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'Where are they now?' cartoon
Animated characters fall on hard times in moving short film by Steve Cutts.
Image: via Steve Cutts/Vimeo

Remember Jessica Rabbit? How about Charlie Brown and Skeletor? A dark, yet hilarious, new short film depicts these animated classics as they are now, and they’ve all fallen on hard times, according to Vimeo.

Most have them have found it hard to forge a life-long career as themselves, and have been forced to take on thankless jobs in order to survive.

There’s Donald Duck cleaning the streets and Dastardly the cartoon villain is running a burger stand. Dennis the Menace is rolling in the gutter with a bottle and Pikachu is working in a call centre.

A notable exception is He-Man, who has become a wealthy lingerie designer.

Take a look, but not if you value the innocence of childhood:

Where are they now? A short film via Steve Cutts/Vimeo

Where Are They Now? from Steve Cutts on Vimeo.

Every generation has it’s favourite cartoon characters. Just listening to a few bars of a theme tune can take you right back to being a child, lost in an imaginary world. When you’re small, you don’t always grasp the realities of life; that one day you will have to make a living for yourself and possibly children of your own.

The video, in my opinion, feeds into the fantasy that children are being encouraged to believe: that every child has the innate power and ability to be anyone or anything they choose. Parents should encourage their kids to achieve their goals, but lying to them with the suggestion that everyone can become famous and wealthy is not preparing kids for the reality that even talented people work hard, sometimes with little fruit to show for it.

There are also famous and wealthy people whose private lives have been miserable as a result of their fame, so this video touches on that, too. A quick search of many of your favourite movie and TV actors from the 80s or 90s will tell you some of their horror stories of addiction and descent into lives of petty crime.

Reality checks rather than blank cheques

It’s a good thing to respect people who fulfill everyday roles in society. Municipal workers, waiters, shop tellers and other hard-working individuals keep society going. Even if you have the highest hopes and expectations for your kids, teaching them to respect these people rather than show contempt is a valuable lesson.

You can raise a child to be rich and famous (or at least to aim for that), but teaching a child kindness to others and empathy for all people regardless of their background or current lifestyle is something which will give them a richer experience.

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