8 thoughts on “Silly Rabbit! Cartoons are for Kids! #2

  1. Poor rabbit! Great post, Rose, totally in agreement with you. storytelling has a rich history, can be found in multiple forms and plays a complex role in our identities and social norms. Even those who dismiss cartoons as something ‘for kids’ only, might admit they have a formative influence, along with many other things in life. i’ll take this as added motivation for my recap blogs on Mysterious Cities of Gold! look fwd to reading your other posts on this topic.

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  2. I have three, six dvd sets of various cartoons 🙂 I don’t watch them as often as I like. I love Rocky and Bullwinkle! Great post Rose, thanks for sharing. Storytelling takes many shapes. Cartoons are one of my favorite.

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  3. So, a little story. At the library where I work, we’re working on coming up with a display case of books that were our favorites as children. However, the age that was given for “children” was 15. Now, if we were to say under 10, that’s one thing. Under 15? I had read many of the most influential books of my life by then – Dune, Lord of the Rings, pillars like that. Once we all got to emailing around, others had similar sorts of lists. Where do we draw a line between a child-only audience or all-ages for a book like A Wrinkle in Time, Ender’s Game, the Hobbit, or Narnia? Anyway, it will be interesting to see what sort of display case we end up with.

    Oh, and about movies generally being family entertainment… every once in a while you see that movie that seems geared entirely to kids. Journey 2 was like that, and there were these moments when the actors just kind of stop and look at the screen like “yep, that’s what’s in the script.” But for the most part, spot-on: open audience.

    For instance, I had the pleasure to hear graphic novelist Kazu Kibuishi (author of Amulet) speak. And one of the big questions was how he chose to write kid-accessible comics. This was coming from a room full of children’s librarians (and me, furiously writing notes about the craft of graphic novel writing!). And his answer was that he didn’t. What he did do was write a story he didn’t feel embarrassed having his mother and grandmother read. So it really is an all-ages sort of read, which is really kind of an easy thing to accomplish. Not that HBO can pull it off, but you know, easy enough.

    And as to comics, I just finished reading Understanding Comics which, while it doesn’t touch too much on animated cartoons, does talk about cartoons and their relationship with comics a great deal. And a reminder that these things are a medium, and are not defined by what genres or themes tend to be dominant in them. Comics are not superheroes, and cartoons are not Mickey Mouse. My first anime I watched was Princess Mononoke, and I think that’s the sort of movie that can show you very quickly that animation does not have to be only for kids, and can have a really strong overall everything going on.

    Anyway, I should really say something about cartoons. I am thrilled, having a new child myself, to have an excuse to hunt down some of the ones I loved growing up and to share them. Looney Tunes of course, but then some of the mid-90’s Cartoon Network greats, like Dexter’s Lab and the Powerpuff Girls. Something like the Animaniacs might be a little too pop-culture dependent…

    Whoa, sea of text. TL;DR I loved this post and I agree with every bit of it from basically every angle of my life right now. I look forward to the rest of your series 😀


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