I don't know what it was about cartoon shorts poking fun at futuristic living that really sparked my imagination as a kid. I wanted a house full of automatic gadgets like the ones in the cartoon and the retro-futuristic design of the late 40's/early 50's still informs our image of what the future might look like.
Tex Avery's 1949 short 'The House of Tomorrow is a classic example of animated, automated living. It's also chock full of quaint sexism, a live-action Irene Dunne in a bathing suit, and plenty of mother-in-law jokes. Mostly, the cartoon seems like an fun excuse for the animators to dream up wacky inventions (my favorite is the peephole on the fridge).
You can enjoy this look at a future that still hasn't happened after the jump.