Things I Love Thursday: cartoons and a contest!

tilt.jpgOver at The Diaper Diaries, it’s time for Jill’s weekly “Things I Love Thursday” blog carnival. A couple of weeks ago I did my TILT (Things I Love Tursday) posting and held a contest to give away what I loved. It was a success, and I’m doing it again.

I love cartoons. When I was little, it was Top Cat (I knew every word—I checked it out on YouTube, and yes, my memory is smokin’: “Top Cat! The most effectual Top Cat! Whose intellectual close friends get to call him T.C., providing it’s with dignity. Top Cat! The indisputable leader of the gang. He’s the boss, he’s a pip, he’s the championship. He’s the most tip top, Top Cat. Yes he’s a chief, he’s a king, but above everything, he’s the most tip top, Top Cat. Top Cat!” I will have to spend more time on YouTube—it is cartoon therapy!); Wally Gator (whom I received plenty of teasing over as a kid, now sing along! “Wally Gator is a swinging alligator in the swamp. He’s the greatest peculator [OK, I never knew this meant embezzler. Wally Gator was an operator, but an embezzler? Now I’m starting to take offense] when he really starts to romp. There has never been a greater operator in the swamp. See ya later, Wally Gator!”) and Snagglepuss, of “Exit, stage right!” and “Heavens to Meratroid!”

Kids today have it made in the cartoon department. They get the brand-new cartoons, the animé and the oldies. Luka has recently shifted away from the newer offerings to Teletoon Retro and it’s phenomenal retro catoons—The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Boris Badanov and Natasha, Dudley Do-Right, Woody Woodpecker, The Jetsons, The Tom & Jerry Show, even the original Spider-Man and that spine-tingling theme song (small note, I sang it as a wake-up lullaby to my sons, and it really worked!).

In addition to a nonstop diet of retro on Teletoon Retro (and that’s retro to viewers in their ’30s, 40’s, ’50s, 60’s and beyond), the regular Teletoon channel has all the good new cartoons such as 6teen (which we cannot live without at our house), Wayside, Ben 10, Johnny Test, My Gym Partner’s a Monkey, Futurama and returning soon, Total Drama Island.

Here is the holiday sked for those all important “Watch the Christmas movie, pass the tape and keep signing those cards” family evenings that are happening right now. All new this year on Teletoon are the broadcast and Canadian premieres of:

Side Show Christmas, where Santa is hypnotized and made part of The Most Unbelievable Show on Earth (Dec. 16 at 6p.m., Dec. 22 at 7 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.). A Dennis the Menace Christmas has Dennis staying true to character (Dec. 20 at 7:30, Dec. 23 at 5:30 and Dec. 24 at noon). Gotta Catch Santa Claus is an animated feature where a 12-year-old boy sets out to prove Santa is real, and finds a monster named LeFreeze is also on his trail. You have to tune in for this one, because William Shatner is the voice of the big guy (Dec. 21 ay 6 p.m., Dec. 22 at 11 a.m.

When Dec. 20 rolls around, it’s back-to-back cartoons with a Christmas theme of one kind or another, right up to ther big day.

It’s never to late to jump on The Secret World of Santa Claus, a 26-episode extravaganza of Santa and the elves foiling the useless attempts of troll-villains Gruzzlebeard and Dudley. Catch it every weekday at noon and 7p.m., and on the 25th, all episodes run in order from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

SO, HERE ‘S THE CONTEST! This fabulous bag of swag is king-size, and includes, among other items, a sparkly Teletoon travel mug, the hat and pencil set pictured below, a big hardcover Looney Tunes Storybook Collection, Teletoon notebook and matching pen, plus three DVDs—6teen Deck the Mall, the original Tom & Jerry A Nutcracker Tale, and the original Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! That has to add up to $100 easy. And all you have to do is answer one question below, or more if you like!

QUESTIONS FOR YOU: what was your favourite cartoon as a kid? Do you watch cartoons now? With a kid, or on your own? What’s your current fave? What is your favourite Christmas or holiday cartoon?

Now, check out The Diaper Diaries for more Things I Love Thursday posts, and enter my contest!

5 Responses

  1. How to decide? The Bugs Bunny Show … OR … The Flintstones ? This is impossible! Okay, okay …. The Bugs Bunny Show. Elmer Fudd and Foghorn Leghorn … oh yeah. Now that’s cartoon entertainment.

    Remember this?

    Overture, curtain, lights,
    This is it, the night of nights
    No more rehearsing and nursing our parts
    We know every part by heart
    Overture, curtain, lights
    This is it, we’ll hit the heights
    And oh what heights we’ll hit
    On with the show this is it
    Tonight what heights we’ll hit
    On with the show this is it!!!!!!

  2. I found your blog on my mom’s email and I just want to say that I prefer the olden days cartoons to what is on now (I’m almost 11). I watch the Smurfs every day before I go to school. Before that was on Teletoon Retro, my parents bought my brothers and me a DVD of Schoolhouse Rock. We would watch that because it sort of prepared us for what we were going to learn at school. But if you want to know what my mom’s favourite cartoon was, it was Hong Kong Fooey. She said that was about a dog who was a filing clerk but became a superhero with martial arts training. Weird.

  3. When I was a girl, cartoons were something you watched at the local cinema(yes, I am dating myself). Walt Disney movies were so amazing to us. I think that nothing can beat what Disney did, but today Pixar has taken that to a new level. I love watching Disney cartoons on my own or with my grandchildren and now my great granddaughter. But I admit, I am a fan of The Simpsons and not ashamed to say it, although when it first came out I was shocked. I guess if you live long enough, you can see the humour in anything.

    My favourite Christmas cartoons are the stop-motion ones: Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. But I love the gentle sweetness of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Every year I still wish someone would send him a Christmas card.

  4. I read your blog when it came into my mom’s email. I’m not a mom but I want to say that I’m almost 11 and I actually prefer the olden days cartoons to what is on now for us kids. I watch the Smurfs every morning on Teletoon Retro before I go to school. Before that was on, I would watch a DVD of Schoolhouse Rock thinking that would prepare me for what I’d learn in class. I can sing almost all of “Three is a Magic Number” now! And if you wanted to know what my mom’s favourite cartoon was when she was a kid, it was Hong Kong Fooey. He was a filing clerk who became a superhero with martial arts powers. Weird.

  5. I was a stay at school for lunch kid and our “lunch lady” always put the Flintstones on for us to watch. I loved all cartoons and still watch them with my kids. I do find that sometimes when I watch the retro tunes, they turn out to be not as good as I remembered. As for my fav Christmas cartoon, it is How The Grinch Stole Christmas, waaaay better than the real-life version.

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