I know a lot of people don’t understand my love for cartoons. And I don’t just mean anime, which has an audience of children to teens to adults, depending on what you’re watching. I mean cartoons generally aimed for children. After all, I’m a big girl now. Shouldn’t I have outgrown all that? Shouldn’t I be watching something more serious?
Well yes actually, I do watch shows that are considered more appropriate for my age. I watch teen drama/comedy Glee, family science-fiction Doctor Who, mother-daughter comedy Gilmore Girls… all of which I have never missed an episode.
But I still love cartoons. And do you know why? Because they’re fun and because they’re childish. But also, many of the shows I watch have something in common. They all have messages. Sometimes emotional, potentially character-scarring, but always good inspiring messages. If you add in a good dose of all that, you’ll have me completely hooked and probably never lose me.
And that’s what a lot of cartoons do. They may be aimed at kids but they have messages that can strike a chord with anyone.
And that is why I love cartoons. And if anyone knows me… if I love something that much, I will love it forever. I am serious. I will read into it and want to learn more about it. I’ve watched Fruits Basket and K-drama Full House three times, each time in a different language (English, Japanese/Korean with subtitles, Cantonese) because I loved the story so much, I wanted to know how well the (poetic phrasing of) words translated into each language. And I still re-watch episodes even now.
Yes, I have been called crazy for re-watching a series so many times…
So what’s with the post title?
Well, one of my favourite cartoons right is now is Disney’s Phineas and Ferb. Created by Dan Povenmire whose mother told him to never waste a day of summer and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh who also undertook a lot of summer projects as a child. What I love most about this is how it encourages us to live each day to the fullest.
And this song pretty much summarises all of that in 1 minute 18 seconds.
Some people will listen to this and think it’s “just a song from a kids show.” I listen, feel inspired and think “hey, this actually makes a lot of sense!”
Also, you have to remember that the creators are also grown-ups too which means they do add things in there to cater for everyone, not just children. Namely pop culture references! 🙂 The references in this clip alone made me smile so imagine what a full episode can do!