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Although due to the advancement of technology, the explosion of animated productions has only been taking place for a few decades, cartoons have a long tradition, starting as early as the late 1920s. Over the years, certain producers have created a reputation for themselves and maintained it, such as the highly regarded Warner Bros or Walt Disney Productions. Animations have distinguished themselves from the beginning by the freedom to explore all dimensions of the fantasy world, a possibility not yet available to cinematography in the early days. Many cartoon heroes originally appeared in comic books, and some have been so prolific they were later the focus of multi-million-dollar films.

Cartoon characters are primarily meant to appeal to children and are often known to be inspirational, as well as entertaining. A special genre comprises superheroes, who possess mystical powers and use them towards the benefit of the whole world, among them Batman, Superman, Spiderman etc, some of which appear in purposely educational cartoons, such as Captain Planet, raising the issue of environmental preservation.

A very popular type of animated production uses not only one protagonist but at team, which makes the plot more intricate and the characters more interesting from a psychological point of view. Some of the most popular are the X Men, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Scooby Doo, the latter combining mystery solving adventures with a very pronounced sense of humour.

Walt Disney tend to base their productions on very well-loved children’s fairytales, such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, the protagonists being an example of multiple virtues and the antagonists the embodiment of evil, often with no moral or spiritual qualities at all. These characters are timeless and their featuring would ensure the success of any animation.

There are some cartoon characters with a lengthy history behind them, who have entertained several generations and will never become obsolete, such as Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry and Popeye, who are truly ineffable, and although they appear in episodes with a simple and similar plot and based on one recurring theme (such as the everlasting chase of Tom and Jerry), many decades of popularity have proved that the kind of humour they provide is unique and will always be sought after.

Of course, not all cartoons are solely aimed at children, as some contain adult humour and are based on witty banter, usually parodies of today’s society and its array of laughable shortcomings. An example would be Family Guy and also The Simpsons; whilst Family Guy is purely a satire and is known to be quite crude, The Simpsons contains elements which appeal to viewers of all ages. The characters of these hilarious series have almost become brands themselves and are regarded as representative for certain types of people in the contemporary western world.

Whatever the genre they belong to, cartoons have earned a unique place in entertainment and education, and they are not likely to ever be replaced. Cartoon characters, though not as palpable as real movie heroes, will always make the object of people’s fascination.

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