A Few of the Most Influential Cartoons

Although cartoons are generally thought of as media for adolescents, the truth of the matter is that a smart, well crafted cartoon resonates beyond the youth and remains relevant to the viewer throughout their adult life. A truly influential cartoon will maintain relevancy over several generations. There are a few cartoons (or specific characters) that should be celebrated for their continued popularity.

 

Bugs Bunny

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Bugs Bunny

 

Bugs Bunny, the star of the Looney Tunes crew, was created by Warner Bros. Cartoons.    His cartoon debut took place in 1938, alongside Porky Pig in “Porky’s Hare Hunt”. The Looney Tunes were originally created as shorts that would lead into feature films. But, the cartoons became so popular that they started being produced as stand alone, longer-length cartoons.

 

The Simpsons

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Bart Simpson

The Simpsons is a cartoon that qualifies as an “animated sitcom”. It was the first cartoon to have adult content, and uses satire to represent the American middle class family. It’s such a popular concept, that the Simpsons actually holds the record for longest running sitcom and the longest running animated series.

 

Betty Boop

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Betty Boop

Betty Boop was created by Max Fleischer, and debuted in 1930. She was a caricature of  a flapper, and inspired by the singer Helen Kane. Betty Boop, interesting enough is considered to be one of the first cartoon “sex symbols”, as she was popular with mostly adults, and was a caricature of a sexualized woman. A little known fact about her is that Helen Kane actually sued Max Fleischer because the cartoon was so popular that it created “unfair competition” for her. Betty Boop continues to be popular even today with her likeness being available on countless retail goods.

 

Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse

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Minnie Mouse & Mickey Mouse

 

Also developed in the late 20s/early 30’s are the famed mouse duo by Walt Disney. Mickey Mouse was created by Walt to replace a previous character, and he knew that the key to success was to create a couple. So Minnie Mouse was born. Minnie, like Betty Boop, was also stylized to be a flapper character. Mickey and Minnie made their first appearance in Steamboat Willie and have been winning over hearts ever since.

 

Charlie Brown

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The brainchild of Charles Schulz, Charlie Brown was the main character of the Peanuts series. He was the unexpected ringleader of a group of characters called the “Peanuts Gang”. Charlie Brown seemingly won the hearts of so many because he was a caricature of the normal, anxious/nervous adult. He stumbles along and struggles but also experiences some beautiful moments of euphoria. The comic strip ran from 1950 to 2000, and was so popular that several movies, and a HUGE franchise were born from the cartoon.

Israel Withdraws Mocking Cartoons

Mark Litlzer

Daily Cartoon, The New Yorker

Cartoons are one of the earth’s most popular and beloved art forms. They have been used in every artistic culture and in a manner of different ways to promote and detract from specific social issues. They can also be used to tell difficult stories in an easier, more engaging fashion. Propaganda cartoons are still in use today (what do you think political cartoons are?) and can do anything from making fun of an opponent to terrorizing and political base into action. Now, Israel has taken down an insulting cartoon due to outrage from international journalism organizations.

The Israeli cartoon in question has to do with the most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. The cartoon, drawn in a similar style to South Park, has drawn condemnation from the Foreign Press Association (FPA) and other journalism groups who take issue with how it portrays non-Israeli journalists and the coverage of the Gaza conflict. The cartoon made it seem as though all the foreign reporters covering the conflict were naive, idiotic, and missed the blatant truth. The cartoon was released, and subsequently taken down, right before a UN report on Israel’s actions in Gaza was released.

The cartoon has been taken down, but harsh feeling still remain. Israel has frequently complained that western reporters side with Hamas and are biased against Israel; Israel believes that they never speak negatively about Hamas and its actions during conflicts. The FPA released the following statement: “At a time when Israel has serious issues to deal with in Iran and Syria, it is disconcerting that the ministry would spend its time producing a 50-second video that attempts to ridicule journalists reporting on a conflict in which 2,100 Palestinians and 72 Israelis were killed. Israel’s diplomatic corps wants to be taken seriously in the world. Posting misleading and poorly conceived videos on YouTube is inappropriate, unhelpful and undermines the ministry, which says it respects the foreign press and its freedom to work in Gaza”.

While the Israeli Foreign Ministry says that it meant no offense and the video was supposed to be a light-hearted take on the use of Hamas human shields and partial reporting, no one is believing the official story. The movement to the right in Israel’s government, and it’s frequently combative stance in regards to Gaza, has everyone thinking that this video is what Israeli’s truly believe.

For more information on this topic, please visit the original article: http://www.theguardian.com/media/greenslade/2015/jun/22/israel-withdraws-video-cartoon-that-mocked-foreign-correspondents