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In the cartoon Superted, Superted has to say the secret word to activate his powers. I thought that if you turned up the volume loud enough and listened really hard it was possible to hear the word and become Super as well.
Rememeber the USA Cartoon Express? It came on the USA channel and it was a time when they showed a number of cartoons back to back. Well, they used to show an animated train with children on it, watching the cartoons. I ALWAYS wanted to get on that train and just watch cartoons all day long.
I saw a cartoon where there are these brigands who live in the desert and are a little worse for wear - missing teeth, eyes etc. and they sang a song that said if you don't go to school you will be like them. One line went something like this: "Bom bom bitty bitty bibitty boo we're what happens when you don't go to school." i didn't know what they might by that so i asked my dad. He told me that if you didn't go to school you had to be in a cartoon and do the same thing over and over again whenever somebody watched it. okaaaay.
I used to think that there was a boy living in my tv and he had lots of papers that he had to move really fast in order to create the movement of the toons and that he played their voices as well. I actually even thought he got time to draw it all inbetween.
You guys probably never heard of this show but I used to watch aaahhhh real monsters and one of the characters names was crumb. I was about five or six and my mom told me to pick up the crumbs on the floor. I thought she said crumb was on the floor so I got on the floor and looked for him. I thought he shrunk so tiny I couldn't see him and I never found him.
As a child, I thought some cartoons were made with human actors and scenery and the film then was edited to give it a "cartoon" look.
Rugrats used to be my favorite show when I was 4 or 5. I at first thought that they were actually babies (not knowing cartoons were animated and such). But then I was like "Babies can't talk". So, i came to the conclusion of midgets dressing up in baby costumes.
I used to believe that Fred Flinstone's next door neighbor was named "Bonnie" (which is how it is pronounced in the show) and this seemed to me like a perfectly masculine name. I never associated it with the female name "Bonnie" which sounded perfectly feminine. It never occured to me until I was a teenager that the guy's name was actually "Barney" and that "Bonnie" would come acrosss as an odd name for a man.
When I was little, every time I stepped over a storm drain or grate I would say, "Hello, Ninja Turtles!" I knew they down there watching out for me and protecting me from bad guys.
When I was a real little kid, there was this local independant station (now owned by the $#(&%( WB which is a DISGRACE!) that showed lots of old cartoons, one of which was Atom Ant (remember? He always went "Up and at'em, Atom Ant!"). Well, I figured he must be the secret identity of Adam Ant (the singer). Don't ask how I thought that would work. It really confused me when during an Atom Ant commercial break, one of those 80s Compilations would be advertisaed and "Goody Two Shoes" would be on the lost of songs. LOL
I used to believe Jessica Simpson was a secret character from "The Simpsons"
When I was little I used to believe that cartoons were actually people who were dressed up in costumes. I could not figure out how they could fall off cliffs and get hit in the head with frying pans and still be ok.
I grew up in Germany, so naturally I believed that Disney cartoons were made there, since they were all in German language. It never occurred to me that they might be translated for us. Strangely enough, I knew exactly what other cartoons came from Asia, Italy or Poland, but I was never suspicious of Disney, because even their songs were in German!
My Dad told me that my brother used to believe that we have our universe and that cartoon characters have their universe and that whenever cartoon characters get into some interesting events we wath them and if we get into any interesting events cartoon characters watch us.
I thought Hannah Barbera was one woman until someone writed exactly that belief, a minute since
When I was very little, I was outside laying in the grass with my younger sister, and my babysitter's daughter (who was older than us) pointed up at the sky to show us these beams of light magically darting around the sky (or, to us adults, those huge, powerful moving spotlights that people shine into the sky in front of big events and openings and such). She told us that they were the beams that the Care Bears shot out of there tummies - when they would yell out "Care Bears stare!" in the cartoon - that helped people. For a long time, whenever I saw them they would make me happy because I thought it meant that the Care Bears were helping somebody.
As a kid, i had NO IDEA how cartoons were made. I tried so hard to figure it out and eventually decided that it was all actors in costumes. But why were they outlined? Why was there (usually) no degrees of shade? I never came up with an explination for that. The kicker is that i remember watching an episode of Duck Tales and seeing a giant King Kong-ish ape. If these were actors in costume, how did they do that?! Naturally, I assumed it was about fifty actors in one giant gorilla suit and they all had to work together.
I thought Tom was the mouse and Jerry was the cat in Tom & Jerry
On Aladdin theres this bit where the guard runs his thumb across a sword.
So i took the biggest knife i could find and ran my thumb across it.
needless to say i bled a lot and cried.
I watched Charlie Brown a lot when I was younger, the one where he's in a spelling bee.
There's a bit where he exclaims "I'm a failure!!!"
I thought it was perfectly normal to say that so whenever i failed a spelling test or something i would say that to my teacher.
Eventually she called my mum in thinking i had self esteem issues.