Tag Archives: Black Saturday Morning Cartoons

I Got Six – Schoolhouse Rock

I Got Six – Schoolhouse Rock

 

I got six.
That’s all there is.
Six time one is six, one times six
He got six.
I put mine with his and we got twelve
Six time two is twelve, two times six
I got six, you got six,
She got six.
We got eighteen altogether.
If we can get ’em all together.
Six time three is eighteen, three times six

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Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids Cartoon

Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids Cartoon

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids the animated series was created, produced, and hosted by comedian Bill Cosby, who also lent his voice to a number of characters, including Fat Albert himself. Filmation was the production company for the series. The show premiered on September 9, 1972 and ran until 1985. The show, based on Bill Cosby’s remembrances of his childhood gang, focused on the lovable, oversized Albert, with his signature rumbling exclamation “Hey hey hey!”, and his friends.

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The Brown Hornet Cartoon

The Brown Hornet Cartoon

Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids was a long-standing Saturday morning cartoon that featured a group of Black adolescents growing up in a Philadelphia neighborhood. It had various “show-within-a-show” elements throughout its production run, and one of those elements was a segment called The Brown Hornet, which first appeared on September 1, 1979 when the series itself was re-titled The New Fat Albert Show.

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Hong Kong Phooey Cartoon

Hong Kong Phooey Cartoon

 

Who is this super hero?
Sarge? No.
Rosemary, the telephone operator? No.
Penry, the mild-mannered janitor? Could Be!
Hong Kong Phooey, Number One Superguy
Hong Kong Phooey, quicker than the human eye
He’s got style…
He’s got style, a groovy style
And a car that just won’t stop.
When the going gets rough he’s super tough
With the Hong Kong Phooey Chop! Heeyaah!
Hong Kong Phooey, Number-one Super Guy
Hong Kong Phooey
Quicker than the human eye
Hong Kong Phooey, Fanriffic!

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Harlem Globetrotters Cartoon

Harlem Globetrotters Cartoon

Harlem Globetrotters (called Harlem Globe Trotters in the opening titles) was a Saturday morning cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera and CBS Productions, featuring animated versions of players from the basketball team, Harlem Globetrotters. Broadcast from September 12, 1970 to September 2, 1972 on CBS for 22 episodes, and later re-run on NBC as The Go-Go Globetrotters, the show featured cartoon versions of George “Meadowlark” Lemon, Freddie “Curly” Neal, Hubert “Geese” Ausbie, J.C. “Gip” Gipson, Bobby Joe Mason, and Pablo Robertson, alongside their fictional bus driver and manager Granny, and Dribbles, their dog mascot.

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Kid Power Cartoon

Kid Power Cartoon

 

“Red, yellow, black or white…
White, yellow, black or red…
It’s up to Kid Power, Kid Power!
All the color’s in your head”

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Black Manta – Black Cartoon Villain

Black Manta – Black Cartoon Villain

First appearing in “Aquaman” (vol. 1) #35 in 1967, Black Manta was created by Bob Haney and Nick Cardy, and has since become the Sea King’s primary foe. What might make Black Manta unique is that he’s probably the most well-known Black supervillain in comics and among the general public, thanks to the character’s other-media appearances (particularly on “Super Friends).

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Black Sports Collection

Black Sports Collection

Our sports collection is definitely different than what most people would expect and unique compared to the rest of our museum collection categories in that it encompasses a broad range of items, including: animation, board games, lunch boxes, posters, art, coins, stamps and comic books, as well as a few traditional pieces of autographed sports memorabilia. But we like it because different is what we do…

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The Plastic Man Comedy Adventure Show – Rickety Rocket Cartoon

The Plastic Man Comedy Adventure Show – Rickety Rocket Cartoon

Rickety Rocket was a segment in The Plastic Man Comedy Adventure Show, about an artificially intelligent space ship created by a group of four Black kid geniuses who run a detective agency and solve mysteries in the future.

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The Hardy Boys Cartoon – Peter Jones

The Hardy Boys Cartoon – Peter Jones

The Hardy Boys cartoon featured the first postive Black character in a Saturday morning cartoon series, who was also the first Black male character and the first positive Black male musician character in a Saturday morning cartoon series – Peter Jones. He was the drummer in the band. He was voiced by Byron Kane.

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Captain Caveman And The Teen Angels Cartoon – Dee Dee Sykes

Captain Caveman And The Teen Angels Cartoon – Dee Dee Sykes

Captain Caveman’s first and second seasons were originally broadcast as segments on the package shows Scooby’s All-Star Laff-A-Lympics and Scooby’s All-Stars from 1977 to 1979. The third season featured Captain Caveman and the Teen Angles in their own half-hour time slot in 1980.

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The Space Sentinels Cartoon – Astrea

The Space Sentinels Cartoon – Astrea

Astrea was the first Black female superhero featured in a Saturday Morning Cartoon series, the Space Sentinels. Roman mythological figures Hercules and Mercury were joined by Astrea, one of the most respected and esteemed goddesses of the Greek and Roman world to form a superhero team to protect mankind.

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Tarzan and The Super 7 – Micro Woman And Super Stretch Cartoon

Tarzan and The Super 7 – Micro Woman And Super Stretch Cartoon

Chris and Christy Cross are Micro Woman and Super Stretch, a fictional, shape-shifting, husband and wife crime fighting team. They were the first Black Superhero duo and the first Black Husband and Wife superhero duo to appear in a Saturday Morning Cartoon.

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Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids Comic Book

Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids Comic Book

 

The character Fat Albert first appeared in Bill Cosby’s stand-up comedy routine “Buck Buck,” as recorded on his 1967 album Revenge. The stories were based upon Cosby’s tales about growing up in inner city North Philadelphia. In 1969, Cosby and veteran animator Ken Mundie brought Fat Albert to animation in a one-shot prime-time special entitled Hey, Hey, Hey, It’s Fat Albert. The special, which aired on NBC, was a hybrid of live-action and animation.

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The Harlem Globetrotters Comic Book Collection

The Harlem Globetrotters Comic Book Collection

 

 

 

In April 1972, Gold Key Comics launched a comic adaptation of the Harlem Globetrotters animated series; their first comic book appearance was in issue #8 of Gold Key’s Hanna-Barbera Fun-In, published in July 1971.

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Sesame Street – Billy Jo Jive Cartoon

Sesame Street – Billy Jo Jive Cartoon

Billy Jo Jive, self-described super crimefighting ace, was a prepubescent Black detective in animated segments on Sesame Street in the late 1970s and early 80s. Along with his sidekick, Smart Susie Sunset, Billy Jo would solve crimes in his neighborhood.

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Schoolhouse Rock! – Verb! That’s What’s Happenin’ Cartoon

Schoolhouse Rock! – Verb! That’s What’s Happenin’ Cartoon

I get my thing in action
To be, to sing, to feel, to live
That’s what’s happenin’

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Board Game Funk

Board Game Funk

 

1971 The Harlem Globetrotters Board Game by Milton Bradley

The Harlem Globetrotters board game is based on the world famous ballers who gradually worked comic routines into their act until they became known more for entertainment than sports.

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School Daze

School Daze

Remember when getting ready for the new school year included picking out a shiny new metal lunch box? Starting in 1951, the lunch box became a must have school accessory, a cool way to let everyone know what your favorite new TV show was.

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Yabba, Dabba, What The?? Meet The Neighbors

Yabba, Dabba, What The?? Meet The Neighbors

Deep from the Hanna-Barbera vault, looks like there were some plans for re-coloring the neighborhood of our favorite stoned-aged family in Bedrock. Fred and Barney, meet your new neighbors, meet The Blackstones.

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