My girlfriend and I were just talking about this a couple days ago and we both agreed that it feels like cartoons have changed A TON since I was a kid and I am only 24… Here’s why it seems like that… the cartoons/kids shows I used to watch in the mid to late 90’s were like Doug, Hey Arnold, Rugrats, Are You Afraid of the Dark, etc… All those shows had like a good message behind each episode that taught you a ‘life lesson’.
Looking back, I actually think these shows taught me a ton about being a good person since these are things you watch a lot as a kid. Doug, Hey Arnold, and Rugrats specifically had really good lessons behind each and every episode and taught you to treat people with respect.
The shows I see my nephew/niece watching like Spongebob, iCarly, and like every disney show doesn’t seem like they have many messages behind them. Also, especially on disney… they seem to emphasize the awesomeness of money from the random times i’ve seen them on.
@happiness222, I feel you !00% man. Im a little to high to full express my opinion but your right on with this one dude. Cartoons used to have some lesson behind them, now its just mindlessness meant to keep children still. Watch the cartoons of today and maybe we will start to understand why some many kids have issues.
@happiness222, I agree completely.
The Simpsons has really dumbed down as well (even though it never really was a kid’s cartoon). The Simpsons had some really touching episodes back in the day. Now I can’t get through five minutes of an episode.
@chodebalm, you could be right… how so though? I still have the same opinion of those old cartoons I liked when I watch them now and only now see the message in them now as I’ve grown up. I didn’t really realize it when I was young.
I know when I watch stuff like Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry nowadays I think it was filled with excessive amounts of violence too.
I just think the message of the overall shows have changed from what i’ve noticed… can you explain why you think they haven’t?
@happiness222, Well for me….I used to love shows like Doug, Rugrats, lots of Nickelodeon shows, etc. And if I were to watch them today, it would be nostalgic, and that’s the only part about it I would enjoy. I wouldn’t be able to connect with those cartoons on any sort of intellectual level anymore. They wouldn’t be entertaining or satisfying to my brain. They would only be enjoyable in the sense of knowing I used to watch them as a kid.
Now if you take a look at the cartoons kids watch today, of course you’re going to think they’re absolutely stupid. And in 10 years from now, those kids are going to look back on these shows and think about how stupid they are and wonder how they could have ever watched them. But they’ll still be nostalgic because they bring back childhood memories.
So it’s not the cartoons that have changed, it’s your perception.
I think in some respects cartoons have just acclimated to their viewer. The stuff we grew up watching as kids didn’t sit quite right with our parents, and now we are getting to that point where we are like “stuff has changed and it’s all bad and stuff.”
My favorite example of this is Adventure Time. That show is freaking amazing, but it is different in a TON of ways compared to the stuff I grew up watching. Thing is, though, it pushes boundaries and has adult humor just like our shows did. Looney Tunes, for instance, was my favorite as a kid. Rewatching some of that stuff, there were some pretty edgy things going on for kids to watch (Bugs Bunny dressing as a chick and kissing Elmer Fudd, for example). Adventure Time makes a point to push in its own way, and I think the development in shows comes from our generation. We watched a generation’s new spin on things…it affected us…we create our own for othres to watch…they watch it…they spin that…they make their own…the next gen spins that further.
It’s just the way it is.
@chodebalm, Cartoons have not changed? Are you serious? Compare the Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, and the like Cartoons of 40/50 years ago with all the violent showing, screaming and abusive cartoons that are shown on television nowadays, and tell me again that cartoons have not changed. It is quite ignorant to believe so, I mean that is like saying that films have not developed in the last 100 years and it is only our view/perspective that changed. Plain bullshit. Television has been changing, evolving and developing just as we have been, and cartoons are definitely part of this process as well.
Obviously our perceptions are changing as well, I am not going to deny that, but cartoons have most definitely changed during the years.