Many of The 7D staff along with selected voice artists worked with Steven Spielberg on a then-new series which, on September 13, 1993, debuted on Fox Kids in the U.S., later moved to Kids’ WB, and had lasted five seasons and a movie! Happy anniversary to the Animaniacs!
Today is the 20th anniversary of the premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on the WB. I was eleven years old, one week from turning twelve, when Buffy premiered. Since its debut, there hasn’t been a television show or movie that has affected me the way Buffy did.
It was the first show I discovered on my own. Around that age and especially in high school, if my friends liked something I always felt that I should too. But it didn’t always work out that way. But I loved Buffy, though it took awhile for it to really appeal to me. And I eventually found friends who loved talking about it as much as I did.
I believe Buffy was responsible for my interest in television and film. I loved talking about episodes so much, I actually wanted to include them in school essays. As a matter of fact, I included references to Buffy and Faith in a college essay about heroes. So, you can say, Buffy the Vampire Slayer put me on the path towards writing about my passions and writing as my passion. I eventually wanted to create my own stories and build my own worlds. I spent years imagining myself as a part of Sunnydale, a friend to the Slayer with unique abilities of my own. If I couldn’t deal with reality, I had Sunnydale High School and the Bronze as my escapes. It wasn’t an ideal world but unlike what I faced as a teenager, the monsters of Buffy’s world were things I could face and possibly defeat.
I know it would be a better idea to stay out of the fandom since obviously this show is aimed at kids, and I’m definitely not the target audience, but…
There’s a part of the fan base that really bugs me.
And it’s the one that, for the last few episodes, was afraid that Chat Noir was getting shoved aside in favor of Ladybug for the hero spotlight. The ones that demanded/are demanding that he get put right beside her for “equal time” to be recognized as part of the team, or even given his own episode or something so he can defeat an akuma on his own. And I know I should just ignore them and watch the show and just enjoy it as it is, but…
It’s really hard not to take it personally.
For this to make sense, you have to understand I come from a different generation. I come from the generation that was first introduced to pokemon on the WB almost twenty years ago. I come from the generation that first saw Cardcaptor Sakura on the eighth episode, because the American based studios were actually targeting the young male audience, so discarded Sakura’s story, and her name in the title, so they could start with Lee as the ‘relatable’ character for the boys.
I’m from the generation whose ONLY fully embraced “girl anime” was Sailor Moon, and whose American female heroes (besides the awesome Powerpuff Girls) were Totally Spies and Kim Possible (influenced by anime anyway). The first was about rich girlfriends from Beverly Hills whose leader was a ditzy blond obsessed with fashion, and the latter about a popular cheerleader saving the world.
I’m from the generation who fell in love with Teen Titans, a ridiculously popular show that had a bunch of teenage kids running around and saving the world while dealing with things from racism and isolation, to horror and tragedy, get canceled because it had a huge female audience base, only to come back as that ridiculous mini-episodic series Teen Titans Go.
I’m from the generation where My Little Pony, a show literally created for little girls, unexpectedly found an audience with older males and no one did a damn thing even with the blatant emergence of pony porn.
I’m from the generation who fell in love with Avatar: The Last Airbender and the badass ladies of it, only to have the succeeding female and woc Avatar with a wonderfully rich and dramatic story line get shafted by Nickelodeon on multiple accounts and get replaced by the trash that is Sponge Bob.
And I’m part of the generation that is still systematically shoving female characters aside for the sake of male slash fanfiction and fanart.
And for the first time in a very long time, I’m seeing a western AND eastern hero show that has a fun, quirky heroine that gets recognized for her abilities. She’s girly and loves rock and roll, she’s capable, and still has much to learn, she’s strong, and has a wonderfully supportive partner to help her get through the toughest battles.
But the show isn’t good enough because… the boy isn’t “equal” to her?
I can’t even believe what I’m hearing.
He’s already chastised her on multiple accounts. He does distractions, fights, sacrifices and assistance. So what if Ladybug usually has the final say? So what if she comes up with more ideas? So what if she gets more recognition from the public for being a hero?
He doesn’t have to be ‘in the spotlight’ to be a good character. For crying out loud people are still clamoring over Felix even though he’s not in the aired show.
Adrien is fine.
We love him. He’ll get his moments, his spotlight, his arc. He’ll always be a part of the team, and a part of the show. He’s still giving Marinette insight and lessons and the help she needs to carry on the fight. He’s never going to get “shoved aside” or “shoved out” of the show, even if, as shocking as it sounds, the show just might focus on Marinette a little more since, oh I dunno, girls just might be the target audience.
Which, tbh, I feel isn’t the case because the show feels like it’s targeting both boys and girls. What a concept.
Frankly, I love that the show has a girl as “the leading lady”, both as the story protagonist, and just as the hero. I love that Adrien is nice, and civil to Marinette even though he doesn’t like her romantically, and is all around a decent human being. I like that Chat loves his Lady and trusts her judgement and calls and abilities in fighting enough to lead, and gets on her case when she messes up, but never think any less of her because of it, or her gender. I like that this show normalizes a more capable girl and doesn’t call it into question or politicize it. It just is.
As a character, I’m actually more partial to Adrien. I’m a horrible sucker for characters from rough families and backgrounds that still do good in the world. I love his cheesy puns and the shoujo tropes he subverts (that he’s the attractive “cool” guy at school the girl likes, but is ALSO the goofy funny guy always after her that we know usually will never be the romantic interest). I want to see some resolution for his tragic family life, I want to see him have his affections requited, and I want to see him be happy and loved.
But I don’t ever want to see people put him on a pedestal just to be on ‘equal footing’ with Marinette. Because as much as I love him, his ‘time to shine’ should be if the show ever decides to focus on his personal life. Which, truth be told, I worry will never happen to my satisfaction since this is an episodic hero show where the focus is on adventure and beating the bad guys. I hope they do though. If nothing else, then at least have it happen in the second season.
I want this show to succeed so much that I watch the latest episodes on youtube, but am sure to record the ones airing here on TV so they can get their ratings.
So even though I shouldn’t, I can’t help but take these stupid arguments personally. Hearing people whine about Chat Noir getting shafted because people don’t think he gets enough screen time feels like a slap to the face.
I mean for Pete’s sake, can’t we have at least one show with a female lead without getting flack for it? Wasn’t Mad Max bad enough since it was an actual action movie? Why is it so terrible for a girl to have her own role/show and be bomb in it? Why can’t the guy be supportive and helpful and not thought less of for it? If Kim Possible was a show done today, would people complain about Ron Stoppable being, well, Ron Stoppable?
I just want a girl hero to be a girl hero and not have people complain about it. (Before anyone says anything: yes, arguing that the male lead should take the lead is complaining about the girl being the hero.) It’s petty, and stupid, but it actually ticks me off.
Honestly, I’m just eternally grateful to Thomas Astruc for coming up with the concept for this show in the first place. As much as that factor of the fan base irritates me, I love the dynamic between Ladybug and Chat Noir. I love the little story arcs with all the classmates and other side characters. I love the lessons being put into the show, especially through Marinette/Ladybug, and Adrien/Chat Noir and their behavior for younger children to look up to. I just want to enjoy the show for what it is, and being online and on tumblr just makes me wonder if the only way to do that is to stay off the internet altogether and avoid any and all discussion for it.
I just want people to be glad a show is getting popular for a female lead. A few years ago, it was very likely it wouldn’t even have been approved, much less gotten popular in three countries. It could have been cancelled, or Ladybug could have actually been shoved aside in favor of Chat Noir for the sake of “network ratings”.
Just take a minute and recognize the significance of this, before you try to complain about a show not being “equal” by your definition. You guys really have no idea how good you have it right now .
The world’s favorite rabbit turns 75 this month: July 27, 1940, saw the debut of the cotton-tailed character’s first cartoon short “Wild Hare,” directed by Tex Avery.
There won’t be much hoopla to celebrate, because Warner Bros. doesn’t observe the birthdays of animated characters. And there’s some logic to that, especially in Mr. Bunny’s case.
There had been earlier variations: A wisecracking rabbit, voiced by Mel Blanc, debuted in the 1938 “Porky’s Hare Hunt” but the speech patterns and look were very different. In the next few years, WB’s Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons featured other rabbits .
But the 1940 “Wild Hare” was the first one where Bugs looked like himself, sounded like himself and, significantly, it was the first time he uttered the immortal words “What’s up, Doc?”