A large part of the development that a person experiences happens during childhood and the amount of animated visual stimulants that children are exposed to continues to grow exponentially partly because they are compelled and fascinated by the colorful images. Not only are cartoons someone’s imagination projected but they have always contained the artists’ social and cultural commentary about themselves and the way they have viewed the world.
The three family situated cartoons that I have chosen to focus on are Popeye, The Flintstones and The Simpsons. Even just looking at the names of cartoons a progression is evident. The development of the characters in these families moves from being focused on the development of the father with a supporting family cast to the development of the family as a whole.
Popeye emerged as a cartoon during the late 20’s which was a time when censorship wasn’t plentiful and media tends to view cartoons as less detrimental to the outcome of societies views so the obvious relationship that Popeye and Olive Oyl openly held was not publicly condemned but (unintentionally) encouraged. Little Swee’Pea was found on a doorstep and raised by the dysfunctional duo out of wedlock.
First, I used an excerpt from Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp as a Synopsis for Olive Oyl because this was the most developed episode of her character that I saw. She typically is a dingy damsel in distress that is skinnier than any cartoon character that I’ve ever seen. She’s definitely a factor that led to models heading towards the size toothpick. Prior to characters like herself an average height woman that weighed around 165lbs was thought of as voluptuous and sexy and paintings are proof of that. She rarely says anything that substantiates her personality and she appears to be more of an accessory of Popeye’s than her own person. There isn’t much definition to the depth of her character. I choose to dissect the first few minutes. Excluding the prelude in which I could understand Ms. Oyl a little more clearly, the rest of the episode is a spoof of Aladdin and his Lamp and doesn’t speak to the true development of the other characters.Read More →