When I was a kid I watched the same cartoons every other kid did at the time; all the Hanna Barbara cartoons, Super Friends, Johnny Quest, and all the Warner Brothers cartoons. I usedto worry that my kids would never get the same quality of cartoon that I had, but the next few stories should lay that fear to rest for all of us.
A few weeks ago we were driving to IKEA and we drove by a car dealership that had a huge inflatable purple gorilla on the roof. I said “Hey girls look! When I was a kid I used to watch a cartoon about a giant purple ape” and Molly interrupted and said “Yeah dad, Grape Ape, we love that cartoon”.
Then a while ago the girls were talking about super powers, and what powers they’d like to have, or even share. I said “When I was a kid I used to watch a show call the Super Friends, with Batman and Superman, and Wonder Woman, and there were some twins that shared power.” Molly said “Yeah, and they had a monkey named Gleek, and when they wanted to change they said ‘Wonder Twin powers, activate!’, and the boy almost always turned into some kind of water.”. She was well aware.
Finally, the other day I caught Molly quietly singing to herself “Hong Kong Phooey, number one super guy. Hong Kong Phooey, quicker than the human eye.”
How do they know all of these you ask? Grandma has cool TV with Boomerang, a channel that shows all the old greats. Thank heavens they spend so much time in front of the TV.