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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Animated Cartoon Characters:Hype or Heroes in American Popular Culture #cartoons #popculture #kids #heroes #SBSP #TMNT #superheroes

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 10:55 AM

Today's cartoon characters are geared toward a different generation than twenty years ago, creating a pop culture craze not just with kids but adults as well. Animated cartoon characters have become iconic in the popular culture world. From “SpongeBob Squarepants” to “The Simpsons”, a child cannot turn on the television without being bombarded with either. These two cartoons along with similar cartoons are so popular there both have full length movies, lunch boxes, and a variety of merchandise geared toward children. What does this say about the way society views these type of cartoons?

 Popular culture views these type of animated cartoon characters as heroes. However, I think it is more popular culture hype. Kids as well as adults are drawn into a make believe world that is made to feel like reality, especially animated cartoons such as The Simpsons. Parents have to ask what value do today's animated cartoons such as “SpongeBob SquarePants” or “Superheroes” have in popular culture or society?


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