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Into the never-ceasing fandom!

Published : Thursday, 20 April, 2017 at 12:00 AM  Count : 169
Samirah Tabassum

Into the never-ceasing fandom!

Into the never-ceasing fandom!

Into the never-ceasing fandom!

Into the never-ceasing fandom!

Be it a kid too young to hum to the tune of Meena-Raju, Elsa-Anna,Peppa Pig, Ben and Holly or an adult imprisoned in this planet of bills, waking up before the spellbound lineup of cartoons or laughing the day away is the common dream flight of fancy.
While creative minds penned most of these series aiming at younger audiences and kids who belong to a more fitting age group, many cartoons stood out to be extremely appealing and thus topping the list of things that adults and kids can enjoy together.
There's probably no soul on planet that never dreamt of flying across the Milky Way in search of a Neverland or accidentally ended up gifting the world with super heroes by mixing "sugar, spice and everything nice". If the youngest member of the family is found to be fascinated by the chocolate roll fan Sisimaru from Ninja Hattori or the Samusa obsessed Motu from Motu Patlu, the eldest will certainly find a place in the world of the laziest and hungriest good heart buried under all those doughnuts-The Simpsons.
Who wouldn't want to be a part of the vitual world tour with Dora the Explorer or defend the earth with Goku? This never ending desire to drive around the parallel world with flashbacks from sweet past pops every time when one recalls Cindrella while buying a stiletto at a shoe store or coming across a Doraemon, Ben10 or Looney Toons accessories at a stationary.
Even if you are not one of the devoted fans the lines "Ding, ding, ding, ding", "Swiper, no swiping!", "Teen Titans Go!" and "Once again the day is saved!" are enough to prove the evergreen essence of cartoons in life. However, it is magical how Hanna-Barbera's "Tom and Jerry" needed no dialogue to allure generation after generation.
On the other hand, the speedball of the growing fandom of anime has already rolled over many Bangladeshi animaniacs. Coming up with shows from classic to absolutely crazy "what is going on!" and everything in between based on significantly different storylines, graphics and plots than cartoons, anime has geared popularity among a more mature audience. The wide selection of genres, serious or not always consist moments of mad laughter sinking the audience even deeper and mysteriously turning them into an Otaku or a Waifu.
In Bangladesh, it is very common to find parents specially mothers glued to the TV screen for hours watching cartoons with their kids. While parents have always been concerned about the amount of time their children spend watching TV, they themselves cannot help falling for the enchanting spells of the shows. The cartoon channels often bring nostalgia to life by telecasting the series of classic cartoons for their fans of '70s, '80s or '90s who are all grown up now.
The sense of freedom that few of these shows offer in terms of exploring diverse culture through the well-developed characters are noteworthy. It is particularly appealing how watching a cartoon as an adult can be strikingly different from enjoying the same cartoon as a kid. It is exactly when thoughts pop into your mind and you go through lots of symbolic layers of the cartoons. Popeye, SpongeBob, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck or Bugs Bunny that were once nothing but cute and funny fictional characters of the cartoon world are now to reappear with a larger theme transcending opinions.
Besides bridging age gap between generations, it offers the adults with symbolic retreat and a moment of absolute ecstasy. On a very different note, who wouldn't think of choosing a cartoon as a perfect solution in times of couple fighting over the TV remote control, arguing about what show to watch on a wonderful weekend?
Cartoons are certainly not only for kids, teens or some "grown up geeks"rather for everyone. Because of the rise of all-ages cartoons, the shows are enjoyed by the children just as much as by parents and others.So, when tired of faking smiles, try getting on the floor with a bowl of sugary cereals and surrender to the luring charm of the cartoon world.

SamirahTabassum is schooling with Department of English, Jahangirnagar University










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