Cartoons today disappoint me. When I was younger cartoons actually had (some) substance to them. They exposed us to classical music and in some cases opera, cartoons today don’t do that. Of course when I was young cartoons were on in the morning before school and in the afternoons when you got home too. A channel devoted to cartoons? Unheard of! I don’t mean to sound like the curmudgeonly old guy all the time it’s just kind of sad to me that kids today aren’t exposed to more culture. When was the last time you turned on Cartoon Network and saw Bugs Bunny doing The Barber of Seville? Or The Rings of Nibelung? I remember watching Looney Tunes and hearing Blue Danube for the first time, kids don’t have that now. Instead I turn on Cartoon Network and see shows like My Gym Partners a Monkey, which I don’t have a problem with but I don’t see them doing Beethoven any time soon.
I’m not saying that the cartoons I grew up with were better than today’s fare because lord knows we had some stinkers in my day too. Snorks, Foofur, Monchichi should I go on? I know it’s a different world now than it is when I was growing up, back then we didn’t have to worry about fanatics flying planes into buildings, all we had to worry about was whether we would make it home before Voltron started. I still watch cartoons and enjoy quite a few of them I just wish they’d focus more on the arts and less on farts.