Friday, June 22, 2007

TNT Toons

With all the rare and obscure clips surfacing on sites like YouTube lately, there is still something I am waiting to pop up on those sites that hasn't yet. In the early 1990s, those days before Cartoon Network, TNT had a block called The Wild World of Shorts featuring loads of classic cartoons (along with stuff like reruns of Gilligan's Island). Most notably was a show called Bugs Bunny & Pals which aired daily in the morning and in the early evening hours. The show had a mix of pre-48 WBs along with shorts from MGM, DePatie-Freleng (Pink Panther, Inspector, Ant & The Aardvark, and the horrible Hoot Kloot), and the Popeye cartoons. I have fond memories of those shows but haven't seen any "Wild World of Shorts" bumpers or show intros show up on the Internet yet! Maybe some nice person will upload them after reading this plea (or send us an e-mail).

After Cartoon Network launched, the TNT cartoon block was revamped as "TNT Toons" and would often do tie-ins with the new sister channel. Hanna-Barbera cartoons like Scooby-Doo and The Flintstones (which Turner now owned, of course) were added to TNT's line-up. Bugs Bunny & Pals would become Bugs Bunny's All-Stars at one point and. in the end, was known as Bugs Bunny! Bugs Bunny! Rah! Rah! Rah!. TNT and TBS both finally dropped their cartoon blocks in the fall of 1998.

Here are a couple bumpers that would play endlessly during the final couple years of the "TNT Toons" block.



4 comments:

Thad K said...

Thank you for reminding me of what life was like at eight years old.

Anonymous said...

Yes,Turner Used to Own the Depatie-Freleng Cartoons

Coyote said...

Ah yes, how could I forget that repetitive music? TV just isn't the same anymore. I feel sorry for the children of today.

Anonymous said...

I remember those! Somewhere I have Dozens of VHS tapes I made in '87-'90. Was a 1/2 hour show; 3 shorts. Usually a Bugs, a Porky/Daffy, & an old obscure Vitaphone. Popeye came later, & the cheap DePatie/Freelings. Originally just the TNT intro, then a "Bugs" one followed it ('90?) They showed a lot of "aarp" recycled WB's. TNT was on Public Cable channel 7 in Portland, ME. at the time.

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