Just recently, some of my friends’ Facebook profile pictures have changed due to a campaign to Stop Violence against Children. Here’s the viral shoutout that started it all. “Change your Facebook profile photo to a cartoon character from your childhood and invite your friends to do the same. Until Monday (December 6, 2010), there should be no human faces on facebook, but an invasion of memories to fight violence against children.”
At first, I didn’t bother to do what it says and then after two days, I noticed that every time I log on to my Facebook account, everyone’s into it already. Needless to say, it caught a lot of attention even mine as well. Personally I think, it’s good thing that happened because we get to see a glimpse of our childhood again. A lot of people are into Facebook – adults, teens, our parents and even grandparents too. I just don’t think even toddlers and infants have one. Even pets, things and other non-living things have accounts. I thought of the TV show I often watched when I was a kid. I picked two characters and here they are:
Start singing: Captain Planet, he’s the HERO.. Gonna take POLLUTION down to ZERO.. Na-elibs lang ako sa combination ng powers ng mga singsing – from earth, fire, wind, water and heart. Bukod sa environmental-friendly ang theme, appealing rin naman ang story kaya nagustuhan ko ‘to dati.
Time Quest na palabas sa Channel 13 tuwing Sabado ng 6pm. Eto ang unang Anime na nagustuhan ko dahil nakakatawa ang characters. Sino ba naman ang hindi matutuwa sa isang mataba at at punggok na magician na may alagang HIGANTENG tamad na genie na ang hilig ay BUNTOT ng butiki?
It’s a funny thing to see your FB friends (almost everyone) look like a cartoon character – in their profile pic only. We also get to know what year or decade they belong basing from their chosen cartoon ( or anime) character – nagkakaalaman tuloy ng edad.. nyehehe.
80’s – Denver the Last Dinosaur, Care Bears, the Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light, Scooby Doo, Popeye, Tom and Jerry, Might Thor, Moby Dick, The Fintstones, G.I Joe, Ghostbusters, Jetsons, Legend of Zelda, Mazinger Z, My Little Pony and Friends, Wood Wood Pecker, Super Mario Brothers, Transformers, Yogi Bear, etc.
90’s – This is the age of Mecca/Anime and more people in Facebook can relate to this. There’s Pokemon and Digimon, Megaman, Johnny Bravo, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Powerpuff Girls, Sailormoon, Looney Tunes, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, the Flying House, the Simpsons, Space Ghost, South Park, Beavis and Butthead, Futurama, Family Guy and the Simpsons. Anime such as Dragonball, Ghostfighter, Slam Dunk, Ranma 1/2, Mojacko, Magic Knight Rayearth and Zenki are famous at that time. Isama pa dito si Voltes V, Daimos, Sarah, Ang Munting Prinsesa, Cedie, Dog of Landers, Julio at Julia, Remy, Si Maria at ang Von Trapp Family (.. ata basta Sound of Music..) atbp.
2000’s – Present are Dora the Explorer, Spongebob Squarepants and some cartoons from the previous decades that are still active until now. What’s hype in this era is the presence of Anime- which is literally everywhere. Naruto, Gundam, Fullmetal Alchemist, Beyblade, Getbackers, Yugi-oh, Bleach, Death Note, One Piece, Inuyasha and Vampire Knight. (I’m not really an Anime fan but thank goodness, I’m a good researcher.)
Though the said campaign is over – based on what I’ve read, it was concluded last month (as opposed to Dec. 6, 2010, click here), a lot of people are havin fun changing profile pics. Nevertheless, we can still continue to do this until everyone’s fed up. To the person who started it all, KUDOS! – you made an impact to the Facebook Community. Many have revisited their childhood memories and more than anything else, appreciated the feeling of being a kid at heart once again.
What is your favorite cartoon character when you were a kid? Share us.