Childhood cartoons offer a tinge of nostalgia to adults. There are some childhood cartoons that grownups remember fondly forever, and some they may now be embarrassed to have loved. Yet the animated shows of the ’90s, ’80s and ’70s are a symbol of times gone by for many young, middle-aged and old adults. This week, many of them are reliving those memories on Facebook, as part of a big new campaign. As they replace their Facebook profile pictures with animated ones, several childhood cartoons are getting a particularly big boost.
These days, the likes of SpongeBob Squarepants and Dora the Explorer are favorite animated shows for kids. For older viewers, they may gravitate toward The Simpsons, Family Guy, South Park and other less childish programs.
But beforehand, these viewers had childhood cartoon favorites like Rugrats, Muppet Babies, Strawberry Shortcake, Bobby’s World and many more. Over the last several days, those shows have led the charge as new profile photos on Facebook.
Countless users are replacing their own pictures with those of their old animated favorites in a campaign scheduled to last until Monday. Part of this is for nostalgia, and part of it is also to promote the fight against child abuse and violence. If users relive their own pure childhood memories, they are spreading hope that today’s kids will have a pure youth as well.
To many grownups, their childhood cartoons are a symbol of their happy youth, or how TV offered them an escape. Judging by the shows that are making it big on Facebook, they got most of their escape from Nickelodeon and Disney,
Although Nickelodeon is dominated by SpongeBob and iCarly now, the likes of Rugrats, Doug, Hey Arnold and Aahh Real Monsters made up their ’90s lineup. Therefore, the younger adults are trending toward those loved characters as their Facebook profile favorites. As for Disney fans, they are remembering their old movie characters, and those from TV hits like Recess.
For those who watched other networks as a kid, they remember the likes of Bobby’s World, Strawbery Shortcake,the Transformers and Thundercats, the Smurfs, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Some may have memories far beyond that, to the days of Scooby Doo and the Looney Tunes.
Although childhood cartoons were meant to entertain kids, they have maintained their hold well into adulthood. Those on Facebook are proving it and then some, as they will continue to look like their old favorites until Monday. However, their love of old animated shows will clearly persist, even after their Facebook profiles look human again.
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