Archive for April, 2013

Mother’s Day Edition: My Favorite Cartoon Moms

In honor of Mother’s Day, I thought I’d mention a couple of my favorite cartoon moms.

Lois Foutley with her kids, Carl and Ginger Screencap by me

Lois Foutley with her kids, Carl and Ginger
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Lois Foutley, the mother of Ginger from Nickelodeon’s “As Told by Ginger” is undoubtedly my favorite cartoon mom.  She’s a single mom who exudes strength, wisdom, and warmth.  This piece of advice she gives to her daughter makes me want to burst into tears every time I hear it:

You know, we’re not put on this earth to live perfect lives where we never get hurt and we never make mistakes.  We’re put here to hurl ourselves head first into this crazy world.  And the bruises and scrapes you get along the way, they just mean you’re living life.

Marge Simpson is an icon.  I adore her for being unabashedly corny and uncool.


Helga Pataki from “Hey Arnold”

Helga and Arnold in "Helga on the Couch"

Helga and Arnold from the episode “Helga on the Couch”
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Nickelodeon’s “Hey Arnold” is a show that I loved as a kid and appreciate so much more as an adult.  The series was created by Craig Bartlett and aired from 1996 until 2004.  It’s held a special place in my heart all these years because it dealt with darker themes than you would normally find on a children’s cartoon.  The show centered on a fourth grader named Arnold and his group of friends.   Though the show was about Arnold, many episodes focused on his classmate Helga.  Continue reading

Jane Lane: The Best Friend You Wish You Had

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I may have aspired to be Daria, but I feel that I and most people were much more similar to her best friend Jane Lane.  Like Daria, Jane didn’t care about what people thought of her, but she was more easygoing and had a sense of humor about everything.  She wasn’t as openly misanthropic as Daria.  Instead she stood quietly in the background and watched the stupidity around her.  I always thought she was the coolest character on the show.  She wasn’t a one dimensional character. She was an artist, a runner, had a great sense of humor,  had a unique look, came from an interesting family and was a loyal friend to Daria.

Even Katy Perry idolizes Jane.  Photo via

Even popstars idolize Jane Lane. Katy Perry’s costume from Halloween 2012. Photo via

MTV’s Cartoon Heroine Daria Morgendorffer

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I know it’s a cliché at this point to say that Daria is an inspiration.  I mean, every brunette who wears glasses proudly boasts about her connection with the sardonic late 90s MTV heroine.  The entire point of the show was to make outsiders feel like there was someone out there who understood them.  As a shy, sensitive, introverted, socially awkward, yet thoughtful and perceptive kid, I instantly idolized Daria.  The character of Daria Morgendorffer seems like an unlikely icon for a generation of young women, given her origins.  Daria first appeared as a recurring character on one of the most male-centric shows in history, “Beavis and Butt-Head.”  According to Abby Terkuhle, MTV’s Senior Vice-President at the time, the character of Daria was created because they wanted “a smart female who could serve as the foil.”   Continue reading