Top 10 Cartoons From The 1960's
The 1960’s are considered by many as being the golden age for cartoons. From Space Ghost to the Flintstones, today we’re pulling on your nostalgia strings for all you baby boomers out there and taking a look at the Top 10 most nostalgic cartoons from the 1960’s.
Ending this list of Top10 1960’s cartoons is yet again… another Hanna-Barbera classic. While the Jetsons were a family from the future, this cartoon classic was set in the prehistoric past. The Flintstones first broadcasted in1960 and was about a working class family man Fred Flintstone, and his next door neighbor Barney Rubble. The show’s popularity rested solely on the relation to modern day problems with Stone Age solutions. Who will ever forget Fred’s catch phrases of “WILMA!!!” and “YABBA-DABBA -DOO!”. This cartoon gets the deserved position of #1 on our list because the Flintstones were the most financially successful cartoon from its initial airing in the 1960’s all the way until December of 1989, when The Simpsons finally knocked it out of the #1 spot.
Yet another Hanna-Barbera show, coming in at #2 on our list is a futuristic comedy about a family living in the year 2062 called the Jetsons. The show first aired in the fall of 1962 and has been a household staple since. The family lives in Orbit City, high above the clouds where elaborate contraptions, robots and whimsical inventions were the mainstay of this comedy cartoon. The main cast consisted of father and husband George Jetson, Jane his wife, Judy his lovely teenage daughter, Elroy his son and of course the family dog, Astro. George works as a business man while Jane is a stay at home mom who helps the children struggle with family, school, and moral dilemmas. Anyone who took the time to watch an episode or two probably will never forget the iconic theme song.
In the 1960’s, superheroes were crawling out of the woodwork. Spiderman hit the airwaves in 1967 thanks to Marvel Comics and continued until 1970. During that 3 year span, the show consisted of 52 episodes. Peter Parker, the main character, gets bit by a radioactive spider and absorbs special powers such as web spinning, the ability to stick to walls and swing from buildings, and super human strength. The show has spawned some of the greatest super villains to emerge from the comic book generation. Villains such as Dr .Octopus, The Green Goblin, Scorpion and Hammerhead, just to name a few. Although the cartoon was short lived, a plethora of comic books have been made since then, not to mention a very high grossing Hollywood trilogy.
First debuting in 1964, NBC, with partnership from General Mills Cereal, started a crime fighting pooch named UnderDog. Shoeshine Boy, UnderDog’s alter ego, only appeared when his love interest ”Sweet Polly Purebred” was being victimized by his arch enemies, Simone Bar Sinister and Riff Raff. UnderDog would often talk in rhyme and show up on the scene of a crime, proclaiming, “There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here!!” The show ran for nearly 10 seasons and also spawned a short lived comic book series.
The Pink Panther Show
A pink cat? Who would have ever thought that a pink cat unknowingly solving mysteries would become such an iconic show? Of course today, most youngsters probably think he’s just a mascot for an insulation company, but Pink Panther is much more than that. The Pink Panther aired for about 10 years starting in 1969 and portrayed a heroic, moral cat with the manners of an English aristocrat. In most of his episodes, The Pink Panther stumbles into difficult situations and stoically endeavors to make the best out of a bad problem. This show was run along side of the epic Inspector Clouseau cartoons where a French inspector would solve bumbling mysteries with a Spanish counterpart named Sergeant Duex-Duex.
The Yogi Bear Show
“Hey Boo-Boo, Where is that Picinick basket?”, is one of the more iconic lines from The Yogi Bear show, which started in 1961. The cartoon was set in Jellystone National Park, a spin-off of Yellowstone National Park. The two main characters, Yogi Bear and Boo- Boo Bear, were two bears who were constantly trying to steal picnic baskets from the park guests. All the while trying to evade Ranger Smith, the park ranger who would always catch Yogi and Boo- Boo and make them return to the wild. The cartoon had only a one year run but was aired constantly on reruns throughout the 1970’s and 80’s, only proving its popularity.
George of the Jungle
With only 17 episodes airing during 1967, this was probably one of the most popular short run cartoon series of the 1960’s. George of the Jungle is a parody of the early Tarzan movies. In this series, George is always called upon by Commissioner Alistair to help save the inhabitants of the jungle. The opening scene to the series is an iconic portrayal of George swinging from tree to tree, repeatedly slamming his face into the next tree even though the singers in the intro warn him. His close allies and friends in the show are an ape named “Ape”, his womanly partner named “Ursula”, an elephant who acts like a dog named “Shep”, and his cross-eyed bird friend named “Tookie Tookie”. Although it didn’t gain much success at the time, it did spawn a 1997 film, starring Brendan Fraser, that did gain some notoriety.
What better way to be a gorilla than to just lounge in a pet shop window all day getting fed bananas. This loveable gorilla named Magilla was popular starting in1963 all the way until 1967, and somehow in that 4 year span Magilla was only sold twice from the pet shop. Once to some thieves who needed a gorilla to break into a bank and once from a sports team who needed a mascot. The store owner Mr. Peebles was always trying to sell Magilla but to no avail. There was only one little girl named Ogee in the whole series that ever really wanted to buy Magilla, but her parents would never let her.
Hanna-Barbera brought the 1960’s a great cartoon known as “Space Ghost” – not to be confused with “Space Ghost Coast to Coast”. This original cartoon aired first in 1966 and was compiled of two different cartoons. The first was a 15 minute segment of Space Ghost and his counterparts Jan, Jac and their monkey Blip, traveling the galaxy in search of Zorak, the evil villain. The second 15 minute segment was a lesser known but just as popular cartoon known as “Dino boy and the Lost Valley”. This show was about a boy who parachuted out of a crashing plane and he lands in a mysterious jungle in South America where dinosaurs and cave men still exist. The famous late night talk show host Johnny Carson played the voice of Dino Boy in this historic cartoon. Despite a nice following of fans, the show only lasted 2 seasons, and ended in 1968.
The New Three Stooges
In 1965, Larry, Moe and Curly Joe, the infamous slapstick trio from the 1930’s and 40’s, with help from Cambria Studios decided to air an animated version of their live action show “The Three Stooges”. The show consisted of and was voiced by the three main characters Larry, Moe and Curly Joe, taking on different forms of employment and always screwing up and getting fired. The animated series followed very closely to the live action show and was considered a way to help the aging actors keep portraying their iconic roles as they grew older. Granted, Curly Joe replaced the original Curly, as Curly Howard passed away some 13 years before the animated show began. The show was a huge success and aired new episodes until 1973.