Perhaps it was the nostalgia of my high school (McDonogh, Maryland) reunion, or the lingering excitement of the new Iron Man movie (behold the old cartoon in the May 2 post below)...but here I've managed to find archives of old ABC commercials for Jonny Quest from 1964. Yes, 1964. No, I wasn't in high school. I was a toddler, however. Wasn't even allowed to stay up past 730pm back there in No'theast D.C. and then Brooklyn, so primetime was a blur. And Jonny Quest started on primetime. ABC, being the poorest of then three networks, was actually innovative (imagine that) in those days--programming cartoons and other shows like Batman (Adam West's version) and The Green Hornet (with a very young Bruce Lee) in 66-67 for kids and the primordial fanboy nation. By '67-68, ABC put Jonny Quest on Saturday mornings, ending around 1pm. At 1pm, once that "This is a Screen Gems presentation" dancing sticks graphic ceased, that magical time of Saturday morning was done and it was time to go outside. Imagine that...go outside. Play. Tag, ride bikes, shoot baskets, toss a Frisbee, pee on girls...even read. Yeah--read.
Laughing, are you kiddies? Old crap. Well, we old people whose imaginations were born in cradles such as this now dictate and finance the games you play on Xbox and online, the adventure and Special FX films you pay $9 to see, the fantasy/horror/sci fi/manga books you read, the stacks of graphic novels and comics you keep on your nightstands. Laugh now, whippersnappers. Of course, we can do better. Marketing turds and the mean green tend to sniff out creativity. But hey, at least we had some classics to nuture us. I apologize for not bequeathing the best stuff to you youngfolks.
[addendum, by popular demand!]