With the rampant popularity of animated shows such as South Park, Family Guy, and American Dad (not to mention the entirety of Adult Swim, for that matter), its fair to say that the notion that cartoons are only for kids has long been put to pasture.
Ever since its debut back in 1990, Spike and Mikes Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation has been the flagship event in the proliferation of outlandish cartoons, and helped launch the careers of such toon tastemakers as Mike Judge (Beavis and Butthead), Trey Parker and Matt Stone (South Park), and Craig McCracken (Powerpuff Girls).
The highly lauded nationwide festival is screening through Wednesday, April 6 at Film Bar, 815 North Second Street, and will boast more than just adult-oriented animation. This years edition also includes a segment entitled New Generation Animation, which features the crème de la crème of cartoons from across the globe.
Thu., March 24, 9 & 11 p.m.; Fri., March 25, 9 & 11 p.m.; Sat., March 26, 5, 9 & 11 p.m.; Sun., March 27, 5 & 9 p.m.; Tue., March 29, 7 & 9 p.m.; Wed., March 30, 7 & 9 p.m.; Thu., March 31, 11 p.m.; Sat., April 2, 7 p.m.; Sun., April 3, 7 p.m.; Wed., April 6, 11 p.m., 2011
Cartoons now are just plain disgusting! They are made with no class, beauty, or story behind them. The cartoons are also causing many kids to think that having no manners and behaving despicably is the right way to behave as an adult. In the past at least Bugs Bunny and Tweety were so outlandish that they could easily understand that it was just plain entertainment. Disney's Beauty and the Beast at least led kids in to a beautiful and magical world, with great music, and provided entertainment plus lessons in: kindness, manners, and friendship. They also taught kids to believe in waiting for true love, where is all of that today? South Park provides swear words and violence, The Simpsons provides lessons in drinking underage, child abuse, and poor judgement, along with gluttony and outrageous behavior. Yet people wonder why kids and parents are no longer taking care of themselves and their children correctly? With each generation growing up on these cartoons, I am not at all surprised that we Americans are losing pride in ourselves and not realizing it is our poor judgement and reckless behavior to blame.