Today I'm taking a trip down memory lane and linking up to the Listography linky at Kate Takes 5. The theme this week is cartoon characters from childhood. So, without further ado, these are my top 5.
Bod – Mr Frog and his Amazing Animal Band
My mother tells me that I used to love watching Bod. I can’t remember anything about Bod himself really. I think this is because for me, he wasn’t the hero of the show. It was Alberto Frog. Once the opening credits were over, I waited patiently for the part in the programme when Alberto Frog would appear with his orchestral animal band. Mr Frog would then drink a milkshake – either strawberry or chocolate, very noisily, and I’d watch in awe as he sucked it all up very quickly through his straw. Fascinating stuff.
The Pink Panther
I googled Pink Panther today and was surprised to find that the original cartoons date back to 1964. I’m not that old! I can only imagine I was watching re-runs, that’s what happens when you grow up in a world with only three TV channels. I still love the Pink Panther today. The animation is so simple and clever. But it’s Henry Mancini’s score that is the icing on the cake for me, it's pure musical genius.
The Wacky Races
Penelope Pitstop, The Hooded Claw, Dastedly and Mutley. What a cast of characters. Penelope Pitstop was glamour personified to me, a cartoon character role model. I wanted to be just like her. (Actually, I can remember very little of her personality…I just wanted to have her pink clothes, flowing blond locks and pink car.)
I loved the problem solving mysteries of Scooby Doo. Shaggy and Scooby were fabulous. I also liked the girl with long red hair - what was her name?
More magic from Hanna Barbera. I think the cartoon was actually called Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels. My favourite phrase was : “Wowsers Cavey!” This was uttered by the three girls when Captain Caveman had done something amazing. I used to love saying this, in fact, I used to practice trying to say it in exactly the same way!