My favourite cartoon show was, and still is, "Tom & Jerry". Now that was a cartoon made by people who knew how to make violent slapstick comedy genuinely funny.
The show featured some of the most shockingly violent gags ever perpetrated on screen, along with what today seems like casual racism and outright brutality.
And it was the funniest thing I ever saw as a kid.
Just you try watching this compilation of Tom's screams without cracking up:
There is absolutely no way, in the modern era of political correctness and "family friendly cartoons", that something that archaic and that violent would ever be allowed on TV for children to watch.
And don't even get me started on the awful butchery that Hanna Barbera performed on the show's legacy with those horrible "Tom & Jerry Tales" and "Tom & Jerry Show" shorts that they released. The original show was comic genius, and they should have let it stay the way it was.
The 40s and 50s really were the golden age of children's animation. Tex Avery, Rudolf Ising, and Chuck Jones were madcap geniuses who were given free rein to do pretty much whatever the hell they wanted to produce fantastic cartoons. That is why old-school stuff like "Tom & Jerry", the Wile E. Coyote shorts, and some of the older Looney Tunes shows were so brilliant.
They were crazy, unbelievably violent, unutterably silly, and in many ways appallingly stupid.
And I have to say, I absolutely love 'em.