10 Classic TV Cartoons

Thursday, January 20 by George Root

The 10 classic TV cartoons of all time bring back a lot of memories for the people that grew up watching them. Children of any generation seem to flock to the TV to see cartoons, but these classic cartoons capture the feelings and sentiments of the golden era of cartoons. If you have not seen the 10 classic TV cartoons, then rent them as soon as you can, or add them to your movie collection.

  1. "Duck! Rabbit! Duck!" (1953) – Warner Brothers. The "Wabbit Season! Duck Season!" Warner Brothers trilogy of cartoons are all classics and deserve to be listed on the list of 10 classic TV cartoons of all time. In this cartoon, Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny get Elmer Fudd so confused that, at the end, he starts chasing a baseball because he was told it was baseball season.
  2. "Rabbit Fire" (1951) – Warner Brothers. This is the first cartoon in the triology of "Wabbit Season! Duck Season!" Warner Brothers cartoons. In this cartoon, Bugs Bunny continually gets Elmer Fudd to shoot Daffy Duck as Daffy is duped into saying it is duck season.
  3. "Rabbit Seasoning" (1952). In this second installment into the "Wabbit Season! Duck Season!" trilogy of Warner Brothers cartoons, Elmer Fudd repeatedly shoots Daffy Duck's bill off of his face. This is the simpler of the three cartoons, but definitely worthy of being one of the 10 classic TV cartoons you have to see.
  4. "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (1965) – Charles Shultz.  The story behind this classic cartoon is that producer Bill Melendez called "Peanuts" creator Charles Shultz and told him he had 48 hours to write Christmas special. It was created in a hurry, and never given much of a chance of success. It wound up being one of the top 10 classic TV cartoons ever.
  5. "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" (1966) – Ted Geisel. Most people know Ted Geisel as Dr. Seuss. Geisel had written a popular children's Christmas book called "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" (1957) that the CBS network wanted to turn into a cartoon. The result is one of the top 10 classic TV cartoons of all time.
  6. "The Mouse Comes To Dinner" (1945) – William Hanna / Joseph Barbera. This classic Tom and Jerry cartoon features the first words Tom the cat ever spoke. Tom has a couple of lines in this classic cartoon, and the action within the cartoon is extremely funny.
  7. "Zipping Along" (1953) – Warner Brothers. The Road Runner and Coyote cartoons are some of the best cartoon slapstick ever created. This particular cartoon is a non-stop gag reel of the Coyote getting run over by a truck, shot by shotguns and pummeled by boulders all as he is desperately trying to chase the Road Runner.
  8. "Ship of Ghouls" (1985) – William Hanna / Joseph Barbera. The Scooby Doo series and movies created many memorable moments, but the "13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo" (1985) series had some very memorable episodes. This episode puts Scooby and the gang on a ship full of monsters that turns out to be nothing more than the usual cast of bad guys.
  9. "Bullwinkle's Corner" (1959 – 1964) – Jay Ward Productions. It is impossible to put one episode of "Bullwinkle's Corner" (1959 – 1964) on the list of top 10 classic TV cartoons, so all of them are included. This was a segment of the "Rocky and Bullwinkle Show" (1959 – 1964) where Bullwinkle would read a fairy tale and something would go horribly wrong.
  10. "Hey There, It's Yogi Bear" (1964) – William Hanna / Joseph Barbera. If you had to pick on Yogi Bear cartoon to call a classic, this would be the one. It was the feature film released after "The Yogi Bear Show" (1961) was canceled after only 35 episodes. The movie sums up Yogi and Boo Boo Bear extremely well and is a classic for all time.
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