I love cartoons; even today I watch cartoons either on the television or via the internet. Yes I’m a grown man who should probably take life more seriously and leave the kids’ stuff to kids, but you know what? To hell with it, cartoons used to make me happy as a kid, and they still make me happy as an adult, so I’m going to watch cartoons, and if you have a problem with that, well too bad, I don’t care.
Anyway I’m going off topic; the reason why I bring this up is because I was recently re-watching an old cartoon I used to watch regularly as a kid; two of them actually, the Flintstones and Batman the animated series. You see, it was the weekend and I was feeling pretty bored, but I didn’t feel like going outside (it was too hot and sunny anyway), so I was browsing the internet trying to find a way to pass the time. While I was browsing I came across one of the Flintstone episodes (I forget the name) and I thought, “Hey it’s been a while, and I’m bored anyway so why not?”
In the episode I watched Wilma find some of her old high school stuff including a love poem Fred wrote for her. She shows this to Betty and then puts it away in a drawer and two go out. Later Fred finds said poem but doesn’t remember writing it, so he thinks Wilma is having an affair with someone! The rest of the episode shows him trying to figure out who the supposed “other man” is.
As I watched, I slowly remembered the episode and some of the stupid things Fred and Barney would do, and even though I knew it was coming I still laughed when it happened. I even saw parts which I never remember happening in the episode (it really bothers me that I can’t remember the name of the episode).
Then of course there was Batman the animated series, which was a really cool cartoon; in fact many critics have commented on how edgy and noir it was.
Thankfully I remember the episode I re-watched for this one, it was called “The Clock King” and was about this guy who was obsessed with schedules and time. Again, as I was watching the episode I slowly remembered what was going to happen next and despite that, I was on the edge of my seat, waiting for what was going to happen next.
While I was watching these old cartoons I was remembering how much joy they gave me as a kid and I also noticed how much joy they gave me even now as an adult. So the way I see it, we can watch cartoons to relax, unwind and get a few laughs.
Now, I decided to go through the internet and look for something to support what I’m saying. I wasn’t very optimistic but to my surprise I did find something. It isn’t a scientific article but I like that the writer of this blog post makes some valid points. Check it out for yourself here.
If you ask me for anything that can help you relax and bring a bit of joy in your life, which doesn’t hurt you or anyone around you, and is worth exploring and trying out, why not watching old cartoons? Or heck, why not new ones? I hear Gravity falls and Adventure time are great (and that even adults watch them). Besides, didn’t folks used to sit down and watch T.V. after a hard day at work? So let’s try watching some cartoons and cheer ourselves up a bit, they’re meant for entertainment, so let’s entertain ourselves and relax too.