The cartoon characters mentioned in this article were very popular in the 70s and are still remembered today.
The decade of 70s is known for some interesting cartoon series. The different characters that featured in these television series are quite popular even today. Some these cartoons were presented before the viewers by means of the stop-watch animation technique.
Bagpuss is a television show from the year 1974 and has a cat in it with the same name. This saggy cloth cat was featured in 13 episodes. Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin made this television series through ‘Smallfilms’. The ‘stop motion’ technique of animation was used in creating this television series. Along with ‘Tom’ from the ‘The Tom and Jerry Show’, Bagpuss is one of the famous cats on television.
Fat Albert and Cosby Kids
The characters in this animated series were Weird Harold, Dumb Donald, Rudy, Mushmouth, Bucky, Russell, Bill and of course the titular character – Fat Albert. All these characters are the creation of Bill Cosby, an American author, actor, and TV producer. The childhood experiences of Bill Cosby have had an influence on the making of this TV series.
It is one of the most recognizable cartoons of all time. Created by Hanna and Barbera, Scooby-Doo featured in the popular animated television series with the same name. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Later on, Warner Bros Animation created spin-offs based on Scooby-Doo. He was therefore, one of the most famous cartoon dogs.
The Herbs were different characters in a 3D animated series of the same name. The different characters like Parsley the Lion, Sir Basil, Lady Rosemary, Tarragon the Dragon, Dill the Dog, Sage the Owl, Bay Leaf and Signor Solidago were part of this TV series.
Godzooky is a cartoon character from the TV series, Godzilla. This television series was created by Hanna-Barbera Productions. Godzooky, in the series is the nephew of Godzilla. Don Messick gave the voice for this character.
Tom and Jerry
The television series, ‘Tom and Jerry’ was extremely popular in the 70s. Actually, this cartoon series had begun long back in the 1940s, however, it was only in the 70s that this television show returned and regained popularity. The animated characters of a cat (Tom) and mouse (Jerry) were the main figures. The comic fights between these two was the core of this television series. In the period between 1975 and 1977, forty-eight 7 minute shows were aired on Saturday mornings on the ABC TV.
This cartoon series featured the character of ‘Casper’, a ghost. The nature of this ghost character as presented in the television series was that of a friendly person. Casper can be best described as a ghost-child who tries to befriend people instead of scaring them off. ‘Casper and the Angels’ was aired on NBC TV on Saturday mornings for a period of 1 year between 1979 and 1980. It was however, in 1945 that the first Noveltoon featuring Casper was produced by Paramount.
Many of these were created much before the 70s. However, owing to their popularity, new episodes of television series were made with these characters. Magic of the 70s cartoons still prevails!