It’s Time for Thanksgiving cartoons!

It’s Time for Thanksgiving cartoons!


Most of us don’t associate Thanksgiving as a time for cartoons like we do for Christmas and Halloween. But when I was a kid way back in the 70s, anytime a cartoon special was offered, I was right in front of the 26 inch Zenith color console waiting to devour it. Now I’m sure a lot of you are familiar with “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “A Garfield Thanksgiving”, but some other ones I remember fondly were Daffy Duck’s Thanks for Giving Special in which Daffy decides everyone should be thanking him for all the entertainment he provides and 1972’s “The Thanksgiving that almost wasn’t”. A Hanna Barbera cartoon about the first Thanksgiving as told by a father squirrel to his son. I really wanted to share Daffy’s Thanks for Giving Special but could not find any online video for it. So, thanks to Youtube user comicbookking we can watch The Thanksgiving that almost wasn’t.

Don’t get me wrong, I prefer watching the Charlie Brown and Garfield Thanksgiving cartoons but this one brings back some great memories of waking up early on Thanksgiving morning to watch the parades and later this cartoon.


I love retro toys, television, movies and just about anything from the 70s and 80s. I frequent flea markets, thrift shops, garage sales and auctions hoping to nab my next pop culture trophy.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. I gorged on Halloween cartoons on youtube this year and a couple of days ago I was thinking about looking for some Thanksgiving cartoons, so thanks for the starters!

  2. Back in the 80s they had specials for every holiday under the sun. Sometimes they weren’t actually related to the holiday, but it would still be an animated special. Unfortunately, thanksgiving specials were few & far between. Other specials include bug’s bunny’s one about dieting, the mouse on the mayflower, and a BC one.
    A few years ago I assembled a list of thanksgiving related faire. There are few stand alone specials, but there are some holiday episode of existing series (one from the pacman cartoon, alf, beetlejuice, etc), and there are some old cartoon shorts (some of which are a perfect fit, others are a stretch (ie their only connection is revolving around indians or turkeys or football, etc).

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