Without THIS Guy, "Super Friends" Wouldn't Exist

If you're like me, you spent every Saturday morning growing up watching "Super-Friends," "Scooby Doo," "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids," or a dozen other cartoons while eating a bowl of cereal in front of the TV set.


Turns out animator Tom Cook was responsible for drawing many of those classic cartoons. I met him this summer. He lives in Idaho now, but is still a popular "comic con" guest and speaker. I got to talking with him, and asked him about his career. He told me it took "one day to draw 12 to 24 sketches, and those would make up about two seconds of an episode of the SuperFriends." 

Cartoon animator Tom Cook

Can you imagine that! Each of those episodes ran about 24 minutes! Of course there were other animators, but think of the work this guy put into  the hundreds and hundreds of cartoons he helped create and direct over the years.

Now he says most of the cartoons your kid watches are created overseas, and are done by computer. He still hasn't given up on his love of drawing, or sharing stories with kids who have never grown up forgetting what it was like to watch Superman, Aquaman or Scooby Doo every Saturday morning (before mom and dad came out to remind them "OK, your cartoon time is over, now it's time for chores" ).Thanks Tom for reminding how fun it can still be to be a kid and watch these cartoons over and over.

Dan Mitchinson

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