Friday, September 2, 2016

In Defense of Cartoons

There's this weird stigma among normal people (not necessarily so much among nerds) that cartoons are for kids and adults who enjoy them are weird or immature. My response to this statement: have you seen the cartoons that are being made nowadays? Holy crud!

While most of the cartoons are still couched in this super-colorful, kind of goofy style, quite a few of them are dealing with some really deep issues.

The Last Airbender addressed war and pacificsm, different belief systems, growing up, and more in a fantasticly poignant way. The last season of The Legend of Korra focused on tyranny and issues with various governmental structures, as well as PTSD.

Steven Universe has some incredible messages about the importance of family and deals with topics like emotional abuse in an incredibly hard-hitting way that's understandable by kids without beating them over the head with the psychology that we know about it as adults.

Voltron Legendary Defender has that great scene about gender (you know the one if you've seen it) and then proceeds to not make a big deal about it.

Yes, all of these shows have their ridiculous, cartoon-y moments. Yes, they're marketed mostly to kids. But that doesn't mean adults can't or shouldn't watch and enjoy them. Cartoon creators put in some pretty wonderful references now and then that go right over kids' heads, but appeal to an older audience.

So if you don't have any plans over the long weekend, I'd suggest pulling up some Netflix and giving a cartoon a try. You never know; you might enjoy it.

Emily has been binge watching Steven Universe every day after work this week and she's loving it. If you haven't seen it yet, she highly recommends it.

1 comment:

  1. Well put. I think the generations that hold the view that cartoons are for kids are dwindling. Certainly my generation (soon to be 57) grew up on animation and recognize it as a valid art form that can entertain as well as inform people of all age levels. Video games get the same rap as animation. I'm not giving up on either art forms.