( Stewie Griffin, Family Guy, Episode: unknown)
Would adult animated shows be so great if they weren’t animated? When I think of cartoons targeting an older audience I think of: Family Guy, The Boondocks, American Dad, South Park and many others. In these shows many of these characters are kids or young adults that take part in reckless behavior. To viewers, we find these behaviors comical but would Stewie Griffin still be funny and your favorite if his voice actually fit the character or if he wasn’t animated? Would Huey Freeman words of wisdom be so powerful if he wasn’t a twelve year old African American Cartoon? The list of animated characters whose personas or roles which do not fit their stereotypical roles could go on for quite some time. I am really curious if it would make a difference to the viewers. What if the role of Stewie Griffin was played by a grown little person acting as the baby in the family would that work? Does the animation and perceived innocence of these characters make it okay to make such comments?
Would Society have a problem if the content covered on these animated television shows were covered in a different way? For example, would society have a problem if someone on T.V. besides a twelve year old animated character talked about how he felt the birth of Jesus is an inaccurate story? Would there be a problem if Will Smith for example said such a thing on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? I think a critical part of animated TV is to be controversial. The real question is, is the controversial approach successful? I came across an article that talks about how animated comedies can change your opinion. These shows never talk about just normal topics they bring up the topics that people avoid and conversation and present them in a way that’s mind boggling. I’m interested to see how the political controversy will be implemented into these shows with a new President and new bans that are happening.