Grownups move aside, ’cause this one’s for the wee ones. Animated series on TV have a long and proud history, and cartoons themselves have been around almost since the beginning of film itself. Today, the genre is beefed up with computer effects and super-duper high definition, crystal-clear images, but that’s not to say that the old school of cartoons has nothing to offer today’s young ones.
Indeed, it seems that the cartoons of yore, depending less on technology as they did, spent more time imbuing their stories with morals; today, on the other hand, it’s more about creating shock value and letting the kids sort the อนิเมะ ethical issues of the particular episode out for themselves. Some are nostalgic for the old, while others are nuts about the new…fortunately it is possible to enjoy a bit of both. For those inclined to bask in the glory of today’s CGI cartoons, make sure to bust out the HD TV set, because otherwise you will be wasting a great opportunity. Consult your cable or satellite TV listings to see when and if these shows are broadcast, and for those cartoons that are already in the public domain, you’ll surely be able to download them online.
1) Dragonball Z: The Japanese are renowned for creating some of animation’s most revered and spectacular samples, whether movies or series, and Dragonball Z has to be the biggest success story of them all in this regard. Virtually any boy under the age of 13 knows all the main characters and plot lines, or owns some variety of the million and one merchandising schemes to have grown off the success of this cartoon. The basic idea here: the end of the world or some other cataclysmic event (always eerily similar in appearance to a mushroom cloud) is fast approaching, and only Goku and his band of misfit semiheroes can avert tragedy.
2) The Simpsons: This has to be America’s finest contribution to cartoonography. The endless antics of this show’s antihero, Homer, are the backdrop for some unusual series of events that somehow reverse-engineer a lesson in family values. Homer’s ineptitude in any and all affairs (whether it be sports, work, love, religion, etc.) leaves plenty of room for the rest of the cartoon cast to shine. It is precisely the idiocy of such an affable animated character that helps reinforce the modern notion that “What counts is the effort.” Thanks Homer!
3) Bugs Bunny: A classic piece of American humor, Bugs Bunny is the ultimate cartoon wise guy. Due to his astuteness and his various ingenious disguises, Bugs is always giving the slip to his many indefatigable persecutors, amongst whom Elmer Fudd is the most intent and least successful. This great cartoon show brings us back to a time when writers and producers knew how to hook child and adult audiences without jading the former or infantalizing the latter.
4) The Smurfs: If this list were being made with purely sentimental criteria in mind, then the Smurfs would have surely occupied the 1st spot. This diminutive society of merry little blue creatures, and their rueful nemesis Gargamel, are laden with allegories to history and real life according to many, and the lessons the show affords on the topics of cooperation and fraternity are priceless.