History Of Some Of The Great Cartoon Characters

Most people have grown up watching cartoons. For many of us, it would be something to do early on a Saturday morning watching various cartoons such as Tom and Jerry, Woody Woodpecker, Bugs Bunny G.I. Joe, Transformers, any of the Disney characters or in the modern day Dora the Explorer, Pokemon, Sonic, Jake and the Pirates and more. These cartoons over the last few decades are something that most of us remember from our childhood. There is a history to these great cartoon characters that many people are unaware of. What is the history of cartoons? Animated cartoons have their history from comic strips like you would find in the daily newspaper. For many years this is how people related to these cartoon characters because no one had television and they had not been animated yet.

Soon after whenever movie theaters became popular, most people started watching these cartoon characters in motion pictures. Most of the time people wouldn't go to the movies to watch a cartoon movie. Most of these were 2-5 minute shorts that were played before, after, and in between movies. Many of these were Disney or Warner Brothers characters. This is where many people in the 1930's through the 1960's would have been introduced to cartoons.

Famous Cartoon Characters Then and Now

In the 1960's and beyond, people started getting television sets at home. This made it much easier to make cartoons for a broad audience. Networks began to think of cartoon series for actual television shows. Many shows were made such as the Jetsons, Flinstones, Scooby Doo and others that seemed fairly similar to filmed shows with a bit more humor. Many of these were shown on Saturday mornings as well as at other times during the week where kids would be able to watch.

At the same time, films were being made. Disney tended to make the most films that remain even until this day as classic works. They didn't focus as much on television shows until later. In the 1980's, Saturday morning cartoons were more popular than ever with a wide variety of modern shows written for boys and girls along with a number of the classics playing as well. In the 1990's, computer technology was developed to give animated a realistic look.

The prime example of this is Toy Story that came out in 1995. These types of movies have been made by not only Pixar but a number of other studios. During this time, entire networks such as Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network devoted much of their air time to showing cartoons, animated movies, and more for kids to be able to watch. Today's kids enjoy shows that look like traditional cartoons or are computer generated. Disney and other companies make hundreds of shows per year that are on television, Netflix, and other forms of media for kids to watch. This is a brief history of some of the great cartoon characters to understand the development of something that almost everyone has watched and appreciated.