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KurtPikachu2001

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« on: 01-31-2011 21:11 »

In seems like in the early days of adventure cartoons, this was always seen:

The main character is a male, who's tough, clever, brave, and heroic.  The second main male character is a wimpy, apprehensive, reluctant coward.  Another male character was like a comic relief type.  The lead female was always a victimized, weak and defensless damsel in distress.  And the villain was always an evil megolomaniac who was also a narcissist. 

Why were cartoons always like that back then?  Also, other cartoon cliches include spoofing of fairy tales like Jack and the Beanstalk and the whatnot, or using plungers as shoes to climb up walls.  Feel free to put in your opinions about this and other cartoon cliches as well. 
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« Reply #1 on: 01-31-2011 22:14 »

The main character is a male, who's tough, clever, brave, and heroic.  The second main male character is a wimpy, apprehensive, reluctant coward.  Another male character was like a comic relief type.  The lead female was always a victimized, weak and defensless damsel in distress.  And the villain was always an evil megolomaniac who was also a narcissist

Why were cartoons always like that back then?  Also, other cartoon cliches include spoofing of fairy tales like Jack and the Beanstalk and the whatnot, or using plungers as shoes to climb up walls.  Feel free to put in your opinions about this and other cartoon cliches as well. 

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Professor Zoidy

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« Reply #2 on: 02-01-2011 00:30 »

Why were they like that back then? They aren't anymore? Simply a relevant tangent I'm going off on, but to bring my commentary back to the past and why they were always so similar: people do love their repetition, like adding twists to something familiar, etc. and I think that's part of why it was constantly recycled. Also, if kids are watching said cartoons... they don't much care if material is recycled.
hobbitboy

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« Reply #3 on: 02-01-2011 08:40 »

Didn't some program called Futurama (a cartoon, no less) do an episode which dealt with the issue of what the public wants from its cartoons TV?

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« Reply #4 on: 02-03-2011 03:39 »

The main character is a male, who's tough, clever, brave, and heroic.  The second main male character is a wimpy, apprehensive, reluctant coward.  Another male character was like a comic relief type.  The lead female was always a victimized, weak and defensless damsel in distress.  And the villain was always an evil megolomaniac who was also a narcissist

Why were cartoons always like that back then?  Also, other cartoon cliches include spoofing of fairy tales like Jack and the Beanstalk and the whatnot, or using plungers as shoes to climb up walls.  Feel free to put in your opinions about this and other cartoon cliches as well. 

You are very welcome. smile

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