We’re all tired at Thunderbean as we get all the Van Beuren Classics orders out the door, late but happily on their way.
As I’ve been cleaning up archives and hard drives here, I been thinking a lot about how our internal hard drives hold on to a lot of seemingly useless information that we never think about or retrieve- well, ALMOST never. Once you start taking a path down the wormhole of past memories, a visit to youtube will continue to lead you further and further down. Things you had forgotten (or *thought* you had) have been remembered by others too, and you’ll keep finding one after the other if you keep looking. Here’s some of mine, animation related, and a few other new discoveries also animation related. Many of these are stuck in my mind in a permanent way, as a child of the 70s into the early 80s. Maybe some of these will be familiar to you. Youtube is the oddest library of all time- you never know if these will be here short term or longer term. Many of these live or lived as ear-worms for me…. what are some of yours?
This ‘Funshine Saturday on ABC‘ theme from 1974 stuck in my head since childhood somehow- I remember this, but funny enough couldn’t remember ANY of the cartoons that were part of it:
Donald Duck Presents. The Disney Channel’s simple branding from the early 80s must have made a big impression on me. It was the first time I saw a lot of these cartoons since the only way you’d see them in the 70s and early 80s was on ‘The Wonderful World of Disney’.
Disco Mickey Mouse album promo. My mother bought this album for me as a gift; I lied to my friends as a kid and told them I *didn’t *have this record. If you look a little, you’ll find the whole record on Youtube.
‘Disco Duck‘, a popular hit from the mid-70s by Rick Dees, was of course the inspiration for Disney’s own record. It really isn’t Ducky Nash doing the voice here, though it’s a pretty good imitation. This clip from ‘Midnight Special’ is a great little find.
In the mid to late 70s, there were always lots of albums being promoted during the afternoon cartoon shows.
K-Tel presenting ‘Dumb Ditties‘ and ‘Goofy Greats‘ were two commercials I saw over and over as a kid. Sometimes you’d see the same commercial 2 or 3 times in the course of a half hour cartoon show. I wonder who animated these things?
Just like the promos from the Disney Channel, some of the late 80s/early 90s promos and them songs are stuck in my head, too. Here’s a ‘Down with Droppy D‘ promo, for a show of classic MGM cartoons on the Cartoon Network:
..and the real opening.. nearly as brief:
Local TV promos all seem to have a similarity in feel on their show promos. Here’s a little Casper TV promo, from channel 32 in Chicago. The ones in Detroit were almost identical:
Int he 70s and 80s, Sunday morning in Detroit featured the ‘Hot Fudge‘ show. While not animated, I
often saw this show because it was surrounded by shows that were animated. The show’s opening was super
Here’s a really cool bumper for WFLD’s cartoon lineup (Super Cartoon Sunday) featuring the grooviest version of ‘Hail! Hail! The gang’s all here’ I’ve ever heard:
….and here’s one for ‘Super Cartoon Sunrise… with Hot Fudge followed by Magilla Gorilla:
The opening for Patches and Pockets (broadcast from Toledo and clearly seen in Ann Arbor in the 70s into the 80s) used music from the Citizen Kane soundtrack for the opening. When I saw Kane as a 13 year old, I was incredibly surprised to hear the Patches and Pockets music! This show almost always ran the recolored Warner Brothers cartoons:
I absolutely love this local Popeye show opening from 1975:
And, for good measure, a few other less-categorized things:
….a really fun TV broadcast performance featuring the Raymond Scott Quintette’ performing ‘Powerhouse’ in the mid-50s, complete with groovy abstract graphic superimposed over the picture…
On a bigger, later neat little promo for ‘Tom and Jerry’ on the Cartoon Network. I’m not sure if this spot was shown over here in the states- I imagine it was, but I had never seen it. Here’s a somewhat blurry copy. Does anyone know if this was show state-side?