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Rainbow Brite (again) by ChibiTaryn Rainbow Brite (again) by ChibiTaryn
Because I saw the awful new Rainbow Brite stuff and after I finished screaming and crying I needed to draw something more reminiscent of the 1980's stuff.

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EricVonSchweetz Featured By Owner May 14, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Rainbow spite done without a wand!
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kittyzero Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah the new stuff if awful, and that makes me sad. But then people like you remember the 1980's stuff and draw it like this, and that makes me happy.
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ChibiTaryn Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I only saw the new stuff the other day… I think this weekend just gone? Someone sent me a Note which linked to it… and it kinda broke my brain a little.

I spent some time ranting about it and inflicted the video on my Twitter followers too. It is just SO awful. I don't understand how they can make a show which prominently features rainbows so completely visually bland and uninspiring. And that VOICE ACTING and ugh everything. I'm sure actually watching the 1980's version would also drive me nuts (but for different reasons…nothing is ever as good as you remember it… nostalgia is such a bitch), but it was crafted a LOT better.

I think drawing this helped make me feel better.
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kittyzero Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's the one thing I hate about nostalgia. Someone tried to show me old He-Man and I never forgave them for it. There is no way to make rainbows visually bland without trying.

Seriously, they had to of tried to make it like that.
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ChibiTaryn Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure they "tried"—I suspect they just have a bunch of merch they'd like to cash in on, and so they've paid the least amount possible for the art/music/animation/voice-acting. This is certainly no-one's passion project. :(

Not to mention that—in addition to the poor quality—Rainbow Brite is no longer a soft round-faced kid. She's older, thinner, fashionable, wearing make-up.

Part of what made Rainbow Brite so cool for me growing up was that she was a kid, just like me, and maybe I could even be her or one of the other Colour Kids. But what kind of message is this older, rail-thin fashion-conscious thing sending to kids? Are they going to want to be her…? In addition to the unattainable beauty standards, what is so wrong with being a kid that we can't have kids in kids shows?

argghghrant
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kittyzero Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I know. All the kids shows now seem to be like that - hey little girl lets make you feel horrible about yourself no matter what you look like, screw telling you how beautiful and special you are we want dolla dolla bills yo. *Make it rain Hasbro, make it rain.*

It was awesome that she was just a kid, she was one of us and we could pretend to be her and relate to her in a way we couldn't relate to adults. She had adventures that kids had, not grown up adventures - and anyone who thinks those aren't different forgot the basic tenants of childhood. But lets ignore that, we want fashion sensitive little girls who grow up to emulate Barbie in all of her plastic glory, what the hell happened to letting kids be kids? When did it become so wrong for a child to dress like, think like, and act like a child? Hell no little boy you shouldn't play with toy guns that might teach you to be violent and that would be terribly bad, instead why don't you watch Jersey Shore or one of the other quality programs we have for you to teach you how to be a horrible person. Everyone's special? You get the hell out of her After School Special, the great American machine has had quite enough of your paltry shenanigans.

Our quality children't entertainment is surely made to teach kids what life is really all about - bitches and hoes cause even in the K-garden pimpin' ain't easy and you gotta have swag.
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ChibiTaryn Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I suspect they make (some) children's TV shows this way because it serves their interests, and the interests of their related/partner organisations.

I think it's like what they do with everyone else—bombard you with unattainable media images so you'll feel ashamed of your body and status—then buy whatever they're selling to fix what the media says is "wrong" with you. Only I guess they're starting really young now. :(

Wow, that sounds remarkably cynical. But I guess it is, so there you have it. :/
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kittyzero Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Its hard not to be cynical about it. I think it makes it worse that they're raping our childhood by digging up these old shows and remaking them. The earlier you can start tearing someone down the earlier you can start raking in that self-hate cash. If there's anything media's learned its that we'll pay any amount to keep from hating ourselves so why not start young?
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ChibiTaryn Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
From their point of view, there are a lot of advantages to starting them on the self-hate train during childhood. They say our childhoods have enormous influence on our personalities, neuroses, and hang-ups, so what better time to start telling people that there's something "wrong" with them?

Then they just keep those messages up forever… you're never the right age, the right body size or shape, the right social status. If they can make you feel ashamed of who you are… make you believe that there's something wrong with you, and you alone… they can get you to buy whatever they're selling to make you "fit in". Ugh. I'm at the stage in my life where all the messages are already telling me I'm old (and I'm only 31), and fat (well, I am overweight) and frumpy (hmm).

As for raping our childhood, I'm not sure if that makes it worse so much as it is just the icing on the cake.
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