Cartoons on a Sunday morning are pretty much commonplace these days but for you younger kids let me explain, unlike today when you have a thousand options to watch cartoons anytime you want back in the day you only got 4 hours of new cartoons a week and that was it! And it was only on Saturday mornings. That’s before 1982 when weekday syndication unleashed hordes of awesome after school shows like G.I.JOE, TRANSFORMERS and HE-MAN to name a few.
Sunday mornings were usually a cartoon wasteland. Because so many kids were at Church with their parents most networks chose to either air movies or local news instead of cartoons. For those who were really desperate you could watch DAVEY and GOLIATH and tell yourself it was GUMBY, but that didn’t work for long.
Occasionally, here and there you’d find some cartoons on Sunday morning but with no real consistency. It was different region to region across the United States. For a brief period in the early 80′s some network affiliates in our area DID air blocks of animated programming. It didn’t last long but it was a nice break from the 700 CLUB.
Here’s one of the Cartoons we remember being a part of that Sunday Morning block…THE DRAC PACK!
Not sure my local Church would have endorsed staying home to watch a show about an undead Vampire, a Frankenstein monster and a feral Werewolf…but at least they used their dark powers for good! That’s gotta count for something right?
This concept of Monsters uniting for the greater good is nothing new and was conceptually seen in shows like DINGBAT and the CREEPS:
And even earlier in the live action, 1976 show “MONSTER SQUAD”:
In case you are wondering, that is indeed FRED GRANDY of LOVE BOAT fame who later also became a US Senator. No word if he kept Isaac in his cabinet…