Saturday, June 28, 2008

I Miss the Classic Cartoons

So yesterday morning, to pass the time that was going by so slowly until I was to see Wall-E, I randomly caught a few segments of Tom and Jerry on Cartoon Network. It has been forEVER since I had seen one of these old style cartoons and I've gotta say: I really miss them!

Nowadays kids' cartoons are all about teaching them something. Kids have to "learn" as they watch TV instead of just being entertained. From Blue's Clues and Dora the Explorer to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, some sort of lesson has to be taught involving problem solving and junk like that.

But not in the good old days! Back when I was a kid cartoons were only about making the children laugh, at any expense. Take for instance the episode of T&J I saw yesterday entitled "Safety Second." (Which, you owe it to yourself to watch the entire thing).
In this cartoon Tom, Jerry, and Jerry's son Nibbles playfully shoot 4th of July fireworks at each other with no regard to safety or well-being. And that's OK! Nibbles keeps a stash of fireworks and matches in his diaper so he's prepared should the situation call for him to blast a firework in either his father's or Tom's face.MGM wasn't worried about teaching kids how to speak Spanish or solve mysteries. In fact, there was really nothing of value in the cartoon at all, just a series of zany and playful explosive events that added up to a jolly good time for all its viewers.

I would like to take this opportunity to plead with animators: bring back the classic, and at times, pointless cartoon. Kids are tired of learning. They just want to be entertained! They wanna see stuff blow up and people running off cliffs, falling only when they finally look down.
So bring back the TNT blasting and and anvil dropping and do as the Tom and Jerry episode so plainly states: funny first, "Safety Second."

DISCLAIMER: These feelings of mine only apply to television cartoons. My thoughts on feature-length animated films are completely different. See my post on Pixar's Wall-E for more information.


Anonymous said...

Ummmm, AGREED. And it sucks that everyone complains about how those cartoons were so violent and that's why they had to go. But you know what? We're fine and we watched that stuff all the time as kids! Crime has actually gone down in the past 20 years, so I don't think these "violent" cartoons made anyone want to shoot fireworks in someone else's face or use a shotgun to turn someone's face around (a la my favorite Looney Toons cartoon with Elmer Fudd, Bugs and Daffy). Unless that "anyone" is Dick Cheney.