The Incomplete History of the Saturday Morning Cartoon Party

Around 1998, a couple years after I moved to Vancouver, once I lived in a place with a living space big enough to accommodate guests, I organized what would become a sometimes annual tradition. The first few didn’t have themes but on or before 2001 I came up with themes and printed out the schedules. Here they are!

2001 (Fourth Annual) Theme: Robots and Automatons

2002 theme: Origin Stories

2003 (Sixth) Theme: The Supernatural

2004 (Seventh) Theme: Double Trouble

2005 (Eighth) Theme: Outer Space

2006 (Ninth) Theme: Jokes!

2007 (Tenth) Theme: Mind Games

2008 (Eleventh) theme: Time!

2009 – SMCP Goes Public

For a year or two we did weekly screenings at venues like the Rio Theater and VIVO. Then we got burned out and quit. Until….

2017 Theme: Cats (in Memoriam, Kodos)

Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 9:55 AM. Back to private functions in Toren’s living room.

I did not craft a printed schedule but here’s the itinerary:

Schoolhouse Rock: Conjunction Junction
Star Trek Animated: Mudd’s Passion
Superfriends: Attack of the Cats
Looney Tunes: Mouse Wreckers
Swat Kats: A Bright and Shiny Future
Thundercats: The Unholy Alliance
Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack: Who Let the Cats Out of the Old Bag’s House?
Adventure Time: Fiona and Cake
The Amazing World of Gumball: The World
Powerpuff Girls: Cat Man Do
Steven Universe: Cat Fingers
Mighty Mouse New Adventures: Catastrophe Cat
Samurai Jack: Imakandi
Simpsons: Citizen Kang
Ren & Stimpy: Rubber Nipple Salesmen
Thundarr: Treasure of the Moks

2018 Theme: Dreams and Nightmares

2019 Theme: Dungeons and Dragons