Way before there was Rick and Morty, Spongebob Squarepants, or even Nickelodeon, generations of children used to grow up with old school cartoons with catchy jingles. While many of you may be familiar with popular 80s cartoons like Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or He-Man, the ‘golden age’ of cartoons really began way back. We’re talking way back into the 40s to the 60s, and the jingles from way back then are some of the whackiest. Here are some cartoon jingles that’ll have you laughing or humming:
Super Chicken (1967)
Super Chicken, with his lion sidekick Fred, begin their adventures with the battlecry: “To the Super Coop, Fred!”. The Super Coop was an egg-shaped air vehicle used to rescue of innocent victims of crime. Super Chicken’s secret identity is a rich gentleman, and when danger rears its ugly head, he would take his “Super Sauce” (often from a martini glass) and don his “Super Suit” to fight crime. If this sounds familiar, then you’ve seen Batman. Oh, and the soundtrack is RIDICULOUS!
George of the Jungle (1967)
Inspired by Tarzan, George is a muscular but dim-witted king of the jungle who often crashes into trees everytime he swings on vines. He has a smart wife, and his best friend is an elephant whom he thinks is a dog. It was adapted into a live-action film starring Brendan Fraser in 1997 and actually remade as a cartoon with a ‘slimmer, younger George’ in 2007. The soundtrack may be one of the catchiest in cartoon history.
Chilly Willy (1953)
Chilly Willy is a penguin who’s “frozen through and through”. Most of the cartoon deals with the relationship between Willy and a dog named Smedley, in which Willy would often play a prank on the bigger dog. The theme song is one of the cutest, and one that you can sing along if you feel cold… who doesn’t like the line: “My head is hot and my feet are cold, ah, eeh, ah choo!”
Chip n’ Dale (1943)
Before there was Alvin and the Chipmunks, there was Chip n’ Dale – two chipmunks who look alike. Chip is the smarter of the two, while Dale, by contrast, is more laid-back, dim-witted, and impulsive, and has a very strong sense of humour. The opening sequence is notable for its use of live-action in animation – something quite revolutionary at the time.