Monday, June 20, 2011

The Best Cartoons from the Past





One day during this week, I came back from work tired and stressed  (two of the most common sicknesses in this century....). I just wanted to relax and watch TV for a while. I wanted to watch something innocent and funny, so I decided to look for cartoons having in mind the old and nice ones from the old times. Unfortunately, I stopped in a very popular channel and began watching a cartoon whose name I won´t mention.......I was surprise of the violence and the lack of values  I saw in that cartoon in a few minutes. The story mainly is about a group of animals who are are supposed to be friends. But somethings happens in the story and as a joke (a very bad one), the main characters begin beheading each other, cutting hands, taking the eyes out, breaking the bones.......I never imagined I could see so much blood in a simple cartoon.
After I turned it off and began thinking and missing those nice, innocent, educative, and funny cartoons we used to watch in the 80s and 90s. They were old cartoons even for us in that time, but they were magical, and they always made us smile. In honor to those cartoons, I wanted to post some of the ones I love the most. There are so many.......but these ones are so special for me because they bring memories me from my childhood and my beloved brother. I still see him and me watching these cartoons together in the afternoon. I hope they return once again, and the children of the new generations have the chance to watch them as well  and enjoy them. I hope you have a good time watching them again and remembering the good times.


12. The First Bad Man

It is an American animated cartoon directed by Tex Avery. It was released by MGM on September 30, 1955.
Texas
Texas is the second-largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state in the contiguous United States.The name, meaning "friends" or "allies" in Caddo, was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in East Texas...
An unnamed narrator tells a story about the history of Texas set one million years ago, when Dinosaur Dan, the eponymous villain, terrorized the state. He rustles all the cattle (brontosaurs with the heads of Texas longhorns
Texas longhorn (cattle)
The Texas Longhorn is a breed of cattle known for its characteristic horns, which can extend to tip to tip for steers and exceptional cows, and tip to tip for bulls. Horns can have a slight upward turn at their tips or even triple twist. Texas Longhorns are known for their diverse coloring..and runs off with all the pretty women. The primitive Texans finally corner Dan in his mountain hideout, and cleverly chisel away the outer rock, leaving behind a small rock jail with Dan inside. The final scene shows the jail still standing in modern day Dallas, and reveals that the narrator is really Dinosaur Dan, still in jail and sadly asking "When are y'all gonna let me out of here?"




11.  From A to ZZZ

From A to Z-Z-Z-Z is a 1953 animated cartoon short by Chuck Jones in the Looney Tunes series. It was released by Warner Bros. in 1954.
The cartoon begins with an exterior shot of a school classroom. Through the windows, children are visible at their desks. They are learning arithmetic by rote. The main character, Ralph Phillips, is bored with this lesson; on seeing a bird outside, he imagines that he is free to use his arms and legs to propel himself through the air. All the cartoon shows all the adventures and dangers that Ralph faces in his daydreaming world!




10. The House of Tomorrow

The House of Tomorrow is a 1949 animated theatrical short directed by Tex Avery. It was part of a series of cartoons Avery did satirizing technology of the future which included: The Car of Tomorrow, The Farm of Tomorrow, and The TV of Tomorrow. These were satires of live action promotional films that were commonly shown in theaters at the time.
The film is a straight forward narrated showcase of appliances said to be found in a typical house in the year 2050, roughly a hundred years after the cartoon was made, each one actually an outlandish joke. Most of the time the inventions following a similar pattern of being made for each member of the family ending with a fatal version for the "mother-in-law".




9. The Cat That Hated People

 It is a 1948 cartoon directed by Tex Avery and produced by Fred Quimby. The cat's voice was supplied by Paul Frees; incidental music was directed by Scott Bradley.
It begins with an antisocial alley cat complaining about his life in the city mentioning how he doesn't get along with children  and babies, dogs, and other people.
Much of his opening commentary is done as he is walking or lying on a busy sidewalk, with people walking on him and providing an occasional kick, one of which sends him to the front of the Moonbeam Rocket Company (a sign in the window says "Any place in space - 5 minutes") as he declares that he wants to go to the moon.




8. Ventriloquist Cat

Ventriloquist Cat is an MGM animated film, directed by Hollywood director Tex Avery. The film was released in the US on 27 May 1950.
An alley cat is being chased by a dim-witted bulldog. In order to escape, the cat jumps into a box full of magicians props and discovers a ventriloquists device for throwing his voice. With his newly acquired powers of ventriloquism, the cat plays a series of practical jokes on the bulldog. Ultimately the jokes backfire on the cat.




7. Bad Luck Blackie

It is a 1949 animated cartoon produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The Tex Avery-directed short was voted the fifteenth-best cartoon of all-time in a 1994 poll of one-thousand animation industry professionals, as referenced in the book The 50 Greatest Cartoons.
As the story begins, a small white kitten is being mercilessly tormented by a mean bulldog. The kitten manages to escape, and while hiding for safety behind a garbage can, she is met by a bowler hat-wearing, cigar-chomping black cat, who offers to protect the kitten (his business card reads "Paths Crossed -- Guaranteed Bad Luck"). The black cat demonstrates his skills by crossing the path of the rapidly approaching bulldog (to the tune of Comin' Through the Rye), who is then knocked out by a flowerpot that falls from the sky. The black cat leaves the scene after giving the kitten a whistle, to be blown in case of emergency.




6. Peace on Earth

It is a one-reel 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon short directed by Hugh Harman, about a post-apocalyptic world populated only by animals.
Two young squirrels ask their grandfather on Christmas Eve who the "men" are in the lyric "peace on Earth, good will to men." The grandfather squirrel then tells them a history of the human race, focusing on the never-ending wars men waged. Ultimately the wars do end, with the deaths of the last men on Earth, two soldiers shooting each other. Afterwards, the surviving animals discover a copy of the Bible in the ruins of a church. Inspired by the book's teachings, they decide to rebuild a society dedicated to peace and nonviolence (using the helmets of soldiers to construct houses). The cartoon features an original song written to the tune of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing."
According to Hugh Harman's obituary in the New York Times and Ben Mankiewicz, host of Cartoon Alley, the cartoon was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. However, it is not listed in the official Nobel Prize nomination database.[3] Mankiewicz also claimed that the cartoon was the first about a serious subject by a major studio. In 1994, it was voted #40 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field. 





5. Hyde and Hare

It is a 1955 Looney Tunes Bugs Bunny cartoon, directed by Friz Freleng. The cartoon pits Bugs against Dr. Jekyll, who continues to turn into Mr. Hyde. The title is a play on the expression "neither hide nor hair."
Bugs comes out of his rabbit hole in a city park every morning because a kind gentleman (who has the likeness and mannerism of Peter Lorre) keeps coming to feed him a carrot ("Well, here I go again with the 'timid little rabbit' routine. It's shameful, but - eh, it's a living!"). At first feigning a usual rabbit posture, Bugs eventually stands up and confides that he'd rather simply go home with the gentleman as a "pet," since it would be easier on both of them. As the gentleman brings Bugs home, he remarks that it is strange that Bugs calls him "Doc" because "I happen to be a doctor." The camera then pans up to see that the name above the apartment is none other than Dr. Jekyll.
Inside the house, Bugs gets used to his new surroundings. Dr. Jekyll comes across a bubbling potion that he knows he shouldn't drink, but he gives in ("Oh, I'm so ashamed!!") and drinks the potion anyway. He then transforms into Mr. Hyde, with a monstrous green face and glowing red eyes.




4. Horton Hatches the Egg

 It is a children's book by Dr. Seuss, first published in 1940. The character Horton appeared again in Horton Hears a Who!, published in 1954. These two books later provided the thrust of the plot in 2003 for the Broadway musical Seussical.
The book concerns an elephant named Horton, who is convinced by an irresponsible bird named Mayzie to sit on her egg while she takes a short "break", which proves to last for months. Naturally, the absurd sight of an elephant sitting atop a tree makes quite a scene. Horton is laughed at by his jungle friends, exposed to the elements, captured by hunters, forced to endure a terrible sea voyage, and finally placed in a traveling circus. However, he refuses to leave the nest through all of these, because he promised Mayzie he would look after the egg ("I meant what I said and I said what I meant, And an elephant's faithful, one hundred per cent!") Mayzie returns to the circus once the egg is due to hatch, and demands its return without offering any reward for Horton. However, when the egg hatches, the creature that emerges is a cross between Horton and Mayzie (an "elephant-bird"), and Horton and the baby are returned happily to the jungle, rewarding Horton for his persistence.


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3. Goo Goo Goliath

It is a 1954 cartoon short, which features the drunk stork (aka the "steadfastly stinko stork" from Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 6) as the main character
The steadfastly-stinko stork is too pooped to deliver a big baby to Mrs. Giant at the top of the beanstalk, so he drops it at the nearest house.  "Never saw a house yet that a baby wasn't welcome."  The narrator tells us, "These people were overjoyed that the baby had a healthy appetite," meaning gallons and gallons of milk.  It's not long before little giant outgrows his bassinet and even a full-sized bed.  He requires cement mixers full of pablum, the swimming pool for a tub, and an auto tire as a teething ring.  baby's first steps are treacherous, but "Junior" is helpful in getting the car started.  Babies often take advantage of open gates and wander away: a 42-foot baby wearing the Brown Derby restaurant hat isn't too hard to miss, even for skeptical policemen.  The stork returns to correct his dropoff and finds the titanic toddler in the arms of the Statue of Liberty.  Stork returns him to the giant, to swap for the normal sized baby the giant is currently using a jewler's glass to help him diaper.   "Thank goodness, things are straightened out at last," hiccups the stork.  "To each his own, I always say."  The last shot reveals he's left the normal human baby in the pouch of a kangaroo!








2. Rocket-Bye Baby

It is a 1956 animated cartoon short in the Merrie Melodies series, directed by Chuck Jones for Warner Bros. Cartoons. The Michael Maltese story follows the adventures of a baby from Mars who ended up on Earth after the planets passed close to each other. It was Warner Brothers' take on the borderline hysteria surrounding UFOs in the 1950s, augmented by the Russian space program and the Roswell Incident.
The movie begins with a vignette showing the planets Mars and Earth, during which the narrator explains that, in the summer of 1954, the planets came so close to each other that "a cosmic force was disturbed" and a baby destined for Earth arrived at Mars, and vice versa. Two comet-like bodies are shown colliding and then assuming paths distinct from their original directions of travel. The transit of one, colored green, is followed as it flies through Earth's atmosphere, above hundreds of homes with strange-looking TV antennas, then arrives at a high-rise hospital.
Joseph Wilbur is waiting with other anxious, heavily smoking fathers in the hospital waiting room. Finally, an announcement comes over the P.A. that Joseph can see his baby. Excited, he presses against the glass of the nursery window while his baby is rolled in on a small gurney. The baby becomes visible, but wait! His head is green! Then, he jumps up from the gurney and we see that his head has two antennae that spark and make Morse-code style beeps! Joseph faints.




1.   Bartholomew and the Wheel.

The story begins when a little boy tells the story of his dog, Bartholomew. One day, Bartholomew's tail was run over by the wheel of another boy's scooter. Consumed with rage, Bartholomew instantly detested wheels and tires and chased and bit into all wheels he could find, including the wheel of an airplane, which took him to the Sahara desert!





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