The effect of Unrealistic Portrayals in Children's Cartoons

Examine the possible effects of the way children’s cartoons display the read world in unrealistic ways. For example, The way Nickelodeon’s Spongebob displays a character somehow living on his own while earning very little income and being highly immature. It would be a good idea to examine multiple cartoons that display things with a basis in reality unrealistically without explanation.

  • The 90s were guilty of this. Rocko's Modern Life is a good one and Doug has an unrealistic portrayal of the very appearances of those characters (seriously, if I'm to believe Roger is really green, he has gangrene.) – SpectreWriter 7 years ago
  • With Spongebob Squarepants, he's a popular cartoon character because he lives an independent lifestyle but doesn't worry about his taxes or bills. He has a part-time job he loves, gets to drive (although terribly bad at it), and catch jellyfish with his best friend. Children don't understand these concepts, so Spongebob wouldn't be the same if they made it more 'realistic' - in fact, it might disinterest kids! Do 8 year olds really want to see their favourite character worry about making enough money to pay his rent? So I would argue that although children's cartoons are unrealistic, they do it's purpose of entertaining it's audience. – YsabelGo 7 years ago
  • I think another aspect which could be interesting are cartoons which create physically unattainable fantasies for children, or, at the very least, unrealistic for the majority of the population. Examples: all superhero shows, The Magic School Bus, etc. – Matthew Sims 7 years ago

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