1950s and '60s Cartoon Characters
A top 10 list of cartoon characters will always be subjective. The ones I have mentioned in this article are the ones that I fondly remember from my childhood. Sad but true, the list does not include any female characters. The only female TV cartoon character I recall from my childhood was Little Lulu, and she was based on a comic strip. In my opinion, television cartoons were so much better in the 60s. There were no lessons of morality, no politically correct characters; they were just entertainment pure and simple. Coincidentally, most of my favourite characters are from Hanna-Barbera cartoons.
So, here is my list of the top 10 TV cartoon characters of the 1950s and 1960s, in no particular order:
- Top Cat
- Deputy Dawg
- Huckleberry Hound
- Fred Flinstone
- Tom & Jerry
- Yogi Bear
- George Jetson
- Mr. Magoo
1. Top Cat
Top Cat ran from 1961 until 1962 on ABC; only 30 episodes were made. Top Cat was voiced by Arnold Stang and sounded very much like Phil Silver's Sgt. Bilko. In fact, many of the actors from The Phil Silvers Show were featured in this cartoon.
Top Cat was a yellow cat who wore a purple hat and vest and was the leader of a gang of street cats. The character was a con man much in the vein of Sgt. Bilko. His main protagonists were a local police constable and the members of his gang. Since the gang lived on the streets, many episodes were about them trying to get food from various people and establishments.
Even as a kid, I could appreciate the humour of this series. I really don't know what drew me to it as a child. Maybe the great theme song and the voices and the fact they were cats.
Snagglepuss first appeared on The Quick Draw McGraw Show and was a regular segment of The Yogi Bear Show. He was created in 1959 and was voiced by Daws Butler.
Snagglepuss was a pink lion who lived in a cave. He was always trying to improve his lot in life but always failed miserably. His signature line was "exit, stage right." He was also known to exclaim "Heaven's to Murgatroyd." He pronounced many words as a Shakespearean actor would and was definitely a theatrical lion.
Here is yet another animal cartoon character that I loved as a child. I found him funny and as an adult, I can appreciate the way he talked even more.
3. Deputy Dawg
Deputy Dawg debuted in 1960 and was produced by Terrytoons. He was voiced by Dayton Allen. The character was a Southern deputy sheriff who dealt with stereotypical southern events. His sidekicks were Ty Coon, Muskie the Muskrat, and Vincent Van Gopher. The show became so popular that some of the cartoons were shown in movie theatres.
I think as a child I was drawn to the accents and the fact it featured talking animals. I guess most children are attracted by those sorts of characters. And adults would be attracted based on the satire of regular life.
4. Huckleberry Hound
Huckleberry Hound first showed up in 1957 and in 1958, The Huckleberry Hound Show was syndicated. In 1961, it won the first Emmy award given to an animated show. Huckleberry Hound was a blue dog with a Southern drawl and he was voiced by Daws Butler. His signature was singing a bad version of “Oh My Darling, Clementine.”
Huckleberry Hound has always been one of my favourite cartoon characters. His personality always attracted me and the adventures he had were always entertaining. And, who could not love a blue dog with a southern drawl a la Andy Taylor?
5. Fred Flintstone
Fred Flintstone was based on Jackie Gleason’s character on The Honeymooners, Ralph Cramden. Actually, the entire Flintstones show is said to be based on The Honeymooners. Fred’s full name is Frederick Joseph Flintstone. The Flintstones ran on ABC TV from 1960 to 1966. It was basically aimed at adults and was the first to do so. Of course, the kids all loved it too. Fred Flintstone was voiced by Alan Reed. Fred lived with his wife Wilma, and later their daughter Pebbles. The Rubbles lived next door; Barney was Fred’s best friend. The premise of the show was Fred always trying to improve the life of his family and trying to get away with as much as he could.
The Flintstones is my all-time favourite cartoon show from the 1960s. I still remember episodes to this day, such as "The Wayouts," "The Great Gazoo," etc. It is one show that stands up to repeat viewing. The show is still syndicated today.
6. Tom & Jerry
While Tom & Jerry are two characters, they are best known as a duo. The Tom and Jerry cartoons go back to the 1940s when they were produced as animated shorts. They finally showed up on television in 1960. Several series were produced until 1967. Tom and Jerry barely spoke and the cartoons involved the two living together in the same house. Tom (the cat) was always trying to catch Jerry (the mouse) and was constantly outsmarted.
These cartoons were very enjoyable to me as a child. Yet another animated animal duo that had humorous adventures.
7. Yogi Bear
Yogi Bear first appeared on The Huckleberry Hound Show in 1958. By 1961, he had his own show. He became one of the most popular cartoon characters ever produced by Hanna-Barbera. He was originally voiced by Daws Butler who based the voice on Ed Norton of the Honeymooners. Yogi and his sidekick, Boo-Boo bear, lived in a cave in Jellystone Park. Yogi was always on the lookout for picnic baskets but was usually thwarted by the park ranger.
I remember Yogi Bear very fondly; he was definitely right up there with Fred Flintstone in my opinion. The show never failed to make me laugh.
8. George Jetson
George Jetson was the father from The Jetsons television program. The show debuted in September of 1962 on ABC. Surprisingly, since it seems to have such a foothold in the public imagination, it only ran until March of 1963 and produced 24 episodes. However, a second series was produced in the 1980s. George was voiced by George O'Hanlon. The show was basically a space-age Flintstones. George lived in a high-rise apartment with his wife Jane, his two children Elroy and Judy, robot maid Rosie and dog Astro. The show was about George and his family and their lives in the 21st century.
This was one of the first sci-fi shows I became interested in. Many children in the early '60s were very interested in astronauts and space and this was a cartoon show that helped you to imagine some of the possibilities the future might hold.
9. Mr. Magoo
Mr. Magoo was created in 1949 and was originally shown as animated shorts in the movie theatre. In 1960, The Mr. Magoo Show debuted on television. The main character was a very near-sighted man who would not admit that he couldn’t see well. This resulted in many amusing stories. He also had a dog named McBarker. Magoo was voiced by Jim Backus.
I remember seeing this show on television and enjoying the character. Mr. Magoo was at once a nice old man and a cantankerous one. His adventures made children, and adults, laugh. An example of changing times is that when the live-action film Mr. Magoo was released, blind groups got upset that it was making fun of those with vision problems.
Bullwinkle J. Moose first appeared on the Rocky and Friends cartoon series in 1959; the show was later changed to The Bullwinkle Show because of the popularity of the character. Bullwinkle was voiced by Bill Scott, head writer of the show. Bullwinkle and Rocky (the flying squirrel) lived together in Frostbite Falls and Bullwinkle graduated from Wossamotta U.
Bullwinkle was a great character. He was seen as simple and rather dumb, but he usually ended up getting ahead of the game. The show is almost more entertaining as an adult than it was as a child. The humour is so full of puns and satire that you can’t help but laugh at it. Bullwinkle’s main rivals were Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale; characters based on Russian spies.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
Question: What is the flying dog superhero cartoon called?
Answer: That would be "Underdog."
© 2009 Susan Keeping
technoid on November 28, 2018:
Does anyone know the name of the old 1950's cartoon with the 2 dogs that enter a fully automated home and get chased around by a robot broom with a dust pan? And who produced this cartoon? I use to watch it on Saturday mornings when I was young.
Treathyl FOX from Austin, Texas on April 25, 2017:
LOL. The title of your HUB grabbed my attention but as soon as I saw "Top Cat", I was sucked right in to childhood memory land. Thanks for the memories. :)
LARBAR3610 on March 29, 2017:
I see the cartoons on TV and wander, what happened to the classic characters I grew up with.
Some of my favorites were Heckle Jeckle, Jinx the cat, Casper the friendly ghost.
The cartoon that I enjoyed the most was the Super Friends and the Hall of Justice vs the Legion of doom.
When my childhood became chaotic, I could get lost for a little while. I don't think that I would have made it had I not been able to clear my mind and dwell in the world of cartoons.
Thanks for a chance to remember.
MacroAlan on October 02, 2016:
Does anyone remember some characters called, Snoop & Snazel? I seem to think they were with Quickdraw McGraw.
mr427327 on February 13, 2015:
hi chris and marla that frog you are looking for was on a saturday morning kid show called andys gang andy divine who was the guy on the show who would sit doown and open up his big book and start storys.but when a guy would come out he looked like a waiter with a thin mostache,andy would say something like plag your magic wand froggy,then the frog would pop up from a grandfather clock in a puff of smoke and start dancing around and say hi yi kids hi yi.and with the guy talking to andy,the frog would goof on the guy.wow i had to dig deep for that one.saturday morning cartoons in the 50 and 60,s the best
PaigSr from State of Confusion on October 21, 2014:
Half the fun is knowing everyone of these cartoons. The other half is watching them. Thanks for the list it was fun reading through it. And in this case thanks for having both parts in one place.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on September 23, 2014:
oh gosh! i thought i could never make my comment. such a long list! thanks, i watched all of them but tom n jerry is still the best for me and my kids
John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on September 10, 2014:
Love this hub Uninvited Writer. I agree with your choice of cartoon characters and it really shows my age. Of them all I would have to admit that Top Cat is and always will be my favourite. I heard that Arnold Stang (his voice) dies recently, but he will never be forgotten for the distinctive voice he provided T.C.
Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on September 09, 2014:
The Flintstones are still my favorite cartoon! :)
LaZeric Freeman from Hammond on May 02, 2014:
I heard janet waldo (judy jetson) say on a radio show how much Hannah Barbera's way of doing things was different in later years/adaptions. How they didn't take their time like they did on the original shows. I'm not surprised.
I hated watching newer movies with the brighter colors and ... I don't know ... That "Flintstones meets the Jetsons" bothered me, because of one particular scene where Fred throws Barney out of the window of the Skypad apartments.
Sinclair Miller III from Florida on January 27, 2013:
Now this is what you call digging into the archive, Awesome Hub written.
Kathreen97 on September 07, 2012:
I love Tom And Jerry
treso on August 30, 2012:
I was thinking about the older cartoons, black and white, that had caricatures of movie stars. One guy said " I go everywhere, I do everything, but, I still don't have any fun." Who was that cartoon depicting.
Thanks for any help. Treso
UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on August 24, 2012:
I loved this hub....it took me back to the days that I watched cartoons all the time as a kid. I am amazed that I was watching reruns back then...at the time I did not even understand the concept of reruns. I think the first time it hit me was when I heard the Flintstones was actually a primetime tv show. Lots of the characters you listed are favorites...but I think the top three for me would be....The Flintstones, The Jetsons and Tom and Jerry. When my 6 year old gets up for school....6:30 AM she always wants to watch Tom and Jerry on tv....it amazes me that the same cartoons I watched are enjoyed by her as well. Thanks for the trip down memory lane...voted up and awesome.
Bryony Harrison from UK on June 30, 2012:
I love Hanna Barbera; their cartoons were excellent. Like you The Flintstones is my all time favourite cartoon.
Tim84 on June 01, 2012:
Hi have to say Yosimite Sam is one of the best
hi friend from India on May 10, 2012:
rodrigolendario from Torres Vedras on April 25, 2012:
good to see cartoons that are not of my time, but that didn't disappear with the passage of time :)
SonicHog15 on January 18, 2012:
T&J still comes on today
Shinkicker from Scotland on January 16, 2012:
Must have been hard to pick only 10 from a galaxy of stars drawn from the paint and pencil boxes of the TV world :-)
Cheers for a great Hub
All Year Santa Claus on December 29, 2011:
Unlike most people I think the best cartoons ever made are T&J cartoons; not Looney Tunes. I don't think LT are all that good. They're not very cute.
whale lover on December 29, 2011:
Tom & Jerry are best looking in the 1975 version.
Tom and jerry on December 27, 2011:
Whale Lover on December 23, 2011:
I disagree w/ Bubba about Mighty Mouse having the best theme song. I would say it has to go to the 1975 version of Tom & Jerry: "Big or small, short or tall, we will all have a ball on the Tom & Jerry Show!"
Bubba on December 01, 2011:
A couple no one has mentioned Felix the cat and Mighty Mouse and as for the best theme song it has to go to mighty mouse I can still remember almost every kid on the playground running around singing ""Here I come to save the Day"
princesswithapen on November 29, 2011:
This hub brings back a lot of memories. Almost everyone I know have grown up watching these cartoons regardless of how old they are today. Isn't it amazing how these cartoon characters have impacted not only the generation of 50s and 60s but still play a role in the upbringing of children around the world in the 21st century?
I'm sure you had a whale of a writing this hub, pondering over childhood memories and a lot more. Great hub!
Randwulf from Fort Scott, Kansas on November 23, 2011:
I just found out that "Jonny Quest" was spelled without the "h".
Randwulf from Fort Scott, Kansas on November 20, 2011:
I would like to fine-tune something I said earlier. For the first year they were on the air (1961-1962), Alvin & the Chipmunks were broadcast during prime time, like the Flintstones. Their second year they moved to Saturday mornings. Also, they were originally called "The Alvin Show" because of the popularity of Alvin; later, Alvin & the Chipmunks. Wacky Racers and Penelope Pitstop were on about the time I was getting a little old for Saturday morning cartoons, so I only remember the names. But Johnny Quest, oh yes! His show was so cool. When I was a kid I read a series of books called "Tom Swift, Jr." They were kind of like the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, only the hero was an eighteen year old scientist. Johnny Quest was very similar, only he was younger than eighteen. By the way, if you are interested in looking up some of these, there's an online cartoon encyclopedia at toonopedia.com. It's fun to read, but it's written by only one man, so you might want to check other sources as well. Still, don't forget to come back here and share with all of us your wonderful memories. Nothing like the personal touch!
jenneen on November 19, 2011:
does anyone remember Johnny Quest? every Saturday morning...
PJ Wison on November 13, 2011:
Does anyone remember the Wacky Racers - the mobhill gang, Penelope pitstop...bunch of others. They all like to race.
Stephen Rhodes Treadwell on November 10, 2011:
I don't care what anyone says, the best version of Tom & Jerry is definitely the 1975 version!
Susan Keeping (author) from Kitchener, Ontario on November 10, 2011:
Thanks for all the comments. I love how people are helping each other out, I'm learning a lot about cartoons :)
Randwulf from Fort Scott, Kansas on November 10, 2011:
Joe, you're looking for "Clyde Crashcup" and his lab assistant Leonardo. He specialized in inventing things that have already been invented, like the stove, the bathtub, or the chair. Clyde Crashcup started out as one of four segments on the Saturday morning show "Alvin & the Chipmunks" which debuted October 4, 1961. The Chipmunks starred in the other three segments (two of them were sing-alongs). Clyde later had a Wonder Book and a brief series of five comic books (which are sought after by collectors), and he made a couple of guest appearances in later versions of the Chipmunnks in the 80s and 90s. (Source: Wikipedia and toonopedia.com).
joe on November 09, 2011:
looking for the name of an old cartoon it was about a scientists a tall man with a long pointy nose and dark hair that called his assistant leonardo who was a little man that didn't talk he was bald on top with little hair on the sids and wore glasses
poe pimp on November 06, 2011:
these cartoons allowed us to be kids,unlike the modern ones.
Stephen Rhodes Treadwell on November 03, 2011:
Tweety & Sylvester is not a copy of Tom & Jerry as some people think. T&J's way more entertaining. It's not plain & simple like T&S.
Randwulf from Fort Scott, Kansas on November 02, 2011:
I loved this hub and all the great comments too. These were also some of my favorites. One thing about "Rocky and Bullwinkle": when I was a kid I enjoyed watching them, but there was also something odd about the cartoon which I didn't quite "get". I felt the same way when I read cartoons in the Sunday morning "funny papers" like "Li'l Abner" and "Pogo". After I grew up I understood what it was. They were political cartoons! The political satire went over my head as a kid. I read that creator Alex Anderson's partner Jay Ward, who promoted the Rocky and Bullwinkle series, tried to take them into Russia. The Soviets responded (sounding like Boris), "We know all about moose and squirrel. You are trying to start war!"
Pami on October 18, 2011:
I love to watch The Jeston cartoon. Don't anybody remember Wonder Women Cartoon and Brickman Cartoon. I which TBS TV station would bring these back on for Saturday Morning cartoon at 9:oopm Kids need good clean cartoons still to watch. Let email TBS and ask them to do this! The children should count for watching TV.
Stephen Rhodes Treadwell on October 14, 2011:
Tom & Jerry wouldn't be as good if Tom were always trying to get Jerry. The cartoon would be more predictable & not as original.
Stephen Rhodes Treadwell on October 12, 2011:
Calling the 1975 version of Tom & Jerry better than the original is not a stupid comment, as someone told me on google. It's simply a matter of opinion.
ADEMAR DEL POZ on October 06, 2011:
Dear Friends: I am sure that all of the US made cartoons are wonderful.My favorite is TOP CAT. I used to watch TOP CAT in 1961 and I was deeply sad when TOP CAT production was discontinued. I still wonder why it happened.HANNA-BARBERA were geniuses. Now we have a new Mexican made TOP CAT (DON GATO Y SU PANDILLA) movie that is so lovely and wonderful that make us miss TOP CAT even more. I wish American cartoon producers would start making TOP CAT again. WE LOVE TOP CAT. WE LOVE DON GATO Y SU PANDILLA. Thank you TOP CAT for being there. MAY GOD BLESS TOP CAT AND YOU ALL! Ademar Del Poz, Brazil.
Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on September 28, 2011:
Very cool hub. Thanks for the trip that memory lane.
Zabbella from NJ-USA on September 21, 2011:
Oh my...I loved Mr. MaGoo, and Bullwinkle. Let's not forget Beenie and Cecil...my favorite because he was a Sea serpent and ALL the characters were hand-puppets that were very much aware they were hand-puppets!
Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on September 14, 2011:
random on September 09, 2011:
LaZeric Freeman from Hammond on August 28, 2011:
Okay, forget the shows for a minute. I want the animals at the top of the page for my kids.
My mom found a Woddy Woodpecker from somewhere that she can't remember -- a year ago. I found it in her garage just as my 7 year old was discovering the show. He was thrilled. But then those shows still bring a smile to my face. But did you guys know that Seth McFarlane is remaking The Flintstones? Suddenly i'm very afraid.
Mentalist acer from A Voice in your Mind! on August 23, 2011:
Thanks for the memories...cartoons for entertainment's sake.;)
Rebecca E. from Canada on August 17, 2011:
Well, you've made my day. I was debating about a couple of these caroons, (hurray for you!) and lo and behold I found this hub, which is useful to the uptenth degree. Since I wasn't born in the 50 or 60s, this won't bring back fond memories, but rather, pure enjoyment in seeing these videos.
Brian Dooling from Connecticut on August 06, 2011:
great hub! very enjoyable, even though i was born in the late 80's i grew up watching these shows! and when they're around that long you know they're good! voted up!
Stephen Rhodes Treadwell on July 02, 2011:
Here are some of the episodes of T&J where Tom doesn't try to get Jerry: Pecos Pest, Mouse in Manhattan (definitely), Tom's Photo Finish, Cat Nappin', Smarty Cat, The Cat Concerto.
philipandrews188 on June 24, 2011:
I love it.
rugved kotkar on June 15, 2011:
I remember them all i just love d top cat n tom & jerry but nowadays all cartoons r not shown sad... very sad feelin very nad.. just want each cartoon back on television each old cartoons guys.....
Stephen Rhodes Treadwell on April 23, 2011:
Where Tom & Jerry is mentioned above it says Tom was always trying to get Jerry. That's a misconception. Tom didn't try to get Jerry in every episode. That's one of the reasons it's better than Road Runner or Tweety & Sylvester; one of the reasons it has more variety. By the way T&J didn't fail as characters when they talked.
Bill on April 16, 2011:
WHAT! Not a mention of a true pioneer, our heroes Crusader Rabbit and Ragland T. Tiger?!!
marla on April 04, 2011:
Chris: amazing...I've been looking for that Frog cartoon guy too, for ages, and watched it just when you did...b4 school...he was on b4 Felix The cat...and said, I'm the Frog, see?"....
ConnieD on March 28, 2011:
Chris...I went looking for what you were talking about and the only thing I came up with is Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse. This cartoon was not seen for many years due to complaints over the hero's firearm fetish and the Frog's ever-present cigar.
A&E Home Video released all 130 five minute long episodes on DVD in Region 1 on October 29, 2002. Reruns of Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse were shown on Nickelodeon's Weinerville in the 1990s along with reruns of Batfink and both segments of The Alvin Show. Chauncey "Flatface" Frog - Chauncey is a chortling, cigar-smoking, derby-hatted criminal mastermind whose voice was based on Edward G. Robinson. Don't know if that's who you're thinking of or not but that's all that I found. :-)
ConnieD on March 28, 2011:
When I came to check this out I had hoped to see some really old cartoons like Caspar the Friendly Ghost, Beenie and Cecil, Little Lulu, Popeye...I guess that I'm just older than y'all are. LOL My husband and I were sitting around talking about all the good old cartoons and TV shows that we liked. I don't watch any of the shows they have now because they just aren't wholesome. We need to take all the new stuff and replace it with the old again.
Chris on March 26, 2011:
Does anyone remember a cartoon that had a 'bad guy frog' who chomped on a cigar all the time and say 'mwra mwar' I can't find it anywhere! I remember watching it early mornings before going off to school (very early 70's I'd say it was a 'bright color' cartoon - kind of washout color' The Frog and his cronies were always trying to mess with someone. :???? help!
Joe Loo on March 04, 2011:
oh man, i miss my childhood LOL, nice hub :)
Rodmaru from Texas on March 03, 2011:
Great Hub! I became addicted to Hanna-Barbera cartoons while raising my 2 kids. And Yes, Jose (13 months ago) I remember Hercules - still find myself singing his opening song! Back to H-B: Not mentioned was my favorite: Oggy-Doggy and Doggy-Daddy. (who was voiced as Jimmy Durante. "That's my Son-my Son!".) Daws Butler again? Another chuckle rouser is/was Huckleberry Hound in the Foreign Legion: ("Oh! mah'darlin,Oh! mah darlin, Oh! mah darlin What's Her Name"!) If no one here gets that, read up on the reasons men joined the Legion, or go get an old copy of "Beau Geste".
CMX910 on March 02, 2011:
You missed some of my favorites of all time: Magilla Gorilla, Rocochette Rabbit and Droop Along, and can't forget Secret Squirrel and Morrocco Mole.
lover of 60s cartoons on February 28, 2011:
One of my favs i don't see here was tennessee tuxedo and his friend chumly. Gotta love don adams
Tina Boomerina from Seattle (and the world) on February 23, 2011:
You forgot Wiley E Coyote or The Roadrunner Show. I'm not sure exactly what it was called.
I think that most cartoons are too politically correct these days...well...not Southpark.
Mal Agius on February 17, 2011:
Like Where is Scooby-Doo. He was created in 1969
Brynn Casey on February 14, 2011:
umm...... i like to watch underdog but i don't understand it! ;D
travelespresso from Somewhere in this exciting world. on December 05, 2010:
Aah UW this is a lovely trip down memory lane. As I read I thought "yeah...this character is my favorite" but I kept finding favorites! Loved Huckleberry Hound, the bumblings of Mr Magoo and the outrageous Jetsons who always seemed so exotic. Great hub.
Susan Keeping (author) from Kitchener, Ontario on December 04, 2010:
Wasn't that hillbilly one of the characters on Deputy Dawg?
And, about the character in the convict outfit, I think he was a dog...but I can't remember where I saw him.
hetzeltank on December 04, 2010:
Does anyone know the name of the hillbilly cartoon from the sixties that had a hillbilly sitting under a tree with a jug of whiskey? The hillbilly sang a song,something like "yuk yuk yuk, Oh my goodness gracious".
jjg3 on December 04, 2010:
I believe Bullwinkle's middle initial was 'T' not 'J' as Rocky's was 'J'. Their full names were Bullwinkle The Moose and Rocket Jet Squirrel. Of course I could be mistaken, it was a long time ago.
creative5359 on December 04, 2010:
I am looking specifically for the cartoon that had the small man in a black and white stripped jail costume, with a ball and chain attached to his leg..... I can't remember much else.
RobGems.ca on November 22, 2010:
Old Hanna-Barbera Cartoons from the 1960s with Screen Gems' Dancing Sticks & The "S" From Hell ,or the Torch Lady (as Wilma Flintstone once cutely posed as in the Film "The Man Called Flintstone") Glorious Moments of My Childhood were memories like these. Also Shows like "Underdog" & "The Pink Panther" On NBC tv in Living Color with a Peacock entrance. Or Repeats of the Beatles' 1965 cartoons, the Banana Splits, & The Catanooga Cats with Psychadelic "H-B" logos ending with an xylophone's tone. That's memories to me. or How about Kimba The white Lion, Speed Racer, or even obscure stuff like Gigantor, The Beagles (about two dogs who played rock & roll, not four lads from Liverpool),or Hippity Hooper? Yes, those were magic moments for me in TV Animation. Bullwinkle, Duddly Doo-Rite, Roger Ramjet, Astro-boy, Jonny Quest. God, was it fun! believe me, the 1950's-1970s cartoons were the best!
Susan Keeping (author) from Kitchener, Ontario on November 16, 2010:
I'm sure I remember Snagglepuss when I was a kid in Scotland :)
Dave Harris from Cardiff, UK on November 16, 2010:
Great hub UW, we didn't really get to see a couple of those over here in Britain, never seen Rocky and Bullwinkle or Snagglepuss and only a few Jetsons. Top cat is my fave though, thanks for sharing!
bigg3469 on November 11, 2010:
Love your list! Here are some more cartoon classics from the 1950's-1960s to add to the list.(5) Colonel Bleep, (4) Tom terrific (3) King Leonardo, (2) Ruff and Reddy, and (1)Crusader Rabbit..
umairsheikh2002 from Karachi, Pakistan on October 14, 2010:
I hate Top Cat cartoon but I love Fred Flintstone and Tom Jerry cartoons :)
Stephen Rhodes Treadwell on September 07, 2010:
Why can't anyone besides me see how amazing the 1975 version of Tom and Jerry is?
Tom Radford from Singapore on August 28, 2010:
Love it! Now I'm off to youtube land for some Hong Kong fooey action!
Stephen Rhodes Treadwell on August 21, 2010:
I found a message on google some time ago saying Top Cat definitely has the best theme song of any Hanna Barbera cartoon. I so disagree! The best Hanna Barbera theme song is definitely the one for the 1975 version of Tom & Jerry; in fact it's the best of any cartoon theme song period. Top Cat does have a good 1, though.
poo on August 02, 2010:
Thanks for making the site, I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Daniel Brown from Evansville on July 18, 2010:
Great run through of all the cartoons I loved. Now if we could only get them on again to replace the cheap crap that is on TV now days. Maybe our children or grandchildren wouldn't be so hard to get along with. I did get my daughter interested in scooby doo though, she loved those older cartoons, but not as much as the original scooby doo.
Better Yourself from North Carolina on July 10, 2010:
Wonderful hub! I wouldn't be surprised if one of the cartoons in this list would soon end up in 3D.
Maria Giunta from Sydney, Australia on June 12, 2010:
You have taken me back to my childhood. Love cartoons then and still do now, just bought the latest Alvin & the chipmunks movie LOL, I'm just a big kid. Great hub,thanks.
drbj and sherry from south Florida on May 28, 2010:
Tom and Jerry, Bullwinkle and Mr. Magoo were always my favorite cartoons. Thanks for letting me revisit them again. Excellent coverage and great videos. Another thanks.
blackhatworld from Belize on May 27, 2010:
this was an awesome hub! i've always loved cartoons up to now! where's mickey and bugs bunny? aren't they famous in the 50's and 60's? LOL
lilly_dens on April 14, 2010:
great hub! i love and i miss all these cartoons! hope someday they'll bring it back..feeling nostalgic already :)
great work Uninvited Writer!
mythbuster from Utopia, Oz, You Decide on March 28, 2010:
Hey Uninvited Writer - the pics and video clips are excellent on this hub. Thanks for building up this hub. I had forgotten about Mr. Magoo!! Haha. My Grandma used to call the grandkids "Magoo!" jokingly when we had little minor accidents or bumped into something. "Watch it there, Magoo!" "Oops Magoo are you okay?"
Pamela Lipscomb from Charlotte, North Carolina on February 26, 2010:
I watched them all! These are great cartoons. This was before cartoons got creepy!
humahub from pakistan on February 24, 2010:
i love love cartoons nice hub
mr. daydream on February 03, 2010:
I loved Hanna Barbara too. I got that Top Cat DVD too. I loved Top Cat, he wuz tha' boy!
Jose on January 30, 2010:
Ahhhhhhhh The Memories !!! Does anyone still remember The Hercules Cartoon And Im not talking about the disney one either . I miss those cartoons but the internet bringing them back .
Mellinda on January 17, 2010:
wow, many of these characters still last today, I knew they were old but not that old.
sabrebIade from Pennsylvania on January 15, 2010:
I gotta go with Quick Draw McGraw and his costumed alter-ego El Kabong!
Gener Geminiano from Land of Salt, Philippines on October 31, 2009:
Whoa some of the cartoons being shown now are already present during your time as a kid nyahahaha, just kidding aside... Excellent thank you very much for reminding all of us about great younger age, it is indeed uplifting to look back hehehe remembering your childhood friends...
vinner from India on October 19, 2009:
wonderful and amazing hub
F. Kenneth Taylor on October 12, 2009:
The Flintstones, Heckle & Jeckle, Speed Racer, The Jetsons, Tom & Jerry, and Rocky & Bullwinkle were some of my favs, but Yogi & Boo-Boo, Mr. Magoo & Droopy just urked the living hell out of me! lol!
Hey, I have a similar hub, check it out, I think you may like it!
Susan Keeping (author) from Kitchener, Ontario on September 04, 2009:
Thanks for dropping by David and friskeyper.
friskeyper on September 04, 2009:
What great memories. I can remember getting off the school bus and hurrying to finish my chores so I could watch Yogi, and his gang. Such memories. My friend and I used to imitate Yogi and Boo Boo in school it was great entertainment except when one of use would do a yogi or Boo Boo voice in class in response to a question we didn't have an answer too. The class would crack up, but alas the teacher didn't
Thanks for the memories this is a great post.
David Fallon from Pomona, CA on August 27, 2009:
This is great! I am a cartoon fanatic, even today. I would have put Tom and Jerry firs tho, only because they still make me laugh outloud.
Susan Keeping (author) from Kitchener, Ontario on August 27, 2009:
I looked it up biggo, the Go Go Gophers first appeared on the Underdog show and then got their own show.
biggo on August 26, 2009:
what was the name of the cartoon with the theme "go, go gophers go, watch those gophers go"?