When I first heard about this show, my first thought was literally “Ohhhhhhhh fuck. A TV show about an Indian kid with a pet snake? This is not, not good.”
I actually watched it too see just how bad it would be, being the masochist that I am. I prepared myself for a LOT of snake charmer jokes, incorrect allusions to Hindu mythology, and a bad accent. To my surprise, however, it actually turned out to be good. Sanjay wasn’t some Apu-style caricature. This was the first cartoon I had ever seen that not only had an Indian lead character, but one that wasn’t some bullshit stereotype. This kid was believable: an ordinary 12-year-old kid with a pet he loved, as well as a penchant for video games and junk food. He could have well been a “regular” white kid.
So it actually sort of saddens me to hear people crack down on this show, saying it “lacks intelligence” and is “too silly”. News flash, that’s what kid’s cartoons are supposed to be for: they’re meant to be silly comedy that elicit giggles while you’re watching the.
If Sanjay and Craig had been around when I was 9-12 years old, I would have been a huge fan, mainly because of the representation. Keep Sanjay and Craig on TV, because with any luck, it’ll spark a trend of equal representation in kid’s cartoons, something we need just as much as representation in YA works.
is this from the guy who made Bob’s Burgers because I am guessing that based on the character designs for some reason