Raven versus Lola Bunny: Soulless and Crazy Female Characters
I don't know what cartoons are "must see" in your home these days, but here we love Teen Titans Go, The Looney Tunes Show, Scooby Doo and Gravity Falls. Of course, if Ali can could convince us all, Sophia the First and Kate and Mim Mim would top that list too.
It's a good mix of classic cartoon characters with new only the classics are not quite so classic. Matt, who has watched episodes of the original Looney Tunes quickly pointed out how much they changed the character of Lola. No longer is she the sweet innocent bunny that adorns our knock knock book joke. Nope, now she is Valley High stupid and sleep with one eye open, stalker girlfriend CRAZY.
Then there is Raven of Teen Titans Go. Sure she is soulless, but she is sarcastic, quick witted, intelligent, keeps to herself and like to use phrases like "Salty Codgers." If had to choose one over the other, I'm going with the soulless, intelligent female over the dimwitted nut job.
But really, it all got me thinking, is it really that hard to develop (yes even in a cartoon) a female character that isn't defined so strongly by at least one trait that could be deemed as unwanted? Really, let's just look at the female cartoon characters in The Looney Tunes, Teen Titans Go and Scooby Doo.
Lola Bunny, The Looney Tunes Show - Crazy and dimwitted
Tina Russo Duck, The Looney Tunes Show - Could have made herself at home on The Jersey Shore.
Raven, Teen Titans Go - A Soulless daughter of a demon and oh, Death is her Uncle
Starfire, Teen Titans Go - An Alien, unaccustomed to Earth's ways, she is very dependent on those around her and often emotional. Despite her quirk and compassion, she comes off as fragile and needy.
Daphne Blake, Scooby Doo - Even though they have attempted to evolve her character over the years, she is vain and often the "damsel in distress."
Velma Dinkley, Scooby Doo - Again, they tried help her out in the live action movies, but she is forever the awkward nerd that never really fits in.
Not one average, strong female among them. I will never understand why females have to come across so flawed or weak, even in cartoons.
Do you have a favorite female cartoon character? Have you found one that actually represents a somewhat "normal" female?