid because it had the Koopa Kids in them. Opening scene is nice. There is no theme song (because I'm watching it edited on YouTube) but it gets right to the point, King Koopa is back with the help of his kids. I adore the Koopa Kids. The episode I am watching is entitled 'The Beauty of Kootie' and features that familiar desert level music from the game. The desert level certainly gets fleshed out more as the Sultan is taking a bath in his palace. Of course oil starts pouring everywhere. I'm not sure if this would be offensive now or not, but the Sultan does not like the oil leaking.
Mario and Luigi are there actually using their skills as plumbers to get things fixed. Toad has to open his big mouth though to inquire about where the oil is coming from. The use of all the familiar Mario sound effects is a lot of fun. I appreciate that they use those video game sounds in this cartoon. What I don't appreciate is the Koopa Kids having new names.
The episode also takes a turn for the odd and interesting. Wendy Koopa dons a disguise as a pretty young thing to seduce Mario.
Of course Mario is dazzled by Wendy as a tart, but Luigi is suspicious because she has a tail. Oh my goodness this is so awkward! They are on a date! If I were the Princess I'd be so damn pissed.
Leave it to Mario to be befuddled by a lady and allow the Sultan, Toad, and Princess Toadstool to walk into a trap. I love Princess Toadstool's reaction though, "Her dress doesn't even match her tail!" Come on Mario! Your friends are being locked up!
Naturally Wendy reveals her true form and Mario and Luigi are whisked away by oil. Oil brings out the worst in people, that is my take away with this episode. Now what are Mario and Luigi going to do? Ah yes, this makes perfect sense. Luigi dons the disguise of Kasanova Koopa and is going to trick Wendy.
Ok so Wendy is kissing all over Kasanova Koopa, wait for it... Kasanova Koopa returns to looking like Luigi and Wendy's reaction is priceless. She freaks out, "I've been kissed by a plumber?!" That accent though is something special. It's more "plumba" than "plumber." There's an Italian housewife screech to it. Oh my goodness this cartoon is so messy, but it is entertaining.
The good guys seem ready to prevail which is good because this episode is almost over. And then the Doom Ship arrives. Holy cow how will this all end? I am really hoping that Mario and Luigi have to go on that Doom Ship like the video game. Also, why is everything in the desert getting destroyed? What is happening in this episode and how will it end?
Oh. Mario rides around on a hose with the head of a camel on it squirting oil all over the Doom Ship. Ok Mario. So King Koopa and his kiddos are stopped and the Sultan gets his palace back to normal with the help of a magical wand. That was wrapped up rather nicely. I feel like I would want to watch more of these episodes, but this show doesn't hold up quite like the Muppet Babies does.
Heathcliff in Heathcliff's Middle Name/Wishful Thinking
Heck yeah! Heathcliff is my next pick on the Eclectic Mayhem Saturday Morning Cartoon episode so I am really psyched to watch an episode. Like with most of my picks this opening theme song is great. I am just grinning from ear to ear over this. That fish restaurant is fun. So is the whole fish theme. For some reason I am hungry for fish watching this and I detest seafood. This is the power of a good cartoon people.
All right, episode has started and I am just not digging Heathcliff's girlfriend Sonja. She is mooning over some movie star cat. Poor Heathcliff has no idea either. He is just busy in a chase with Spike the dog. I am totally rolling my eyes though over the voices of these female cats. They are so obsessed with Walley the Wonder Cat. It's all just unsettling. Sonja keeps saying that Heathcliff is too immature for her while Walley the Wonder Cat is a mature cat. Umm, it's not very mature to cheat on your boyfriend Sonja. I am getting way too invested in this episode.
Now Heathcliff has stolen a robot cat to steal gifts for Sonja. How has anyone not noticed it missing? This whole gift giving scene is too strange for me. First of all Heathcliff should not have to buy back Sonja's heart. He should just move on. His gifts pale in comparison to the lavish items from Walley. However can we all agree that the milking machine on the cow is just really strange and awkward? I do like how this first mini episode gets wrapped up. Heathcliff uses the robot cat to put Sonja in danger and Walley being more of a scaredy cat than a hero like he is on screen causes Sonja to be turned off and she runs back into the arms of Heathcliff. This episode is such a mess. I love it though.
The flip side to this full episode is of course all about the Catillac Cats!! Oh I love these scroungy junkyard cats.
Mungo is really cute though bumbling around and trying to figure out his wishes while the dweeb Claude tries to get his mitts on the genie bottle. Can we also talk about Hector, the brown cat with the neck tie? Oh my goodness I used to crush on him as a kid. I always envisioned myself being a fine feline with Hector as my purr-fect boyfriend. It's no wonder I was born boy crazy, these darn cartoons were full of flirty angst,
Back to this episode though, Riff-Raff wants in on the wishes from Harry. Claude of course gets his hands on the genie bottle but Harry seems to be getting annoyed. Surprise surprise they all end up on a mad chase that leads them to a milk bottle factory. Side note, I totally love the Cadillac that the Catillac Cats drive. I want this as a toy so bad. Either way Harry the genie is over this whole madcap mishap and wants nothing to do with Claude or the Catillac Cats. Mungo gets that last wish granted and then Harry races off to go on vacation. Claude doesn't get to end up ruling the world. Good for Harry. I'd imagine a genie would need a break every now and then.
There's even a nice moral to the story! I actually like this moral, it's about taking care of pets and not leaving them out when it rains. Aww. Heathcliff is such a nice cat.
Silverhawks in the Planet Eater
Oh the stories I have about Silverhawks. I am looking forward to watching an episode of this. I picked the third episode to watch as I wish to really enjoy the opening theme song. The sound effects and visuals for this opening act are insanely great. Damn that guitar solo by Bluegrass! He is a dream boat hunk. The sci-fi element of this show is too cool. I wish it would get a reboot or something. Space is still the place. The villains in this show are also freakish in a good way. Mon*Star is creepy though that voice isn't that chilling.
The whole premise of this episode is nice because it follows a serial feel which I totally love. The Silverhawk base is cool looking as well. From a design perspective everything in this show is just striking and appealing. However I do not understand the design choice for the Silverhawks to be in track suits when they already have their bodies covered, though I guess that is a sign of that particular time. Track suits for all! Poor Copper Kid though has to pull an Orko and get in trouble which then leads the poor boy into the hands of evil!
This whole scene on Brimstar with the Copper Kid facing off against Buzzsaw is a bit scary. I am imagining myself on a planet and being attacked by some large robot with saws for hands.
Only in an 80's cartoon would Bluegrass playing an electric guitar stop the bad guys. I have to call bullshit though on the use of almost every villain in this episode but Melodia. Well I guess the Poker-Face guy isn't here either. Still, I want more Melodia! Either way the Silverhawks save the day though they clearly have their work cut out for them. I also love the ending space trivia segment! Such an adventurous cartoon.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe in The Problem with Power
The Power Hour lives on during my block! Since I'm picking the episodes I am going for some Filmation fun with one of my favorite He-Man episodes ever. Thank goodness for YouTube. Even though I already have this episode on DVD it is rather easy to sit and watch these episodes all on my computer.
Everyone wants to always take down He-Man, even this goblin guy going by General Tataran. Trap Jaw's appearance is humorous. He is simple but I like him, he just can't take a hint and beat it. Skeletor and this goblin guy with no beating heart are planning a devious plot to rid the world of He-Man. It's actually quite great for a story line in a cartoon originally aimed at kids.
This is pretty dark for a cartoon aimed at kids. Skeletor and the General Goblin guy create a fake diversion that ends with the goblin guy in disguise "dying" at the actions of he-Man.
Of course Orko is the one to find out the ruse Skeletor and the General guy have done. Of course Orko would also be the one to end up getting captured too. Poor Orko. He isn't that annoying of a character. Most of the time.
This next scene is particularly stunning.
She-Ra may be the most powerful woman in the universe, but before that, Teela was the tough as nails chick on Eternia. I love that she is going to stop Skeletor's latest plans with the goblins. It will also probably be the death of her as it appears to be a suicide mission. My goodness this episode is really sad. Adam is just going to let her go too! Oh you oaf.
Yay for Orko though pulling an Ant-Man and shrinking to escape Snake Mountain. This is what I'm talking about! Save the day! I love that Orko informs Adam of the truth while also calling him out for being a fool and tossing his sword down the chasm. It's perfect. Orko can toss some shade!
The rest of this episode is a fast paced ride to get the sword and become He-Man while also helping Teela. She is gutsy. Teela is too cool for me. She is like. "I have this bomb and you have five minutes to get out or we all go up in smoke." Of course Skeletor isn't having it. Why would he? Either way that bomb is going off. Skeletor scampers off as does He-Man and Teela. Is it too late though?
This is my favorite part of the episode. That moment where He-Man realizes he might not have been able to save Teela after all! Yay! She is alive. The first time I saw this episode I cried.
She-Ra Princess of Power in Sweet Bee's Home
My favorite of all time. I've seen this episode more times than I care to admit. So here we go again. She-Ra! She-Ra!
Of course She-Ra and He-Man are going to investigate the crashed ship. That disco beat of She-Ra gets my heart racing! I just want to hear this on a loop. Oh! And there's Loo-Kee! The coolest gimmick in a cartoon ever.
Hordak wants Sweet Bee's ship. The background music is fantastic. That's when the heroes arrive and poor Enchanta makes the goofiest sound as she crashes from a sting shot by Hordak. What will they do now? The Horde are attacking everywhere and Frosta is only concerned with getting it on with He-Man. It's like Saturdays were made for this stuff because most every episode I've watched today has involved some form of flirtation.
She-Ra and Mermista joining forces to save Sweet Bee underwater is touching. I like the friendships that She-Ra has with other characters. This whole episode is just absorbing. Also the animation on He-Man's face over Frosta's advances are great, I keep remarking on that but I can't help it. I've never seen He-Man have so much movement before.
Sweet Bee's backstory is nice and all, but Etheria is no place for her. He-Man wants her to stay but She-Ra informs them all that Etheria is dangerous. Much to Frosta's happiness, She-Ra is like, "You can't stay here Sweet Bee." We all know that Hordak is planning something disastrous. He wants Sweet Bee's bee friends to be slaves.
The heroes must save Sweet Bee's ship. He-Man is ready to do anything and it is driving Frosta nuts! This is just great television. It's soon like an episode of X-Men as these characters bust into the Fright Zone as a team with their powers ready to save Sweet Bee's ship. It's really great. I also never tire of Frosta and Mermista's commentary. The whole fight scene is pretty epic. All ends up well. Sweet Bee sadly leaves though, I wish they had kept her around.
Tiny Toon Adventures in Buster and the Wolverine
I haven't sat down to watch a full episode of Tiny Toon Adventures in a very long time. The whole Looney Tunes universe has been one that I have enjoyed, so let's see if it still makes me laugh. To begin, it's pretty difficult finding an episode to watch on YouTube. However this one will do.
They are of course getting stalked by a giant Wolverine, a perfect Looney Toon staple wherein a hungry animal wants to eat the characters. I like the set up, the Wolverine takes them out one by one and brings them back to his lair. I forgot how manic this show was! That's the only word I can use to describe it.
This one scene is golden though. Babs dons a disguise as a girl wolverine to trick the hungry wolverine. He is in love and offers her a gift of little animals to eat! Oh this is too much! I love this! Babs creeps out and secretly sets them free. This whole scene is priceless. I love it. I have to say though my picks so far with my lineup of cartoons continue to involve a great deal of seduction.
Soon everyone but Buster is held captive. Bonus laughs though for the scene with Furrball and Sweetie. Both Furrball and the wolverine want to eat her. Either way Buster will save the day in some crazy cracked out way I am sure.
Now that's just creepy. The Wolverine has eaten Buster's friends! And they are still alive! This is so funny and gross at the same time. I am impressed with the quick wit from Buster in these scenes with the Wolverine. Buster soon saves everyone, which is good.
It's not over though as everyone takes to the stage that Elmyra has been narrating on. One last super chase! I forgot Elmyra wears a wig! Oh my goodness that's hilarious! I so forgot about that. I feel like Elmyra might be my spirit Tiny Toon. She just wants love.
Jem and the Holograms in The Beginning
To truly enjoy the truly outrageous cartoon known as Jem and the Holograms, one must view the first episode. I enjoy many episodes from this cartoon, but the first packs such a nostalgic punch that I can't help but view it again for this list.
The plot thickens as Jerrica opens a gift from her dad. Earrings with some cool effects! Synergy is in the house! I so want earrings that can project things. Synergy asking them to drive their car through a wall is also incredibly hilarious. I wonder what that moment would be like where you are thinking, "I'm gonna do it. I'm gonna drive my car through that wall." I love this show so much but there are also moments where I can't help but chuckle at everything. It's silly and awesome at the same time.
Now we get to the truly outrageous parts! The Misfits run the Holograms off the road, leaving them dangling off a cliff! Who does that? They are just messy. I wish Hasbro had made their black van into a toy vehicle. Rio saves the day of course. I've always had a crush on Rio.
This foster kid Ashley is a bit of a brat. That's putting it mildly. Talk about a cliffhanger though! Eric sends some skeezy guy with skeezy dialogue to go after the Holograms. They all might die in a burning house. There is so much drama in this episode, it is hard not to love. The great thing is that this crazy stuff happens in pretty much every episode.
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X-Men in Night of the Sentinels
The Dorkette Dream lineup of cartoons continues with the mutants we all know and love. The 90's were good to the X-Men and this opening to the cartoon is too cool for school.
Plus there's the mall! I love Jubilee's line to the arcade manager when he yells at her for damaging the arcade machine and asks if she has any idea how much the machine costs and she snarks, "Yeah, a quarter." Just perfect teen snark. I would have said something like that when I was a teen.
I also love these personal touches with the other X-Men characters shopping. Rogue loves a sale. Gambit is a flirt that is part douche-bag and part lovable. It's just great.
I also really love the use of Jubilee being our introductory character to the X-Mansion and other members of the X-Men. The music sets a nice tone too. I want to live there. I, of course, want to live at a great deal of pop culture residents.
The X-Men debriefing is fun. I love Wolverine's attitude and the way Morph and Gambit interact. So much fun with all this attitude from the characters. This is the X-Men for me.
"That's when the boys quit callin." Oh I love Rogue's monologue about her powers during the mission. This whole episode reminds me why I love that character. Leave it to Wolverine to call them all out for being too loud. Oh he is such a dream boat hunk, "Her trail went cold outside the house. Got bit by a dog too." Oh Wolverine. Le sigh.
Excellent use of the X-Men using their powers to sneak into the Mutant Control Agency. It's an interesting thing, they are clearly breaking the law but they are not trying to truly hurt anyone. The whole thing is full of some fuzzy grey areas for a team of heroes. Speaking of grey, the only thing this episode really needs more of is Jean Grey. Oh, and Storm do not open that door! Yay for cliffhangers! I remember watching this episode as a kid and thinking this was such a mature cartoon. The end credits with the images of the characters reminds me of my hopes for these renderings to be made into action figures. How I can recall the days I would ring up the Toybiz hotline and ask them if they had plans on making characters like Rogue, Mystique, and Jean Grey into figures. (This was before those figures would eventually get made as part of that decades long toy line.)
Reboot in Racing the Clock
I used to love this show on Saturday mornings, so to be sitting down to watch it as the final cartoon on my lineup is really bringing me back. There is no splashy song, but my goodness how far we have come with CGI. It actually doesn't look that bad, there is a dated look to it, but it isn't atrocious.
Thank goodness Bob is figuring out what is inside the delivery box.
Dot your man is in trouble! Enzo is like the Orko of this show. He has created so much trouble! Oh my goodness I have forgotten about the incoming game cube thing! That whole event just sounds awful and makes me never want to play a game ever again. I don't want to harm people in Mainframe.
This is so cool, they are all playing a racing video game! This game is intense. Racing element is really fun and I remember why this show was such a thrill ride when I was younger.
Ok now they have to escape or be deleted? This is worse than the ending to Metroid! I could never live in Mainframe. This is just too scary of a life for me. All is well though like it always is, and finishing this episode is yet another reminder that this show is still pretty darn great and needs to be revived.
All right. It's noon and my cartoon block is now over. Coming up next is some made for TV movie or a really chopped and edited version of a National Lampoons Vacation movie. Preferably the European one. Either way, this was my Saturday morning cartoon lineup. Please check out the full episode at Eclectic Mayhem to hear more about this super fun episode that Brian hosted. I really enjoyed taking on this challenge as well, it was fun to relive these cartoons. Some I relive regularly and some were being revisited after a long while.
Be sure to also check out my co-hosts and their respective blogs as they are also taking part in this Saturday Morning Cartoon lineup,
Brian- Pop Pop..! It's Trash Culture
Derek- The Goodwill Geek
Jason- Nerdy Life of Mine
Leave your comments with your own memories and personal lineups for Saturday Morning Cartoons! I hope you are all doing well. I've got more stuff planned for the month of July so stick around!