I was born in 1995, and in the 21 years that followed, I was entertained by a plethora of exciting cartoons and kids shows. I still watch shows that are mainly targeted at children, and some that i think are now targeted a lot towards their niece adult audience as well. They have changed a lot. These shows, as i remember, never really cared about appealing to more than the audience of children. They were soppy and ticked all the boxes of prudishness and conservatism. Now cartoons are more vivid, more exciting and more entertaining for adults too.
Adventure Time With it’s unique characters in peculiar, odd storylines, this is one of the modern greats of cartoons. Adventure time employs the ideas that being different and having alternative ideas is a good thing. It gives children a message that their imagination and what it creates will always be good.
Adults are also given a ride of their lives of colourful, fast paced entertainment unique to any cartoon they would have watched growing up. It contains jokes that are obviously aimed at the adult demographic that the creators know they need to appeal to.
Sanjay and Craig
The characters in this cartoon are not only unique, they promote the idea of friendships and being different. One episode features the main protagonists, Sanjay being conflicted with questioning his masculinity. Something that shockingly many children are still doing. It’s an issue that should be and is important to address.
The episodes message was that children should never judge their worth or beliefs on those of other people, because the majority of the time, even hard men bikers and supposed ‘masculine types’ also like spa treatments and slumber parties!
One of the best things about this cartoon is the way it sends out a cariny message. The crystal gems are his family, they care for him eternally. This is significant when Steven looks comparatively different to them. They are remarkable in look and ability, but Steven seems to just look like a normal boy from the outside. Obviously, he has his own great abilities that he sometimes employs, but it’s the sense of him being ‘normal looking’ yet he is still excepted. It’s a really great cartoon, another modern great.
In no way am I trying to devalue the greatness of retro cartoons and what they used to be. Kids shows that I watched growing up will always stay with me and have a special place in influencing how I see life. You see… this is why the different ways kids shows now are promoting messages of equality and kindness must be appreciated. They are influencing the next generation and educating adult fans alike. They have a job to do and it’s an important one. You only need to look at the views of each generation and the shows that they would have been watching to realise how much kids shows influence how they grow into adults and spread their views.