This looks like fun. I wouldn't mind providing some insight into my cranium.
What appeals to me about it is the old American precedent: "that which we do today, we do because we did it yesterday." Vague, I know, but children are impressionable, and the dreams they have as kids can grow into how they live when they grow up. That's my basis for my entire reply, in fact. I watched cartoons as a kid, and being a child of the 90s (and partial 80s) I happen to have grown up with some great stuff for kids, thanks to the industry at the time. So what I was a fan of really stuck in my head. As I grew up, I watched a bit less because of the simple fact that I grew up, but I still have an open scope to the world of animation.
Originally Posted by Raz
For adults it could be about relief and passing time. Cartoons might be viewed by many as something like, 'that which doesn't apply to or have anything to do with the real world that I have to deal with everyday.' So this is a fun little escape and maybe, if it's good quality stuff, an escape for my imagination too. And for those adults, I think it's about passing time but primarily to keep their kids busy, knowing that if something is "a cartoon" then it doesn't need to be regulated with Parental Guidance or anything, so that's less work they have to do. This is a result of and excuse for not-thinking and is therefore innacurate and wrong.
- Do you think the purpose of viewing these shows/movies are restricted to entertainment, relief, passing time, etc?
It broadens your imagination. It's like you're using muscles you previously didn't. You learn things you wouldn't, or before most, for example. Your mind is a sponge, and the world is a HUGE place filled with SO much to absorb and create. This is especially true for a child. Why do you think they love Spongebob Squarepants so much! They can relate to him!!! Zing!! Seriously, though, the more one absorbs and learns the better, wouldn't you think? You get stronger as a result. Whatever doesn't kill ya.
- Does the media have an effect on you're attitude, or perspective on certain things? For example school life/work/family/friends/society
Not directly, or in a way that all of Pop Culture and/or American Culture would remember, because when one piece of media does, it doesn't broaden their minds to the Animation Industry any.
- Do they leave a cultural or social impact? What kind?
Imagination above all else is what is accented here, so obsession isn't a bad thing, since it would be no worse than having too much or being too excessive with anything else in this world. The things that happen from obsession with THIS industry are things like making people learn to draw, or write, or make MORE of these pieces of media. I know a guy, for example, who knows The Joker better than The Joker does, thanks to his fandom with Batman (1989) and Batman Mask of The Phantasm.
- Has it become an obsession, or is it still just recreation?
Not for any fan, no. By reason of what I mentioned about American Culture wearing Horse Blinders when it comes to the Animation Industry, fans aren't as outgoing with their fandoms. It's not right, it's not wrong, it's just how things are. This industry is a growing one albeit slowly, having started for a point where cartoons were just for kids....like Trix.
- Has it affected you into being reclusive or outgoing?
- At the end of the day, what is the significance of animated entertainment in your life, what does it mean to you?
It's different for everyone. Some owe their careers to it. Some owe nothing to it but a thanks for growing up with me. To me it's only as big as the kids it can relate to, inspire, and touch like it did to me when I was younger. That's its first priority: touching our imagination, and doing things that dramas, action shows, and cop movies would never think of.
It's also worth noting that ANIME is an entirely different story. For years in the mid 90s, huge fans of Animation wouldn't think anything of it, because it hasn't consciously and unconsciously sunk in yet that those shows are the product of a different culture. Once you get by that, you'll be a fan just like the people who come from Japanese cultures.
"Ya know," they'd say, "it's really pretty looking but I think I know where Poster #1 is coming from when he says he doesn't follow the flow and presentation of the characters." What they didn't realize was, that place they're "coming from" was simply just America.
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