On the way to work this morning, one of those overnight talk radio types was talking about an "academic study," obviously done by someone whose education had exceeded their intelligence. This study involved carefully watching each episode of, "The Flintstones." After doing so, it was determined that the reason that Fred and Barney were such inseparable buddies was that they were actually gay. Like I said, more education than common sense.
From there, the discussion moved on to the evolution of cartoons since we were young. I don't have kids at home or grandkids around, so I don't watch many cartoons these days, so my perspective only going from the late 50s-early 60s to the mid to late 80s.
I remember the prime time cartoons like the Flintstones, the Jetsons, Top Cat, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Beany & Cecil, the Hanna Barbera characters like Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear and Quick Draw McGraw, the Warner Brothers characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, etc. and the Disney characters like Mickey and Donald and Goofy and Pluto.
Of course, if you grew up in this area, you watched those cartoons on TV with Cactus Jim and/or Tony the Fireman.
When the kids were growing up, it was the Smurfs, Muppet Babies, and a whole host of talking gnomes and koala bears.