Today has been one of those days – those days where I feel like I have so much to do that I begin feeling overwhelmed and end up doing nothing. That “nothing” is usually The Sims, and that’s exactly how I spent the day. I figured it would be fun to try the science career track for the first time. It was.
I didn’t think I’d feel this frazzled after the first full week of school. I thought it might take a month for the stress to really set in. But nope. I’m already regretting taking so many AP classes, although I have no idea what I would have taken in their place. Overachieving is in my blood, and for whatever reason, it’s biting back harder this year.
Since I tired and need to work on an essay but don’t want this blog to be a complete throwaway, I present to you…Hummus.
The clip is a little old, but hummus will never be bland chickpea mash for me again because I automatically sing this in its presence.
After much soul-searching, I’ve decided my inner being is that of a fifteen-year-old boy. If I were to make a list of my favorite things, things that blow up, sexy women with superpowers, and video games would be towards the top. But none of those things even come close to the holder of the very top spot – cartoons.
When I was a little scamp, I adored cartoons. What kid doesn’t? But even as a grew older and my peers moved on to MTV and other trash television, I wouldn’t let go of my cartoons. Of course, I began appreciating them for different reasons. I started focusing more on the style of the art, the maturity and meaning of certain jokes, and the voice acting. Too many people disregard cartoons as just kids’ shows.
One of my absolute favorites when I was young was Courage the Cowardly Dog. I’d force my grandma to watch it with me every morning, 9:00 AM. She always reminded me that she hated it, but I never understood why. Looking back, I know exactly why. That show is disturbing (in a good way, of course). I think she feared for my sanity. My family knew I was turning into a nut at that young age, yet they did nothing to stop it. They’re marvelous people.
I got out of school early yesterday, so I was able to catch the back-to-back episodes of Courage at 2:00 PM. This particular episode reminded me of why I loved that show so much.
I know most of you don’t have eleven minutes to spare on this, but you should make time if you get the chance. The same story has been told a million different times in a million different ways, yes. This particular version, however, had a profound effect on me. The music is emotional, the hunchback is somehow repulsive yet adorable at the same time, and the mostly nonverbal relationship between Courage and the creature is incredibly touching. Animation is truly one of the greatest forms of art because it encompasses so many other forms into one.
I could write a book on my love of cartoons. I want to write so much more about my current obsession with Regular Show and the lasting power of Spongebob Squarepants. But I’ll spare you all. For now.
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