FYMP Podcast #19 – The Last Airbender and the Multiple Dimensions of Cartoons

In this episode we talk about Avatar: The Last Airbender and other non-anime cartoons that were MUCH more than just children’s shows. We discuss cartoon series’ that transcend their genre and have something to offer to both kids and adults, and draw contrasts with those that don’t. The discussion, as always, gets into the essential elements of storytelling and the meaning behind the characters we know and love.

Timestamp Recap
(05:15) Topic intro: JUST a cartoon??
(07:52) Avatar: The Last Airbender
(19:15) The descent into order
(24:37) Daniel Tiger tangent
(26:11) Craig of the Creek
(30:17) The Legend of Korra
(38:35) The “golden Age”of cartoons: 80s & 90s
(39:51) Gargoyles
(42:18) Immy Interlude
(42:30) X-Men: The Animated Series
(43:34) Voltron: Legendary Defender
(45:05) The parental control factor
(47:25) Tron: Uprising and the world of Tron
(57:45) Adventure Time
(1:00:27) The moral code of cartoons

Stories Discussed
TV – Avatar: The Last Airbender, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Craig of the Creek, The Legend of Korra, Gargoyles, X-Men: The Animated Series, Tron: Uprising, ReBoot, Adventure Time

Dis/Honorable Mention
Movies – Avatar, The Last Airbender, Valkyrie, Tron, Tron: Legacy
Creators – Joaquim Dos Santos, Jordan Peele, Jeff Bridges
TV – Archer, Duck Tales, Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers, TaleSpin, Captain N: The Game Master, The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman: The Animated Series, Paw Patrol, Glimmer and Shine, Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Utopia, Beast Wars: Transformers, M.A.S.K, Transformers, Jem and the Holograms, Thundercats, Rick and Morty
Anime – Boruto

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