Remember the nodding Noddy or Princess Eilonwy from The Black Couldron? These characters, famous among children and adults alike, came to life after Susan Sheridan gave them her voice.
The British actress whose voice acting roles included Noddy in the Cosgrove Hall/BBC Television series Noddy’s Toyland Adventures, Princess Sylvia in Muzzy in Gondoland, and Princess Eilonwy in the animated film The Black Cauldron, died at the age of 68 on Sunday.
Born in Newcastle, the milestone of her career was “Trillian” in the 1978 Hitchhiker’s Guide series. She gave voice to cartoons like Jimbo and the Jet Set, Moomin, The Family Ness, and Animal Shelf.
Recently, she starred in The Kindness of Strangers for Curious Directive at the Norwich Festival and Short Plays By at the Soho Theatre. Her work included BBC’s Macbeth with Corin Redgrave, Bless Me Father and a 2012 episode of Midsummer Murders.
The actress had her own voice coaching business – Professional Voice, with her series of mini books and CDs still available in the market.
In her later years, she worked as a voice coach. In 2011, Sheridan appeared at London’s Southwark Playhouse in an adaptation of the Japanese animation Howl’s Moving Castle.
After completing an MA course in 2009 on Shakespeare Authorship Studies, she was writing a book currently entitled Shaking the Spear which is to be published later this year.
“In the midst of the vagaries of life, they provide us a trip to the land of goodness and fairies, of imaginations and possibilities.
A childhood that wasn't spent watching cartoons or reading comic strips, no wonder, seems too dull to imagine.”
April 22, 2017: It is true to the core that sometimes we learn lessons of life in a hard manner and the transformation we go through is a very difficult phase. To accept change all of a sudden needs time. Here is where Cartoons come into the picture. Believe it or not!
People of different age groups have different preferences, be it outings, sports or the field of entertainment but there is something that transcends this generation gap and all the family members can be seen enjoying to their heart while watching these animated figures namely CARTOONS.
Cartoons have been entertaining us for decades. One can talk to one’s grandparents and see them laughing and being nostalgic about the cartoons of “their” time.
Over the passage of time, cartoons have changed but one thing that has not changed about cartoons is the life lessons they teach so easily. It is said that time teaches the crucial lessons of life but it cannot be denied that cartoons teach vital life lessons so easily while entertaining us and leave a long lasting impact on our mind.
Sanhita Baruah from Delhi says, “In the midst of the vagaries of life, they provide us with a trip to the land of goodness and fairies, of imaginations and possibilities. A childhood that wasn’t spent watching cartoons or reading comic strips, no wonder, seems too dull to imagine.”
While talking to kids, we came across these comments, Aaryanveer, a student of 6th standard says, ”Chhota Bheem has taught me to fight the problems that come my way and I learnt about having confidence in myself from Thomas and friends.”
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Ekanki, a student of class 5 says, “Cartoons help us increase our limits of imagination.”She also said that she has learnt qualities of cooperation and finding the truth from cartoons.
Here is a list of a few popular cartoons and the lessons they taught us:
1. Hard work and perseverance will take you a long way
This is the life lesson we have learned from the action-avanturistic cartoon, ‘Dragonball Z.’ The little, smart and strong Gohan is definitely one of the most popular cartoon character names, that we will all remember as the most powerful saiyajin ever. Gohan will forever remain in our childhood memories as the cartoon superhero that never gives up and is constantly pushing himself. Regardless of the number of times he was beaten, defeated and destroyed – Gohan was always finding the indescribable inner strength that was making him even more determined and stronger than before.
2. Helping friends in the hour of need
None of us can forget the polite and gentle octopus in Oswald. He taught us that w should always be there for our friends even if sometimes it means going out of the way.
Free spirited and energetic Daisy always inspired us to try new things and enjoy to the fullest.
3. There is nothing wrong in asking for help when needed
Enid Blyton’s hardworking taxi driver Noddy always finds himself in troubles dye to his impulsiveness but he has the guts to ask his friends for help. All of us remember Big Ears and the life lessons he taught Noddy and simultaneously to us. It also showed the ones who dig the pit for others, fall in it themselves and so was the fate of the Gobbo and Sly
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4. There is nothing like ghosts. Actual evil lies in human himself
If you have read this true life fact and Scooby Doo is the cartoon you have associated with it, then you have been definitely one of the biggest fans of this famous cartoon character. Going back in the beautiful ‘Scooby Doo era’, we will remember that in practically every episode of this amazing cartoon, the criminal (final culprit) was never the one we were thinking (a ghost specifically) it was during the whole time. Therefore, the life lesson #1 that Scooby Doo and his friends taught us is to not have fallacious opinions and predispositions about people. But, this cartoon taught us something else too. Life lesson #2 from the Scooby Doo cartoon is to be problem solvers. What does it mean? Scooby Doo and his Mystery Gang were always solving every mystery from every adventure they have been through.
5. Trust your gut instincts
Is there anyone that hasn’t watched even an episode from the awesome ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’? Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo perfectly showed us that no matter the fear, no matter the uncertainty – always be guided by your inner voice, thus your gut instincts. This is how these four ninja turtles were managing to get out of troubles and successfully solve any of their mystery missions. So, whenever you are in the middle of a trouble and you feel that something is right or wrong – you need to trust your gut instincts.
There are many more cartoon series and the infinite number of life lessons they taught us so smoothly while making us fall in peals of laughter. Just open your T.V and enjoy this visual treat while nourishing your mind at the same time.