Have you ever wanted to watch cartoons both you and your kids enjoy? A cartoon that didn’t make you want to put your head in a microwave whilst pretending to your child that you liked it?
I’ve always loved cartoons. Both those for kids and adults. I still watch many children’s cartoons to this day. I watch them just to relax and escape for a bit. Sometimes I even learn something! Of course I’ve grown out of most of the ones I used to watch as a kid. And there are some of the current crop that I just can’t stand. But that’s OK because, hey, I’m not their target market. But for me there are some cartoons that hit that wonderful balance of appealing both to adults and children.
The first is called ‘Hey Arnold’. I fell in love with this cartoon the first time I saw it. It was created by Craig Bartlett and was based on his comic strip Arnold. It’s a U.S. based cartoon. Craig Bartlett is actually the brother-in-law of a certain Matt Groening, the creator of the Simpsons. I’ve always loved the mood and pace of this cartoon. The show stars fourth grader Arnold and his school friends. He lives with is grandparents in a boarding house that has some very funny crazy tenants. Arnold has a very mature laid back head on his shoulders and is always trying to help one of his friends solve one problem or the other. The voice actors and script are great. On top of that I can’t get enough of the jazz soundtrack. One of my favourite characters is Dino Spumoni who’s a cross between Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.
Then there’s Charlie and Lola. This is a wonderful British cartoon based on illustrated books by Lauren Child. Charlie and Lola are brother and sister. Charlie is probably around 7 and Lola 4 years old. For me the star of the show is Lola and her crazy imagination. This cartoon is a bit like the Snoopy or Peanuts cartoons because you never actually see an adult in the cartoon. Again the voice acting, this time by the child actors is superb! Well the English version anyway. I haven’t seen it in other languages. The visual hand drawn over collage style is beautiful. These combined help the cartoon to capture that period of childhood innocence. It’s another cartoon I feel parents can watch with their children without feeling the need to smash their head against the wall! Like that crazy Pokemon! Don’t get me started on Pokemon!
When I think of more kids cartoons adults can also enjoy I’ll post them up. If you know of any please let me know.