Too long. Too long have I seen the travesty that people call cartoons nowadays. Too long have I just sat back while kids suffer through hackneyed shows, unaware of what they are missing out. I am talking about Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Pogo, Disney Channel and several other channels. Now why would I, a 21 year old guy be bothered about cartoons? I normally wouldn’t. But then some day’s back an incident happened which shocked me into realizing the harsh reality of the situation. I was at a relative’s place. And his 3 year old daughter came in while we were talking and asked to see something called ‘Chota Bheem’. I wondered what that was. He switched on the TV and turned to Pogo. And I saw the crappiest animation I have ever seen. The characters were like little stick figures with almost no flexibility, dialogue was inane and stupid, plot was non-existent and the entire thing looked like it was designed to be played to prisoners in solitary confinement for torturing purposes. Pogo shows this for close to 8 hours every day. It’s apparently the no.1 kid’s show, closely competing with ‘Doraemon’.
Seriously. WHAT THE FUCK!!?
Maybe this is why the younger kids seem so bored in life. I miss those weekends. Where I could spend an entire afternoon watching the Toon Olympics or Spongebob Squarepants or Speed Racer. I miss those times during my 3rd or 4th or 5th or 6th standards when I would eagerly come home just to catch the latest episode of Swatkats or Ninja Robots or Transformers. I wanted to be the Mask. I wanted to go to the future and meet the Jetsons. I wanted to vanquish evil like Samurai Jack. I wanted a secret lab like Jimmy Newtron or Dextor’s Laboratory. Those cartoons formed an integral part of my childhood and I am sure it did yours too. I don’t want the next generation to settle for mediocrity and moral lessons. I am sure they get enough of that from their parents. I want them, at least in their preteen years to have a world they could get lost in, trapped only by their imagination. But that’s not going to happen is it? I guess the best thing to say is that they don’t know what they are missing. I pray for their souls.