Expert Zone: Cartoon Influence

Expert Zone: Cartoon Influence

Well it’s another week of the Expert Zone. And I am really happy about the response I’m getting so far! I’m also happy some others will be getting a chance to have their own articles as well. I think it’s good that the admin finally cleared up everything and hopefully maybe now we can all be happy and get along.

Challenge to BankGambling Members

A lot of people have been commenting on BankGambling for a while now but I notice a lot of people don’t even have their own avatar! What the hell? You call yourself true dedicated people to this site? And don’t even have an avatar to differentiate you’re self from everyone else? I’m sick and tired of seeing those stupid faces on everyone’s comments. I mean if you can’t even make an avatar for yourself how in the hell are you going to write a column every week and give a photo for it? So I challenge everyone on this site to put some effort into his or her lives and make one ASAP…
Here’s the link:

Did you click it and get one or did you keep reading? Go BACK AND CLICK IT NOW!
Make one! If I see another stupid face that is ridiculous I’ll be pissed off completely so go do it now!!!!! Oh and try to be original for once in your life.

This week’s article below was created based off of feedback I’ve gotten so far. I feel like it is a really important subject matter for the people here at BankGambling based on what I’ve been reading. So Enjoy!

“Why Rainbow Brite is more of a positive influence than the Care Bears for younger audiences”

The year was 1981; typical weekday morning and you were watching your favorite cartoons. But were you being influenced in a positive or negative manner? And how is that affecting you today? Looking at who we are today it’s almost hard to believe that the cartoons we watched as young children don’t have some type of influence on who we are as adults.

Based on this I’ve decided to look at two of the main cartoons the BankGambling audience was probably watching as they have grew up into adulthood. The first of which is the Care Bears. These cute little cuddly Bears with their attractive logo enhanced stomachs brought in millions of dollars revenue over the years. But were they influencing you in a bad manner? Did they make you think it was cool to have tattoos on your chest?

These are just a few questions you should be asking yourself about the Care Bears from when you were watching them. You may want to think about your life in general and how this changed you while you were growing up. Think about some of the Care Bears names on the show… Bedtime Bear? Love-A-Lot Bear? Share Bear? Surprise Bear?

I mean what were those names saying to kids at such a young age? Think about that for just a few minutes. When you are young you are like a sponge that sucks everything into your mind.

Why did these Bears have names like this? I believe there was a hidden meaning behind each of the Care Bears names, which no one was aware of and affected you as a young child. I believe this is something that needs further discussed on this website. I believe that people who were more tuned to watch Rainbow Brite were better influenced during this time in their lives.

Rainbow Brite’s characters were named after colors with no hidden meaning or agenda. Yes both shows liked everything happy in the end. But was less focused on trying to fool your mind into believing things that you shouldn’t even know about as a young child. By talking to many people on this site I believe they were highly influenced by this and you know who you are. And all I can say is you may need to seek help in your lives. That’s why I’d like to open up this discussion to talk about this and how these cartoons affected each and every one of you.

So in conclusion to all of this I’d like to know how many of you watched either the Care Bears or Rainbow Brite as kids? We may be able to reverse the affects now and help you now today right here on BankGambling. It’s not good when someone has to live with a problem like this in thier lives without even knowing about it.



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35 Comments on "Expert Zone: Cartoon Influence"

  1. Space marine April 27, 2009 at 2:57 am -      #1

    Here is something for Starwars fans, A Death star hotel. And…..Mlah.

  2. Space marine April 27, 2009 at 3:01 am -      #2

    “Why Rainbow Brite is more of a positive influence than the Care Bears for younger audiences”

    Oh jesus what next…

  3. Only the Nose Knows April 27, 2009 at 3:42 am -      #3

    You know, you do a pretty damn good job when your not being a total douche. As for me, I just grew up watching Batman. Good times :)

  4. L-W April 27, 2009 at 4:04 am -      #4

    This belongs under the “Do cereal plugging cartoons/video games/violent movies condition a child?” category.

    The answer. No, no they don’t.

    Whilst overt examples of extreme propaganda efforts have had a distinctly noticeable effect in child developmental behavior, this is usually always a result of total environmental conditioning; such as school curriculum, peer groups, the media as a whole (Radio, newspapers, television, advertising etc) and parenting, not just a single stimuli. Look at the 1971 Stanford prison experiment, or the 1967 Third Wave movement to understand how near total immersion can have drastically more of an effect than a minor stimulus.

    Therefore one half hour show viewed once a week (Or each day of the week) is not going to prove to be significant unless the environment also reinforces the content of the programming in question.

    What most of those reactionary idiots have yet to understand is that Children have an astoundingly well developed sense of altruism, and will not turn into a sociopath or a militant purveyor of morality just because some coloured Bears told them to do so.

    – – –

    As for what I watched? Neither, I actually have a pair of testicles, thus my choices were reflected in violent extraterrestrial robots, cyborgs and anything with a PG-13 dose of testosterone.

  5. AlphaCommando April 27, 2009 at 4:28 am -      #5

    I never watched cartoons…I had extremely strict regimens regarding materials I was exposed to, the only TV I ever watched was discover, history, etc. Trust me, not as bad as it sounds.

    My inexperience with these cartoons aside; older cartoons where practically 100% harmless. Nothing on Care Bears could possibly be misconstrued as negatively impacting except through the most over-the-top over analysis possible. Then again you never actually made any points as to how it could be negative; you just stated that it might be.

    Course I never actually saw the shows so…

  6. Thepocalypse April 27, 2009 at 4:42 am -      #6

    Thanks for the reminder Rob, I’ve been meaning to import my profile pic from VGF onto here.

  7. Skrunks April 27, 2009 at 6:22 am -      #7

    Interesting. I always did enjoy watching Care Bears, lol. But what is Rainbow Brite? Never heard of it before. Either way, I can’t see any negative impact that Care Bears had. It’s been years since I watched the show, but looking back, it never provoked me to get a tatoo on my chest. I want mine on my shoulder :P

    And I happen like that little face thank you very much. Graphics design is cheescake, I could have whipped something up in a couple of minutes if I wanted too.

  8. Matapiojo April 27, 2009 at 8:59 am -      #8

    One, good job on expanding your themes.

    Two, I rather like my assigned Gravatar and will not be changing it any time soon.

    Three, I was aware of these cartoons as a kid, but strayed far from these. My choises for animation were always in the line of blowing shit up (G.I. Joe, Transformers, M.A.S.K., etc.) or pwning the oposition (He-man, G-Force, Silverhawks). The ones you denote are far beyond pansy, and I would have had nothing of it.

    That said, I rather like the Rainbow Brite you have presented here…

  9. L-W April 27, 2009 at 9:35 am -      #9

    The kids who watched Care Bear would most likely be beaten by other children to a chorus of “Gay! Queer! Fag!”, nothing like good old fashioned childhood bigotry is there?

    Nope, G.I. Joe, Power Rangers, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Thunder Cats were the cartoons for children with real testes.

  10. John Cougar Mellencamp April 27, 2009 at 9:39 am -      #10

    Since the article thing has been cleaned up we can ALL get along.
    Considering the fact that you just spent the first few paragraphs insulting me because I didn’t waste my time to look as gay as your little pixelated puppet picture there…

    By the way, fantastic article…
    I especially liked how you tailored it towards subject matter that no one here cares about in the slightest. Not to mention, that instead of providing some sort of useful outlook pertaining to the positive education levels of the two competing cartoons, you thought it would be (HILARIOUS) to spend the article talking about perverse innuendo’s (“Bedtime Bear? Love-A-Lot Bear? Share Bear? Surprise Bear?”) pertaining tot he Care Bear’s names. That is funny….really it is. Congrats on your fifth grade mentality….That will perhaps get you a little bit further than your second grade grammatical abilities.]

    Another smashing success from “expertLimp.”

  11. Cpt Olimar April 27, 2009 at 12:33 pm -      #11

    “Nope, G.I. Joe, Power Rangers, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Thunder Cats were the cartoons for children with real testes.”

    I remember thunder cats hahaha.

    lol that was a funny show. The only cartoon show I truly loved to watch was the *good* super mario bros shows, the ones title super mario bros 3 and super mario world. NOT SUPER MARIO SUPER SHOW that one sucked the big one. hehe…. yea I really like video games that much. I was never really into cartoons to be honest, it was more like being addicted when i watched them than actually enjoying them, if that makes any sense.

  12. kano547 April 27, 2009 at 12:55 pm -      #12

    “I mean if you can’t even make an avatar for yourself how in the hell are you going to write a column every week and give a photo for it” exactly why im not entering the contest yet until i can.

    i never watched carebears they were a little too acid tripy being colorful mini bears with mystical powers. and ive never heard of the other one.always watched power rangers.go go power raangeeeeeerrrrsss

  13. Spellca April 27, 2009 at 3:46 pm -      #13

    Honestly, I see no hidden messages or influences in old fashion saturday morning cartoons. I respect your opinions but honestly it has no bases at all. No child will put two and two together about “Bedtime Bear” and why his/her parent’s sleep together. I just think that your analysis was somewhat flawed thinking Care Bears and Rainbow Brite had a negative affect on children…if anything it got them off their parent’s back for an hour or two watching Blue’s Clues, Doug and Pokemon. They all just come back to the fact that those shows might have come values that can be instilled within children like friendship, sharing, etc. but I really doubt any child will be recounting an episode of “Care Bears” at the psycholigist or at marriage councilling in twenty years.

    Secondly…I like this randomly closen smiely face icon. I am not accepting your challenge.

  14. Skrunks April 27, 2009 at 4:15 pm -      #14

    Did anybody ever watch that old Mighty Ducks cartoon? That kicked ass. But nothing can compare to the awesome of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The original cartoon kicked serious ass.

  15. Space marine April 27, 2009 at 4:18 pm -      #15

    That said, I rather like the Rainbow Brite you have presented here…

    MATAPIOJO! You has wife!

  16. The One Sin April 27, 2009 at 4:39 pm -      #16

    My babysitter was toonami. Ohhhh yeah, good times.
    The Big O
    Dragonball z
    so on and so forth
    I remember the day toonami went on it’s downward spiral, it was the first time they aired sailor moon. Ugh. I performed the best facepalm a nine year old could do that.

    I loved Ed, Edd, n’ Eddy too.

    I actually have been reliving my childhood and downloading old toonami shows at

  17. kano547 April 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm -      #17

    “nothing can compare to the awesome of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The original cartoon kicked serious ass.”
    i agree with that 100% and the movies did too that new show however tmnt fast forward is just drivel.never watched mighty ducks but i aways watched the one where the old duck would belly flop into a giant tower full of gold coins and swim around.i dont believe cartoons can have a negitive effect on childrens becuase what normal child is paying attention to the character and not the flashing lights.i do believe that prime time reality shows can have a negitive impact on all people see suicide

  18. Baron Somebody April 27, 2009 at 5:58 pm -      #18

    Lets see…for me, I grew up around Medievil, Courage the Cowardly Dog, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones…that says a lot lol

  19. kano547 April 27, 2009 at 9:30 pm -      #19

    hey dont knoock sailor moon its pretty good if you turn the volume off

  20. Cpt Olimar April 27, 2009 at 10:37 pm -      #20

    The nightmare before christmas was really good if i remember it correctly.

  21. Skrunks April 28, 2009 at 12:30 am -      #21

    Never watched the Nightmare befor Christmas. My parents were too puritanical for that. Heck, I wasn’t even alowed to watch the old Spidey Cartoon until later on in life.

    But you know what was the most amazing cartoon ever that I still get a kick out of watching? Batman.

    Not that lame as rehash they have now or that crossover/superman series with Nightwing and everything, I mean the original from the 90s. That was one of the most amazing animated TV shows ever.

  22. Baron Somebody April 28, 2009 at 8:44 am -      #22

    Did anyone watch Courage the Cowardly Dog? Or Rocko’s Modern Life? Or the original Rugrats that didn’t suck ass through a straw?

  23. kano547 April 28, 2009 at 12:46 pm -      #23

    yea that new rugrats all grown up is pretty bad theyre not even rugrats anymore theyre teens.and on the subject of bad cartoons anybody remember as told by ginger?thats got to be pretty dang high up on the list

  24. Only the Nose Knows April 28, 2009 at 7:17 pm -      #24

    A cartoon of Legendary proportions, Invader Zim. My favorite show of all time.

  25. Marche April 28, 2009 at 7:31 pm -      #25

    “A cartoon of Legendary proportions, Invader Zim.”

  26. Who? April 28, 2009 at 9:06 pm -      #26

    “But you know what was the most amazing cartoon ever that I still get a kick out of watching? Batman.”

    That cartoon was badass beyond all comprehension.

    Not to say Courage and Rocko’s Modern Life weren’t. But you know who beats them all? Darkwing Duck! That show rocked man…

  27. Matapiojo April 29, 2009 at 6:39 am -      #27

    “MATAPIOJO! You has wife!”

    ssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, dey iz listingsss

  28. Rob (Expertimp) April 29, 2009 at 10:49 am -      #28

    wow he has a wife? I’m surprised he has enough time to gain that many stars on this blog then LOL

  29. Matapiojo April 29, 2009 at 12:43 pm -      #29

    Being stuck in a job I don’t care for helps there…

  30. Thepocalypse April 30, 2009 at 4:41 am -      #30

    Hey guys, when we get done gossiping about Mata :P, there’s a new article from me right here: READ IT.

  31. Albert Wikowonkavitz April 30, 2009 at 8:49 am -      #31

    I think I’d have to say I hated these shows when I was a kid, and Ninja Turtles only really made me like girls with reddish-brownish hair and pizza, I’m not going around kicked brains in jars. Batman thankfully didn’t make me psycho. Yes, that show was awesome.

  32. Matapiojo April 30, 2009 at 10:52 am -      #32

    “Hey guys, when we get done gossiping about Mata :P”

    FactPile’s Gossip Gi……

    …….waaaaaiiiiit a minute!

  33. Baron Somebody April 30, 2009 at 2:20 pm -      #33

    I forgot Batman was a big part of my childhood as well…I think the combined efforts of Batman, Courage and TNBC made me the sadistic little f@cker I am today…plus you can’t forget Medievil

  34. Space marine May 2, 2009 at 10:10 pm -      #34

    “plus you can’t forget Medievil”

    Majora’s mask ‘Nuff said.

    …I want that game…Ima buy it on Ebay then.

  35. JMT May 19, 2010 at 7:24 pm -      #35

    Rugrats, best nick show ever made.

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