The Leader 12/2/1989

Jeffrey S. Williams | Staff Writer

They’re gone, but not forgotten. No. I’m not talking about old WWII vets. As a matter of fact, I’m not talking about the military at all.

I was sitting in the Leader Office one morning with Matt Mencke and Jeff Kasper talking about football. Matt left for class so Jeff and I kept talking. Suddenly he asked me, “Whatever happened to the Rocky and Bullwinkle show?”

To which I sighed, “I just don’t know.”

As we get older, and hopefully more educated, we tend to turn away from cartoons, thinking that they’re just “for kids.” Heck, every once in a while, I sit down and watch cartoons. Gone are the days of Bugs Bunny and Roadrunner, The Jetsons, Popeye, The Lone Ranger, Superfriends, Spiderman, Scooby Doo, Fat Albert, Tom and Jerry, and The Rocky and Bullwinkle show. Do you remember them? They’re gone but not forgotten.

Nowadays we have: Inspector Gadget, Denver the Lost Dinosaur, the California Raisins, The Real Ghostbusters, Dino-riders, Rude Dog and the Dweebs, Gumby, C.O.P.S., Police Academy (the cartoon), G.I. Joe, The Transformers, and the Care Bears.

Now that the technology has improved, the quality of script-writing has declined.

The marketing of cartoons has a lot to do with it. Toy manufacturers such as Galoob and Coleco have put these figurines and accessories into such mass production that everyone gets hyped up over their cartoons.

Whatever happened to the days of walking into K-Mart and finding a figurine of Fred Flintstone who says “Yabba Dabba Doo” every time you pull the cord in back. Or Bugs Bunny saying, “What’s up Doc?”

O.K., so Mel Blanc, creator of the bugs and friends cartoons, has died. So, what if he hadn’t made a cartoon in years? His memory still holds on every time we watch the re-runs. Those cartoons are what separated the men from the boys.

So next time you flip on the old boob-tube just think about that. As Porky Pig would say: “Th-th-th-that’s all folks!”