Friday, August 04, 2006

Retro cool

I don't know what it was about the 60's TV animation, but my earliest memories were that TV cartoons were just cooler back then. I don't know if it was the residual sugar rush of the glazed donut from the Helms Bakery home delivery truck that motored down my street daily back then, or what. You'd just hear that truck whistle promptly at 4pm, just in time for the Gigantor cartoon on channel 11, and bam, coolness.

Or maybe it was just the catchy theme songs, like Cool Mc Cool

Then there was Batfink, which any 6 year old at the time knew was hep. Of course, we'd discuss all this at recess.

And even your parents knew Top Cat was cool, since it ran in prime time.

Now the 60's Spiderman was all about the theme song. Ralph Bakshi directed a bunch of these.

And much later in the 80's, The Thundercats took opening title sequences to an extreme, as their opening was 500 percent better than the overall show.

Do you miss coolness in toons?


Mike Milo said...

Boy did THAT bring me down memory Lane! I found your site from a freind Anne Walker who linked to it. Very cool! I just recently bought the entire seires of Batfink on DVD from some place in the UK. And Gigantor? Oh MAN I watched that incessantly. What kid wouldn't want a giant robot? Brings back so many memories of why I got into the business. Anyway, great post man!

craig clark said...

Thanks for the reply, Mike! Yeah it's fun to jog down memory lane trying to rediscover why we still draw toons. It chooses you, I guess. I got my Batfink on tape, a DVD would be sweet! Glad to have you here and please keep tooning in! -