The Publics view on Animation

Animations or cartoons have been around since the early 1900s. It was not until the late 1990s that it became popular to feature adult themes into cartoons. This began with the well-known cartoon “The Simpsons” which pioneered the way for other known adult cartoons such as, Family Guy, Rick and Morty, American Dad, South Park, ETC. The list of adult cartoons are long and is still growing. With the rise of raunchy, explicit, and dark humor content in these shows comes hate and disapproval from parents and religious communities. Although “adult” cartoons are intended for mature audiences, kids are still exposed to these shows. This raises the question “Is it the animation creator fault for making the show or the parents fault for not paying attention to what their kids watch?” On the other hand, adult cartoons feature real-life scenarios in a comical way.

It reduces stress on a person by showing a cartoon character experiencing the same hardship he is having and show how the character overcame that obstacle in a humorous way. Overall, people of all ages enjoy “adult” cartoons regardless of who it is intended for.

A review of “F is for Family” created by Bill Burr and Michael Price, Season 2, Episode 6

               “F is for Family” is an animated comedy created by Bill Burr and Michael price that was made to highlight part of Bills childhood and it was also to bring light to what life was like as a kid growing up in the 70’s. The animations start off with the main character Frank getting the kids ready for school. When his wife informs him that they do not have school he promptly asked why, his youngest son bill responds and say that the teachers are off learning the metric system. Frank makes a joke saying that the US makes wars with people who use the metric system. This punchline or joke fits the setting of the show because it takes place in the 1970’s which was during the end of the Vietnam war and only 30 years or so after world war two had ended. With frank being in his 50’s in the show this is a prime example of how the school system began to change in the 70’s and some patriotic parents were displeased. After this Frank tells his family that he took a morning shift at work on his day off. He makes jokes about having too many kids and how polio would have taken one or two out back in the day. Now this may seem morbid but for the time period isn’t unusual. The typical dad in the 70’s is different from today definition of what a typical dad is. He is cut throat, honest and the mother is do to most of the House work and take car of the kids while the father is to provide that house with income. This shows the gender difference of the time and how in today’s world things are quite different. As his wife Sue is leaving for work she is expressing her feelings of needing his emotional support due to a rough day at work the day prior, but Frank falls asleep while listening to her rant. This scene shows the marital issues that took place in the 1970’s where the husband was so focused on work and providing for the family that he didn’t feel that he had the time to cater to his wife’s emotional need in every instance. These actions in the current period would seem strange because today part of being a husband and provider is making sure there is adequate money to live and making sure the wife’s every need is taken care of (This perspective is based on my background and upbringing). In the upcoming scenes Sue is at work selling Tupperware, during the scene Sue is disrespected by her male boss in which one instance he calls her an airhead and soon after she is greeted by her upper woman who is also her boss in which she is told she is slow and not competent to understand English at a normal speaking rate. This shows the gender hierarchy that was in work places at the time and still exist in some places today. This also shows the class difference as even though one of her bosses is a female she still sees Sue as below her and less intelligent. As Frank has not returned home by noon to take his daughter to he honeys bee scout meeting his daughter decides that she is going to walk herself. On the way she is stopped by a neighbor and he offers to take her, she accepts. Now in today’s time it would be highly looked down upon for a 9-year-old to walk by herself down a busy street and much less take a ride from a neighbor. But the fact that she was walking herself and did take the ride offered to her shows the social climate at the time and how different it is from today. This themes that have been displayed in the first part of the animation continue as the shows go on. AS the day continues frank is in a bind and needs some money. He takes Sues stash and when Sue comes home to take some money out of her stash she finds that frank as already taken it which causes her to have to sell her golden locket from her wedding and this is where the show ends. This episode highlights themes from the 70’s and centers its comedy around political jokes that would have been common during the time period. This could be one of the reasons that adults of today love animation so much because it brings them back  to another time period and allows them to relive small parts of their childhood.