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Things You Probably Didn't Know About Nostalgic Saturday Morning Cartoons

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There was a time, not too long ago, when the children of the world would hastily awaken from their Saturday morning slumber and run to the closest television. You couldn't stop them, nor would you want to, and it was all due to the fact that Saturday morning cartoons were amazing. Ask any generation about those toons, and you're bound to hear tales of nostalgia regarding animated ducks, Snorks, Smurfs, and everything else in between.

Sadly, the Saturday morning cartoon of yesteryear is no longer. Kids can stream whatever they want whenever they want, so while the activity may be gone, the content isn't. Looking back over the Saturday morning cartoons that entertained millions of children, there are tons of interesting details and fun facts you probably didn't know about them. After all, we were kids when we enjoyed them the most, so many of the best details about them slipped by unnoticed.

This list highlights some of the more fascinating details most people didn't know about their favorite Saturday morning cartoons. Take a look down below, and when you find something you didn't already know, be sure to give it a vote to see which detail rises to the top!

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    'The Flintstones' Was A Groundbreaking Series

    Photo: The Flintstones / ABC

    When it first aired, The Flintstones was just like The Simpsons in that it was a primetime series. It has since fallen into Saturday morning cartoon territory for generations of kids, and little did they realize, the show was somewhat controversial and groundbreaking in several ways. It was the first program on television to show a couple sharing a bed. Before The Flintstones, a married couple was either shown to sleep in two separate beds, or their bedroom wasn't shown at all.

    In addition to that, the series dealt with some hefty concepts for an animated series - especially back when it first aired in 1960. The characters were used to advertise cigarettes, and it dealt with suicide and infertility. These were issues that hadn't been addressed in an animated series, and in the early '60s, they weren't addressed in most live-action shows either. Ultimately, The Flintstones broke a lot of ground, and its impact on the development of television has been widespread.

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    Warner Bros. Allowed Bugs Bunny To Appear In 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' Under Specific Conditions

    Photo: Who Framed Roger Rabbit / Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

    While the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit wasn't itself a Saturday morning cartoon, a great deal of its characters and inspiration came from the toons everyone watched growing up. In one scene, Bugs Bunny appears opposite Mickey Mouse, and it's the only time the two have ever appeared on the screen together at the same time.

    To make that happen, Disney reached out to Warner Bros., asking for permission to use the popular wascally wabbit. The studio agreed, but only under the condition that he appear opposite Mickey, and they receive the same amount of screen time.

    They were only seen for about 30 seconds of screen time, which you can watch here.

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    A Popular Voice Actor For 'The Fairly OddParents' And 'Rugrats' Is Blind

    Photo: Rugrats / Nickelodeon

    Voice actors are probably the least appreciated artists in the entertainment industry, which is a shame. They put their talent to work in creating the personalities and characteristics of everyone's favorite characters by giving them a voice. Some, like the people behind The Simpsons' characters, are well known, but others, like Dionne Quan, isn't as recognized.

    Quan's work in the medium has been entertaining children and adults for years, and her credits include Kimi on Rugrats, Trixie Tang on The Fairly OddParents, Yasmin on Bratz, and many more. Interestingly, Quan is legally blind, having been born with optic nerve hypoplasia. Each of her scripts is delivered in braille instead of standard lettering.

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  • Photo: Ducktales / Buena Vista Television

    Everyone knows that Scrooge McDuck is stinking rich... after all, the guy swims through his riches in his gigantic vault! That being said, it's difficult to determine exactly what Mr. McDuck is worth, but some intrepid people at Forbes have given it their best, and they came up with some numbers. According to Forbes, Scrooge McDuck is swimming through $33.5 billion (and some change).

    That amazing sum of money doesn't place him on the top of the Forbes Fictional 15 list (which does exist). He's actually at No. 2 and falls behind Carlisle Cullen from the Twilight franchise. Mr. Cullen's net worth is estimated to be $34.1 billion, so it's pretty close. The names that fall beneath McDuck are Richie Rich ($11.5 billion), Tony Stark ($8.8 billion), and Jed Clampett ($7.2 billion). The list even includes the likes of the Tooth Fairy, Bruce Wayne, and Jay Gatsby.

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