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During the outro to every Flintstones episode, Fred would leave a bottle or two made out of stone for the milkman, I used to think he was leaving out an antique bottle to catch rain!
I saw a cartoon on Sesame Street once where a kid didn't like his mommy, and went to a Mommy Store to trade her in and pick out a new mommy - they were posed throughout the store like fashion mannequins. Since it was Sesame Street, I believed it - and it scared the hell out of me.
As a very small child I believed that cartoons were filmed with real actors and the picture was changed to make it look different from regular television. Every time a cartoon character had his head cut off or fell off a cliff I marveled at the ingenious special effects it must have taken to film the scene without harming the actor.
One of my best friends always believed that the reason Dopey didn't talk was because he was bald. That's what here Mom told her. When we met, and I told her that according to Happy," I don't know, I guess he never tried!" She was devastated. She actually cried!
I used to believe that cartoons were made by putting all the drawings in a row, and then moving an ordinary video camera along the row very, very quickly. It was the only way I could see it working.
I used to believe that, when people did the voices for cartoons, they did the animation first, and they had to time their speaking just right.
As a small child, I knew that there was a difference between cartoons and live action television, but I didn't know what it was. I was always troubled by the fact that no matter how fast I ran, I couldn't make my legs go in a full circle like they did when the characters ran on Scooby Doo. It never occurred to me that it couldn't be done.
When I was a kid I used to believe that cartoons were people dressed up in special costumes.
When I was little, I watched Ninja Turtles all the time, and whenever I would pass by a sewer I would have to stick my fingers in the holes, and I swear that once one of the turtles touched me. Scares me now to think of what I really felt. Ugggh.
Rugrats used to be my favorite show when I was 4 or 5. I at first thought that they were actually babies (not knowing cartoons were animated and such). But then I was like "Babies can't talk". So, i came to the conclusion of midgets dressing up in baby costumes.
While watching cartoons I would spend a great amount of time looking for the strings that moved the characters, thinking they were puppets.
I believed the mosque down the road was Aladdin's castle, and my mum went along with it to keep me happy.
When i was younger (around 2-3), i thought cartoon characters were actually real and lived in Disney Land. Watching "Who Framed Roger Rabit?" only confirmed my belief!
I though the "D" written in "Walt Disney" on some videos was actually a backward "G".
when i was young, i used to watch Popeye. There was one scene where popeye was beaten to a pulp by bruno or bluto or whatever his name was, and was in dire need of spinach.
So when there was this voice bubble above popeye saying "SOS", i immediately thought it was "spinach!...oh spinach!"...
it wasnt until many years later till my cousin corrected me.
When I just turned 5 I was looking at the TV guide to see when my favourite cartoons were going to be on. When I saw "for unders 5's" in the TV guide next to my favourite cartoon I ran crying to my mum. When she asked what was wrong i said "I cant watch my cartoons anymore because I am 5. haha
When I was young, I used to believe that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were real.
I was once found lying on the pavement of the street where I lived in, yelling through the little hole of the sewer cover their names and waiting for an answer.
My dad told me that often on his subway trip to work in NYC, he would see Mr. Magoo on the same train. He really meant Jim Bakkus, who did the voice of Mr. Magoo. But I always pictured the cartoon character sitting amongst real people on the train.
When I was about 5, I was playing with my cousin, who was around the same age. She was convinced that Mickey Mouse did not wear gloves; his hands were in fact puffy and white.
As a kid, I used to watch Woody Woodpecker religiously. There was one episode where the vulture grabbed Woody, and rolled him up into a clay cylinder. Woody reappeared behind him. I was convinced that this actually happened, so I grabbed a worm from my backyard and rolled him up in some play-dough. He stayed there.