After years of watching anime with deep, philosophical undertones and buttloads of psychoanalysis with a little bit of "what's-wrong-with-today's-society" mixed in, I felt that maybe I should watch something that's a little more lighthearted and charming: a Charlie Brown special.
Unfortunately, watching all of that emotionally and spiritually scarring anime has enabled me to see things I would normally never see in something as seemingly simple as a Charlie Brown animated piece, so here are some keen observations I've made:
1. Children running around unsupervised: I can only remember a handful of shows, but do we ever really see Charlie Brown's parents? More importantly, why does it appear that the children are always amongst themselves and never around adults or "responsible" people? For instance, Charlie and company have Thanksgiving Dinner amonst themselves with food they prepared. A message about the declining role of parents in our society? Hmmm...
2. Every character has issues; REAL issues. Charlie as we already know, has a problem with self-confidence, but I think that's only the surface. He seems to be suffering from a lack of self-worth and it always feels like he's atoning for a sin he didn't commit. Then you have Lucy, who gets her giggles by always tricking the poor guy, but I know the truth behind that smile. She doesn't want anyone to get too close to her; possibly because she's afraid of rejection or abandonment. And there's Linus, the poor kid is afraid to grow up; a rather common sentiment for a young man about to enter into the unknown world of adulthood. There's more I can say, but let's leave it here for now.
3. The way the parents talk definitely has some meaning as well. They speak in a language that can only be described as gibberish; possibly telling the viewers that most parents don't speak the same language as their damn kids and we're not talking about immigrant parents and natural born children here either.
4. The pets are self-reliant, at least for the most part. Could this be a message about the end of the world and that humans are the only creatures on this Earth than can disappear without causing harm to the ecological balance?
So does anyone else have any thoughts on this stuff? I mean this is something big and it's too precise to be considered coincidence.