Some old cartoon series include “The Flintstones,” “Looney Tunes” and “Scooby-Doo.” These classic cartons have spawned countless spin-offs, remakes and films, and all three are highly influential on modern animation.
Premiering in 1960, “The Flintstones” played like a prehistoric “Honeymooners,” detailing the Stone Age exploits of Fred Flintstone, his wife Wilma and neighbors Bettie and Barney Rubble. The show was unique in that it aired during prime time, proving that a cartoon could also appeal to adult viewers and paving the way for later shows such as “The Simpsons.” “The Flintstones” lasted six seasons, leading to a range of TV specials, spin-offs and even a pair of live action films decades after the show’s original release.
Although it began as a series of shorts aired before movies as far back as the 1930s, “Looney Tunes” evolved into one of the most iconic cartoons in existence after moving to the small screen during the 1960s. The show’s slapstick antics and comedic tone exerted a heavy influence on other American cartoons to come, and characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig are recognized the world over.
Four offbeat paranormal investigators and one cowardly canine make for one iconic animated series, and “Scooby-Doo” has endured for more than four decades, spawning countless spin-off series and movies. The original “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” crafted the show’s winning formula of humorous hijinks and mildly spooky adventure.