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What Your National Cartoon Says About You

June 29, 2010
Ever since 1928, Mickey Mouse has been a quintessential symbol of American optimism—and naïveté: That's why Full Metal Jacket ends with disillusioned soldiers singing The Mickey Mouse Club theme song as they trudge across a burning Vietnamese battlefield. Children's characters can say more about their country of origin than the World Book Encyclopedia ever could. Below, we've rounded up our 10 favorite animated ambassadors from around the globe.

JAPAN
The Character: Doraemon
The Synopsis: A robotic cat who plays with Japanese children, Doraemon has a magic pouch on his stomach that he can pull just about anything out of. He travels via a desk that has a time machine inside it and was sent from the future to protect his friend Nobita.
The Takeaway: What the Terminator would look like if he were sent to Japan.

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