It started with this post on my weblog, in which I gave some very sour birthday greetings to Donald Duck. The comments evolved into a Warner Brothers/Disney cartoon debate, so I decided to bring that debate to the front page, which only made the debate more convulted by bringing Hanna Barbera, MGM, Nickelodeon and others into the fray. So I took it upon myself to open the debate to include all cartoons, which is resulting in a rather long series on the topic. This is the first of many.
Perhaps this is the wrong way to go about things, but it's my blog and my chosen topic at hand, so I'll make up the rules.
In the great debate over the best cartoons - which started out as a WB/Disney debate but now includes all the HB stuff as well as some other viewer chosen cartoons - here is how I decide which reigns supreme: How have said cartoons impacted my life in terms of pop culture references?
Silly? Yes. But we are talking cartoons here.
When I say references, I take into account the following:
* Have I ever dressed up as one of the characters for Halloween?
* Did I ever have any household accessories (bed sheets, etc.) with their likeness?
* How many times have I quoted any of the characters?
* If any of the characters break out into song, can I recite those songs from heart?
* How many of the theme songs can I sing?
* How many times in my life have I referenced the cartoons when talking about a completely different subject or used any of the cartoons to make a point in a discussion?
* How much of their "stuff" do I own?
* How many childhood-young adulthood memories involve any of the characters?
* How many episodes of a show can I recite nearly word for word?
There's more, but that should suffice for now.
After careful review of the criteria, it seems that Disney cartoons (remember kids, we are talking about television cartoons and not the Disney movies) had very little impact upon my career as a pop culture referencer. Yes, that's a word and a career. Just made it up, but that does not make it any less real.
It wasn't until the later Disney stuff, after I had children of my own, that had any kind of impact on my daily living and that's only because I now like to walk around saying Let's Get Dangerous! at random times. Darkwing also had a slew of opening lines he used when he appeared in a puff of smoke to save the day, such as I am the surprise in your cereal box! I like to use these sayings at times, though not as randomly, as there is a place and time for each of these quotes.