Childhood Cartoons – Adult Reflection
A couple of years back I tried to re-watch some of my favorite childhood cartoons. I downloaded a couple of the episodes, adjusted myself in the computer chair and pressed play. As the introductory clips rolled with the theme music playing in parallel, I was waiting for that magic moment of excitement that use to sweep over me as the count down to the weekly scheduled episode was approaching zero. Realizing that none of the emotions are felt I rationalized to myself that perhaps waiting until I get into the meat of the show will re-ignite those nostalgic moments.
Ten minutes in, I begin to wonder if my parents’ old television set was silently releasing copious amounts of nitrous oxide gas into the air at the start of each viewing. After all how else was I enjoying those cartoons so much? The color contrasted characters flashing on my screen seemed duller, the plots predictable and the dialogue lacking adult sophistication.
Of course it’s obvious now; the cartoons were made for children and appealed specifically to that age group. I have taken the gummiberry juice formula but didn’t get the bounce that it once offered. I have grown and the magic has wained.
I vowed not to watch anymore. I would preserve the warm endearment to those shows and not taint it with my adult perspective. As a tribute I decided to list the six shows that I remember best and which brought the greatest excitement to my young heart. In no particular order:
Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears
Chip and Dale rescue rangers