November 17, 2003
@ 04:30 AM

I just finished watching a TiVoed episode of Justice League where a character died in battle. The character had been a moderately recurring one who was given some depth in the preceding episode before being killed in the following one.  Coupled with Disney's Brother Bear in which  a major character that's just been introduced ends up dying and another whose significance we learn later dies as well it seems like death in children's cartoons is no longer taboo. 

I remember  watching cartoons like Voltron & Thunder Cats as a kid and thinking that the fact that the major characters were never at risk of death made rooting for the good guys or against the bad guys a waste of time. Of course, I was one of the kids who was deeply affected when Optimus Prime bought it in Transformers: The Movie. That death was a solitary event in the cartoon landscape which didn't lead to the start of a trend as I expected and itself was diluted by the fact that they kept bringing Optimus Prime back in one shape or form every other episode.

This trip down memory lane makes me feel nostalgia for old episodes of my favorite cartoons. Time to go bargain hunting on Amazon.




Monday, November 17, 2003 3:20:41 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Monday, November 17, 2003 4:00:01 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I never saw Bambi as a kid. Maybe I should.
Monday, November 17, 2003 11:07:19 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I picked up the Transformers movie on DVD a while back, and was stunned at how much emotional it was able to elicit from me. Sadness when optimus died, and pre-teeen schadenfreude when that annoying Star Scream finally got his comeuppance!
Wednesday, November 19, 2003 12:47:56 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I think that this is a good thing. I see this a lot in TV series and most movies, where the main character is never killed. Because if you kill Tom Cruise in the first 45 minutes into the movie, you don't have much of a movie. One film that I thought handled this well was 'To Live and Die in LA' where the main cop was killed quite suddenly and abruptly in a seedy locker room. I don't think that the rest of the movie suffered from his absence.
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