Saturday, July 28, 2012

Nostalgia Theater: It's on Fox!

Dipping deep into the personal nostalgia well for this week's entry as I leap back twenty years to summer of '92, which was a momentous era for me for a couple of reasons. First, it marked my moving back home to the States after spending a decade of my formative years living abroad. As it happens, that event converged with the second reason, which is perhaps a bit (only a bit) more important in the grand scheme of things: it signaled the launch of what has to be one of the all-time best lineups of Saturday morning cartoons during my lifetime.

By then, NBC had ceded the Saturday AM turf to teenybopper fare like Saved by the Bell, leaving an opening for upstart Fox Kids to break through in '92 with the double-barreled debut of Batman: The Animated Series and X-Men. Both helped make Fox Kids a top destination the rest of the decade, and I was completely unaware of them until I saw the following extended promo that aired in heavy rotation that summer. In addition to the heroes, the lineup was also bolstered by Taz-Mania, Bobby's World, The Tom & Jerry Kids, Super Dave, and others. Just hearing this jingle is enough to transport me back there.

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