It was Friday evening when
Tony and Bruce finally emerged
from the workshop for supper.
"Well, that's R&D kept happy
for this week," Bruce said.
"Tony Stark, Super Genius!"
the inventor crowed, pointing
a thumb at his arc reactor.
"Why do you keep saying that?"
Steve said, shaking his head.
"It just sounds so silly."
"Oh my gosh, guys, he's never
seen Saturday morning cartoons!"
Clint exclaimed, staring at Steve.
"Or the later Bugs Bunny ones,"
Betty said. "We should fix this."
"Saturday ... what?" Steve said.
"Saturday morning cartoons,
a fine family tradition," Phil said.
"JARVIS, cue up --" Tony began.
Phil held up a hand. "No, let's
do this properly," he said. "I'll call in
a schedule change, and we'll do
Saturday morning instead of
Saturday night this week."
"Awesome," Tony said.
"But I don't want to wait,"
Steve said with a frown.
Tony clapped him on the back.
"Nobody ever wants to wait for
Saturday morning cartoons,
but trust me, it'll be worth it."
"You really haven't seen
any of the later stuff?"
Bruce asked Steve.
"I don't think so," Steve said.
"No one has bothered to catch him up
on critical information like the freaking UN,
so why would they bother to show him
cartoons?" Tony snarked.
"Okay, what's the last cartoon
you remember seeing from before?"
Betty said, taking out her Starkpad.
"Um ... I think it was 'Super-Rabbit'
or something like that," Steve said.
"It came out in the spring, right before
everything went totally haywire for me.
I used to watch the reels with the USO girls."
"Then everything later than spring of 1943
should be new to you," Betty said. She
began making notes. "JARVIS, set up
a playlist from the most important cartoons
from the mid-forties and into the fifties."
"Sounds like fun," Steve agreed.
So on Saturday morning,
all the littles scampered into
the common room trailing
blankets and pillows.
Uncle Phil had made
pancakes and sausages,
but Clint insisted on sitting
in front of the television with
a bowl of Lucky Charms.
He'd gotten Natka into it, too.
Bucky had dumped the rest of
the box into a salad bowl, and he
sat there picking out the marshmallows
and passing the plain oat bits to Steve.
Tony had a Stress Buster Orange Smoothie
because Uncle Phil had discovered it was
easier to get him to eat vegetables by
hiding them in something else.
Bruce and Betty were happy to eat
the pancakes and sausages, though.
"Russian Rhapsody" had Steve and Bucky
howling at the antics of the gremlins,
and even Natka cracked a smile.
"We are gremlins ... from the Kremlin,"
Clint sang, throwing marshmallows
into the back of Bruce's head.
Bruce shook them out of his hair
and glared at Clint. "Quit it."
"Clint, come up here and
sit with me until you can
remember that food goes in
your mouth," Uncle Phil said.
"Fiiiiine," Clint grumbled,
climbing onto the couch.
Natka sprawled over his spot.
"Tony, show me again how
to change the ring tone on
my phone," Steve asked.
"It's easy," Bucky said.
"I do mine all the time."
"Easy for you," Steve said.
At least he had gone from begging
people to do things for him, to asking
them to show him how to do it.
So Tony walked Steve through
the process of setting his phone
to play the gremlin song.
"Herr Meets Hare" had
Steve and Bucky jumping up
to cheer Bugs and boo Nazis.
When Bugs said, "I knew I shoulda
made dat left toin at Albakoikie,"
Steve burst out laughing.
"What?" Clint said.
"I've been hearing that
everywhere," Steve said.
"That line makes so much
more sense to me now."
"Rabbit Fire" inevitably led
to people echoing the exchanges,
first Tony and Bruce, then Clint and Natka.
Finally even Steve and Bucky joined in
with "Wabbit season!" "Duck season!"
right in time with the characters.
"You know that they're going to wind up
shouting that at Doctor Doom the next time
we help the Fantastic Four corral him,"
Betty said, trying not to laugh at the idea.
"I'm sure he'll survive it," Uncle Phil said.
Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner
appeared in "Fast and Furry-ous,"
with chases and inventions and
numerous funny pratfalls.
Next came "Operation: Rabbit,"
with the Coyote and Bugs Bunny
pitting wits against wits.
"Okay, now I get why
you call yourself that,"
Steve said to Tony.
"It started when I played
a sound clip after sir blew up
his workshop," JARVIS said.
"I did not expect him to ... own it."
"I'm rich, I own everything," Tony said,
and stuck out his tongue at the ceiling.
"Clint, you're excused," Uncle Phil said.
"Tony, up here on the couch with me."
"Aww," Tony whined, but climbed up.
"Wabbit season," Clint said as he
poked Natka to make her scoot over.
"Duck season," she said, elbowing him back.
"JARVIS, please bring up 'Rabbit Seasoning'
to show next," Uncle Phil requested.
It was a perfect Saturday morning.
* * *
Captain America went into the ice well before the end of World War II.
Bugs Bunny premiered in the 1930s, but many of the most famous cartoons date from much later. "Super-Rabbit" is the last one that Steve saw before the ice. The Wartime Cartoons include "Russian Rhapsody" and "Herr Meets Hare." Later on, "Rabbit Fire" and "Rabbit Seasoning" are the first two in the Hunting Trilogy.
Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner are a pair of negative-positive Tricksters. That bit with Coyote falling off the cliff and getting flattened actually appears in Native American lore: "... and Coyote was squashed flatter than a grass mat!" The cartoon "Fast and Furry-ous" introduced them, and you can watch it online.
Wile E. Coyote calling himself "genius," and later in the 'toon "super-genius," came from a 1952 Bugs Bunny cartoon, "Operation: Rabbit," which pitted a talking version of Wile E. against everybody's favorite bunny.
Saturday morning cartoons were a thriving family tradition for decades.
Lucky Charms is a brand of cereal with toasted oat pieces and multicolored marshmallow shapes. Some people only like one or the other part.
Enjoy a recipe for the Stress Buster Orange Smoothie, which includes orange, banana, and carrot.
Doctor Doom is a nemesis of the Fantastic Four.