I remember when I was young, very young; deep inside of me I dream I could experience what it would be like to live a cartoon character. I would often dream of all the great benefits of being a living cartoon: being able to live forever, take wacky shots, running super fast, flying, being funny, or just plain dating cartoon chicks (Jessica Rabbit anyone?). 4anime
What would it be like? Which cartoon universe would I live in? Who would I be? Occasionally, I would pretend to be one of the cartoon characters that I imagine or see on TV. Even today, I sometime get a bit imaginative and goofy, although, I don’t think as myself as a cartoon or wish to be one. However, I still have a part of me that enjoys watching cartoons.
One classical moment I can remember was the first time I watched Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). At this time I was around the age of six, a kid who pretty much believed that if it was on TV then it had to be true right?
When I first saw Roger Rabbit, I was thrilled and thought “Hey, look! There is a Toontown in real life!” I obviously, being a kid I was, asked my parents if they can take me to Toontown. But of course, I was greeted with disappointment and received, “Son, don’t believe everything you see on TV” lecture.
But I guess it was pretty tough for me as a six year old kid to grasp the idea that not everything on TV is true. But as a kid I could always dream right? (Heck I still do now.) I mean I didn’t write those letters to Santa every year for nothing, at least I didn’t think I was, though, now looking back, there’s no question that I was. But that’s okay, thanks to my good friend Riley Freeman of the Boondocks, Santa has already paid what he owed.