Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Effects of Nostalgia

Don't we all get nostalgic now and then for our younger years, our years of innocence, our childhood and all that came with it? We remember our friends, our favorite toys, or favorite places to play, and of course our favorite TV cartoons. Now, thanks to the wonderfulness of the internet you can find almost anything online, especially on Youtube.

Periodically KC and I will spend a few minutes looking up our favorite cartoons and watching the opening credits or some clips from the shows. They are never what you remember them to be. I can't believe I actually enjoyed some of them. I think some shows though are classic. They still inspire the imagination and delight in a little boy or girl.

One of those shows I guess is He-Man. I never really watched it as a kid, though I think I watched She-ra a bit. KC says He-Man was his favorite cartoon when he was about 5 or so. So it's no suprise when the other day KC pulled up the opening credits to He-Man on youtube to show the boys. He was hoping to find an episode to show them, but didn't have any luck. For some reason I remembered seeing that had old cartoons on it and sure enough they have a bunch of He-Man episodes available to watch. So we all gathered around the computer screen and watched it.

Now it's no wonder then, that the night before last I had a certain song in my head all night and the next day, and I had certain phrases run through my head willy nilly. Why? Andrew and Isaac have been watching episodes of He-Man on the computer every chance they get. Isaac has been pointing his play sword in the air and trying to repeat the phrase "By the power of Grayskull!" He only get's out the skull part though. It's cute. They've really been into swords lately and since He-Man uses a Magic Sword, well it's a no brainer they they are drawn to it.

I have to leave the room when they watch it. It annoys the heck outtta me. Why to do they care so much to protect or conquer a land that has no plants and is filled with craggy rocks and mud? Why do they live like they are in stone age/medieval times but they have flying vehicles and computer guidance/targeting systems. Why is the cat/tiger so afraid? Why is Skeletor's voice so high pitched and annoying? What is the deal with those circle shapes on the women's outfits? If you've seen it, you know what I mean. I could go on, but I won't.

There is one redeeming thing about the show. At the end of each episode they have a short moral or uplifting message about something that happened in the show. That is something that a lot of the cartoons out there should have. Still, I'm hoping that this phase blows over soon and I can enjoy more episodes of Wow, Wow Wubbzy and The Backyardigans again. I get those songs stuck in my head too, but they don't annoy me as much.


Marie Bindrup said...

So True! Is there any episodes of Jem and the Holograms? Remember? We used to watch that every day after school! Oh the days.....

wileywoman said...

O.k., so even though you've talked so much about how you don't like it, I'm going to have to get on the computer tonight and watch and episode or two. Ah, memories. You notice, however, that I didn't say I would get on while the girls are awake...I did learn from your experience and will only let them watch things that don't bug me (so sorry Dora and Diego, you're out, too!) OH, and Marie, in case you read this, when Sarah and I were talking on the phone yesterday I said that same thing... "Are there any episodes of Jem and Holograms?" Ha, we'll have to watch a few if we find them.

Sarbear said...

Looks like might have some parts of Jem episodes. Karen mentioned oh the phone that show about teenagers in hollywood. Didn't they have a pool or hot tub on the limo? What was the name of that show?

Now I know you can find episodes of the Smurfs on as well. KC and I have watched a couple of those.

Olivia Carter said...

Oh man... we have Season 1 on DVD of He-Man. My husband relishes his 80's childhood & wants to pass it on to the next generation-haha!

Hiatt Family said...

I love He-Man and She-ra, I used to play with the toys, too. Though I'm too lazy to look it up. Totally understand the annoying cartoons our kids watch-I think I watch more kid shows then adult ones.

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