Saturday Morning Fever: Growing Up with Cartoon Culture

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Macmillan, Dec 15, 1998 - Performing Arts - 247 pages
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Hey Hey Hey, You're Gonna Have A Good Time!

It's predawn Saturday morning. You and your brother are the first ones up, gathering pillows and blankets and the TV warms up to the weekly Farm Report. Then, just as the sugar cereal kicks in, you begin your descent into the happy-spazzy TV world of Space Ghost, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Hong Kong Phooey, The Herculoids, and for the hard-core Saturday morning junkie, live-action shows like Jason of Star Command.
Little did you know that this cherished world was also the battleground where greedy toy advertisers, network flacks, cutthroat cartoon companies, opportunistic politicians, and concerned parents struggled for the attention-deficit souls of America's youth.
Brothers Tim and Kevin Burke bring us a loving, insightful, and hilarious examination of all aspects of Saturday morning television. Tune in and get ready for some fun.
  

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Review: Saturday Morning Fever: Growing up with Cartoon Culture

User Review  - Stephen - Goodreads

I'm a huge cartoon nerd, so I figured this book would be pure indulgence. For much of the book, it's a well researched history with lots of obscure references here and there, which was informative and ... Read full review

Review: Saturday Morning Fever: Growing up with Cartoon Culture

User Review  - John - Goodreads

Some parts ok, others not that great. Read full review

Contents

The Kids Strike Back
1
Weirdo Superheroes The Origins of Saturday Morning
7
Saturday Morning Supreme The Seventies
25
From the Ashes The NearDeath and Rebirth of Saturday Morning
55
Willing Slaves of the Cathode God Saturday Morning and Generation X
71
The Shows Themselves
99
Of Course You Know This Means War A Defense of Saturday Morning
175
Bibliography
231
Index
239
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Timothy Burke is a professor at Swarthmore college in Pennsylvania.

Kevin Burke was an editor of Film Threat and Wild Cartoon Kingtom magazines and now works for a film company in Los Angeles. Neither brother regrets watching lots of television.

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