It seems as though no matter how old we get and no matter how many adult responsibilities we’re bombarded with, we never lose the love we have for our favorite cartoon characters. You may spend your week closing corporate deals and managing employees with an iron fist, but the minute you hear the Popeye or Pink Panther theme song, you’re like a kid again.
Somehow, all of the worries of the world slip away if only for a few brief moments while you watch Superman save the world from Lex Luthor or Jerry outwit Tom for the thousandth time. You’re not concerned with money or stress, work or home when you’re basking in the magical nostalgia of your favorite childhood cartoon.
The lively orchestrated music, the brilliant colors, and the hilarious antics draw us in like a moth to a flame. We delight in knowing that no matter how many times Wile E. Coyote blows himself up with some monstrous contraption he’s purchased from Acme, he’ll be as good as new in the next scene. And no matter how many times Gargamel tries, he’ll never be able to capture the Smurfs. There’s just something about the predictability of our favorite animated programs that offers a safety net for us when life gets to be a little too real for our liking.
So take the time to animate your world and let your favorite cartoon character whisk you away to a simpler time. Or, if you’re really inspired, throw a cartoon costume party for your friends and colleagues. They’re sure to enjoy the brief escape from the real world just as much as you will.