The Differences in Cartoons

What is a cartoon? A cartoon is a motion picture using animation techniques to photograph a sequence of drawings rather than real people or objects. Now you may be asking why I am talking about cartoons. It's rather simple actually! I want to spread the message that not all cartoons are demographically for children! Usually, cartoons are targeted at children for learning or comedic purposes. When I was younger, I watched cartoons that helped me learn certain things, morally and ethically. They still make those cartoons to this day for other generations of children. But what I am trying to say is that there are other types of cartoons that are actually targeted at teens/young adults.


Examples of cartoon shows for children are Dora the Explorer, Ben Ten, Powerpuff Girls, Bubble Guppies, and Jimmy Neutron. Dora the Explorer and Bubble Guppies are two great examples of shows that have learning aspects into their shows to teach kids important things. Bubble Guppies was a more educational show teaching kids about things in school, while also having fun. Dora the Explorer teaches kids not to steal (from the character Swiper, of course), and how to speak a bit of Spanish, and was an overall engaging show. The other ones I listed, on the other hand, were the types of shows that were more action-based for kids. The violence wasn’t graphic and there was a new plot in every episode! I’ve noticed that in older cartoon shows, there wasn’t an actual plot to the show. There was something different in every episode, no matter the season number, in contrast to cartoons for young adults/teens.


Examples of cartoons for teens/young adults are The Dragon Prince, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, and Gravity Falls. What do these have in common? They all have an actual concise plot with good characters and even better development. These types of shows are better for teenagers to watch rather than 6-year-olds, for example, because they would have a harder time comprehending the message and overall point of the show. Teens tend to watch these shows for the animation styles, the storyline, and the characters that are introduced. Also, another difference between kids and teen cartoons is that the scenes in teen cartoons are a bit more developed and heavy. The average child would stare blankly at the screen because they would have no idea what had just occurred in the show. Also, some teen animations have a few historical elements too, continuing to be confusing for younger viewers.


All in all, teens tend to appreciate and understand the work and deeper elements added into a cartoon more than a younger child does. Also, there isn’t such a thing as an “age limit” in watching cartoons/animations. Everyone is always entitled to their own opinions regarding what shows to watch, and this was mine.

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