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Top 3 Classic Cartoons That Are Still Relevant Today

Updated on December 28, 2013

There's a kid in everybody

I am an avid cartoon watcher. But, I prefer the older cartoons. These newer cartoons just don't have the same "quality" as the older ones. I do like Spongebob Squarepants, tho. I didn't when it first came out but now I do.

So for this Hub, I chose the top 3 classic cartoons that are still relevant today. There are more than three but these, to me, are the 3 most still relevant cartoons today.

#3: Tom & Jerry

Classic Tom and Jerry opening shot
Classic Tom and Jerry opening shot | Source

Classic Tom & Jerry

They might not talk but they do say actions talk louder than words.

With a scheming cat and a smart mouse, the fun never ends. Tom is always trying to get one over on Jerry but he never really wins. I can think of maybe two cartoons where Tom got over on Jerry.

My favorite episode is where Jerry's Uncle Peso comes to town, to appear on a television show, and his guitar string keeps breaking. What does he use? One of Tom's whiskers, of course! He even gets the last laugh when he reaches through the television screen and plucks the last whisker off Tom's face! My favorite part of the whole cartoon is when he's performing a song for his nephew, Jerry, and he starts dancing by wiggling his feet around. I don't know why that's my favorite part.

Why do I think this cartoon is still relevant? I think it is still relevant today because of the simplicity. Yes, every cartoon might be the same premises - Tom trying to catch Jerry and Jerry outwitting Tom - but it's always in a different way. One day it could be Spike, the Bulldog, mad because Tom keeps waking Tyke, his son, up and giving him the hiccups and the next it could be Jerry helping out a runaway baby seal, who escaped from the circus, who Tom is also trying to catch to earn some fast cash. (If you haven't seen the last one, Tom ends up dressing like the seal, to catch him, but the circus people spot Tom and take him back to the circus.) It's a simple game of cat and mouse (pun kind of intended) that captivates any child.

I'm not a real big fan of the new Tom & Jerry Tales but I do like the 90's Tom & Jerry Kids cartoons.

#2: Looney Tunes

Classic Looney Tunes opening shot.
Classic Looney Tunes opening shot. | Source

Classic Looney Tunes

They're looney...they're tuney!

Looney Tunes is actually my favorite cartoon, ever. I have all five of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection on DVD. I used to have Looney Tunes marathons all the time when my work schedule wasn't so hectic. I think I need to have another one soon.

It's hard to say which Looney Tunes cartoon is my favorite. I have several, honestly. One of my favorites is when Bugs Bunny is messing with Daffy Duck, drawing him all sorts of ways, but you don't know it's Bugs until the end. One of my favorite lines is from Daffy Duck - "I'm not crazy, I just don't give a darn!" Or, Marvin the Martian's "Ooooooh, that makes me VERY angry!" I will actually puff my chest out like him if I say it. And Beaky Buzzard is one of my favorite characters. My husband and I will actually imitate him sometimes. (Fun fact: We have a dog toy at my place of employment for sale that looks a whole lot like Beaky Buzzard. If it didn't have stuffing in it, I would totally get it for my Boys.)

Why do I think that Looney Tunes is still relevant today? It's just a classic! Parents loved Looney Tunes when they were a child so they pass it down to their children, who in turn, pass it down to their children. My parents could always make me happy by letting me watch Looney Tunes. My husband loves Looney Tunes as well and so does his kids. It's just a timeless classic, really.

They've come out with a new reboot, called The Looney Tunes Show, but it is not as good as the original cartoons. I do like Baby Looney Tunes but who blames me? They were so cute!

Aw, no, no, no, no! (Beaky Buzzard)

#1: Scooby Doo

Scooby and the gang on the case!
Scooby and the gang on the case! | Source

Classic Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo started in 1969 and is still going strong today, with different revivals and reboots.

Scooby Doo is my husbands favorite, and obviously one of mine, too. Although I am not a huge fan of Scrappy Doo. He could be annoying at times. Usually if Scooby is on, you can find us watching it. My husband has various Scooby items, like pajama pants that my parents got him. Scooby has been one of his favorite cartoons since he was a kid.

Why do I think Scooby is still relevant today? It's been going since 1969, on various stations and various revivals. We sell various items at my place of employment. I have kids always asking if we have Scooby Doo stuff. I honestly don't remember a time where Scooby Doo, the original or one of the reboots/revivals, hasn't been on TV. For a cartoon to be on 44, almost 45 years, and kids (and adults) still loving it says something. Scooby is one of the most popular dogs on television! I've known quite a few dogs named Scooby as well. That has to say something!!

Fun fact: Frank Welker has voiced Freddie Jones ever since the cartoon started in 1969. The only time he hasn't voiced Freddie is in A Pup Named Scooby Doo! in the late 1980s/early 1990s. (For the record, I love A Pup Named Scooby Doo!)

The lyrics to the Looney Tunes theme song


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Thanks for reading my Hub!

What classic cartoons (that are not on my list, obviously!) do you think are still relevant today?


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    • Georgie Lowery profile image

      GH Price 4 years ago from Texas

      Scooby Doo will always be my favorite cartoon from my childhood!