Okay, yes, Squidward made some valid points.
Getting older doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the same shows and movies you did when you were a kid, but if you watch them again from an adult perspective, you almost guarantee that there will come a time when you realize you’re less sympathizes with the hero and more with those around them trying to deal with their antics.
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“Nani van Lilo and Stitch† As a child I thought she was temperamental and way too harsh. As an adult, it’s clear to me that she’s a young woman in a very difficult situation who, if anything, handles things remarkably well.”
“squid from” Spongebob Squarepants† I didn’t despise him, but I didn’t like him. Now, as an adult, I realize that I would be a lot worse than him if I had to deal with SpongeBob.”
“Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender† I only saw her as a villain as a child, but now I understand how she is also a victim of her father.”
“The father of elf just trying to keep his job and put food on the table, while a deranged lunatic claiming to be his grown son from the North Pole turns the lives of himself and his family upside down. Walter Hobbes was no saint, but come on. Most people would have been just as upset and frustrated.”
“Oscar the Grouch Out” Sesame Street† As a kid I thought he was mean. Now I get it. Leave me the eff alone. Go, Oscar.”
“King Triton of The little Mermaid† God, Ariel is so naive to me now as an adult. She doesn’t know this guy other than what he looks like, and she decides she loves him and is willing to give up anything and everything to join him on land. Except, what if Eric didn’t love her? She didn’t think about that at all. That contract she signed would have put her under Ursula’s control if that had happened.”
“Bert van Sesame Street† As a kid you want to be Ernie, but life makes you a Bert.”
“Into the fish” The cat in the hat book. Freak Fish was right about everything and was just trying to keep the house neat and tidy.”
“Uncle Phil Out” The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air† To a kid, he was a hard asshole who always ruined Will’s day. As an adult, I see him as a caring parent trying to help Will grow into a success.”
“Emily and Miranda from The Devil Wears Prada† The 11 year old me thought they were tied up and too rude to Andy, but now I totally get them! If someone came to a job interview, and later for his job, with the same disrespect as Andy (not even bothering to learn about the company or even dress for it), I’d probably despise her too, at least until she proved herself. After Andy really put in the effort, they started to respect her.”
“As a child I identified with Lisa Simpson. A few years ago I realized that I am Marge. I don’t say anything about the bullshit I’m surrounded by. Instead I make that grinning sound and try to keep going.”
“Josh van Drake & Josh† I didn’t despise him, but he was just… boring to me, I guess. Now I fully understand that he wants to be a smart, responsible young adult and is incapable of putting up with Drake’s constant stupidity and Megan’s horrible pranks.”
“Boromir. I remember when… The Society of the Ring came out, I told my mother at the end in the theater that I was glad that Boromir died. He was a bad man. It’s only now as an adult that I realize how much the Ring can pull and control you, and how he knew that Mordor’s armies were attacking and that the Ring could be used to stop it. He also fought for his brother and for his (shit)father. It doesn’t completely excuse him, but the situation is more nuanced than I understood when I was younger.”
“Yzma van The Emperor’s New Groove† That man totally ruined her life for no good reason, and he was an asshole to almost everyone.”
Miranda Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire† That poor woman.”
“Goofy in a crazy movie† I thought he was so mean to force Max to go on vacation instead of letting him do what he wanted and have fun his way. But as an adult, and especially now with my own child, I recognize myself completely. He’s just trying to have one last moment of bonding with his son before he leaves. Max had to stop being a whiny bitch and just do it for his dad and realize how much this meant to Goofy because he loves him and knows how much he will miss Max.”
“Uncle Owen is hard on Luke in” Star Wars resonates with any kid whose parents didn’t give them their way, but the dude took in a kid, no questions asked, and was just overprotective because, as far as he knows, he’s a Jedi (or a life of adventure in general) has killed his stepbrother.”
“Dr. Doofenshmirtz from Phineas and Ferbo† You just feel sorry for him and respect how he is such a good father given his terrible childhood.”
“Iceman out Top Gun† He thought Maverick was a wildcard and was going to get someone killed with his antics. Then Maverick goes and does just that. Iceman’s concerns were justified and later confirmed, but he’s the asshole?”
“Mojo Jojo off The Powerpuff Girls† I also get angry if a child keeps interrupting my business.”
And finally, “The Trix Rabbit and the Lucky Charms Leprechaun. Guys just wanted to eat their cereal in peace. Damn kids ruined everything.”
Which characters do you think have changed your perspective as you get older? Tell us about them in the comments!