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American Dad, Of Ice and Men

Updated on September 4, 2012

American Dad!

I decided that I would have some fun with this hub and watch a cartoon. I believe we all can relate to this as many of us have watched cartoons and many of us still do. Yet, we have come a long way since Rocko's Modern Life, Rugrats, and The Angry Beavers. Now shows like SpongeBob Square Pants dominates the television (Which surprisingly was created from the same man who made Rocko's Modern Life). But, one show in particular warms my heart just as much as those from the past. If you haven't guessed it yet, that show is called American Dad! (If you couldn't tell by the title).


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American Dad in Society

For this Hub I had watched the show American Dad. The story that takes place is that CIA agent Stan Smith has a dream to win an ice skating competition. This dream is a result of his previous failed attempt where his partner is injured during the competition. The story is being narrated by Klaus in the 3rd person who is telling the story to his grandson (generally he is a gold fish within the episodes). The episode is called of Ice and Men, and Klaus’s narration is making fun of the story “Of Mice and Men”. Stan’s failure at ice skating shows that the “American dream” is impossible; this is one of the themes within the story “Of Mice and Men”.

One of the side stories within the episode is that Steve Smith (Stan Smith’s son) orders a telescope. This telescope turns out to be a Russian mail order bride. According to spark notes on the story “Of Mice and Men”, one of the motifs is “The corrupting power of female sexuality; strength and weakness; loneliness and companionship” (SparkNotes Editors). Svetlana (Russian bride) symbolizes just that, Steve and his friends then compete for the affection and companionship of her. They had decided to have a leisurely time in the hot tub where they had hoped Svetlana would enter in nude. Yet, Haley Smith (Steve Smith’s sister, a die-hard liberal in a republican family) had stopped Svetlana by teaching her to protect her assets until one of the boy’s marries her. Steve then asks why Haley sleeps around then, and her response is that she is American. This is the producers making fun of American woman for being “easy” compared to the rest of the world. Some of the other references with in the show make fun of actress Brett Butler, Batman, and The Flintstones.

American Dad seeks to down play the seriousness of certain issues that can be found within our culture. They make fun of these stories, issues, and people often with crude humor. Some people may get offended, yet as American’s we are tolerant of others views. In most cases we too find it humorous to see the producers’ viewpoints of such events.

A meme within the show can be found within the opening credits. Stan Smith wakes up in the morning every day with his theme song playing in the background. Stan then goes onto his front porch to read the front page of the newspaper (The Langely Post) which has a different headline every episode. These headlines are directed towards the US Government and issues in America. The producers had changed the newspaper headlines with Roger’s actions and his arsenal of disguises in some of the later episodes.

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    • Teylina profile image

      Teylina 4 years ago

      Interesting hub. My latest s.o. is a cartoon freak and probably watches all of them. I like cartoons, but I want real cartoons, not mockeries. That's my problem w/today's cartoon--even the ones I watch! Good idea for a hub! Well done.

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      NC4Life078 4 years ago from United States of America

      I know what you mean. My daughter enjoys American Dad! and the Cartoon Network 9 pm Eastern line up which is why we watch them now. She is to young to understand the meanings as she is 1, but, I would prefer to watch the cartoons from back in the day. Thank you for your feedback!

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