Rejuveniles and Animation

Why are adults attracted to “adult” animations/cartoons?

The Simpson’s came on the  scene in 1989 can broke the notion that cartoons were just for children and paved the way for adult themed cartoons. Highlighting social issues providing social commentary, satirical humor, and an escape from everyday life. According to NInfa Bi “Being an adult implies having responsibilities and sometimes it is good to watch a cartoon that entertains and makes us laugh.” She also states that “adult cartoons give a direct message to viewers.” There are no actors and expensive sets its strict commentary from the creator and writers to the viewer. Furthermore, adults watch cartoons for the nostalgic feel. Cartoons take adults back to a more simpler time in their lives and make them reminisce on good memories.

Top 10 Cartoons of all time according to

  1. Looney Tunes(1930)
  2. The Simpsons(1989)
  3. Tom and Jerry(1940)
  4. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!(1969)
  5. SpongeBob SquarePants(1999)
  6. The Flintstones(1960)
  7. Batman: The Animated Series(1992)
  8. Futurama(1999)
  9. Family Guy(1999)
  10. South Park(1997)

You can gather two things from this data. Cartoons were relevant even to the older populace and before movies could diversify subjects, topics and sets like they do today, cartoons were already tackling original ideas. Second thing is that the rise of adult cartoons started around the 1990’s and quickly became more prevalent to mainstream audiences especially after the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade centers in New York. These are just some of the reasons that it is important for Adults to have these outlets and that being a rejuvenate isn’t a negative, childish or immature things. But an act of self care and self awareness.