Best Chil­dren’s An­i­mated Se­ries

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On TV - 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.

“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 Scooby-Doo) and Greedy (Hamil­ton Camp, “WKRP in Cincin­nati”), just to name a few.

“SpongeBob SquarePant­s”

(1999-present) Ah, Bikini Bot­tom! If you’re look­ing for nau­ti­cal non­sense, you def­i­nitely go neck-deep here. The equal­sided, yellow good cit­i­zen is a hap­pygo-lucky fel­low whose fa­vorite pas­times in­clude hang­ing out in Jel­ly­fish Fields with his best pal Pa­trick Star, un­know­ingly an­noy­ing his neigh­bor and co-worker Squid­ward, taking care of his pet snail Gary and of course, flipping pat­ties on the grill for his money-hun­gry crus­tacean boss at the Krusty Krab.

“Bugs Bunny”

“The Jet­sons”

“The Smurfs”

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