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Discuss the presentation of Childhood in American cartoons

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Introduction

In 1928 arguably the most influential , and single most important animation "Steamboat Willy" was created by a man called Walt Disney, it was a short black and white cartoon. The cartoon was only one minute in total with no storyline and no voice over. It was at this time the three major animation studios were born Disney, MGM and Warner Bros. From Disney came the first animated movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Snow White was very expensive to make and lasted 98 minutes. Each Frame was hand painted there were 24 frames per second, altogether there were 141,120 paintings, and this took 100 animators five years to complete. During the 1930's the cartoon "Popeye" was created along with many others. They were generally short and in colour and were often shown before a movie. In the 1960's and 1970's there were longer cartoons such as Scooby Doo and the Flintstones. ...read more.

Middle

Not having a lot of money is a regular occurrence for the Simpson family. Everybody is upset and they think its going to be the worst Christmas ever but Homer finds a greyhound that has just been kicked out of the dog tracks because it lost again and takes it home for the family. The dog just so happened to be the dog Homer had bet on earlier that day its name was Santa's Little Helper so that's what they called the dog, the family ended up having the best Christmas ever. The result of this episode is the family had a problem it was resolved because they now had a new family pet which made a happy ending. This happens in all of The Simpson's programmes. The opening Sequence of South Park is a lot more Chaotic compared with The Simpson's. In the opening sequence you will see four boys on their way to school. ...read more.

Conclusion

I like The Simpson's better because it revolves more around real life and can target more of a wider audience. Different people can enjoy The Simpson's for different reasons. Children have got Bart always doing something naughty. Older people can enjoy the way it uses old films to make jokes, like when Grounds Keeper Willy chases Santa's Little Helper through the ventilation system as in the film Aliens. Also you can get famous people starring in the show such as the woman who wrote Bridget Jones's Diary "Helen Fielding." There are other cartoons on T.V like The Cramp Twins, these cartoons also deal with childhood, but I do not find this to be of the same quality as The Simpson's or South Park because it relates more to younger viewers only. In conclusion, American cartoons use childhood to make the viewers laugh. In The Simpson's they use role reversal, kids acting like adults and adults acting like kids. They do pretty much the same in South Park but I like The Simpson's better because I can relate to it more. ...read more.

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