Who can forget the rush of waking up on the weekend and racing to turn on the television? Saturday and Sunday morning were mine after a week of school and chores.
While Mom was in the kitchen making breakfast, I was planted on the floor in the backroom in front of a B/W television in my pajamas. She would call and I would say I'm not hungry. No way was I going to miss Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn, or any of the other characters that were created by the minds of geniuses.
Looney Tunes and Silly Symphonies were most of what I watched. It was great watching Elmer Fudd get outsmarted by Bugs saying... "What's Up Doc?" Daffy seemed to get the short end of the stick also when he'd get blown up and his beak was on the other side of his head...and saying, "Ouch." Who could forget Pepe Le Pew chasing after the female skunk trying to woo her with his charisma? Then, there was Wile E. Coyote getting smashed by boulders, falling off cliffs, and run over by trucks in his attempts to catch the Road Runner.
I laughed as a kid. Were the violence, rejection, and anger exhibited by these shows detrimental to the well-being of my young mind? Years later, cries of racism were heard over cartoons that showed a black Mammy character powder puffing her black baby with black powder. Or in another, a dimwitted traveling salesman visiting a tribe of cannibals wound up in a pot of hot water to be dinner while they danced around. Who can forget the little boy who ran around a tree being chased by a tiger?
The powers that be (adults) decided to have certain cartoons banned to protect future generations from being warped and to appease others. I didn't know anything about racism as a kid. It was the adults that played that card.
But fear not, for the wonder of the Internet you can find so many of these banned cartoons to watch anytime, any day. YouTube has many hours of political incorrectness. As an adult, I enjoy them even more. I appreciate the hard work and artistic skill it took to draw each frame by hand...a lost art in today's computer generated industry.
I personally would love to see the cartoons from yesteryear be on the Silver Screen. It is going to take someone with the guts of a Donald Trump for that to happen. To the dogs be tossed political correctness.
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