What Happened to Saturday Morning Cartoons, From 'Rocky and Bullwinkle' to 'Animaniacs'?

What Happened to Saturday Morning Cartoons, From 'Rocky and Bullwinkle' to 'Animaniacs'? ...

Crusader Rabbit was first aired in 1950, followed shortly by The Flintstones, which was renamed The Simpsons, before becoming the most popular prime-time cartoon in history. In 1966, all three major networks broadcast animation blocks on Saturday mornings.

Hanna-Barbera Productions began producing cartoons for kids and all three major networks in 1966 (fun fact: Hanna-Barbera produced the majority of television series) and later The New Adventures of Superman (fun fact: there are over 1,200 original episodes)

Researchers found that animation was more profitable than live-action programming because it allowed one voice actor to play multiple roles, reruns spread out the cost of the original investment, and educational and educational programs that aired during the sessions encouraged children to purchase the products. In 1978, the Federal Trade Commission attempted to impose a ban on advertising to children under the age of six, but groups representing toy companies, advertisers, and cereal businesses agreed to include educational and informational content alongside public service announcements, such as Schoolhouse Rock!, which

The first real sign of Saturday morning cartoons as we knew it was syndicating Saturday morning cartoons, which were permitted to be shown again on weekday afternoons because they were not subject to the same strict advertising regulations as Saturday mornings. In 1996, the government passed the Children's Programming Report. It clarified what was educational and what was educational and what was not.

Saturday morning cartoons were being knocked to the ground by the advent of technology in the 1990s. Personal computers, VCRs, DVD players, and home video game consoles were becoming the norm. Cartoons like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Animaniacs, and Pinky and the Brain were still on life support, but cable networks provided alternatives. Litton's Weekend Adventure was replaced with pro-social and unscripted series on Saturday mornings.

Wake up at the crack of dawn, grab a bowlful of Lucky Charms, watch some Hong Kong Phooey or The Banana Splits Show in your pajamas, and relive the days when Saturday mornings were a kid's most anticipated time of the week (and maybe some coffee as well).