KT's Analysis Of Children's Cartoon Shows
When everyone else gets wrapped up in stupid, superficial crap and boring things like emotions, I'm always the one to go, "Ah, screw it. Let's just go watch cartoons."
Ed, Edd, and Eddy   A show about three best friends with strikingly similar names, trying to survive life in their suburban cul-de-sac with their strange neighbors. Their entire lives revolve mostly around scheming ways to get money for jawbreakers. This show is a perfect example of everyoneís childhood. The bullying popular kid that you hated but secretly wanted to be, the cute trendy girl that was nice to everyone, your best friendís annoying little sister, the wimpy queer kid with pale skin and huge braces, the slow kid with a wooden plank for a best friend, and the creepy foreign kid with all the animals-- all of them are represented on Ed, Edd, and Eddy. Almost every episode includes all the neighborhood kids getting wrapped up in an adventure that is utterly insane, demented, and physically impossible. The slap-stick and unrealistic exaggerations of the characters and setting gives you the impression that you are not seeing the situation as it is, but rather as it would be seen through a childís eyes. In other words, Ed, Edd, and Eddy is a kidís world. You never see any parents; their presence is merely implied as needed each characterís individual reasons. This show is a manic interpretation of the way children think. And buttered toast, of course.
Invader Zim I canít believe that this show is watched and enjoyed by children. It is sincerely one of the most morbid childrenís show I have ever seen. Of course, I love it, but I donít see how all these little kids are not completely grossed out by some of what happens on the show. Perhaps the shock factor of children today has been worn away by the extreme amount of violence in our society. (ickÖ that sounded waaay to soccer-mom-ish) In any case, they donít seem to realize that an alien invader stealing organs from little children and replacing them with random everyday objects (including one 60-pound space heater) as being a little disturbing. They also seem unphased by an alien who is literally overflowing with stolen organs. In any case, I appreciate the sick and demented humor and vision it takes to make Invader Zim the wonderful program it is. Zim is a failure of an invader, sent to take over the planet earth merely to get him out of his mastersí hair. He is issued G.I.R., a manic but ever-pleasant robot, to assist him in his quest. GIR is without a doubt the best part of the show. You know how the bizarre sidekicks that make the random comments are always funny? Well, they canít even compare to GIR. GIR is the almighty god of random comments. He also has personality, and goals for himself. GIR and Zim are almost exact opposites. Zim is unloving, greedy, and power-hungry. GIR, on the other hand, is carefree, loves nearly everything and treats it all tenderly, and only cares about the simple joys of life such as tacos, cupcakes, and TV. The seriousness of Zim and the craziness of GIR offers an interesting contrast. It makes us wonder what it would really take to make us happy, as well as making us laugh our asses off. There is also Dib, the freaky next-door neighbor who has discovered Zimís secret (even though no one believes him), and is set on capturing and destroying Zim. There is yet another interesting contrast that takes place between Dib and his sister Gaz. They are both incredibly smart children, taking after their scientist father, but they seem to use the knowledge for entirely different purposes. Dib, of course, dedicates nearly all his time to catching Zim. He says he wants to save the world, but it would seem more likely that he just wants proof to the world that heís right, since he has long been singled-out because of his strange theories. Gaz doesnít care about any of that crap. She wants no recognition, and has no great goals. She only wants to eat her pizza and play video games, and get away from her annoying brother. Even while possessing great knowledge, Gaz realizes that true happiness (kind of a hard word to associate with her since sheís so dark) comes from just living your life for the simple joys. And of course, Mrs. Bitters is the coolest, most gothic teacher ever. ďDoom doom doom doom doom.Ē
Courage the Cowardly Dog   This show is awesome. I remember seeing the pilot episode on World Premier Toons, and thinking, ďDude, that is freaky.Ē It is a superb combination of vision, innovation, abstract humor, and an almost morbid creativity. It goes far beyond the simple slap-stick, cheesy jokes, and ridiculous premises of the typical childrenís programming.  The basic plotline is fairly simple: villains from the supernatural come to wreak havoc on the innocent farm lady Muriel, and the mean grumpy farmer Eustice, and it is up to their cowardly farm dog Courage to save them. Itís an easy enough to story to follow, but what is so fabulous about this show is the creative and visually brilliant way the stories are told. First of all, the macabre animation is abstract and completely original. The look of the show should be enough to impress people. Then there is that insane music, which gives this simple childrenís show an eerie, artistic atmosphere. What really makes the show what it is, though, are the far-out characters. The villains are never quite as simple as the average Scooby Doo ghosts and witches. Theyíre more in the range of alien ducks, evil eggplants, mad puppeteers, and a race of bananas. Courage the Cowardly Dog Show is kind of like a combination of Scooby Doo, Green Acres, and LSD. It is made up of the visual absurdities you might see in your dreams; itís like nothing else out there right now.
Digimon: Digital Monsters This is the story of a group of young kids who stumble upon a magical world, full of fascinating creatures, who must use the powers within them and their Digimon to save two different worlds from certain doom. Okay, Iíll admit this show can be quite cheesy, but the message and characters of it are enough for me to forgive all that. I must say first and foremost that to compare the wonderful adventures of Digimon to that idiotic marketing tool called Pokemon is a downright shame. In Pokemon, you see these kids whine and cry and force their monsters to battle other monsters, while being chased by a pair of morons that try to steal the monsters, but always fail. Blah. Digimon is a much more exciting and worthwhile show. Each of the characters has a vivid and even tormented personality, which we are shown through each of their individual feats and adventures. We are able to understand what kind of people they are through their relationships with their Digimon and their fellow Digi-destined. Together they face the dangers of evil monsters, as well as the inner demons of their fears. The reason I appreciate and enjoy this show so much is because the characters are very well-developed. We watch them grow, learn, and care for one another. This show teaches the virtues and obstacles meant to be overcome throughout life, and leaves you with a good feeling inside (yeah, THATíS definitely something you wonít hear me say often, so you know itís true). Itís in no way an extremely complex show, but thatís the beauty of it. It allows you to see big problems through small eyes, and shows you that the simplicity and purity of a childís heart can do a lot.