In my last posting, (“In Search of the World’s Most Important Cartoon Characters;
Mickey Mouse, Superman, Snoopy?”), I pondered the importance of
cartoons as cultural icons.” In this posting, I have decided to provide you
with my list and criteria for what makes a culturally significant cartoon.
Here are my criteria for measuring cultural
it cross cultures?
send a clear message?
Based upon the above my top 5 are:
Mouse – The Coca Cola of cartoons. He is
the non-frenetic, everyman, little guy action hero who conquers all except his
love for a good woman.
– Universally known, just visit the Charlie Brown café in Hong Kong and you
will know what I mean. He represents sheer joy in the moment.
– 75 years is a long time to be a cultural icon. His is the American dream and nightmare in
which an immigrant comes to America, succeeds dramatically but never really
Simpson – Has replaced Dagwood as the universal male idiot. He is the uneducated, everyman underclass
writ large. His moments of domestic
violence, child neglect, drunkenness and poor job performance make us laugh but
in real life they are society’s darkest side.
Maybe, as funny as Homer is, he makes us wonder why we laugh and what
exactly are we laughing at?
Boop – Simply libido in black and white.
What will be the classics in 50 years?
Whether it’s by how much they make you laugh
or think; let us know.