Some of my fondest memories of childhood are the moments where my father laughed out loud at some cartoon I was watching on TV. My father is a somber, quiet man; not humorless, but possessing a wry, subtle sense of humor. The points where something in the cartoon would cause him to burst out laughing were bright points that stood out from the general negativity heaped on the cartoons as being pointless drivel, but they also provided me with these insights into what he found funny.
My boys are currently watching Phineas and Ferb on Disney+ which has provided me with a number of laugh out loud moments. And while I don’t mind the kids watching cartoons and haven’t heaped any negativity on them, I still see this flash of joy in my son’s eyes when he looks up at me.