If you’re like me, you probably watch cartoons with your kids. There are some atrocious ones (Syd the Science Kid) and some decent ones (Kipper). I think the main difference between cartoons then and now is that the cartoons I watched were mostly about adults — Space Ghost, Bugs, Fred Flintstone.
My kids watch cartoons about kids — Olivia, Blue, Super Why. There’s probably some developmental reasoning behind it, but you just don’t want to grow up to be a Backyardigan the way I wanted to grow up to be Foghorn Leghorn — now there was a chicken with class.
My old-fashioned cartoons may have been less “educational” but they instilled values in me nevertheless. If you watched as much TV as I did, it will stick with you. And when I’m trying to maintain a cool exterior in a tough situation I can still hear Bugs’ nonchalant indifference in my head, “Gee, ain’t I a stinker.”
More life lessons from classic cartoons after the jump.
What are your kids learning from the cartoons they watch?