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Saturday Morning Cartoons with Shaun Maloof

21 Feb

Saturday Morning Cartoons by Shaun Maloof
Remember when you were young waking up on a Saturday morning? No responsibilities, no worries about getting a jump on the day, or a feeling that you have to be productive. There was one thing, and one thing only, that I cared about as a young Maloof on a Saturday morning. Cartoons. Not these shitty cartoons that kids watch these days. I’m talking about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Goof Troop, and X-Men just to name a few. I honestly feel bad for kids on Saturday mornings now. They wake up to shit like Yu-Gi-Oh! and Busytown Mysteries. Boring. Some of the shows aren’t even cartoons. Even worse, some are educational. I don’t know about you, but when I watched cartoons on Saturdays back in the day I wanted action and cool looking characters that I could buy in action figure form. I didn’t want to learn about exotic animals with Jack Hanna or Jeff Corwin. Keep that on Monday thru Friday please. I’m about to bring you back to the glory years of cartoons, 1991-1995. I was between the ages of 5 and 9 and this is all I did on Saturday morning. So, in no particular order, these were some of my favorites.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Who didn’t religiously watch this? Everyone did right? My personal favorite. It’s my belief that the Power Rangers ripped the Ninja Turtles off in terms of evil henchmen. The Power Rangers had the “puddies” and the Ninja Turtles had the “foot clan.” Strikingly similar. Maybe this is why the Power Rangers series was so successful; they just took ideas from the Ninja Turtles. Good strategy since the Ninja Turtles was the best show perhaps of all time. Great characters too aside from the actual turtles. Master Splinter, the old rat who knew everything. He was like a Nostradamus if you will. Be-Bop and Rocksteady were two of the best evil sidekicks, very clumsy and funny. How about Casey Jones. This guy was one of the poorest “superheroes” ever. He carried all his weapons in a beat up golf bag that he got from the trash. Quite a variety though. Baseball bats, hockey sticks, and golf clubs and of course his “Jason” mask. Badass.
X-Men
Fuck yes. Loved this cartoon because it involved mutants, which I’ve always wanted to be. (But not anymore, I’m older and realize it’s impossible to become a mutant.) My favorite X-Man was Gambit. He had a laid back personality and his power kicked ass. He could charge any object with a kinetic energy, throw it and it would explode on impact. Awesome. Of course there’s Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Professor X, Magneto, all these guys were cool but I’m sorry, Gambit kicked ass. It’s a shame that it took until “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” for him to appear in a movie. Hopefully he gets his own movie, fully deserved.
Goof Troop
LMFAO. Goofy has a son and his name is Max, (doesn’t fit at all but ok), and this show is all about them bonding or struggling to. We all know that Goofy is, well, goofy, but Max is the complete opposite. Smart, not clumsy, able to focus on one thing, like I said the complete opposite. They moved back home to “Spoonerville” and next to Goofys’ old high school friend Pete and his family. A lot of episodes revolve around Goofy driving his Pete up a wall and Max has to be the voice of reason when Pete becomes enraged at Goofys’ antics. It’s a lot funnier than I make it sound, trust me. I just love the fact that Goofy got his own creatively titled show.
The Tick
I didn’t realize how great this show was until I started researching it. Basically this show is a parody of other superheroes like Batman and Spiderman. It’s a tragedy that this show didn’t last longer than it did because The Tick was clumsy, stupid, and very impulsive. Great humor everywhere. His sidekick Arthur was the brains behind the operation but The Tick would always get the credit since he’s outspoken and loud. His catchphrase, “Spoooooooon!” , never did it for me though. Although he did escape from an insane asylum so I can understand the stupid nature of the catchphrase. Think of The Tick as a Homer Simpson or a Peter Griffin, only with super powers. Such an underrated show.
Well those were some of my favorites. I miss these days. Good thing I have Netflix
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