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The History and Effect of Cartoons on Children

By Cody Subscribe to RSS | March 1st 2012 | Views:

There is no doubt about the fact that Television has become an indispensable part of our lives. There are oodles of TV programs and shows that give us the maximum entertainment. Though there are a lot of TV programs like dance shows, talk shows, movies, drama, sports, geographic channels etc the one that is always a favorite among the TV audience are cartoons. No child can sleep without watching their favorite cartoon shows. The word cartoon itself brings us the fond memories of our childhood days. Before we discuss something about the popular cartoons let us take a quick look at the history ofcartoons.

The word Cartoon was first used in the early 19th century by people to refer to the drawings and colorful paintings. The most popular of all the paintings were the wall paintings, and the neat sketches on stained glass and tapestries. Apart from the drawings the word cartoon was also used to refer to the humorous stories and essays that popularly featured on the magazines. Several years later, the termbecame very prominent and was simply called as ‘toons’. Later on they were used to denote comic stories and graphically animated movies.

The specialty about cartoons is that they are always entertaining and humorous. Just like the movies, even cartoons come in a wide range of themes and subjects. Some of the most popular genres are the ones that involve humorous, adventurous, scary, super hero and romantic cartoons. Nevertheless even the scary themed cartoons have a lot of humor and never frighten even the little baby in your home.

One reason that attracted the kids is the development of comic characters. Who can forget the famous cartoon characters like Tom and Jerry, Donald duck, Mickey mouse, bugs bunny, swat cats, Scooby doo, Garfield, and Bambi? While there are comic characters, there are also some powerful superhero characters like Spider Man, Bat Man, Super Friends, Super Man, and He Man. While these are entertaining for the grown up kids there are also cartoons that are filmed on nice morals. By watching such cartoons the children learn good qualities and develop positive thoughts. Even for the grown up people the moral cartoons help to kind of learn new moral values and get a positive approach to life.

If you get bored of watching any other TV program, just tune in to any of the popular cartoon channels and enjoy watching the animated version of the characters. One main advantage of cartoons is that unlike a majority of the TV programs they don’t have adult content in them as they are only animated graphics. This means you can sit in front of the Television set with your spouse and kids and tune in to the cartoon channels that you get from any of the popular services such as FiOS TV and enjoy your leisure. The kids will always love to watch the cartoons in the company of their parents rather than

watching them alone.

As an interesting piece of information, it is said that a few cartoon books during their initial stages of entering the market were gifted as giveaways by some of the dealers to promote them and develop more interests among the people. This gradually turned the attention of the people in buying the comic books as they liked the content of the giveaway books. If you are curious to know about any of such giveaway books you may check out on the Internet for a book titled Think Small. Even today, the reprints (with minor modifications) of such cartoons are available in the newspapers and magazines.

That’s in brief about the popularity and effect of cartoons on children. This weekend you may also sit and watch cartoons with your children at home. Just get the refreshing experience yourself.

Cody is a freelance writer and an active blogger. He writes on a wide range of topics including home entertainment, technology, food, environment, health and fitness. He likes watching TV programs with

Cody - About Author:
Cody is a freelance writer and an active blogger. He writes on a wide range of topics including home entertainment, technology, food, environment, health and fitness. He likes watching TV programs with his family on his cable connection powered by FiOS TV.

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