Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A to Z of How I Learned to Love D&D: S is for Saturday Mornings

While growing up, saturday morning cartoons were the bright beginning to a weekend full of fun and games.  I remember when ABC would even run primetime previews of their new saturday morning line-ups.  Can you imagine them devoting primetime space to that today?

Of course not, the networks don't even have saturday morning cartoons, what am I thinking?

But growing up in the late 70's and 80's we were treated classics old and new.

While Thundarr the Barbarian is my favorite of all time, the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon is a very, very close second.

I really didn't understand what DnD was, but I definitely understood a group of kids being thrust into a fantasy world trying to right wrongs and end injustice while still trying to find their way home.

And the use of the Dungeon Master as instigator and helper, was an ingenious way to represent the Dungeon Master of the DnD game.  Not that I really understood that when I was 10.

While I won't say the episodes hold up, I do remember that I never felt that the show talking down to me or poorly done.

I had hoped my kids would love it as much as I did, but while they enjoy DnD as a game, the cartoons don't seem to hold the same magic.  Not that I can blame them, its tough for me to sit through Adventure Time with them.

In my heart, Hank and the gang are still trying to find their way home.

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