That’s all, folks!
Before we reveal the trio of winners in our Saturday Morning Memories anniversary contest, we want to extend our thanks once more to all of our readers, but especially to the seven participants in this year’s event. We are so glad each of you took the time to write a piece for us–especially when the caliber of the contributions was so wonderful (and made it very difficult to choose the winners!).
[A quick technical note about the results: Brandie decided to abstain from voting this year, so the winners were chosen solely by Carrie, Nikki, and Sarah through separate, secret ballots.]
Third place, and the winner of a $10 gift card of her choice: Angela from The Hollywood Revue, with her intriguing piece on The Pink Panther cartoon series and its links to silent film appreciation!
“[I]t had never occurred to me that all those Pink Panther cartoons I watched as a kid may have helped lay the foundation for me to appreciate silent film comedians like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd. But in hindsight, it makes perfect sense. Although the Pink Panther speaks in a couple of cartoons and some cartoons feature narration, most Pink Panther cartoons are short silent films very similar to the short films Chaplin and Keaton made early in their careers.”
Second place, and the winner of a $25 gift card of her choice: Carley of The Kitty Packard Pictorial, with her great remembrance of a Disney classic!
“Voiced by Disney legend Sterling Holloway, this adorable twist on the classic Ugly Ducking story follows the adventures of a little lion cub who is mistakenly delivered by a stork to a herd of sheep instead of his intended lion pride in South Africa. […] Lambert was nominated for the 1952 Academy Award for Best Short Subject, losing to the decidedly sub-par Tom & Jerry cartoon The Two Mousketeers. Whatever, Academy. My well worn-out VHS tape knows who the real winner that year was.”
And in first place–successfully defending her championship in last year’s anniversary event–is Jill from Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence, with an irreverently fond look at three classic Looney Tunes!
“Growing up, I spent my Saturday mornings in front of the television watching pals Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes crew, Tom and Jerry, Droopy, Huckleberry Hound, The Flintstones, its later spin-off The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show, The Smurfs, The Snorks, Scooby-Doo Where Are You?, and of course Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. Having one morning dedicated to cartoons after a long week of dealing with bullies, and shitty teachers, and pop quizzes, and that kid who always smelled like mustard (ALWAYS), was a welcomed respite. It was like cracking open a cold one after a hard day’s work. But since I was a just mere pup, let’s say it was like dunking a fresh chocolate chip cookie into a glass of cold milk (Ding! Age appropriate!).”
Congratulations to our three winners, and thank you once again to all of the contributors for their creative entries and support for the contest!