Rejuvenale

Rejuvenile is a term that has been coined by Christopher Noxon in his book Rejuveniles where he talks about the “Rejuvenile, Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes, and the Reinvention of the American Grownup”(Noxon, 2006). This book goes on to discuss how over the past two decades there has been a rise in adults participating in childlike things. Some of the things that Noxon says that adults are now participating in are things like “Having cubicles piled high with lunch boxes, action figures, and beanie babies” (Near Lynn, Interview, 2006). This is interesting considering that other things such as Cartoons: “SpongeBob”, “Loony Toons”, and “Pink Panther” were meant for adults in the beginning. These cartoons were made to give comic relief to adults who may have been facing harsh realities during their everyday life. Noxon references this in his NPR interview where in an excerpt from his book he states that “SpongeBob SquarePants emerged after the 9-11 terrorist attacks as a totem of chaotic playfulness for kids and adults”(Near Lynn, Interview, 2006). This is just one example of how cartoons have been used to provide comic relief or a sense of security and playfulness in an adults life.

There have even been cases where cartoons have been a outlet for relief from depression, anxiety or just the normal daily struggles. In a Vice article titled “Therapists Explain How Cartoons Affect Your Mental Healthy”. A young unnamed woman goes on to share her story of how she was morbidly depressed and most of her days consisted of her lying in bed all day while watching cartoons to relieve her mind from the constant depressive thoughts. She went on to state that her current partner also did the same things with the popular cartoon Tom and Jerry. The article States that it is a technique called “behavioral activation”(Dr. Rosmarin, David, 2017). Where it focuses on the amount of pleasure activities that the patient participates in rather than the review or revealing of personal issues or childhood trauma.

Considering that Cartoons and Animation can have a therapeutic affect on the individual. What kind of Animation do we watch and how does it affect us?