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Hm. On TV, my favorites were Chuck Jones cartoons -- Bugs Bunny, Roadrunner, Claude the Cat, Marc Antony the bulldog and his kitten, Pussyfoot, Sylvester. I also loved the old Tex Avery cartoons -- not so much Droopy, but just about everything else, especially the slow talking wolf (the one who gets a bulldog attached to his pants, then takes off the pants with the bulldog still attached. Later he passes by again, the bulldog's still there, and the wolf pats the dog and says, "Joke's over, son. Give it up." That was voiced by Daws Butler, who later went on the voice Huckleberry Hound).

I also liked Rocky and Bullwinkle -- mostly because my father loved them. He and I would sit up on Saturday mornings and watch all the Chuck Jones cartoon shows, singing "This Is It" along with the TV (I still remember the lyrics! wanna hear?), then it was time for Rocky & Bullwinkle (or "Moose and Squirrel", as Boris & Natasha called them). R&B was really more for adults than kids, but I loved it too.

I grew up during the heyday of Disney cel animation -- I was born in 1957 and got to see all the great cartoons in the movie theatre. Re-releases of Fantasia, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Bambi Snow White, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady & the Tramp. First runs of Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, The Aristo-Cats, The Jungle Book, Robin Hood, The Rescuers. With my son, we saw releases of all of these, and first runs of The Fox and the Hound, The Black Cauldron, Oliver & Company, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, all the newer ones.

I mourn the passing of traditional cel animation.

Those were some great cartoons -- well drawn, well animated, and realistic looking figures. Now kids just have idiotic Japanimation (which also used to be good) or all CGI.


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