The Power of Cartoons

December 7, 2012

mcgruder_aaron_boondockA lot of us enjoy animation and comics purely for their entertainment value, but sometimes they can also provide different viewpoints that make us pause and think. Just look at TV shows and comic strips like Family Guy and The Boondocks : often times in the midst of the comedy and satire is social commentary on current events.  As mentioned in an earlier post, Shad’s background provides Legends Animated with a great opportunity to do something similar: though of course it will be subtle since Detecter Pig  is essentially a superhero motion comic. In this video from TED.com, Patrick Chappatte offers interesting ideas on handling comedy and social commentary in comic strip cartoons, which can translate into the world of animation as well: “cartoons can cross boundaries…and humor is a good way to address serious issues”