My sister and I watched a lot of TV when we were kids
I don’t say this as a positive or negative,
it just was.
Ours was the generation of the shadows.
The old Tom and Jerry’s, the Looney Tunes
those were fading away
to a new class of cartoons.
Heavy hatching. Darker themes.
“The Last Unicorn.” “The Rats of Nymh.”
“The Hobbit.” “The Never-ending Story.”
The world had gone punk, and its youth were going with it.
Yet, at that same time,
these years (80’s and 90’s) were also the Mencken years,
“Beauty and the Beast.” “Little Mermaid.”
“Hunchback of Notre Dame.” “Aladdin.”
Our fantasies were both dark and beautiful,
all the while steeped in music.
Kids programming teetered in the divide,
not sure of how to treat it’s youth.
Then came “Toy Story,”
whose first drafts were as dark as
the 80’s programming we grew up with,
Then there was the rewrite.
While still gritty,
it promised hope
and the programming has grown prettier
as art has moved from hands to computer.
It speaks in a new language, more distracted.
Yet, also in its own way has grown deeper,
reaching out to a more universal audience,
of all races, nationalities, genres, body types,
Each generation passes its legacy on to another,
for them to blaze a new trail with it.
Ours was a generation of the shadows,
but we were singing all the way through.