Laying in the shower eating a cinnamon roll this morning I was thinking about something that is missing. That missing thing? Quality cartoons! I cry to myself that I wish all these super hero movies were out when I was a wee one, but if I had to deal with the crap that is on or not on in most cases I would not be nearly as awesome as I am now. A watched the crap out of cartoons. There are the few exceptions that do not suck, Spongebob, Fairly Oddparents, and the random DC hero cartoons that spring up every once in a while.
Have you ever awaken on a Saturday morning and turned on your guide channel to see what is on? Most times, nothing, if you are super lucky an infomerical on how to get bigger breasts. We wonder why our children are getting stupider and growing up way to fast, it is because we have taken away an important part of childhood. Adult televesion has become the norm for them to watch. Swearing, violence and sex are everywhere you turn. Oh no! Our thirteen old daughter is banging! Then quit letting them watch episodes of Jersey Shore!
Back to the subject of this blog, the Animaniacs. Wacky, Yacko, and Dot were a permanent fixture in my home until the show went off the air. I still watch it on DVD. I got home everyday from school so excited to watch Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, Freakazoid and Batman. It was a simpler time. It was one of those rare cartoons that mixed the old zaniness of the Looney Toons but also had hidden adult humor. There are so many little things I never noticed when I was younger on there. Where did all of our cartoon characters go? Cartoon Network and Boomrang of course. But that is not a good enough solution.
Things have changed, they always do, but really this sucks. Marketing to children has always been a staple of cartoons. I'd see a commerical for a cool new toy and I was sold. Now your eight year old wants an iPod, cell phone and designer jeans to make them look sexy. So my solution?! Bring back saturday morning cartoons, first, after school cartoons second! Then when that happens wake up with your children and watch cartoons with them, see what they are watching, what is being forced into their small brains!
This actually went a complete different way than I planned. I was gonna actually write about old cartoons I enjoy and ended up on a rant. Well, next time I'll write about the awesome cartoons of old.