Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Remember your Saturday morning line-up??

I woke up relatively early on Saturday, poured myself a delicious bowl of Lucky Charms and sat in front of the television. I was curious to see what cartoons were on, because I like most of you I am sure remember the ritual of the Saturday morning line-up! After flipping through several channels there was nothing no cartoons so I felt compelled to make that the topic of today’s discussion….

Ok I am 27years old so I was watching cartoons in the late 80s and early 90s which clearly was the pinnacle of the cartoon era, let’s just recap some of the shows that you might have watched at that time. Here was my Saturday morning line up. Strap yourself in for this wicked awesome trip down memory lane…

I would typically start off early because when I was growing up we only had one television in the living room and my sister and I had the unspoken rule that if you were there first you decided what we watched. Lucky for me, my sister liked to sleep in…. Sucker!!

Camp Candy

Yeah that’s right the cartoon about John Candy’s summer camp where he was a counselor… I watched it, I know it wasn’t that good… not a whole lot to say about it, but I did it in order to hold my place on the couch… don’t you judge me?!

The Super Mario Brothers Super show

It was the cross live action and cartoon adventures of The Mario Brothers, and yes it was Captain Lou from WWF who played Mario, pretty much the best part of this show looking back at it now would have to be the theme song, because they totally rap on it. Look it up and listen to it…. It’s amazing!

After that I had an hour to fill and there were several shows that fit the bill you had Disney’s Tale Spin. The Real Ghostbusters and even Darkwing Duck could rotate because from 10 to 11 o’clock you were locked in to, in my humble opinion the best cartoon on Saturday mornings……

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

This was always top priority, even if occasionally you would have to sit through an episode of Muppet Babies (Although I always secretly liked that show) to appease my sister it was worth it! I mean how could you miss a single episode of this show. Everything about this show was awesome. Every man that reads this can recite at least part of the intro.

Remember all of the toys, and how impossible it was to get your hands on a Leonardo or Raphael?! I remember countless times the only action figure you could find would be an April O’Neil or rows of Foot Soldiers. I mean granted you needed an April and obviously had to invest in some of The Foot, but it was so frustrating because at least in our house you got the one weekly trip that you went to Wal-Mart, and you had to go through a grueling lifetime of groceries being on your best behavior so your parent would take you to the toys. All that only to find April O’Neal and the freaking Turtle Blimp?…. Uh no thanks!

If you ever owned the Turtle Blimp you understand just how lame that toy was, and it probably wasn’t your fault you got it…. That was grandma’s gift and you didn’t want to be rude but that thing didn’t even float. Some of you might be saying, “Well I had a friend and his turtle blimp floated??” (In a really lame voice) Well you are a LIAR because it didn’t. We have not even scratched the surface!! Remember the first Turtle Movie!! My god I wanted to stand up and clap in the theater when they were on the roof top and screamed COWABUNGA!! Don’t pretend like you don’t remember that… its ok, this is a safe place…. let the nerd flow out of you! Feels good doesn’t it?

After Turtles it was usually time to practice your ninja moves, grab a snack and wait for the show that every kid boy or girl watched, everyone liked it and knew most every episode…..

Remember when Jesse was taking the caffeine pills in order to study for the math test, and sing in the girls group at The Max…… and she was sooo sooo scared! Or the episode when they stopped the oil company from drilling on the school, simply by spraying the presentation down with a little oil. Or when Zack found out he was Indian??…. WHAT?? Yeah, that blew my mind as well!

Well hope you all have enjoyed this trip down memory lane, I know I have. Side note 22 days until I leave for New Zealand….

But that is a topic for another day!