I was hanging out at my sister Janet’s place this weekend, during dinner her husband Rick went on quite the rant about the poor quality of his son’s cartoons.
Rick who was obviously doing a little early St. Patrick’s day celebrating was very upset that his son was watching Pokemon, Digimon, Johnny Test and Adventure Time. Upset in his mind for a legit reason. His son was being robbed of the childhood that Rick had in the (80s) – YUP it sounds as crazy written down as it did coming out of his mouth. While this generation of children may not have The action of the Transformers, Silverhawks and Super Mario Brothers. Nor do they have the funny and imagination inspiring Muppet Babies or Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, but is this really a problem?
In my humble opinion, i think absolutely not. Of course my brother-in-law feels his kid is missing out. Only problem is, in reality Rick is the one missing out. He’s nostalgic for the old times and trying to live vicariously through his young son. I’d be willing to bet almost every parent thinks the things they had as a kid was 10x better than what their kids are watching or playing with now. I’d also be willing to bet that every single kid thinks that their parents are NUTS!!
Kids now are fast paced, CGI effects and whatever will hold their attention span or make them want the next toy available that the shows are promoting. To adults it’s visual nonsense, to the children who enjoy them it’s the same feeling that Rick had about his G.I. Joe’s. When these kids grow up and have families of their own they will be the ones complaining about future kids entertainment just as we the children of the 80’s and 90’s are complaining about now.
I know this is a bit different than my initial entry but i’m still trying to find my groove and hammer down exactly how this blog will operate. I think as long as i’m on the topic of cartoons and illustrations then i’m living up to my end of the bargain here and I hope my readers enjoy and get a sense of my passion!!!