Okay, I’ll admit it… I’m a cartoon freak. I will watch pretty much anything if it’s animated. That’s why I don’t mind watching TV with my kids, because secretly, I enjoy it.
Of course cartoons have changed dramatically since the days of my youth. When I was young (such a LONG time ago), the only time I could see cartoons was on Saturday mornings. I lived for the moments I could watch Scooby Doo, my absolute favorite. As I got older, I was able to start watching cartoons immediately after school on the local UHF channel. Some of the programing was old – like Woody Woodpecker and Tom and Jerry, and sometimes it was newer like Thundercats and He-man. It didn’t matter to me… it was all good. Of course, the Saturday morning cartoons got even better too. I was always a fan of the sic-fi based cartoons like Pirates of Dark Water and Thundarr the Barbarian.
Times are different now… I can watch animated programing pretty much 24/7 on a number of channels. And now that I have kids of my own, it’s enjoyable to see how their tastes in animation develop. Of course, I try to influence them, showing them shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender and movies like Howl’s Moving Castle, and so far, it’s working. We watch a few series as a whole family. Our favorites are Star Wars: Clone Wars, Kung-Fu Panda, Ben 10, Scooby Doo (Mystery Inc.) and Legend of Korra.
What about you? Do you watch cartoons? What are some of your favorites – either past or present!