Ask any student in college about old cartoon shows like Looney Toons or X-men, and you'll probably get a response like “I used to love watching that show!”. Children in America today are raised on cartoons, as most American animation is directed at children. If you were to ask the people who said that they used to watch cartoons if they still watch animated shows today, they would probably say that they grew out of watching cartoons a long time ago. However, this is not the case everywhere, in Japan animated shows are directed to all ages instead of just children. Animated television shows are made for children in America, but in Japan animation has a much broader spectrum.
A Zipper for Pee-Wee Herman Leaders in childrens television are and always have been concerned about what programs actually make it on the air. Most early programming for children of school age in the 1950's was the western program. Another type was the science-fiction thriller which tended to be based on hero's from the radio, comics, and films. However, a favorite of the youngest audience was the children's equivalent of the variety show. This usually contained circus, puppet, and/or animal segments.
Students were also exposed to other division strategies like partial quotients ad traditional long division. They were assessed on this with an exit slip. The students in the “Minions” were able to perform the best on this, as these students are a bit more advanced and have been practicing on Summit as well. Students in the “Mickey Mouse Club” were able do well on this to, but they have shown to be stronger using just one strategy, not at applying both. The students in the “Looney Toons” and “Peanuts” struggled a bit with this, they were only asked to choose one strategy, but they were not able to do it successfully.
There are many other types of humour involved in the Simpsons, but satire plays a large role in it The Simpsons appeals to children and a large adult audience, it includes a lot of references and satirises the society we live in which only adults may realise and find funny. The way that it different from normal cartoons is that they are usually written for low intelligence levels, and normally animated for a child audience with cartoons such as Bugs Bunny or Mickey Mouse. They have simple jokes or they are just visually funny which will just stimulate children while sitting in front of the television. The Simpsons came about and was written because it was influenced by many media sources from the television. Other cartoons like The Flintstones influenced The Simpsons greatly as they were the original television cartoon sitcoms in that they use the same characters and the same scenario in every episode but using different story lines different stories.
The question often comes up if South Park is too offensive or if they go too far with their animated sitcom? The reason why I think that this is an important topic is because a lot of kids as young as eight years old are watching South Park even though they probably shouldn’t be because of the content of the show. These children are probably not mature enough to understand everything that’s happening in the show but I’m sure that they can understand some of the sexual references as well as well as some of the racist remarks. One of the episodes that I watched of South Park was called “Poor and Stupid.” It was about one of the characters named Eric Cartman trying to find a way to be poor and stupid because he felt like only people that like Nascar and are Nascar drivers are poor and stupid, so that’s what he needed to be. Cartman ended up giving all his money away and trying to do things that would essentially “dumb him down” so that he could be a successful Nascar driver.
It also has some more positive intentions like molding the younger generations’ minds and promoting good morals for younger and older generations. Despite the negative connotation of watching a lot of television, it still can be beneficial to helping one’s mind grow. Despite many useless forms of mindless entertainment that is in the media, there are a lot of television shows that are good for all ages to be raised on. Some shows promote educational values to feed the younger minds. Sesame Street is a show geared to preschool age children and “Independent research found that children who regularly watch Sesame Street gained more than nonviewers on tests of letter recognition, vocabulary and early math skills” (Guernsey).
The author goes on to say some shows on tv are actually educational and good for kids. There are a number of great children’s television programs that are popular among small children, such as Sesame Street and Blues Clues. These two shows actually engage kids in ways that are good for small children. But, when children watch television regularly, the effects can be harmful. Since the majority of the shows on television, including cartoons, are not what could be considered educational, it has been found that spending more time watching these shows is linked with poorer school performance overall and decreased scores on standardized tests.
This discussion might appear superficial at first, but there is an underlying problem to why a parent might want to encourage their young daughters to play with a science kit instead of deciding what evening gown Barbi looks best in. A lot of the toys designed for boys might also be used as a learning tool. When a boy plays with legos and starts to create buildings he is developing his creativity. This act could lead him into a career as an architect or engineer. When he is encouraged to play with rockets or a microscope he has the potential of developing an interest in science that could lead him into a career working on satellites.
We tend to think around corners instead of straight lines” (Stephen King on Childhood). This analogy worked well until the visuals got in the way. Showing both Stephen King and a child side by side, Blank on Blank puts gears behind King and many cogs and ropes running chaotically numerous ways behind the boy. This is obviously supposed to represent the way King said children think compared to adults, but lacks execution in doing so. Instead of gears behind King’s head the animators should have inserted a simple cog and rope going in one direction so that it may be comparable to the boys numerous cogs and King's statement.
We tend to think around corners instead of straight lines” (Stephen King on Childhood). This analogy worked well until the visuals got in the way. Showing both Stephen King and a child side by side, Blank on Blank puts gears behind King and many cogs and ropes running chaotically numerous ways behind the boy. This is obviously supposed to represent the way King said children think compared to adults, but lacks execution in doing so. Instead of gears behind King’s head the animators should have inserted a simple cog and rope going in one direction so that it may be compared to the boys numerous cogs and King's statement.