15 forgotten cartoons from the early 1970s you used to love

Saturday mornings used to consist of sugary cereal and hours of cartoons. Do you remember any of these?

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We all yearn to go back to the days when Saturday mornings consisted of a big bowl of sugary cereal and hours of our favorite cartoons. Before cable TV, on-demand shows and Netflix, there were only four hours of television each week devoted just to children.

Popular staples like Scooby Doo, The Flintstones and The Jetsons have received a lot of attention throughout the year, with movies and revivals coming out every few years. But what about the shows we used to love that haven't stood the test of time? Here are 15 cartoons from the early 1970s that we still love, even if we may have forgotten about them. 

Cattanooga Cats (1969)

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These cool cats made one ferocious rock band. 

Motor Mouse and Autocat (1969)

It was like Tom and Jerry, except with racecars. 

Dastardly and Muttley in the Flying Machines (1969)

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Dick Dastardly and his pooch flew old-timey airplanes to stop a pigeon carrying secret messages. 

Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies (1970)

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Before the Groovie Goolies had their own show, they joined Sabrina the Teenage Witch to fight off enemies. 

The Funky Phantom (1971)

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In this case, the "funky" phantom the title refers to was a Revolutionary War–era ghost named Mudsy.

Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch! (1971)

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These fun-loving bears sure knew how to have a good time. 

The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (1972)

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Remember when Pebble and Bamm-Bamm from The Flintstones were teenager and high school sweethearts?

The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan (1972)

Try saying that three times in a row. Mr. Chan and his kids spent every episode solving mysteries, along with their dog Chu Chu.

Speed Buggy (1973)

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If there wasn't a fast-racing car or airplane in the 1970s, did it even qualify to be a cartoon?

Inch High, Private Eye (1973)

It must have been tough solving mysteries while standing just one inch tall.

Bailey's Comets (1973)


Who could roller skate the fastest to win the million-dollar prize?

Hong Kong Phooey (1974)

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A parody of kung fu shows made its way onto Saturday morning television in the form of Penry Pooch. 

Valley of the Dinosaurs (1974)

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A family entered a parallel universe and met its prehistoric doppelganger. 

Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch (1974)

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Wheelie was the superhero we all adored, and it was even better that he was a red Volkswagen Beetle!

The Great Grape Ape Show (1975)

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What's with all the tongue twisters?

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John 2 months ago
Best times to have been a kid growing up. The war in Vietnam was over. We had relatively good prosperity then. A less narcissistic society, where people didn't say hateful things, just because they could. Cartoons, comedies, dramas, sports, news, holiday specials, action & adventure shows, mysteries, westerns, musicals, sci-fi thrillers, horror movies, game shows, variety shows, miniseries, memorable commercials, and movies...could all be seen on three networks, PBS, and perhaps two or three local channels. Families actually watched shows together. Everyone seemed to know that Saturday mornings were for kids. America had created great cartoons for kids to watch, unlike the stuff that kids watch now on cartoon network or boomerang. People just didn't seem to be so uptight about things. School was where you got educated, not indoctrinated. Kids learned to be self-reliant then, no helicopter or soccer moms to take you everywhere, and watch you like a hawk. Parents then, expected you to go out and play, or do things on your own, or with friends. You knew your neighbors.
As for the cartoons you mentioned here, they were all wonderful to watch. My main favorites then were Hong Kong Phooey, Valley of the Dinosaurs, and Charlie Chan and the Chan Clan.
Give me back my 70s!
WILD 5 months ago
I remember all of them except Bailey's Comets. Tinker was Shaggy's cousin. Dastardly and Muttley's theme song ended with Stop the pigeon now. Amazing Chan was voiced by Keye Luke who became (believe it or not) the first Asian actor to play Charlie Chan. Hong Kong Phooey was voiced by Scatman Crothers. Grape Ape was best friend's with a beagle. Valley of the Dinosaurs aired on CBS and was very reminiscent of Land of the Lost and also was on around the same time as Korg, 70,000 B.C. Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch the car (Wheelie) only made sounds with his horn. Funky Phantom's cat was Boo. Pebbles and Bamm Bamm had a charater named Schleprock. Inch High was fired in every episode but rehired at the end after solving the case in spite of having been fired. Hair Bear Bunch was set in a zoo. Motormouse had a southern accent. One of the voice actors on Sabrina was Larry Storch who later played Spencer and Forrest Tucker played Kong The Ghost Busters while the gorilla who was named Tracy was played by Bob Burns (credited as Tracy's trainer). The Catanooga Cats was 60 minutes long and was supposed to be a completely animated show that eere kind of hosts wrapping around cartoon segments with a great similarity to The Banana Splits Hour.
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