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July 31, 2013

The Couch Potato: Cartoons are not quite what they used to be



I guess the new wave of cartoons is to educate and get children involved with the show.  These new cartoons are constantly asking the child to do hand motions, answer questions and play along.  In short, they are boring and the opposite of funny.  However, my kids do watch, sometimes play along or answer the questions, but rarely do they laugh.  I have a problem with that, because that’s not what cartoons should be about (although it is hilarious when my son answers the completely obvious questions wrong).

So anyway, we watched the Bugs Bunny shorts, which were naturally filled with ridiculous violence, falling off cliffs and hard smacks to the head and rear end with a variety of objects.  Not surprisingly, the French Fries were shooting popcorn out of their noses as they laughed and giggled along with their mom and dad.  After all of these years, Bugs Bunny can still get to me, and I was happy to see that he got to my kids, as well.

Believe it or not, the French Fries didn’t wake up the next day bashing each other over the head or jumping off a cliff. They understood that it was in jest, enjoyed it and were not brainwashed into violence.  I’m also happy to admit that they didn’t learn a darn thing, either. 

We resorted back to the usual “educational” cartoons, however, following our movie night.  I must admit, now they are even harder to watch for me.  In the back of my mind, I’m hoping my kids feel the same way.


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