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TV’s 3 Most Admirable Post-Modern Cartoon Characters

These animated "stars" are better role models than many real-life humans.

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Kathy Shaidle

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August 9, 2014 - 6:45 am
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In my previous post, I noted that I grew up getting my ideas about marriage from The Flintstones.

Hint: This was not a good thing.

However, cartoons have evolved almost beyond recognition since I sat cross-legged in front of the TV every lunchtime, more or less surgically attached to “The Uncle Bobby Show.”

That makes animation an outlier, since pretty much every other entertainment genre – especially movies and music – has been in arrested development since the late 1980s.

Of course, both classical and computer animation have advanced artistically, thanks to advances in technology.

But story quality has become more sophisticated, too.

Characters – and, dare I say it, messages – are often more realistic yet more idealistic at the same time.

That is:

Some post-modern cartoon characters are even pretty good role models.

(At least, better than Wilma and Betty scheming to get their husbands to buy them mink coats, or Fred and Barney trying to keep track of the fibs they’ve told their wives.)

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Kyle Broflovski's rather interesting as a comic foil to Eric Cartman: Eric Cartman is anti-Semitic and Kyle is stereotypically Jewish to the point of self-parody, yet it's Cartman who displays all the worst traits anti-Semites typically attribute to Jews (he's greedy, thoroughly unscrupulous, and manipulative) whereas Kyle is generally the agreeable and sensible one.

I think part of the point of having him on South Park is to point out that even if a lot of the stereotypes about Jews were true, you'd have to ask what difference that really makes. For instance: at one point it turns out (when Eric Cartman robs him at gunpoint) Kyle really *does* carry a bag of gold around his neck; and a decoy bag that Eric somehow also anticipates. All right, so the stereotype about Jews each having a bag of gold around their necks is true, at least so far as Kyle is concerned. So, anti-Semites, your point is...?

Of course, I don't think anything Kyle has done will ever top the hilarity of his performance in the 9/11 conspiracy theory episode "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce" with him tilting his head in disbelief every time someone says or does something thoroughly ridiculous and saying "Really!?"
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Agree with them all!

Shame it's now Seth MacFarlane that dominates things.



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I'd say the Simpsons are the most conservative family on TV. They've been married for 25+ years, they have 3 kids, they go to church every week, Homer brings home the bacon and Marge cooks it. Very traditional, middle-class family lol.
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Kyle Broflovski's rather interesting as a comic foil to Eric Cartman: Eric Cartman is anti-Semitic and Kyle is stereotypically Jewish to the point of self-parody, yet it's Cartman who displays all the worst traits anti-Semites typically attribute to Jews (he's greedy, thoroughly unscrupulous, and manipulative) whereas Kyle is generally the agreeable and sensible one.

I think part of the point of having him on South Park is to point out that even if a lot of the stereotypes about Jews were true, you'd have to ask what difference that really makes. For instance: at one point it turns out (when Eric Cartman robs him at gunpoint) Kyle really *does* carry a bag of gold around his neck; and a decoy bag that Eric somehow also anticipates. All right, so the stereotype about Jews each having a bag of gold around their necks is true, at least so far as Kyle is concerned. So, anti-Semites, your point is...?

Of course, I don't think anything Kyle has done will ever top the hilarity of his performance in the 9/11 conspiracy theory episode "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce" with him tilting his head in disbelief every time someone says or does something thoroughly ridiculous and saying "Really!?"
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good episode.
clue goo :)
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Agree with them all!

Shame it's now Seth MacFarlane that dominates things.



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