Everyone knows that Saturday mornings were the best mornings of the week! We had some of the best cartoons on the three networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) to pick from. Waking up early to sit in front of the TV for four to five hours straight was the norm for many kids all over the nation. Let's take a look at one of the Cartoon line-ups that ABC had way back in 1983.
This line up featured a healthy mix of new and old cartoons. It was smart to bookend Scooby Doo at the start and the end of the programing block. Everybody loves Scooby Doo, but Scrappy Doo? Well, thats a different story.
8:00pm The Best of Scooby Doo
ZONIKS!!!!! Scooby Doo was THE cartoon that set the formula for many "teens with a talking animal" cartoons that followed. The leading smart guy (Fred), the popular girl (Daphne), the smart girl (Velma), the comic relief (Shaggy), and the pet/animal (Scooby), throw in a super iconic van (the Mystery Machine), and you have a massive hit show on your hands! Okay, so for the four people that have never heard of this show, these teens and their dog went around and solved mysteries. Usually the team debunked ghosts and ghoul sightings in old abandoned places. The crooks and villains would have gotten away with their spooky crimes if it wasn't for Scooby and the gang.
Our Cartoon Research Division failed to find the opener for The Best of Scooby Doo show, so here is the opener for Scooby Doo, Where Are You? This was when they were at their prime!
8:30 The Little Rascals and Richie Rich Show
Based on the characters from Hal Roach's classic Our Gang/Little Rascals short films, The Little Rascals cartoon followed a group of friends and their crazy comedic adventures.
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This half hour was split with Richie Rich cartoons.
Richie Rich was initially a Harvey comic book created in the 1960's. Dubbed "The richest kid in the world," Richie went on globe-trotting adventures with his buddy Freckles, girlfriend Gloria, dog Dollar, butler Cadbury, and robotic maid Irona. And since he could afford it, Richie always went equipped with wacky inventions from Professor Keanbean, the director of the Rich Science Center.
Based on a line of Japanese stuffed toy monkeys from the Sekiguchi Corporation, Monchhichis was produced by Hanna-Barbera and made its TV debut on this line up. The Monchhichis were monkey-like creatures who lived in the forest land of Monchia at the very top of tall trees well above the clouds. The tribe's leader, Wizzar, was a magical wizard who made up spells and potions to defeat their enemy, Horrg and the evil Grumplins of Grumplor.
Pac-Man is one of our favorite cartoons here at the Wonder Weird offices! This was the popular video game brought to life with great voices, great stories, and bright colors. The cartoon was just like the games. Those pesky ghosts were always trying to ruin Pac-Man's life in Pac-Land. The Pac-Man series also gave us one of our favorite Christmas specials, Christmas Comes to Pac-Land.
10:00 Rubik The Amazing Cube
Yes, you read that correctly. During the 80's, cartoons were made for any fad they could (I wonder if they ever made a pet rock cartoon in the 70's). How could they make a cartoon about the hottest selling puzzle-cube in history?
Rubik the Amazing Cube featured a magic Rubik’s Cube named Rubik who could fly and had other special powers. Rubik fell out of the stagecoach of an evil magician, who became the main villain of the series. Rubik only came alive when the colored squares on all his sides matched up. With the help of three siblings—Carlos, Lisa, and Reynaldo Rodriguez, Rubik foiled the magician’s evil plans.
Watch the intro below
10:30 The Littles
The Littles was an animated television series originally produced between 1983 and 1985. It was based on the characters from The Littles, a series of children's novels by American author John Peterson, the first of which was published in 1967. Many of the episodes contained moral lessons or addressed specific issues, such as running away from home, drug abuse, and jealousy.
11:00 The Puppy's Further Adventures
Surprisingly, this is one show that stumped our Wonder Weird Cartoon Research Division. Like a forgotten bone buried in the backyard, no one remembered it. It lasted two seasons and was based on characters created by children's author, Jane Thayer. The series centered around Petey, a young dog who attached himself to a lonely orphan boy named Tommy.
11:30 The New Scooby Doo and Scrappy Doo Show
For this incarnation of Scooby Doo, Hanna-Barbera attempted to combine the most successful elements of both the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? format and the newer Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo format. Daphne Blake, was added back to the cast after a four-year absence. She joined Shaggy Rogers, Scooby-Doo, and Scrappy-Doo. Together they solved supernatural mysteries under the cover of being reporters for a teen magazine. Each half-hour program was made up of two 11-minute episodes, which would upon occasion be two parts of one half-hour-long episode. Scrappy Doo has his haters and fans, but us here at Wonder Weird didn't mind him at all. It was cool to have a small hero be so strong and courageous.
What a great line-up of cartoons, but wait how could we forget to talk about... MENUDO!
For some reason, they had Menudo on during this Saturday morning line-up, singing songs and being funny in between Rubik and The Littles.
And now a video recap of the awesomeness that was the 1983 ABC Saturday Morning line-up...