Lunchtime Poll: 1/31

Good afternoon, cats and kittens.  It’s time once again for a lunchtime poll.  Today we’d like to know if you’re a Gen X or A Gen Y, and the Saturday morning cartoons that define your generation.  We’re not afraid to dip our toes in the deep subjects here at Persephone, see.  Share you answers and you may see them in tomorrow’s Gen XX column.   In the meantime, here’s to getting through Monday in one piece.

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18 thoughts on “Lunchtime Poll: 1/31”

  1. I was born in 1994. Not sure what that makes me. Y?
    Anyway, when I was a kid I watched a lot of: Mr. Dressup (which was in its final years), Arthur, Magic School Bus (I’d say that that was a generation-defining cartoon- most people I know can name at least 5 of the kids, plus their dominant personality trait), and a few others that were on CBC Kids on Saturday mornings. Of course I can’t remember their names, but I think Babar was one of them.

  2. Gen XX, born in 1961, so technically a boomer, but I don’t think so.
    grew up on a steady diet of old school Looney Tunes, where I first developed my passion for opera.
    still watch cartoon to this day – fave is SpongeBob SquarePants, and don’t even have kids to use as an excuse.

  3. X’er, I watched a lot of cartoons with my dad as a kid because my mom liked to sleep in and he didn’t care if I ate peanut butter right out of the jar for breakfast. I watched Jabber Jaws, old school Looney Tunes, Smurfs, The Littles, Strawberry Shortcake (the last three stimulated my baby cynic), Underdog, Huckleberry Hound there were lots of talking dogs. They used to play Schoolhouse Rock shorts during commercial breaks, back before TV was a full on tool for consumerism and they tried to teach us stuff, too. Thirty seconds of ‘I’m Just a Bill’ stuck with me more than four years of civics and government classes in high school.

    My babysitter had the Disney channel when it was brand new, I always thought the Mickey Mouse et. al. cartoons paled next to the whole Bugs Bunny milieu.

    1. I agree completely, Bugs is way cooler than Mickey Mouse. My favorites were the ones where they went through all sorts of random changes like the one with all the hats or Daffy getting re-drawn in all sorts of weird ways. My one classic Disney love was Chip and Dale cartoons. I loved those guys.
      My other favorites were Underdog, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Superfriends, Woode Woodpecker, and the king, Scooby Doo. I have kept up with Scooby throughout his whole career, I don’t think there has been a generation who hasn’t loved him and they keep giving him makeovers. This year they aired a brand new show, Scooby Doo Mystery Inc, and Casey Kasem, who has voiced Shaggy in every incarnation since the very first show in 1969, has finally passed the reins to Matthew Lillard (though he still pops up now and then as Shaggy’s father)

  4. I’m a Gen Y-er who grew up without TV. At my friends’ houses, I remember watching Rugrats, Doug, Hey Arnold, and Ren and Stimpy, but the TV shows that defined my childhood were mostly the ones I wasn’t supposed to watch: the Simpsons (my much older Gen X brother got to watch it in his room and I would spend half an hour glued to the keyhole) and “talk” shows like Montel, Rikki Lake, and Jerry Springer (summer mornings at my grandmother’s house were very educational).

  5. Born 1970, so smack dab mid-GenX if we’re using US definitions. Apparently, in Canada GenX was considered to be 1961-1966. So, in a weird way, I am GenY — and after reading some of the (non-birth-year) criteria, it does pretty much fit.

    Generation X in Canada has been defined by Canadian economist and demographer David Foot in his book Boom Bust & Echo: How to Profit from the Coming Demographic Shift as those born 1961-1966. Those born between the periods of 1947-1966 were the Baby Boomers, where in Canada they were the largest boom of the industrialized world (relative to population). This large boom complicated the job market for the upcoming generation, Generation X.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_X

    (The Boomers still make headlines in Canada — looming health care crisis, continuing job market concerns, no pension left for subsequent generations, etc. — I didn’t realize we were affected more by the boom than other countries.)

    For defining Saturday morning fare I will have to go with Hilarious House of Frightenstein and Smurfs.

    1. Canada is magic. Universal health care, and I’m younger there. If it weren’t for the cold, I would be moving in with Pear, or one of our other Canadiennes.

      I watched a lot of Pinwheel when I was in elementary school, which I think is a Northern import. That was some trippy kids TV, right there.

      1. OMG, Pinwheel was the best! Also Today’s Special, which I was convinced I imagined until IMDB came along.

        I grew up a ten minute ride from a major US-Canada bride crossing, and we got CTV and CFTOTV (channel 9 in Toronto, cable 8). Also, our PBS station covered a binational service area. Anyway, in short, I loved Canadian television. I was living in Pennsylvania when I heard Mr. Dressup died, and nobody could understand why I was so distraught.

  6. Gen-x here. The Smurfs and the cartoon version of Punky Brewster and Alf (as if we couldn’t get enough Alf in the 80s) were popular among my friends. To be honest, I can’t remember watching too many cartoons. I have a soft spot for the Rugrats, but I was about 18 when they debuted.

    1. Netflix just added Rugrats to their Instant Streaming list, and I watched the pilot. While I remember enjoying it as a kid, as an adult I found it freaking hilarious. I really think it was written more with adults in mind. Added bonus: Phil and Lil’s mom is an awesome feminist! I covet her sweatshirt with the female gender symbol emblazoned on the chest.

  7. I was born in 1982, so I guess I’m Gen Y, I watched kind of a lot of TV when I was a kid (and now). I think the definitive cartoons would be any of the Nickelodeon Rugrats and Doug-type shows and Animaniacs. I remember watching the first ever episode of Rugrats when I spent the night at a friend’s house when I was 8. Also the Disney afternoon cartoons like Darkwing Duck and Rescue Rangers and Gummi Bear and that one about the bear that flew a plane that I am too lazy to look up. I wasn’t a big Ren and Stimpy fan, but that’s another one.
    When I was a little younger it was all Care Bears, My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake and the Popples cartoons.

  8. Gen Y. I watched Rugrats, the new version of Johnny Quest (that was a favorite), Pepper Ann (another favorite), Doug, Spiderman, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Digimon, and one called Bonkers (I think?) about a cartoon cat police officer.

    My favorite shows were live-action though–Fudge, Ghostwriter, and Goosebumps were the ones I looked forward too. (Even though Goosebumps was kinda dark and often had endings that made me sad).

    There was another live-action show I really liked but I can’t remember the title–it was kinda-sorta similar to Power Rangers in that it was about three kids who had powers and transformed into other brings and either lived in a haunted house or often battled ghost-ey, haunted house monsters.

    1. Bonkers D. Bobcat! My brother and I used to watch that one before school every day. I have always loved cartoons, kid shows, and YA/children’s books. Having a brother seven years younger than me allowed me to get away with it long after my classmates had given it up.

      Of course, I don’t have that excuse now, but I care much less about being “cool.”

  9. I was born in 1981 and am right on the edge of Gen X and Gen Y. I don’t share exactly the same cultural points of reference as some of my coworkers who are just a few years older than me (in their mid-30s), but I’m definitely not of the same generation as my much younger brother (in his early 20s). It’s a strange place to be.

    As for cartoons, my husband just bought the Darkwing Duck DVD boxed set. It is awesome. Last year, we worked our way through the X-Men and Superman animated series, which I wasn’t really into when they were on the air (he was) but really enjoyed this time through.

    I watched entirely too much tv as a kid, so I will refrain from going on any further, ha ha ha.

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