DLF5 resident Ankita Dhanda reminiscences five cartoon characters she grew up with.
THE POWERPUFF GIRLS
All of us knew Superman could save the world any day and Spiderman was your friendly neighbourhood superhero but what about three kindergarten-going girls who sent shivers down any fire-breathing, acid-spewing monsters’ backs? Blossoms, Buttercup and Bubbles made of sugar, spice and everything nice sure made life more fun even as Mojo Jojo grit his teeth in anger.
Long before Uttarakhand had us worrying and global warming had us sweating came five kids with special rings and every-girl-I-know’s first crush, Captain Planet. He gave us lectures on deforestation, on saving polar bears and we listened to him carefully. He beat up all the bad guys and saved the planet! And for a long time, I took inspiration from Captain Planet and my favourite words were: Reuse, Reduce and Recycle.
THE LITTLE LULU SHOW
Boys had Swat Cats, we had little Lulu. We all had friends like she had: faithful Annie and Tubby who ate too much. Also taught us that although Gloria was the prettier one, cute little Luluwas so much more fun to be with. The little girl in red also marked our first tryst with stand-up comedy.
There’s no such thing as ghost. Every episode Freddy told us this and Daphne nodded her head in accord. Vilma (I always liked her more than Daphne) couldn’t stop with her Jinkies. Shaggy and Scooby would do only two things:
eat (sandwiches, Scooby snacks…) and run (chased by ghosts, ghouls, monsters…). But the baddies never got away with anything, thanks to Scooby-Doo and party.
Can we ever forget this modern Stone Age family? Fred and his pal, Barney, who lived for food and bowling came together to fall in and out of trouble. Their wives, Wilma and Betty, the perfect domestics with their gadgets fascinated us to no extent. Add to the mix, Pebbles, Bam-Bam, pet dinosaur Dino and alien Gazoo, the show had all of us wishing we lived in Bedrock. Yabba-dabba doo!!