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Lion-O vs. SpongeBob Square Pants

Posted by llacroie on October 5, 2013 at 10:50 AM

The 1980s boasted an era of complete confusion. Everything was confused; music, fashion, hair, and make-up.

It started with the discovery of the synthesizer and the birth of four chords... and dispersed into the big hair, multi-bright-colors-glow-in-the-dark make-up, and the note-worthy shoulder pads

Now don't get me wrong, I'm a child of the 80s. So while I get sit back and laugh at my pictures as a big-haired 80s kid, I also consider the one solid thing that the 80s did right: Movies and cartoons! No matter what came out of that generation, no one can argue that the 80s were family friendly..right?

We had movies like: Outrageous Fortune, Mazarati and the Brain, The Devil and Max Devlin, Escape to Witch Mountain, Return to Witch Mountain..

We had shows like: Who's the Boss, The Facts of Life, One Day at a Time, Three's Company, The Cosby Show, Knight Rider, The A-Team, Magnum P.I., Cheers, Family Ties, Alf, Different Strokes, Punky Brewster, Charles In Charge, and The Golden Girls.

Most of all, we had our cartoons!! Are you ready for this?? We had: G.I. Joe, Ulysses, Jem, The Transformers, Dino Riders, The Real Ghost Busters, The New Scooby Doo Mysteries, Beetlejuice, Ducktales, Dungeons and Dragons, Ewoks, Heathcliff, Inspector Gadget, Thunder Cats, The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, Tranzor Z, Robocop, Snorks, Voltron: Defender of the Universe, He-Man: Masters of the Universe, She-Ra: Princess of Power, The Gummi Bears, and The Care Bears.

And then I flashforward to nowadays. I look at media today; the movies, the cartoons, the music... some of it ain't half bad... but when I think of what saturates my son's eyes, ears, and growing mind, I can't help but think to myself that he doesn't have what I had growing up. I had it better. The shows I watched moved my heart the right way. The cartoons, most if not all, had a point; had a lesson; had class.

At 34, when I laugh with my friends today about the "well-adjusted-nut-case" I turned out to be, I find that I owe much of my creativity and moral fiber to the awesome media that surrounded me as a kid. He-Man and She-Ra always came back at the end of the show to make sure that we reflected on what happened in the episode. 

To all the new, creative, talented, fantastic writers out there... the children of the world are waiting for you... work your magic and give them something good!

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