Remember that one day when you could wake up without an alarm? When you would get your favorite bowl of cereal and sit between the hours of 8 and 12? This is a blog dedicated to the greatest time of our childhood: Saturday mornings. The television programs you watched, the memories attached to them, and maybe introducing you to something you didn't realize existed. Updated every weekend.
Let's take a moment to remember all the Saturday morning veterans we lost. You may not know some of their names, and likely may not know most of their faces, but these are just some of the folks who brought you your enjoyment on the best day of the week.
Lance Percival (January 6) – Actor, comedian and singer. He played
both Paul McCartney and Ringo Star in The
Chikao Ohtsuka (January 15) – Actor. Provided the original Japanese
voices of Tao Pai Pai in the Dagon Ball series,
Count Ledolly Sheldal in Yu-Gi-Oh! and
Dr. Eggman in Sonic X. Also provided
the Japanese dubbing for Dick Dastardly in Wacky
Races and Dastardly and Muttley in
Their Flying Machines,
Walt Peregoy (January 16) – Background artist and color stylist.
Worked on The Adventures of Gulliver, The
Banana Splits Adventure Hour, Wacky Races, Cattanooga Cats, The Perils of
Penelope Pitstop, Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines, Scooby-Doo,
Where Are You!, Help!...It’s the Hair Bear Bunch!, Sealab 2020, Josie and the
Pussycats in Outer Space, The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, Emergency +4,
Scooby’s Laff-A-Lympics, I am the Greatest!: the Adventures of Muhammad Ali,
The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show, Foofur, CBS Storybreak, and Tiny Toon Adventures.
Peggy Sundelle Charren (January 22) – Activist. Founded the Action
for Children’s Television which led to the passage of the Children’s Television
Act of 1990; mandating that networks with children’s programming increase the
amount of educational programming per week.
Stephen R. Johnson (January 26) – Director, animator, painter and
writer. Worked on the first season of Pee-Wee’s
Gary Owens (February 12) – Actor, announcer and disc jockey. He was
the original voice of Space Ghost on Space Ghost and Space Stars
(with a non-Saturday reprisal on Batman: The Brave and the Bold) and the
Blue Falcon on The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour, Scooby's All-Star
Laff-A-Lympics, and Dynomutt Dog Wonder (again reprised off Saturday
on Johnny Bravo), and served as the announcer and instructor frequently
featured on Garfield and Friends and Eek! the Cat. He tapped his
announcing skills as the narrator for Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels,
Yogi's Space Race, The Mighty Orbots, Yogi's Treasure Hunt, andthe
opening for Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, while also providing
additional and guest voices for Bobby's World, Goof Troop, Raw
Toonage, Tom & Jerry Kids, Skeleton Warriors, The Twisted Tales of
Felix the Cat, Aahh!!! Real Monsters, The Mask, and The New Batman
Adventures. Rock 'n' Wrestling Saturday Spectacular, a spin-off film from Hulk
Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling, featured Owens making an appearance as himself.
Leonard Nimoy (February 27) – Actor, director, photographer,
author, poet, singer and songwriter. Originated the role of Mr. Spock and the
majority of Vulcan culture in Star Trek:
The Original Series and related movies, which he reprised for Star Trek: The Animated Series.
Allan Lurie (March 10) – Actor and writer. Starred as Uglor in Space Stars andMezmaron in Pac-Man. Also
provided voices for A Pup Named
Scooby-Doo, Tom & Jerry Kids Show and The Pirates of Dark Water.
Roger Slifer (March 30) – Writer and producer. Worked on Jem, RoboCop: The Animated Series, Bucky
O’Hare and the Toad Wars!, Conan: The Adventurer, Superman: The Animated
Series, Street Fighter: The Animated Series, Spider-Man Unlimited, Yu-Gi-Oh!
Duel Monsters and Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles (2003).
Richard Dysart (April 5) – Actor, Dr. Bartholomew in two episodes
of Batman: the Animated Series.
Richard LaSalle (April 5) – Composer, created music for Run, Joe, Run, Big John, Little John and
the 1976 version of The Monster Squad.
James Best (April 6) – Actor, acting coach, artist, teacher and
musician, starred as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in The Dukes and its live-action counterpart.
Stan Freberg (April 7) – Actor, comedian, author, recording artist,
puppeteer and advertiser. He was the narrator on Wuzzles, Skip Binford on an episode of Amazing Stories, Junyer Bear and Pete Puma on Tiny Toon Adventures, the Network Vice-President on Taz-Mania, Sidney the Dinosaur, Al and
Schlocko the Insurance Agent on Garfield
and Friends, Bo-Ron and Mo-Ron on Freakazoid!,
Papa Boolie and J.B. Toppersmith on The
Weirld Al Show, Ra on Hercules, Race
Announcer on Stuart Little and
Gopherius Rex, the Gopher King on Duck
Dodgers. He also played various roles on The Bugs Bunny Show, The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo, The Bugs
Bunny/Road Runner Hour, The Sylvester & Tweety Show, ABC Weekend Specials and The Bugs n’ Daffy Show.
Suzanne Crough (April 27) – Actor, began her career as Tracy
Partridge on The Partridge Family which
she reprised on The Partridge Family 2200
A.D. and a guest appearance on Goober
and the Ghost Chasers.
John Stephenson (May 15) – Actor with a long association with
Hanna-Barbera. His Saturday starring
roles included Dr. Benton Quest and others on Johnny Quest, Chief
Winchley on The Secret Squirrel Show and The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel
Show, Fariik and Bakaar on The Banana Splits Adventure Hour, Luke and
Blubber Bear on Wacky Races, Eustace P. Peevly on Help!...It's the
Hair Bear Bunch!, Captain Mike Murphy on Sealab 2020, Mr. Socrates
on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids, Doggie Daddy, Hardy Har Har and
others on Yogi's Gang, Hadji on Jeannie, Reuben Kinkaid on Partridge
Family 2200 AD, Tom, Jerry and Spike on The New Tom & Jerry Show, Mildew
Wolf, Doggie Daddy, Dread Baron and The Great Fondoo on Laff-A-Lympics, Captain
Snerdley and General Blowhard on Galaxy Goof-Ups and Yogi's Space
Race, Harry Scary and the Commander on Casper and the Angles, Chief
Quimby in the original pilot of Inspector Gadget (1983), Beef Bonk on Galaxy
High School, Doc, Philo and Grunge on Fraggle Rock: the Animated Series,
andProfessor X in Pryde of the X-Men.
provided guest voices in episodes of The Magilla Gorilla Show, Frankenstein
Jr. and the Impossibles, Birdman, Moby Dick and the Mighty Mightor, The
Adventures of Gulliver, The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie, Inch High Private
Eye, Super Friends, The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour and Dynomutt Dog
Wonder, The Fantastic Four (1978), The Super Globetrotters, The Puppy's
Further Adventures, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, ABC Weekend Specials,
Pound Puppies (1986), The Flintstone Kids, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters and
served as narrator on The Ruff & Reddy Show and The
Atom Ant Show, while providing additional voices on Abbott &
Costello, Young Samson & Goliath, Harlem Globe Trotters, The
Addams Family (1973), Speed Buggy, Goober and the Ghost Chasers,CB
Bears, The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show, Captain Caveman and the Teen
Angels, The Kwicky Koala Show, Drak Pack, Spider-Man (1981), Space
Stars, Shirt Tales, Laverne & Shirley with Special Guest Star the Fonz,
Rubik the Amazing Cube, Mister T, The incredible Hulk (1982), The Dukes,
The Littles, Kissyfur, Centurions, Ruby-Spears' Superman and The Karate
Kid: the Animated Series.
Lee (June 7) – Actor, reprised his role of Count Dooku
for Star Wars: the Clone Wars’ introductory movie.
Rick Ducommun (June 12) –
Actor, guest-starred in two episodes of Garfield
Dick Van Patten (June 23) –
Actor, guest-starred as a burglar in an episode of The Weird Al Show.
Jack Carter (June 28) –
Comedian and actor. Guest-starred as Larry Madison in an episode of Saved by the Bell: the New Class, Harry
on an episode of Superman: The Animated
Series, and Tiresias on an episode of Hercules:
The Animated Series.
Roger Rees (July 10) –
Actor and director, guest-starred on Gargoyles
as Prince Malcolm.
George Coe (July 18) –
Actor, guest-starred on Camp Candy and
portrayed Tee Watt Kaa on Star Wars: The
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper (July
30) – Professional wrestler and actor. His likeness was utilized as the leader
of the villains on Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’
Wrestling and he guest-starred on an episode in one of the live-action
Brad Anderson (August 30) –
Cartoonist. Created the syndicated comic strip Marmaduke that went on to have a Saturday morning program in the
Dean Jones (September 1) –
Actor, played Col. Same Lane on an episode of Superman: The Animated Series. Also guest-starred in the Bamtan: The Animated Series movie Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero as Dean
Arbagast and in the Saved by the Bell TV
movie Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style as
Marty Ingles (October 21) –
Comedian and actor, played Autocat on the Motormouse
and Autocat segments of Cattanooga
Cats, Beegle Beagle on The Great
Grape Ape Show and The New Tom &
Jerry Show, Billy the Kid on The
Ghost Busters, the titular character from Pac-Man, and The Devil on Darkwing
Michael C. Gross (November
16) – Film producer, artist, illustrator and designer, executive produced and
wrote an episode of The Real
Ghostbusters, as well as designed the no-ghost logo the debuted in the
first Ghostbusters movie.
Michael Earl (December 23)
– Puppeteer and actor. Guest-starred as a Penguin on an episode of Jim Henson’s Little Muppet Monsters and
provided additional voices for Where on
Earth is Carmen Sandiego?
George “Meadowlark” Lemon
(December 27) – Professional basketball player, actor and minister who was best
known as the “Clown Prince” on the Harlem Globetrotters for 22 years. As a
Globetrotter, his name and likeness was used on Hanna-Barbera’s Harlem Globetrotters, for which he
supplied background vocals in the music,as
well as all of the team’s appearances on The
New Scooby-Doo Movies. He also starred and performed in The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine variety
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