Note : This post is not intended to hurt feelings of any person. These are just some of my random thoughts ….
Let me tell you ab-initio, even to this date, I am very fond of watching animation, those animations from mid 90’s and early 2000’s, most of which are no longer being aired on Indian TV channels.
Having said that, the other day I was just changing channels, my right hand thumb was paining yet I was unable to square-up on any one particular channel. Moving on, I was into Kids channels. I continued to change, but, with little pause in between each channel. There were about Ten channels in Kids category, not a single program on a single channel was not found to be logical to my brains !!
Also how can anyone watch anything so long, for hours together ? Is it something like No-Option and where You are bound to watch what is shown to You ?
Unsettled my brain decided to dig deep. I had checked the program schedule of each and every channel for the rest of the day. To my shock, almost each channel was specifically dedicated to a particular program. I, then, had decided to watch each and every program for some time in the days to come, to form a conclusion for myself. To understand whether those shows were really so addictive, that they were being almost in the entirety of the day ?
My thoughts continued … Why should they sound logical to me? I am 28 and I am no more a Kid. Why should I be liking them ?
Yeah … Why should I ?
No I cannot …. I cannot like them ….
Because the animations and cartoons which I was shown on Cartoon Network (mind it not CN) had some logic, meaning, message and most importantly some inspiration behind them.
Naming a few, what message a pair of Cockroaches are going to pass on to current generation? Be dumb … behave dumb ?
I am not against kids knowing Hindu – Mythology, but … are our kids really going to grow-up and become Chota – Bheem ?
Any thing which is limited to a certain extent is fun, but beyond something anything will cause trouble.
Let me come straight to the point, the Kids in mid 90’s when the Cartoon Network had began its programming, the content it aired inspired many of today’s Youth. Taking the example of “Dexter’s Lab” , many kids used to visualize about having their own laboratory or becoming a scientist or “The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest” which had shown the concepts of Virtual reality back then in 90’s to the kids or “The Popeye Show” which was created specifically to make American kids like the green leaf item Spinach, who otherwise were hating even to touch it.
Each and every show had a purpose or meaning deep inside. In addition to that, most of those cartoons were having a strong base having published regularly in the form of Comic Strips in the dailies and were required no separate introduction.
Again the names that I had specified above are just three out of tens. I did not speak any of those animations from either Hanna – Barbera, Disney or Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network’s own creations. Those quality animations were created, written & produced by people with passion in the field of animation. Also, most of them were hand drawn.
Contrarily, as on this day, animation has become more of a hobby than a dedicated profession (no offense).
The shows that kids watch this day on television lacks motivation to create and innovate. These questions are really bugging me so badly …
Did the creators become less creative or they are careless to create anything that is “thought provoking” in the kids ?
They are meant to leave the kids dumb?
They are of the opinion that current gen. kids are well informed and need not be told anything separate?
The channels are unable to find sponsors for the shows with good content ?
I may never get answers for my above questions. For me, I am happy collecting DVD’s of 90’s classic animation content or streaming them Online. But, if you really love animation (whatever the age group you belong to), watch those 90’s animations and You’ll never feel like turning on today’s Kids television channels.
Decided to try something? Need any suggestion ? Ask me, any genre happy to assist. 🙂 🙂
With inspirations from various sources that I had come across in the Internet in addition to my personal experiences.
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