The Ultimate List of Saturday Morning Cartoons from the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s & '90s

The story, as it goes, is that my father would wake up with me at 4 a.m., set me in my high chair with a bowl of Cheerio’s and TV set tuned to morning cartoons, then rush off to his early law school classes while my mother would catch a few extra winks, thanks to a few of the best animated characters.

There is nothing that quite bespeaks childhood as does a bowl full of cold, sugary cereal and the bips! and bop! and bangs! of a really great cartoon.  What would those early mornings be without Woody Woodpecker running off a cliff, hanging midair for a moment, then plunging down, down, down until he hits the ground, bounces back and heads off to another adventure?  What would being a child be without, “Here I come to save the day?” or the antics of Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo, HeMan & Shera, the Rugrats, or Pokemon?

Every era has their own favorite cartoon characters.  Beloved creatures who overcome pain and hardship, always finding a way to succeed in the end.  It is the very resilient nature of these animated characters that resounds so sweetly this weekend, as Facebook users are switching out their photo profiles and replacing them with pictures of their favorite childhood cartoon characters in support of a very grand cause, which began making rounds throughout the social media community on December 1st:  “Change your Facebook profile picture to a cartoon from your childhood and invite your friends to do the same. Until Monday (December 6) there should be no human faces on Facebook, but an invasion of memories. This is for violence against children.”

If you’ve been searching for the perfect cartoon character for your own Facebook profile picture, hoping to make your own stand in the Facebook fight against children affected by violence, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite cartoon characters from the 1950s-90s.  And to offer memories from mornings of my own sweet childhood, spent eating cereal and watching cartoons, I also offer our family’s classic homemade granola recipe.

May you and yours be touched this season with safety, security and the ability to take a stand for those who are unable.  Happy Holidays!
Oatmeal Cookie Granola
Homemade granola isn’t hard to make at all. This is such a lovely recipe, because you can make it in its simplest, most true-to-nature form…something you can’t get from a boxed batch of granola. This recipes makes a lot — enough to share — which I happen to think makes it the very finest recipe of all, especially when the batches are resplendent and warm with the flavors of coconut, cinnamon, vanilla and almond. If you’re looking for a non-cookie flavored granola, feel free to mix and match the nuts and extracts listed below to personalize your granola with favorite flavors. The addition of coconut, sunflower seeds, flax, corn flakes or brown rice krispies would be welcome. One note of caution, however: if you plan to mix dried fruit into your cereal, don’t stir it in until the very end, lest you get a batch of over cooked, burnt tasting fruit in your granola.

Saturday Morning Cartoon Favorites (How many do you remember?)
Angelica Pickles
Atom Ant
Barney Rubble
Bart Simpson
Beetle Baily
Betty Boop
Boo Boo
Boris Badenov
Bugs Bunny
Captain America
Cap’n Crunch
Casper the Friendly Ghost
Cat in the Hat
Charlie Brown
Charlie Tuna
Chester Cheetah
Chip and Dale
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Curious George
Daffy Duck
Dennis the Menace
Dick Tracy
Donald Duck
Dora the Explorer
Dudley Dooright
Elmer Fudd
Elroy Jetson
Fat Albert
Felix the Cat
Foghorn Leghorn
Fred Flintstone
George of the Jungle
Grape Ape
Green Giant
Hagar the Horrible
Heckle and Jeckle
Hello Kitty
Homer Simpson
Huckleberry Hound
Joe Camel
Johnny Quest
Josie and the Pussycats
Lil’ Abner
Magilla Gorilla
Mickey Mouse
Mighty Mouse
Minnie Mouse
Mr. Kool-Aid
Mr. Magoo
Natasha Fatale
Olive Oyl
Pepe Le Pew
Peter Pan
Pink Panther
Porky Pig
Red Hot
Ren and Stimpy
Richie Rich
Road Runner
Roger Rabbit
Sad Sack
Scobby Doo
Snap, Crackle and Pop
Snidely Whiplash
Speed Buggy
Speed Racer
SpongeBob SquarePants
Squiddly Diddly
The Professor
Tom and Jerry
Tom Terrific
Tony Tiger
Toucan Sam
Tweety Bird
Wile E. Coyote
Winnie the Pooh
Wonder Woman
Woody Woodpecker
Yogi Bear

Saturday Morning Granola
4 cups old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup honey
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
2/3 cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 tablespoon almond extract
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Place the oats in a large bowl. In a large saucepan, combine the honey, brown sugar, coconut oil, vanilla and almond extracts, and cinnamon. Heat over medium heat just until melted, then pour over the oat mixture and stir together until well coated. Turn the oats onto a cookie sheet that has been coated with a layer of parchment paper. Spread the oats into an even layer. Bake in an oven preheated to 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Use a spatula to flip the granola over, then cook for 15-20 minutes more, until the edges of the granola are slightly browned. Remove the granola from the oven, stir it around one more time, then allow to air dry and harden overnight before serving.

Article Posted 7 years Ago

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