The Good Old Days

Is there anyone out there like me? I’m sure there’s not. I’m kind of unique. I mean, I know I have a doppelganger out there. I’ve met him. Looks just like me. It’s off-putting. But our personalities are extremely different.

In this instance, I’m wondering if anyone is like me in the sense that we all miss old school Disney cartoons. You know what I’m talking about, right? Old animated shorts starring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale. These were some of the cartoons I grew up on.

Donald DuckOf course, these were old school ‘toons even in the 80s. These were cartoons that were created throughout the 30s & 40s, maybe the 50s, too. They’re classics. And what do we get today? 3D computer animation. And they aren’t just fun anymore. No, they have to teach something.

During my North Carolina years, I spent plenty of time watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with Gabby. She was a toddler, so she pretty much got to watch whatever she wanted. MMC was not my first choice.

But I watched plenty of episodes. I didn’t exactly get invested in the storylines. I mostly just got annoyed. Mickey & Co. were all the time breaking the fourth wall. Why do creators constantly think this is okay? Dora the Explorer does it, too. I get that they want the kids watching to feel like they’re contributing to the adventure. But, really, they’re falsely teaching kids that the people in the TV can hear them. Believe me, that’s not the case.

I don’t know how many innocent girls I’ve tried to warn that the masked killer was right behind them. Those girls always end up dead. They can’t hear me at all. The fourth wall is there for a reason. Unless you’re Zack Morris or Ferris Bueller, do you really think you have the right to break it?

And here’s one of those classics. It was one of my favorites when I was a kid. “Who gets stuck with all the bad luck? No one, but Donald Duck!”

My favorite part is where Dale finds the needle in the haystack. He looks so proud of himself. This may be one of the only instances where Donald actually wears pants. Also, after watching it as an adult, I’ve come to realize that final scene is pretty racially insensitive. Ah… different time, 1952.

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