I was chatting with a friend the other day about some of the wonderful cartoons the ABC used to air when I was growing up. It was at that point that someone reminded me just how grim The Animals of Farthing Wood actually was.
Like … this is a kid’s show. How did the BBC get away with airing that? How was the ABC OK with that?
How did I manage to scrub that from my memory?
Still, it was a fascinating – but dark – series. And there were some other cracking cartoons from decades past:
How can you not love that theme song. Also, the cartoon itself was cute, but Jesus the book was messed up.
A+ material for an animated series. The series also had the advantage of rounding out some of the original comics: Tintin in Tibet was vastly better done as an animated series than in the books, and the power of voiceover and backing music helped add more atmosphere to two-part series like Destination Moon.
I will open that trap door, and I will give Berk a hug at any opportunity. Also: Trap Door still has the cutest skull and spider on TV.
And of course anyone who grew up in the ’90s had some appreciation for the Cheez TV lineup: Digimon, Pokemon, and Dragon Ball Z. But what were your cartoons growing up?