“Born of necessity, the little fellow [Mickey Mouse] literally freed us of immediate worry.”
– Walt Disney
I have briefly touched on this before, but let’s expound a bit because, to quote Vodka, “My children will not be watching Nickelodeon crap!”
In my humble opinion, you cannot beat the classics when it comes to cartoons. The Chuck Jones and Tex Avery cartoons represent the best of Looney Tunes, and some of my favorites: What’s Opera, Doc?, Duck Amuck, Rabbit of Seville, Duck Dodgers and the 24 1/2 Century, Rabbit Seasoning, etc.
No, I’m not a collector, obsessive, specialist, or creepy fan. Just a girl who really loved her morning cartoons. I loved watching the Coyote come up with increasingly improbably schemes to catch that cheeky Road Runner and Pepe LePew try to seduce unwilling and unfortunately painted house cats in “Franglais.” The animation was impeccable and music specially composed (or blatantly taken from classical favorites – which I also love). However, there are other cartoons that I think kids need to see.
Pinky and The Brain.
This is required viewing. Two lab mice who want to take over the world. How could that not be great? The levels of humor are what give this 90’s cartoon its edge: I enjoyed Pinky’s blithe, optimistic idiocy and Brain’s retentive obsession, while I’m sure my parents (who actually watched it with me) loved the social and cultural humor and commentary. Most of the latter would probably go over my future spawn’s heads, I don’t think the enjoyment would be any less for them. Along these same lines, my friend Hilarious is working on her own collection of the Animaniacs cartoons.
Any suggestions to add to the list?
Pinky and the Brain, Vol. 1-3
Animaniacs, Vol. 1-3
Looney Tunes – Golden Collection
Looney Tunes – Golden Collection, Volume Two
Looney Tunes – Golden Collection, Volume Three
Looney Tunes – Golden Collection, Volume Four
Looney Tunes – Golden Collection, Volume Five
Looney Tunes: Golden Collection, Vol. 6