Cartoons for Kids Are Sharper These Days

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I’ve been watching (read ‘tolerating’) cartoons for the last 24 hours because my 10-year-old niece is visiting. I’ve observed that cartoons are way more sophisticated than I remember them, Chowder,  for example. Clever writing that adults would enjoy. Do you ever watch cartoons with the kids in your life? What do you think?

8 Responses to “Cartoons for Kids Are Sharper These Days”

  1. Emily Says:

    Actually I don’t think that most are more sophisticated. I remember watching Rocky and Bullwinkle in college and realizing that there were a ton of jokes that had gone way over my head when I was a kid. I do think that was true of some other cartoons back then too.

  2. jodi Says:

    I always loved Bugs Bunny with my children (now 21 and 19). The sense of humor, writing and the use of classical music were pluses with me and with them.

  3. Suldog Says:

    “Charlie & Lola” is a charming cartoon from England, show on Disney here.

    I watch it with MY WIFE. We have no kids. That’s how much we like it.

    Otherwise, I find many of today’s cartoons much more gross than those from my (our?) generation. “Ren & Stimpy”, for example. While sometimes clever, shots of asses abound. While a funny ass is indeed funny, it does get tiresome after a while.

  4. tshsmom Says:

    Chowder is my 17-yr-old son’s favorite. I don’t mind it. I AM rather tired of Spongebob though.

  5. Emily Says:

    Uhhh I hate to feel make Suldog even older but Ren & Stimpy was from the early 90’s (as was Beavis and Butthead) and aren’t considered current anymore.

  6. Hattie Says:

    Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety and Sylvester: very sophisticated.

  7. Erin Says:

    My husband and I have to hold ourselves back from watching Phineas & Ferb (Disney) before our 11-year-olds get home.

    Laugh out loud funny, frequently subversive, VERY intelligent.

    Can’t think of another current children’s cartoon that would work in references to the Shroud of Turin and the Loch Ness Monster in a holiday special. Or that has its evil scientist villain sing his backstory in the style of the Andrews sisters (complete with back-up singers in WWII vintage uniforms!)

  8. Rhea Says:

    Yeah, those kinds of references, Erin. That’s what I like about some of these cartoons.

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