Ten Classic Cartoon Rock Stars

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Mama Cass Elliot

You may not remember The New Scooby Doo Movies episode which featured celebrity guest stars solving mysteries with Scooby's gang like The Three Stooges, Laurel and Hardy, and Batman. In the 1973, episode titled "The Haunted Candy Factory" Scooby Dooby Doo helps the former Mamas and the Papas singer figure out who the Green Globs are running around Mama Cass' candy factory. Sonny & Cher and the Monkee's Davy Jones also had their own episodes.


In the first Popeye cartoon in a quarter century, the Chicago Americana band performed their 2011 song "Dawned on Me" on a dock where an animated version of singer Jeff Tweedy steals Olive Oyl from the violent grips of Popeye and Bluto.

The Jackson 5

Michael and his four brothers went on an adventure every Saturday morning from 1971-73 on The Jackson 5ive, where they were joined in animated form by Motown President Berry Gordy. Though none of the Jacksons or Gordy contributed with their voices, that is actually Diana Ross who voiced herself on the premiere episode.

M.C. Hammer

The problem with cartoons is they take a lot of time to produce. By the time the 1991 series Hammertime featuring rapper MC Hammer made it to ABC on Saturday mornings, the kids had already moved on to the gangsta rap of N.W.A.

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