In the age of kids networks, YouTube, and 24 hour cartoon networks, you may think that the days of the Saturday morning cartoon ritual would be long gone, or at least a moot point. The good news is that this is far from true.
I remember waking early Saturday mornings and quietly creeping into the living room, turning on the TV — making sure to keep the volume low so as not to wake up anyone else in the house — getting my bowl of Captain Crunch, and watching The Bugs Bunny Road Runner Hour, Sigmund and The Sea Monsters, and, of course — my favorite —The Super Friends.
The cartoons are different, but my son still does the same thing, referring to Saturday morning as his “me time.” This is the time when he gets to watch his favorite cartoons — unfettered by parents and sister — while leisurely munching on his favorite breakfast cereal. The more things change…
Surprisingly, many cartoons still premiere on Saturday mornings. This Saturday (March 3rd) Cartoon Network, Warner Bros. Animation, and DC Entertainment will be premiering the hour long DC Nation at 10AM (EST/PST).
Centered around the new Green Lantern: The Animated Series and the second season of Young Justice, DC Nation will also bundle in special content and animated shorts featuring “beloved and legendary heroes — as well as some lesser-known cult favorites” from the pages of DC Comics. The shorts are by some of the top names in animation, including Aardman Studios (Wallace and Gromit), applying its famous stop-motion clay animation techniques to create some remarkable takes on the well known characters.
I’m also delighted to see the anime inspired version of Teen Titans returning to the screen, even if for only quick jokes, and not full stories (hint, hint, hint Cartoon Network).
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Watch DC Nation starting Saturday, March 3rd at 10AM EST/CST on Cartoon Network.