Saturday, July 31

When I was a child, cartoons were just that, cartoons. They had been semi-mindless drivel that served the purpose holding kids under control for the couple of hours between school and dinner. Next came along a couple of enterprising geniuses that changed every one of that. Matt Groening and Mike Judge are 2 of the best examples, progenitors of the “adult cartoon”. These days, the plan wasn’t new at the point in time. The Jetsons as well as Flintstones were primetime offerings in the day of theirs, but face it, they’re kids fare. It was males as Groening and Judge who recognized the flexibility of the medium and the limitless potential (reliant just upon voice actor longevity as well as good writing) of a cartoon sitcom.

Nowadays, the cartoon world is an entirely different place. The young children cartoons from our youth are bigger, badder, and cruder than they previously have been. Plus the market for adult oriented animation has exploded. Not only is The Simpsons still available, these days we’ve got Family Guy, South Park, Futurama, and the entire Adult Swim phenomenon.

What is it then that produces this rabid demand by more and more earlier generations for animated comedy. In part, nostalgia plays a large job. Growing up in the 80s or 90s, every American youth had a keen eye on the Saturday morning and after school cartoon farms. It was an element of everyday living, and not a little something most enjoyed leaving behind when they lived. However, the jokes are sophomoric, the plotlines ridiculous, and in most cases cheesy. The cartoons of youth (and thank you DVD release for enabling us to relive and also cringe through them) were a bit too goofy for the adult mentality. No ponder our parents were nowhere to be found. But, the cathartic joy of hand drawn television still lingers so the likelihood of the more adult, more mature cartoon flourishes.

Naturally, let us not forget the influx of yet another cultural force within the last 10 years or perhaps so, that of the Japanese cartoon. Japanese animation – anime – never dedicated itself with the belief of children’s animation as much as their American counterparts. For the most part, they’ve been utilizing the place for years with adult oriented, often times very much so, animation that just right now is discovering its way into the American consciousness. Films like Akira and also the works of Hayao Miyazaki inched in to the American marketplace in the 90s and then exploded in the all new century, nearly taking over many US channels, which includes the previously brand loyal Cartoon and WB Networks. The thought that a strong, serialized story may be told with animation was just Japanese and the results are often times amazing.
Even now the American counterpart is mostly satire and poop jokes. However, and then again, they certainly are some poop jokes.

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