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Psychedelia for Kids

Posted on 2006.06.15 at 12:24
Current Mood: weirdweird
Current Music: Bevis Frond - Who Knows?
Obviously, the cartoons being produced for kids today pale in comparison to those produced during the Golden Age of Warner Bros. animation, from the late '30s through the '50s, with a blip of brilliance in the '60s at the Jay Ward studios, purveyors of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Underdog and the like. The Simpsons is wonderful, but doesn't really count as a kid's cartoon. I guess that many of the Warner Bros. ones were supposed to originally be for adults, but by the time I was a kid they showed them early in the morning, strictly as kids' fare.
The ones today generally seem to be overly didactic and humorless, or else are soulless product placement for the latest toy or cereal.
And then there was this. Just in case you didn't think your child's consciousness was expanded enough, in the '60s they could see this episode of the Beatles cartoon, 'Tomorrow Never Knows.'


~ Chaim
echoes_of_eden at 2006-06-15 17:48 (UTC) (Link)
Hey Jonathan,
I hope you don't mind, I read through a few of your posts and interests and seeing our similar tastes, added you as a friend. I hope you don't mind? I'm Chaim. :)

That cartoon was so awful I can't even begin to explain, but illustrates your point wonderfully! I am forever saying how cartoons are simply not what they were. But then again, is 'anything' what is 'once was'? Each generation seems to be truly doomed to echo its parents, "When I was a kid...." :)
metalclarinet at 2006-06-16 03:19 (UTC) (Link)
That explains why I remember the beatles as part creative genius and part schlock. I love the part where the rock stars run from the groupies, symbolically avoiding sex. I assume this cartoon was made before John intoned that the Beatles were more popular than God.\

However, a lot of feature cartoons (Shreck, Sin City -- if that counts -- Toy Story, etc, really blow the old stuff out of the water. Have you actually seen Fantasia on a big screen (without the benefit of drugs)? Not fundamentally different than the beatles clip IMHO.
theservant at 2006-06-16 06:39 (UTC) (Link)
That is true that some of the feature length cartoons are best now. I love The Incredibles a lot. For that format, I think that we are in the golden age now.
theservant at 2006-06-16 06:37 (UTC) (Link)
Add away, and welcome! I added you back.
I don't know about if every generation can say that- I think that the Warner Bros. ones were objectively best.
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