Dalek cartoon. Girl dalek who wants to grow up to be a ballerina.
A cartoon showing a mother dalek and a little girl dalek.
The little girl dalek wants to be a ballerina when she grows up, but her mother is trying to explain to her that daleks can’t become ballet dancers.
A cartoon about ambition, dreams, delusion, parenting skills, gender stereotypes (the pink of the girl dalek, and the fact that she wants to be a ballerina), careers advice.
The little girl dalek is ‘dressed’ in pink. Pink is the predominant fashion colour for young girls at the moment (2011) – it’s as though feminism never happened.
Daleks, by the way, are evil aliens in the popular BBC tv series, Dr Who.
You never see dalek children in the tv programme for some reason.
Cartoon reference number: a025
Penguin cartoons. Penguin with rebellious teenage son who is a typical stroppy youth.
A cartoon showing adult penguins and an adolescent or teenage penguin. The teenager is going through a typical teenage rebel phase. A cartoon about stroppy youths. .
Original version drawn: 2001
Cartoon reference number: a014
A cartoon showing a child on a swing using a hand held device such as a phone or electronic game.
A cartoon about the allure of the electronic.
Cartoon showing a father pushing his child on a swing. The child is engrossed in a hand held device (perhaps a phone or an electronic gaming device).
A cartoon about childhood, attention, play, bonding, parenting, physical play versus electronic play.
Cartoon reference number: a007
A cartoon about 3D technology. Although 3D technology is often thought of as a modern innovation it has been experimented with in cinema almost since the dawn of the medium. Similarly, 3D images have been available in books for many years, as shown here.
Currently fashionable in cinemas, 3D technology has been around for many years, as shown in this example of a children’s pop-up book
A cartoon associated with three dimensional images, holograms, virtual reality.
Cartoon reference number: a001
Cartoon – health and safety gone mad
Health and safety guidelines
A cartoon showing an officious inspector making a judgement on a health and safety issue. A child wrapped in cottonwool to protect it from danger – but the cottonwool itself is judged to contravene health and safety guidelines because it is a choke hazard
A cartoon about the over-zealous implementation of petty rules concerning health and safety regulations
Cartoon drawn: 2011
Cartoon reference number: saf31
Pied Piper of Hamelin cartoon
Childhood obesity cartoon
Cartoon showing the Pied Piper leading children to a cave. However, the children are all too obese to keep up with him, except for one fit child.
In the usual pied piper fairy tale the piper lures all of the children away, with only one child, who was a cripple, surviving because he couldn’t keep up. This cartoon turns the story on its head, with all of the children being too ufit and over-weight to keep up. The only child who can keep up is the one fit and healthy child from the town
A cartoon about Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales, health, diet
Cartoon drawn: 2011
Cartoon reference number: pip141
Child care cartoons
Grandparent childminding cartoon
Zimmer frame cartoon
A grandmother looking after a baby while the parents pursue other activities.
The grandmother is using a walking frame that also acts as a baby carrier.
A cartoon commenting on the way that in the early twenty-first century young professional couples are very reliant on childminding duties carried out by grandparents.
The fact that in the cartoon the parents are pursuing leisure activities implies that these particular parents are taking the grandparents for granted. This is meant to illustrate the ‘have it all’ self-fulfilment ethos of the age.
A cartoon about grandparents, extended families, family, old age, generations.
Cartoon reference number: zim710
Wind turbine cartoon
A Wendy house fitted with a child’s windmill as a wind turbine to supply electricity and to convert the house to an eco-house
A cartoon about sustainability, electricity generation, power generation, alternative energy, sustainable development, fuel supply, environment friendly power, eco-friendly design, environmental architecture
Cartoon reference number: env3110
A child who is not interested in learning anything
Cartoon showing a boy who has no sense of wonder or curiosity about the world, and who isn’t interested in learning anything about how the world works.
The cartoon shows someone trying to impart knowledge to him about how the moon orbits the earth.
The cartoon was drawn in the 1990s, but is relevant in the 2020s due to the rise of ‘post truth’ attitudes where knowledge is not valued.
A cartoon about intellectual apathy, ignorance, dumbing down, under achievement, illiteracy, low attainment, knowledge, teaching, inspiring teachers, scientific literacy.
Cartoon reference number: uni001
Cartoon – children building a snowman
Children discover how to build a giant snowman
A cartoon suitable for a Christmas card or similar use
Cartoon drawn: 2000
Cartoon reference number: cjm006
Cartoon featuring a person with a padlock as a head, jumping in the air and saying “Unlock your imagination!”
An illustration about creativity
An image for use in art education, classes or presentations on creativity
The illustration is about freeing the imagination or liberating the mind to be creative, or on unleashing creativity. It is an image to convey the link between creativity and thought processes.
The cartoon has uses as an illustration in art education or in areas of philosophy or psychology
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