5 Old-school cartoons your kids will love

Aug 24, 2012 at 7:00 a.m. ET

It's wonderful that your kids get joy out of watching cartoons such as Dora the Explorer and Adventure Time. But it also doesn't hurt to introduce them to some of the great shows that got you through your younger years. We share some of the best old-school cartoons worth showing to your kids.

Looney Tunes

You know a cartoon must have been good when it spans 40 years of television as well as acts as the inspiration for several revivals and films. Unlike many shows today that lose children's attention after a couple of years, Looney Tunes had a place in the hearts of children everywhere for generations. And token phrases such as "What's up, Doc?" and "I tawt I taw a puddy tat" have lived on well past that. Whether lovable or villainous, characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety, Road Runner, Pepe Le Pew, Elmer Fudd, Marvin the Martian, the Tasmanian Devil and many others live on in the hearts of adults today. So why not let your kids in on the fun? The 4-disc DVD Golden Collection features 56 classic episodes.

Looney Tunes

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

In 1969, the story of a silly goof, his nervous dog and their band of curious friends was born. The group of supernatural-mystery-solving teenagers has since spawned countless spinoffs and even a couple of live action films starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. Every episode requires book-smart Velma, pretty-girl Daphne, tough-guy Fred, clumsy Shaggy and their anxious Great Dane, Scooby, to work together toward solving a mystery. Silliness and hijinks always ensue, which ensures the experience is more fun than scary for little ones. Get the first two seasons on DVD.

Scooby Dood

The Jetsons

Most kids these days love technology. If your children can't get enough of modern gadgets, they will certainly love the imaginative devices that appear on The Jetsons. The show follows the lives of a futuristic family living in 2062. Their entire city is stretched high above the ground, and they use little flying cars to get around. And rather than a maid, it's a household robot that tends to the well-being of their home. Every episode is sure to captivate your kids' imaginations! The show originally aired from 1962–1963 and then from 1985–1987, so it was a fun family show for multiple generations.


The Flintstones

Just as The Jetsons presents kids with a fun, fictitious version of the future, The Flintstones provides similar entertainment but in a Stone Age context. Two couples — the Flintstones and the Rubbles — enjoy their lives with their respective pets and children. The world in which they live has many modern conventions, such as cars, appliances and other technology, but they are creatively put together and made to work by natural and historical means. The imaginative world and humorous characters make it a timeless show that is certainly worth checking out as a family.

The Smoggies

The Smoggies was a Canadian-born cartoon that started airing in 1989. It was the first cartoon to focus entirely on the concept of being environmentally friendly. The show centres on a group of small, bright-haired individuals called Suntots who inhabit a beautiful island. When a boat of treasure hunters appears in their bay, they make it their mission to stop the newcomers from wreaking havoc on the environment. It's the perfect blend of fun and educational television! The DVD Stop the Smoggies contains four episodes.

The Smoggies
Stop the Smoggies (amazon.ca, $8)

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