Children’s Day Special: A walk down toon lane
For years, animated shows or cartoons have enticed the young and not so young. Switch on any kids’ channel today and one is greeted by one cartoon show or the other – be it Chota Bheem or Motu Patlu or Shin-chan or Oggy and the Cockroaches or Bean and more. These animated characters often come to the rescue of harried mothers by keeping their young ones engaged and even help in having their meals.
Cartoon shows on Indian television have evolved over the years. Today, there is a flux of Japanese anime and manga cartoons and indigenously created cartoon shows like Chota Bheem, Motu Patlu, Shiva and more.
Till some years back, cartoon shows for kids were populated by Disney characters and there was a heavy dose of Made in America content.
Those in their late 30s and 40s will definitely remember shows like ‘Scooby Doo’, ‘Duck Tales’, ‘Road Runner’, ‘Bugs Bunny’, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck and the likes. Yes, one still catches glimpses of Mickey & friends and the BEFs (Best Enemies Forever) Tom & Jerry here and there on kid’s channels.
This Children’s Day, Adgully takes a look back and attempts to revive the cartoon shows that have graced our small screens and continue to live on in our memories.
Is there anyone on Earth who doesn’t know of or like Tom and Jerry? You don’t? You must be from some other planet. The famous American animated series of short films was first created in 1940 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It revolves around two cute little characters – Tom (cat) and Jerry (mouse) – who continuously keep on fighting with each other. It’s a game of one-upmanship that has no winners – so far, and we love it for that.
Now we are in serious nostalgia territory. Mickey Mouse, the great Walt Disney’s creation, has been winning hearts since he first made his appearance in 1928. The films, which introduced Disney’s most famous cartoon character, were released on a regular basis from 1928 to 1953 with four additional shorts released between 1983 and 2013. A total of 130 animated short films were produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The series is notable for its innovation with sound synchronisation and character animation, and also introduced other well-known characters such as Minnie Mouse, Pluto and Goofy.
Who can forget the sing-song ‘Scooby Dooby Doo’ – yes, we are talking about the Great Dane who has gone on several adventures with his human friends. Scooby Doo is the protagonist character of the animated television franchise of the same name created in 1969 by Hanna-Barbera. The mystery and detective show had a blend of comedy. Scooby speaks in broken English and usually puts the letter ‘R’ in front of words and noises. The title track of this show, ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!!’, still lives in our memories.
Before Tobey Maguire and Andy Garcia turned Spider-Man into a conflicted young man, pining after the red-haired Mary Jane Watson and having best friend issues with Harry Osborn, the animated Spider-Man was what we loved to watch – a crime fighter who did not take himself too seriously. And we still hum the theme song – ‘Spiderman, Spiderman, friendly neighbourhood Spiderman…’
There would be more that we might have left out inadvertently. Do mention about them in the comment below…