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Saturday Morning Fever: Growing up with Cartoon Culture

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  57 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Hey Hey Hey, You're Gonna Have A Good Time!

It's predawn Saturday morning. You and your brother are the first ones up, gathering pillows and blankets and the TV warms up to the weekly Farm Report. Then, just as the sugar cereal kicks in, you begin your descent into the happy-spazzy TV world of Space Ghost, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Hong Kong Phooey, The Herculoids, and
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Paperback, 247 pages
Published December 15th 1998 by St. Martin's Griffin
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M. Chandler
Feb 21, 2012 M. Chandler rated it liked it
As an animation junkie who grew up during the prime years of 'Saturday morning cartoons', I've been meaning to read this book for years. I finally found a copy, and I've discovered that this isn't the book I should have been looking for.

The brothers who wrote this book wrote a highly personalized and opinionated screed about Saturday morning cartoons, mostly from the seventies. It was interesting and nostalgic reading, and I agree with many of their stances on child-oriented programming, but all
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Kevin
Jan 07, 2008 Kevin rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Saturday morning cartoon fans
This book takes a little too long getting to the meat of the matter...the particular cartoons themselves. Before you get to read about the origins of Scooby Doo, Fred Flintstone, and Superfriends, there are several chapters of filler talking about the general history of Sat. morning toons. This might be good, but the author's attempts at humor are dry in a bad way, and it feels like walking up hill waiting to hear about particular shows. If you see it at the library, don't read it from start to ...more
Stephen
Feb 17, 2014 Stephen rated it liked it
I'm a huge cartoon nerd, so I figured this book would be pure indulgence. For much of the book, it's a well researched history with lots of obscure references here and there, which was informative and at times entertaining. It took a while to get to the cartoons themselves, but I appreciated the background on the void that was pre-cartoon Saturday mornings.

After an indulgence of cartoons from the mid-to-late 60s and early 70s, the author just seems less interested in the sheer volume and variet
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Bill
Oct 14, 2007 Bill rated it it was ok
Shelves: tv-and-movies
A book about Saturday morning television and the culture surrounding should be right up my alley, but I was disappointed. The authors couldn't decide if they wanted to sound hip or academic, so they attempt a style that tries to be both, but is actually neither. Some decent info inside, though, so that bumps it up to 2 star territory, but there's a better book waiting to be written on this subject.
David Ward
Apr 30, 2016 David Ward rated it it was ok
Saturday Morning Fever: Growing up with Cartoon Culture by Timothy Burke (St. Martin's Griffin 1999) (791.4575). This book sounds like a lot more fun than it turns out to be! After several chapters of reciting the history of Saturday morning cartoons, the author turns to descriptions of the cartoons themselves. Sadly, he swings and misses badly. After reading this, I simply cannot understand how an author can describe the great old cartoons of the sixties and seventies and completely fail to con ...more
Beau
Jul 03, 2016 Beau rated it liked it
More opinionated then I thought it would be. Half the book was about the cartoons and programs themselves with interesting bits of info on the shows then the other half was an opinionated rant about political correctness and culture wars. Not what I was looking for in that regard. The authors seemed to contradict themselves throughout the book saying firstly that these cartoons are cartoons and that's it. Get over it. Then in the end they spend pages ranting about how political correctness shoul ...more
John
Aug 28, 2014 John rated it it was ok
Some parts ok, others not that great.
Stewart Tame
Nov 21, 2013 Stewart Tame rated it liked it
Fun book! Among other things, it's a nice stroll down memory lane as I was a big fan of Saturday morning cartoons growing up. Some of the information is a bit dated--the book was published back in 1999--but their thesis is sound. If anything, the lack of societal collapse since the kids who grew up watching cartoons during the '70s and'80s came of age drives home their point even more with each passing year. Despite the concerns of parental groups at the time, the kids turned out just fine.
Freddie Miller
Sep 18, 2013 Freddie Miller rated it did not like it
Checked the book out of my local library. It wasn't exactly what I expected. The book takes way too long to get to the meat and bones of the subject matter, the cartoons themselves and it feels too politically preachy in several places. It was like attending a concert by a nostalgia act and having to stand through long lectures on political issues after each and every song. Hey man, I'm just here for the toons.
Ed
Jun 09, 2008 Ed rated it really liked it
What a blast from the (not so distant) past...remembering mornings spent in front of the TV. Low production values, incredibly unrealistic plots, the same handful of episodes in constant rotation...such things don't matter to kids.
Kyle
Mar 03, 2013 Kyle rated it liked it
Interesting stories to a point, but there was quite a few factual errors.
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