Browsing through Netflix’s ‘coming soon’ page, I came across this new animated series that has a very unique and unorthodox feel to it. It is designed with children in mind, but it navigates topics differently to how I have seen in other children’s animations. In tone it is different to the mainstream.
"I think the term “meant for kids” has been misused to a great extent. Now, it means dumbing down things to such a level that there’s no connection between what’s happening on screen and what’s happening out there in the real world. Because the adults decided at some point that in order to protect kids from the horrors of the world i.e. discrimination, cultural appropriation, gentrification, erasure of history, they shouldn’t be exposed to it at all. When they become adults, they can handle it. And that’s so wrong because when all those “horrors of the world” hits you all at once, things get too overwhelming to handle, thereby leading to anxiety, confusion, and depression. So, it’s better to simplify the aforementioned topics and educate them for early age so that the urge to learn grows, which is something that the writers of the City of Ghosts clearly understand."
Mashable, writing about City of Ghosts, and how children being exposed to difficult topics early on can help to prevent mental health problems.