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Culture, what were the purpose of childhood cartoons?

In my other favorite forum, what were your favorite cartoons and what were the purpose of the cartoons.  Cartoons now are shit, but I think in the past a lot them seemed like there was always a hidden message.

Mine.

Tailspin
Xmen
Ninja Turtles
HeMan
Ren and Stimpy (didnt like but watched)
DuckTales
Permalink Bot Berlin 
July 24th, 2007 8:42pm
Hmmm...I can scarely remember. Let me see:

Scooby Doo
Pink Panther
Wacky Races
Tom and Jerry
Stop The Pigeon
Bugs Bunny
Roobarb and Custard

I guess that dates me, huh?
Permalink Send private email bon vivant 
July 24th, 2007 8:54pm
you guys are old, hehe.
Permalink Bot Berlin 
July 24th, 2007 8:59pm
Transformers
GI Joe
Dungeons & Dragons
Flipside
Spartacus
Wheeled Warriors
Tailspin
Ducktales
Super Mario Super Show
Ninja Turtles


There's a few tugging at my mind that I just can't remember.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
July 24th, 2007 9:07pm
it is amazing how everybody is on the same page.

Indoctrination I tell you.
Permalink Bot Berlin 
July 24th, 2007 9:20pm
Purpose? To entertain and educate - and who said any of us ever grew up?

Mandrake the Magician:
http://www.kingfeatures.com/features/comics/mandrake/about.htm

The Phantom:
http://www.kingfeatures.com/features/comics/phantom/about.htm

Colonel Pewter:
http://www.geocities.com/Ian_Thomas_Graphics/Colonel_Pewter.htm

also any Warner Bros. cartoon (now on UTube).

and Dangermouse !!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DangerMouse
Permalink trollop 
July 24th, 2007 9:57pm
I've never watched much cartoons as a kid, I was outside on Saturdays.

As an adult, I liked the 6 Ren & Stimpy cartoons that John Z. did, and I was crazy about Aeon Flux, and I liked the Robotech TV series with Rick and Minmae.

I also used to read graphic novels, the Dark Knight stuff, also the original vintage batmans from the 1930s it was based on, ElfQuest.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 24th, 2007 10:05pm
based on, and also ElfQuest.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 24th, 2007 10:06pm
Oh and recently (in the last 10 years) I've watched Cow & Chicken, which seems ok, and PowerPuff Girls, which is the most fucking awesome thing ever, and I even have a pink PowerPuff girls towel and a PP backpack that I take around with me sometimes.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 24th, 2007 10:07pm
Also Simpsons of course, but not lately (heard it's no good), and what's that other one, eh, oh Southpark is very interesting to me.
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 24th, 2007 10:08pm
It took me a LONG time to appreciate South Park, and sometimes they offend me and I quit watching for awhile.

As a child:

- Gulliver's Travels (came on during The Banana Splits hour)

- Ricochet Rabbit (mindless drivel, I know but I loved it -- "Sheriff - Bing bing BINGGGG!!! -- Richo-chayyyyyy RABBIT!"

- Secret Squirrel

- The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show

later in life

- Ren and Stimpy
- Pinky and the Brain

and of course, early Simpsons.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 24th, 2007 11:12pm
++ Aeon Flux
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 24th, 2007 11:12pm
How could I forget Rocko's Modern Life!!!!!  The bullfrog dude and his wife working in corporate America were PRICELESS.  They lampooned big corporations before it was in style.

There was this one freakish adult cartoon on HBO or ShoTime--had an old lady who liked to fuck anything that moved, and her son was some kind of lazy mofo who just ogled the next door neighbor chick.  It was super wierd but fun and I can't remember the name....



and Daria on MTV.  I loved that.  Daria reminds me of me.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 24th, 2007 11:17pm
The ShoTime animated series I couldn't think of is "Free For All"

http://www.entertainyourbrain.com/freeforallrev.htm

I loved it.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 24th, 2007 11:27pm
Strangely, I can't stand watching the Cartoon Channel.

Go figure.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 24th, 2007 11:30pm
Winnie the Pooh:)
Ninja Turtles
DuckTales
Darkwing Duck
Scooby Doo
Pink Panther
Transformers
Roboteck
All Miyadzaki's films
Lots of other Japanese stuff
Ghost in the Shell - original and Stand Alone Complex

PowerPuff Girls were funny. And Samurai Jack from the same author.
Permalink O^O 
July 24th, 2007 11:33pm
I liked cartoons better as an adult - most of which have already been mentioned here.

Ren & Stimpy
South Park
Simpsons
Futurama
Family Guy
Beavis & Butt-head
Daria (lesser known feminist-themed Beavis and Butt-head spinoff that played on MTV)

Animaniacs were pretty good too.  The episode "Drive-insane" was a classic.  The humor was lost on my kids at the time.
Permalink AMerrickanGirl 
July 24th, 2007 11:39pm
God, you guys are all practically babies.  Dana's probably the only one who remembers (and she implies she didn't watch cartoons much as a kid):

Rocket Robin Hood
Spiderman (when it first aired)
George of the Jungle
Wacky Racers
Jetsons
Flintstones
Bugs Bunny Road Runner Hour
Mighty Mouse
Popeye
Fat Albert
Yogi Bear
Superfriends
Wacky Races
Permalink Send private email Ward 
July 24th, 2007 11:50pm
Modern stuff:

Simpsons
South Park (but lost track after the first few seasons)
Duckman.  "You thrust your pelvis: Huh!  You thrust your pelvis: Huh!"
Permalink Send private email Ward 
July 24th, 2007 11:52pm
Free For All: "Grandma slips Clay a roofie, and the next thing he knows, he wakes up after having had a threesome with Grandma and Eminem.  In retaliation, Clay has some computer geeks hack into the Pentagon defense system and make a satellite laser melt Grandma's cherished car.  Meanwhile, Johnny and Paula try hypnotizing Angus to rid him of his drug habit, which seems to work at first, until Dougie shoots him because the ferret was pouring his liquor down the toilet.  In the ambulance ride to the hospital, the EMTs give Angus a Vicadin drip, which hooks him on drugs again."

OK, shark, I am going to have to find that one on torrent.

Regarding South Park, I always find it to be offensive. It makes me cringe, but the guys have some important social commentary during the raging drug trips they do to do those episodes (they've discussed the drugs in interviews).
Permalink Practical Economist 
July 25th, 2007 12:00am
Aw Ward. I remember most of those.  I'm just soooo ooooold, that I forgot them.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 25th, 2007 12:02am
Duckman++

But "Drawn Together" might be more appropriate for CoT.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drawn_Together

find yourself (I can share the pig).
Permalink trollop 
July 25th, 2007 12:35am
Road-Runner: A painted tunnel opening is not the same as the real thing.  At least for coyotes.
Permalink Send private email xampl 
July 25th, 2007 8:37am
Drawn Together was too gay even for me.  I laughed heartily at it, however.  But damn every episode had a gay coupling and mini-drama surrounding it.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 25th, 2007 1:28pm

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