26 May 2008

Childhood Memories

There are so many of them but the beauty of the Internet is that, every now and then, it allows you the opportunity to go back and visit one and enjoy it immensely. When I was a kid I was a big fan of Kimba the White Lion. I am still a fan and one day I hope to make my kids fans! Some might say it was just a cartoon but alas it was much more, it was visionary!

The story follows the life and times of Kimba, an orphaned white lion, and describes how animals and people can work together. It is sort of a pre-cursor to the environmental movement that followed. And it must be noted that there are plenty of allegations that Disney' Lion King is a pretty direct rip off of the Kimba story. So, perhaps there is an argument to be made for Kimba being timeless! Or is it just a case of the "Circle of Life"?

I do not intend to use this post as a defence of my cartoon or Japanese manga watching habits nor do I want to use it as a pitch to sell someone else's DVDs. I do however want to introduce people to something that is fun and something that I still even enjoy to this day in spite of being a 38 year old man!

I have embedded some You Tube clips below for your viewing pleasure!






7 comments:

LavanyaLea said...

haha, looks more like a white Bambi than a lion!!!

Rob Baiton said...

L...

Now, now...no crushing my childhood memories :D In Kimba's defence he does grow up to be a much more real looking talking lion!

I should add that the Lion King is a direct rip off of the Kimba story :D

Therry said...

I think I've watched Kimba but I must be very little then.

Japanese anime, no matter how 2D it looks, could always evoke emotions.

Have you seen Spirited Away? I love that movie :)

GJ said...

Rob, not convinced that cartoons should be "visionary", fun and enjoyable yes.


My option only

GJ

Rob Baiton said...

Therry...

Nope, haven't seen it, but I will look into it on your recommendation! :D

GJ...

As a kid I didn't give much thought to the visionary angle. Kimba was just good entertainment. My Nan liked it too, but I think that was because I was enthralled in it and that meant there was one less little person to be keeping an eye on!

The visionary angle came much later as I watched it as an adult...

GJ said...

Maybe the vision is why I like to watch "Avatar" as an adult, or I'm just a big "KID"

GJ

Rob Baiton said...

GJ...

Too-shey! Yep, I might be an adult in age and size but a big kid in terms of still enjoying TV cartoons!