BEST CHIL­DREN’S AN­I­MATED SE­RIES

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Cover Story - BY MICHELLE WIL­SON

“Bugs Bunny” (1960-62) “Eh, what’s up Doc?” The ras­cally rab­bit was al­ways up to some­thing. Whether ban­ter­ing with Daffy Duck, try­ing to bam­boo­zle Elmer Fudd or belt­ing out a mu­si­cal num­ber, Bugs was con­stantly bring­ing the laughs. Other beloved char­ac­ters in­cluded Porky Pig, Tweety, Sylvester, Yosemite Sam and Road­run­ner, all hav­ing their own shin­ing mo­ments in the spot­light.

“The Jet­sons” (1962-63) “Meet Ge­orge, his boy El­roy, daugh­ter Judy and Jane, his wife.” And even if they aren’t men­tioned in the hit theme song by com­poser Hoyt Curtin, we also can’t for­get Rosie the ro­bot and Astro the space mutt. Though short-lived in prime time, the fu­tur­is­tic, out-of-this-world se­ries went on to have a suc­cess­ful run on Satur­day morn­ings.

“Scooby-Doo” (1969-70) “Zoinks! Ruh-roh! Jeep­ers! Jinkies! Looks like we’ve got an­other mys­tery on our hands!” The ti­tle dog and his best friend Shaggy – who were afraid of, well, ev­ery­thing ex­cept food – teamed up with their other pals Velma, Daphne and Fred to solve the lat­est mys­tery. Now, where are those Scooby snacks?

“The Smurfs” (1981-90) “La, la, lala, la, la, sing a happy song.” Th­ese blue mush­room dwellers had a pretty charmed life ex­cept for when the evil Gar­gomel or his cat Azrael were around. Al­beit small in size, some of the voices be­hind them were mighty fa­mous, in­clud­ing those of An­gel (Wil­liam Christo­pher, “M*A*S*H”), Farmer (Alan Young, “Mis­ter Ed”), Papa (Don Mes­sick, also the voice of ScoobyDoo) and Greedy (Hamil­ton Camp, “WKRP in Cincin­nati”), just to name a few.

“Bugs Bunny” “The Jet­sons” “The Smurfs” 2

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