Cartoons Then and Now: How Have They Changed

I was scanning the TV last night looking for some news, when suddenly… He-Man, She-Ra and the Care Bears were flashed. Whoa! These are my superheroes.

Expecting that the channel would be showing at least an episode, I stayed for a while, but I was wrong. It was just part of their commercial. The channel must have been revisiting memory lane – showing some of their defunct shows. But it felt good seeing some of the 80’s and 90’s cartoon shows on TV, it’s nostalgic.

I stayed watching the kids channel and was surprised to see how much animated shows have changed since my childhood. For a kid who grew up during the heyday of cartoons and animated television series, I find today’s cartoons very different.

We’ve seen a lot of developments especially in the world of animation. New techniques enabled better graphics for modern animated shows. Unlike in the 80’s- or 90’s-produced animations, today’s cartoons are more realistic and have better visual appeal. Some cartoon shows even look realistic.

But aside from the obvious visual changes, modern cartoons have undergone hefty sanitation thanks to government regulations. Animated shows during our time (talking about 80s to 90s kids) were crude and were pervaded by slapstick. We all watched and loved the funny antics in cartoons but we seemed never really to understand what the creator’s motives were. I can say that our cartoons were all just for laugh.

The other types of cartoons, on the other hand, were pervaded with imaginary worlds, characters and superpowers. They showcased heroism and violence all at the same time. We had animals as heroes, ranging from cats, dogs, bears and a mouse. These talking creatures have pervaded our wild imaginations as kids and they never fail to make us smile. On the other hand, evil villains scared us in our dreams. Who would forget the villains donned with hideous costumes or fighting combat suits (follow this link to see what I mean) or guised as fancy aliens.

Cartoons nowadays have deeper story lines, settings, character description, morals, and more realistic comedy. With such stringent rules, I don’t think slapstick antics or violence in cartoons can get away without some bashing. Although some cartoon shows are able to slip with some sarcasm and adult-themed jokes, majority of today’s animated series have been sanitized to appeal the modern day kids.

I’ve also seen how cartoon shows’ story lines have been diversified and have become more intricate. The differences between SpongeBob Squarepants and Tom & Jerry are very obvious. The former shows real world values and morals as depicted creatively in an undersea setting. On the other hand, Tom & Jerry is all about a cat relentlessly chasing a squeaky mouse.

There are also a lot of children’s shows today that are more educational in nature. Science Kids and Dora the Explorer teach kids about letters, shapes, numbers and other basic stuff. These cartoon shows are very educational that some teachers even use them as teaching aides.

If you grew during our time, when cartoons were just for laughs, you might not love cartoon shows of today. For myself, I didn’t really enjoy watching and digesting the deep storylines of modern animated shows. You may not agree with me but I guess kids and adults alike should watch cartoons for fun.

What’s the Longest Running Animated Series

What’s the Longest Running Animated Series?

Cartoons or animated television series have become a part of our society. It’s a fun pastime that children and adults enjoy. Many cartoon series have come and gone but there are others that have enjoyed an impressive longevity.

Let’s take a look at some of the longest running cartoons.

  1. Simpsons

Debuted in 1989, this animated show now has produced 27 seasons, 596 episodes and is still currently in production. With its simplicity, relevance, and appeal to both kids and adults, it seems to stay forever.

  1. South Park

Already on its 19th season, this animated family cartoon has shown 267 episodes now and is still currently in production. They tackle almost any topic under the sun. In one of its silliest episodes, you can see the father playing some trumpets akin to those found at http://windplays.com/. I can’t help but laugh every time I remember this episode.

  1. Arthur

The animated TV series Arthur has already aired 239 episodes through its 21 seasons. It is currently in production so we’re expecting to see more of its funny jokes.

  1. The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show

The well-loved bunny series had a total of 387 episodes in 14 seasons which was shown between 1987 and 2000 for a total of 13 years.

  1. Space Ghost Coast to Coast

Produced by Cartoon Network and mainly shown in major American television channels, this adventure cartoon had 14 seasons with 110 episodes throughout its run.

  1. King of the Hill

This 2D animated series about a middle-class American family has shown a total of 259 episodes divided into its 13 episodes.

  1. Family Guy

This cartoon television show might be looking at duplicating the success of Simpsons. Family Guy is an adult themed animated series. At present the show has produced 269episodes in 14 episodes and is still in production.

  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

As early as the 80’s, these turtle heroes have already filled the imagination of kids. They have since evolved and have undergone countless re-runs with new series, prequels, sequels and even movie adaptations. This classic cartoon series has produced 10 seasons, 193 episodes.

  1. SpongeBob Square Pants

Still enjoyed by many kids till this day, SpongeBob takes you into his underwater world and his adventures. The series has produced 204 episodes has ran 9 seasons, and is still under production.

  1. Rugrats

This animated series about a mischievous baby and his equally mischievous baby-friends ran for 9 seasons with 172 episodes.

  1. American Dad!

Created by Matt Weitzman, Mike Barker and Seth MacFarlane, this animated sitcom is not really intended for the young ones but for adult viewers. It debuted in 2005 and has since had 13 seasons with 212 episodes.

Completing the round up of the longest running TV cartoons are Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Beavis and Butthead, The Flintstones, and Futurama.

Oh before I forget, there’s actually one TV cartoon that’s been running twice as long as Simpsons – it’s the Japanese anime Tetsujin 28-go which was first produced in 1963 and was also released in the American market as Gigantor. Not many may actually remember or even know about this anime series but it actually holds the title as the longest running animated show ever.

Five Superheroes Kids of the 80’s Would Never Outgrow

Five Superheroes Kids of the 80’s Would Never Outgrow

I grew up watching superhero cartoon shows. I’m sure I’m not alone here.

We lived our childhood in the imaginary world of our cartoon characters. I know you dreamt of becoming a superhero too, at one point in your life.

But time flies so fast. Kids of the 80’s are now all grown-ups (Oh, I really wanted to write ‘old’ but ‘grown-up’s’ would hurt less.)

I’m pretty sure you’ve realized how much things have changed. From playing with cool toy cars, we’re now driving real ones; dollhouses have become real homes; and toy guns have been replaced by the latest air rifles. I realized this while I was checking for the specs of my air rifle at RifleJudge.com. It’s quite nostalgic when we remember our childhood days, and how our imaginary world has become real in so quick time.

Looking back, it’s pretty much easy to see the things we‘ve outgrown. But there are five cartoon characters that every kid can’t seem to outgrow. Take a look at this list.

  1. He-Man and She-Ra

These burly, muscled superheroes have fascinated our imagination. And so I won’t wonder why many guys and gals are so obsessed with working out. Well, I guess, fitness gyms should give credit to these two superheroes.

It’s just amazing how they could slay hideous monsters. I don’t really recall much of their story now but I just know they’re there to defend the universe.

  1. Inspector GadgetInspector Gadget

I think our fascination for gadgets and tech stuff is because of this uncanny inspector. Kids of the 80’s surely have lots of gadgets strapped around their body – mobile phones, headsets, tablets, tech eyeglasses, and many more.

At one point, I told my mum I wanted to join the police and be detective. I would blame Inspector Gadget had I become a detective. What’s amazing about this superhero is his arsenal of awesome gadgets. I also loved his adventures, especially when he solves a crime.

  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Nope. I won’t say a lot of the 80s kids want to become turtles – absolutely not. But many kids of our generation just love combat sports. Perhaps, you’ve seen how mixed martial arts have become so popular lately. Thanks to TNMT, we’re inspired to get fit and fight!

Probably the longest running of all superhero classics, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have defied time. Don’t get this mixed up with the 90’s turtle heroes (named after famous Italian artists) or the 2000’s or even the latest movie. Even before these latter versions, there already was a TMNT cartoon series shown during the 80s.

And one more thing these turtles have taught us – pizza!

  1. Danger Mouse

This superhero classic may be the coolest British white mouse to we’ve seen on TV. This clever, tiny superhero got to bust crime across the world. Danger Mouse is the James Bond version in the kingdom animalia. He was a great secret agent who fought crime with his clever ways.

And what’s the one thing he’s influenced us? Well he’s a jetsetter who travels around the world. And many of the 80s kids love to roam the world.

  1. The Transformers

It’s quite obvious why many of us love cars and burly vehicles. Many of us are willing to pay huge amounts to get the latest cars. And who’s to blame? I’m pointing my fingers to Bumble Bee. Probably, this 80s cartoon show has embedded in our subconscious how cool it is to have a car.

Did I miss out on your favorite superhero?

Meet the 5 Most Famous Teddy Bear Characters Of All Time

Winnie The PoohFor someone who loves SuperTed, he probably is the best fictional teddy bear character in the world.

But aside from SuperTed, there are many other awesome teddy bear characters that have made big names in films.

And quite interestingly, these teddy bears appeal not just to kids but also to adults. I’m talking about how Seth MacFarlane transformed this cute cuddly toy into transgressive, raunchy creature – by the way, the movie did great at the box office. These furry childhood friends are just irresistible!

Here are some lucky teddy bears that have leapt to stardom and the immortality of film.

  1. Winnie the Pooh

One of the most popular bear characters of all time, Winnie the Pooh has leapt from book into comics into animated series and into full feature film. English author A.A. Milne wrote the first Winnie the Pooh book in 1926 which was followed by three more editions. Kids of different generations have grown to love Winnie and his bunch of friends.

I’ve grown up reading Winnie the Pooh books and comics as well as watching cartoons. I could fondly remember a hilarious scene where Winnie and his friends were playing a horrible music on a piano. I guess it would have helped if they had used the latest digital pianos that you could see here.

  1. Lots-O’Huggin’ Bear

The main antagonist in the Toy Story 3 movie, Lots-O’ Huggin’ Bear makes the life of Buzz and his fellow toys miserable. Lots-O’ is not really that bad. He just suffered quite a traumatic ‘toy life’ that has hardened his heart. Lotso is easily the most terrible villain in all of the Toy Story franchise. He’s even more savage than the two other main villains.

  1. Paddington BearPaddington Bear

We first see Paddington Bear in the book series authored by Michael Bond and first published in 1958. Since then this polite and friendly anthropomorphic creation has been out-classing its peers. It has published more than twenty books and has been translated in different language. His story features funny and hilarious adventures. Paddington Bear is a classic character in English literature and continues to enchant children. His most recent show is the 2014 full feature film, which was also well-received in the box office.

  1. The Care Bears

A lot of kids have grown up to love Care Bears cartoon series and toys. This group of multi-colored bear characters lives in the futuristic world with some nice fight scenes. Quite interestingly, the Care Bears were originally introduced in greeting cards in 1981. They have been reinvented to become cuddly toys, then TV characters, and movie characters.

  1. Fozzie Bear

Well, he is a bear after all. Fozzie Bear may not look like a bear at first sight but this anthropomorphic character is really a bear. He is easily one of the most memorable characters in the Muppet Movie and he proves this popularity again as he is included in the revival ensemble of the musical. Fozzie Bear is the show’s stand-up comic – only that he lacks that comedic flair, always ending as the target of ridicule after his jokes.

All these characters have to give credit to their forebears, SuperTed included, for their celebrity status. So, the next time you see these cuddly childhood friends, remember these high-profile teddy bear stars, who proved they are more than just toys!