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Here's a link to Mark Evanier's blog where he reflects on his involvement with the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon and the Garfield & Friends Cartoon which marked their 30th and 25th anniversaries yesterday. It's a quick read and pretty informative!

Mark Evanier is the guy who wrote (among other things relevant to our interests) the pilot episode, another episode and the "Series Bible" for the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon, as well as the vast majority of all the Garfield cartoons you've ever seen :)
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The ABC Weekend Special was a weekly 30-minute anthology TV series for children that aired Saturday mornings on ABC from 1977 to 1997. It featured a wide variety of stories that were both live-action and animated, so it totally counts as a Saturday Morning Cartoon in my opinion.

Many people confuse The ABC Weekend Specials with the ABC Afterschool Specials, so let's get this straight right now - Similar to the ABC Afterschool Special that had started five years previous, the ABC Weekend Special differed in that it was primarily aimed at younger viewers following ABC's Saturday Morning cartoon lineup, whereas the ABC Afterschool Special was known for its somewhat more serious, and often dramatic storylines dealing with issues concerning a slightly older teen and pre-teen audience.

Basically, if it felt like you were supposed to learn something about life and/or adolescents from it? It was an ABC Afterschool Special.

Unfortunately, to further complicate matters, they took a bunch of the ABC Afterschool Specials that had been aimed at slightly younger audiences and re-packaged them into episodes of The ABC Weekend Specials.

The ABC Weekend Specials were a huge downer to me, as they signified the End Of The Cartoons. Oh sure, I could probably flip around the dial a bit and find some syndicated cartoons, or over on ABC they always had re-runs of Jonny Quest and The Jetsons if there wasn't a sporting event of any kind that they could air. The ABC Weekend Special meant I had to go get dressed :(
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I never personally watched this cartoon, but those who did watch it seem to have enjoyed it quite a bit so I can't really say anything about it. Maybe it was your favorite, who knows? Leave some memories in the comments below, and then head over to vote for it in our Best of 1988/1989 Poll!
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[Poll #1794448]

NOTES: This year had both "Animal Crack-Ups" and "I'm Telling", both of which were live-action shows but I felt important to include here as part of the over-all Saturday Morning Experience.
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The New Adventures of Winnie The Pooh came to us in the fall of 1988 and it was kind of epic. At the time, we kids may have thought "Oh great another cartoon for BABIES", but looking back on it I now see just how brilliant this cartoon was! THe Animation style, the storylines, the voice-acting - OMG THE VOICE ACTING!!! They had done a few new Pooh cartoons in the early 80's where the voices were just... well they *tried*, but the voices just weren't right. But with THIS cartoon, they got pitch-perfect voices for each and every character matching almost *exactly* with the original cartoons (which is NOT an easy thing to accomplish)!

I have all kinds of love for this cartoon. Share some love or dissenting opinions in the comments below, and then if you haven't already done so go ahead and vote for it in our Best of 1988/1989 Poll!
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Alf Tales was a spin-off of the popular Alf cartoon, which was a prequel spin-off of the live-action-and-puppet sit-com Alf. Of the three, this was the weakest link. For some unknown reason, Alf and his Melmakian friends would reenact Earth Fables and Stories each week. Weird.
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PERSONAL FAVORITE!!! The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley was the last "New" cartoon I ever made a point of waking up early enough to watch. Martin Short's "Ed Grimley" character was all the rage with my nerdy little friends and I, we impersonated him all the time and were ecstatic to see a weekly show of his adventures. And of course, the cherry on the top of this totaly mental misadventure every week was the bonus live-action COUNT FLOYD!!!

(The back-story of Count Floyd, as loyal viewers of SCTV knew, is that he was an anchorman for the SCTV Evening News Team who made money on the side by hosting the late-night horror movies and, later, bringing the B-movies to Saturday Mornings for the kids).

Love, love, LOVE this show! Share the love in the comments below and then go vote for Ed in our Best Of 1988/1989 Poll!
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I'm going to go ahead and dub this "Best Cartoon That Nobody Has Ever Seen", based purely on the people involved (even though I've never actually seen an episode). You've got a young pre-Ren-And-Stimpy John K. working on this show, the man who was quoted as saying something like "If you can close your eyes and still tell what's going on in the cartoon, you've done it wrong; you may as well just produce it as a Radio Show" (paraphrased because I can't be bothered to Google).

Was this a favorite of yours? Leave some memories or reflections on the subject in the comments below, and then maybe even go and vote for it in our Best of 1988/1989 Poll!


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