On Found Families in Animation
The convenience of narrative tropes and the cartoonish struggle of living through another day alone together.
Better Find Your Family Before the Finale > Belonging is the very best thing there is. —Faye Valentine, Cowboy Bebop What do Cowboy Bebop, One Piece, The Land Before Time, Lilo & Stitch, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Steven Universe, and—one sec, let me check my notes—pretty much every single recent Netflix action-adventure cartoon (I'm looking at you, Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts and She-Ra and the Princesses of Power and Centaurworld and and and—) have in common? Besides that they're all animated, of course. Ah, yes. The inescapable found family trope. There may be even more found families in animation than dead parents, which is really saying something. (If anyone feels like trying to quantify that, be my guest.) And there are, shall we say, plenty of fair critiques to be made a
Aug 07 2021
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