Animation was, and still is, such an integral part of my life, I could probably swap out a vital organ with it and still be fine. I remember the first cartoon I could understand was Rugrats. Arlene Klasky managed to perfectly convey the budding imagination of a toddler through her wild adventures and everyday locations turned into a sprawling wilderness. I wouldn't understand how any kid couldn't be drawn to it (pardon the pun.)
I never really grew out of animation compared to my peers who enjoyed ESPN and so forth at an early age. Real life programming just didn't click with me, and it felt much more limited compared to the world of Animation. My preference of animation over reality annoyed my mom, telling me to "Grow up and watch something real." Normally, parental ridicule is a sad situation, but the silver lining for this moment of abuse was the irony of an artist telling me not to watch still pictures be brought to life through animation.
My world views were strongly shaped by certain shows like Hey Arnold! A simple show of a boy with a peculiar shaped head taught me plenty of things about people and treating others with decency, sometimes tackling real life issues with a symbolic character:
Pigeon Man - Just because someone lives differently doesn't make them any less of a human being.
Eugene - Being the friend to the one who has none.
Chocolate Boy - Drug Addiction
All these characters and more with their own personal struggles are highly similar to what regular people in the real world face everyday. If I feel a connection to the character and sympathize with them, that's real enough for me.
Animation has clearly come a long way, not just through art style, but demographic as well. For the past few decades, animation has also catered more towards adults with raunchy humor or suggestive art styles. (As I type this up, I had an episode of Persona 4: The Animation loading on Anime Media. On both sides of the player window were anime girls in bikinis.) Walls were being torn down as to what popped in people's minds when they heard the word "Animation." Today some walls that seemed to last forever have been leveled into dust, and you probably know what I'm about to lead into, but I feel it should be addressed as part of my post, not just for my own history, but for society as a whole.
As most of you here are all well aware of, I was sucked into the craze of FiM last summer. I'll admit, on first hearing about what kind of following the show had garnered, I was skeptical and somewhat dumbfounded. Those two feelings bred curiosity, and I became one of the herd. I don't want to convert this thread into something that already has a thread, so I'll just leave this here:
Why Adult Men Like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
(I posted the same thing in the actual thread, but I figured the fellow forum goers who frequent that thread already knew why they were there.)
What does an article about the fanbase have to do with animation? Everything really. To take a piece from the article,
Animation continues to grow and prosper, much like the kids who originally watched cartoons and still do today. Animation is a form of art, and the idea kids should "grow up" from art they continue to enjoy is just absurd.Originally Posted by Hotdiggedydemon