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Top 10: Cartoons

Once again, it’s time to get to know me and for me to get to know you in today’s Top 10 Thursday.  This is just a day to sit back, relax, and have a bit of fun breaking the ice and realizing that we don’t have to take every moment of the day so seriously.  So today, let’s discuss: Cartoons.  Here are my top 10 favorite cartoons.

10. Alvin and the Chipmunks (The Original, sort of)
To me, the cartoon is much better than the movies, and definitely better than newer version that came out over the past few years.  The 80s version, of which I grew up on, was the best.  Though it’s debut was in the late 50s with Alvin, and the 60s with The Alvin ShowAlvin and the Chipmunks started in 83.  Though I don’t know the titles, my favorite episodes involved Mr. T, the first episode with the Chippettes, and the one where an older lady wins a date with Alvin.

9. SilverHawks
To be honest, I don’t remember this show a whole lot, but I remember that I really liked it. It was based on this human/hawk kind of space heroes. Most of them had silver bionic bodies, but the youngest “The Kidd” was actually made of copper.  As I read about the show and refresh my memory, I’m guessing that I liked this show because it had much of the same voice-overs cast as my favorite cartoon of all time, and somewhat the same type of plot.

8. Go-bots
The poor man’s Transformers. I never liked Transformers, but Go-bots was a cartoon I’d never miss.  Leader-1 was a humanoid Jet and Scooter was (as you can guess) a humanoid scooter.  Along with the rest of their team they fought against the Renegades led by Cy-Kill.

7. Duck Tales
Who doesn’t like Scrooge McDuck, Hewey, Dewey, and Louie?  Add to the mix a huge money vault, a sorceress, and a cowering duck named Fenton who could change into a bumbling, courageous robot called GizmoDuck and you’ve got yourself a great cartoon.  This was probably the first cartoon we introduced to our kids from my generation.

6. The Smurfs
I think my favorite part of The Smurfs was that anything could be described by their name.  “It’s the smurfiest!” “I’m not feeling very smurfy.”  And don’t forget their eating of smurfberries.  Other than that, I enjoyed the episodes with the guest characters like Big Nose.  Over the last few months, I came to find out that many songs played during the cartoon were “classical” songs (using that in the generic sense) by Beethoven, Bach, etc.

5. Tom and Jerry
I must admit, I hated Tom and Jerry as a kid.  I never wanted to watch it, but it was one of my dad’s favorite cartoon.  There were no words, no jokes, no “evil-doers.” But a few years ago, I watched it again and was cracking up.  I love this cartoon.

4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (The Original)
I’m not sure why makers like to mess with a good show when they have it, but I feel like they did it with TMNT.  As a kid in the 90s, I grew up watching this cartoon.  I made swords and bo staffs, nearly knocked myself out with nun-chucks, and thought sais were the coolest (though I never could find the type that Raphael had).  Fighting Shredder and then The Brain, what could get better than that?

3. Looney Tunes
Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, that’s what!  I could probably watch Looney Tunes all day.  Of course, Bugs would be my favorite but Marvin the Martian made me just about die laughing.  This cartoon was just plain genius.

2. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
I hear there might actually be a good live-action movie being developed.  He-man was a cartoon I watched over and over again. I loved Orko; he tried so hard but couldn’t seem to get one magic spell right. This was the only cartoon where I had multiple actions figures. It always ended in a life-lesson from one of the characters.  Why don’t cartoons do that anymore?

1. Thundercats (The Original)
Need I say more?  This was by all means the best cartoon ever! Humanoid cats from the planet of Thundera crash-landing on Third Earth, saving it and its inhabitants from Mumm-ra the mummy, Slithe, Monkian, and Jackalman.  And with the sword of Omens giving sight beyond sight! Classic!  It just got even better when they introduced the Thundarians into the picture in the later seasons with their enemies the Lunar-tacs.  My favorite episodes were those when Lion-O, Lord of the Thundercats had to earn his title and beat each Thundercats at their own game: Cheetarah at speed, Panthro at strength, Tygra at cunning, and Wiley-kit and Wiley-kat at whatever it is they were good at (tricks?).

Maybe in a couple of weeks, I will do a list of least favorite cartoons; here’s a heads up on a couple: Transformers and G.I. Joes.  What were your favorites?  I mean, besides Thundercats; that’s obvious.  Let me know by commenting.

Top 10: Memories of My Dad

Last Tuesday marked the 20th Anniversary of my Dad’s departure from this portion of his life into the fullest of lives in the next. I was 18 when he died, but boy! do I have memories. Here are my top 10.

10. Cartoons. He loved cartoons. By cartoons, I mean real cartoons. Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, etc. His favorite: Wiley E. Coyote and Road Runner. As a kid, I never got it. As an adult, I still don’t. But he also had an affinity toward Tom and Jerry. Those, I couldn’t stand as a kid. But as an adult, I laugh about as hard as he did.

9. Baseball. My dad loved baseball. He loved to watch the Braves and it was his love of the game that got me interested (somehow that didn’t happen with football; my wife’s love of football got me interested in that). We could watch the Braves (and often did) for hours, but that could be because it takes hours to watch a baseball game. Sadly, the players strike got under both our skins. Baseball wasn’t the same after that.

8. Bum shoulder. My dad’s shoulder wasn’t good. I never understood what happened to it, but it often gave him fits. I do remember though, often on days that it didn’t, he’d ask if I wanted to go through the baseball. Sometimes I took him up on his offer, and a few times I didn’t. I always remembered that the next day he’d be in pain. I asked him why he threw the ball around when he knew he’d be hurting the next day. He just wanted to spend time with me because he loved me.

7. Volley Ball. My dad was 48 years old when I was born. You do the math. By the time I’m 16, he is 64 (so I did the math for you). We’d have our youth group out on Saturday nights at our house, having a volley ball net set up. We’d get a game going and there was my 64 year old dad playing right along. Everyone (all teens) loved it and loved him. This group started when I was about 12, so that’s age 60 until just before he died at 67. Seven years of watching him play volley ball.

6. Cooking. My dad didn’t start cooking until later in life. He wasn’t the best, but he was always willing and he tried hard. It took him twice as long as my mom. But there were two things he did very well: fajitas and fried chicken sandwiches. Every Saturday, the youth would play volley ball, eat chicken sandwiches, and…

5. Bible Study. Imagine a dozen or so teenagers giving up every Saturday night of their teen lives to come to youth group. It wasn’t all “fun and games.” There was serious study going on. I can’t remember exactly what time the study began; I believe around 8:00, yet there were many nights it continued until midnight. He let them ask their questions, have them open their Bibles and show them the answer. He helped us learn how to think about our lives biblically. There was one Saturday where one of the teens opened their Bible and told my dad he’d found a $20 bill inside. My dad told him that he put it there on purpose and it was the young man’s to keep. He said, “Let this be a lesson to you. There is value in opening up God’s Word. More valuable than that $20.”

4. Dumb dumb. That seemed to be his nick-name for himself. He was not a dumb-dumb, but when he made a mistake, he used that name. “Come on, dumb dumb.” But never in real anger, or even frustration it seemed. It was just something he said to acknowledge his mistake and get back on track.

3. Sir-what-huh? That was how he answered if I had a question. “Dad?” “Sir-what-huh?” I remember my mom chastising him once, saying it was rude. I see her point if he did that to others; I don’t recall him doing that though. To me, it was funny. I loved it. He also called me Christosopher. Don’t know where that came from, but I loved it.

2. Homemade ice cream. While my mom had the best recipe for making homemade ice cream, my dad had the best method. I have no idea how he was able to get it to freeze just right. That sounds crazy if you’ve never had my mom and dad’s homemade ice cream, but it’s true. I’ve never been able to freeze ice cream like he did. He was a pro.

1. The Christmas Guest. Every year my dad told “The Story of the Christmas Guest” as retold by Helen Steiner Rice. He had it memorized and recited it in church at Christmas time. He became famous for it in our little town of Flovilla. He began reciting it every year at our community Christmas party held in our community center. It is my fondest memory of my dad, and I am sure it is one of my families as well.

Happy Father’s Day to all you dad’s out there. You and I will never live up to my dad, but as long as we seek to follow after Christ and lead our families in the way, we are great dads always relying on grace.

What are your favorite dad moments? Comment below.