“Remember Saturday morning? You’d wake up before anybody else, turn on the TV and watch cartoons for hours on end and gobble down something sugar-coated. Put on your best PJs and experience it all over again on the big screen! Programmed for all ages, the cereal will be all-you-can-eat and the cartoons (hand-picked from the 70s & 80s) will last over 3 hours!”
Well that sounded good to me, so this weekend I went to the Garneau Theatre with Sandra and Judie for Metro Cinema‘s Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party.
I think this is about the third time they’ve done it. It’s very always popular. Today there was a full house and lots of people were dressed in their jammies.
Since we arrived a little late I was worried that there would only be Wheatabix left and all the “good” cereals would be gone.
No worries though – still lots of Lucky Charms and Frosted Mini-Wheats. For the record, I had a bowl of Raisin Bran to start and Fruit Loops later on. I brought my own bowl and spoon as well as some juice and sliced bananas so it wouldn’t all be empty calories.
I never heard of any of the cartoons they showed. Of course when most of these aired on TV I was already an adult. Growing up (in the 60s), Saturday morning TV meant the Bugs Bunny/Roadrunner Hour and those Gerry Anderson “Supermarionation” shows like Fireball XL-5, Thunderbirds and Stingray.
They showed: Fantastic Four (“Menace of The Mole Men”), Jabberjaw (“There’s No Place Like Outerspace”), The Barkleys (“Match Breaker”) , The Smokey Bear Show, Emergency +4 , Teen Wolf (“Teen Wolf Punks Out”), Partridge Family 2200 A.D. (“The Incredible Shrinking Keith”) Tijuana Toads and Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos.
Not exactly shining beacons in the Art of Animation.
But more entertaining than the Partridge Family transplanted 200 years into the future or All In The Family recast with dogs were the commercials and public service announcements, such as a One To Grow On episode starring David Hasselhof, Schoolhouse Rock vignettes on electricity and women’s sufferage, a creepy commerical for Oatmeal Crisp with Tony Perkins, an even creepier British anti-drowning commercial with Donald Pleasance as the voice of the Grim Reaper, and this astonishing Peter Max-style animated film produced for the American bicentennial: