Remember how rare cartoons were on television back when we were kids? We got them on Saturday morning, maybe early Sunday if we were lucky, and a few holidays. Cartoons airing during the week, or at night, were unheard of. Then, someone at the USA network had a brilliant idea. An idea way ahead of its time.
Six straight hours of cartoons, Monday through Friday,
For those lucky enough to have cable, it was a rare opportunity to watch cartoons right after dinner, during a school night. Grape Ape, Hong Kong Phooey, Jabberjaw, and Captain Caveman to name a few. Oh, and that weird one with the rhino thing that fired fireballs and his buddy, the blob guy? What in the world was going on there? Was it the Herculoids? I guess I can just Google ‘blob with fire shooting dinosaur thing’.
Then there was the Laff-O-Lympics, which I kept close score of. The ‘Really Rottens’ managed to win twice. And once all three teams managed to tie, if I remember correctly. I need to find my old trapper keeper to double-check.
But what I remember most about the show are the bumpers…
And then this little commercial for the show…
This show is the sole reason I asked my parents for Grape Ape footy pajamas. (Note: I’ve searched the entire internet for these things… I swear I owned them.)
USA Cartoon Express lasted from 1982 – 1996. That’s impressive. And even though it may have been a dumping ground for outdated and mostly mindless cartoons, it helped fill that six-day void we were all forced to endure. A void I was more than happy to fill with such classics as ‘The Robotic Stooges’.
When I was twelve I wrote a script called"Wembley's Revenge: The Trash Heaps Last Stand."
Maybe someday it will become a reality.