Best Children’s Animated Series
“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.
(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.