It’s funny how cartoons are now more intellectual than the average TV shows on prime time. It’s interesting, because I say the same thing about a lot of children’s books that are loaded with knowledge. This is quite evident when reviewing the works of Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss at a much older age. The sad reality is that the dumbing down of adults and our culture as a whole is real, and it doesn’t have an onset at an early age and cartoons, but rather from the rest of the garbage that’s shoved in front of our faces every night on the TV screen.
This led me to wonder: Should I be watching more cartoons. So, for the better part of a year, I’ve been watching shows like Rick & Morty and Adventure Time to see if there was truth to the idea that these cartoons were more intellectually stimulating than any of the shows on the major networks. I had no idea just how deep these shows were. This was especially true in the case of Adventure Time.
Sure, there are plenty of juvenile moments where fart jokes and phallic references are numerous, but that’s something that should be humorous in the first place. It’s a well known fact that humor actually helps to boost the effects of retention of a concept, and I think I can ascertain that that’s the case with Adventure Time. Oh, and the cases of this are aplenty. Here’s a clip that I think is particularly fascinating.
In case you didn’t know the story behind this particular scene, it’s probably one of the saddest stories in all of the show. Essentially, the Ice King is suffering from the effects of his crown, which some could very easily compare to Alzheimer’s Disease. He’s lost his memory and doesn’t remember the special bond that he shares with Marceline based on their struggles together. This particular scene hit home with many of the adults in the community of fans due to just how real the struggle seems to be for Marceline in accepting the sad truth that the Ice King (Simon) really doesn’t remember anything.
But that’s just scraping the surface, really. There’s a lot of hinting at existentialism, the complexities of relationships, and ultimately the sad realities of life that we all have to face. Sure, there’s a little bit of weird stuff from time to time that’s just plain trippy (such as episodes in the Nightosphere), but really a lot of the stuff that happens in the show compares to scenarios that happen in the real world, and we dig that the creators have such brilliant minds to be able to be humorous and present real world problems to the viewers in such a robust world. Really, I think we could all learn a bit from going back to being a kid and watching cartoons from time to time. With every episode on Hulu, you should probably get on watching this one. You’ll be glad you did.