According to new research from Netflix released just in time for Father’s Day, 85 percent of dads around the world have already or plan to introduce their kids to the cartoons they grew up watching. For 75 percent of those polled, it lets them feel like a kid again, while for 76 percent, it helps them teach life lessons. The research finds dads take seriously the role of keeping the pop culture references from their childhood alive: Roughly two-thirds of them, or 66 percent, are turning to internet TV services such as Netflix for this new family tradition.
The survey was conducted online by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of Netflix from April 8 to May 8, among a sample of 7,009 parents age 18 and over, including respondents who stream TV shows and movies with their children. These parents were located in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, the UK, Germany, France, and the U.S. The poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for all parents.
The survey asked dads what shows they’re most looking forward to passing down. Superheroes shows such as Spider-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Marvel’s Avengers ranked high around the world. A few key cultural differences between countries were also revealed:
• Dads in the U.S. “Go, Go Gadget Go” for Inspector Gadget
• Tom and Jerry earned the top spot among dads in Brazil
• British dads are loyal to Danger Mouse
• Canadians find the Smurfs especially Smurfy
• Asterix is king with French dads
• Dads in Germany have a soft spot for Pippi Longstocking
• Mexican dads favor the Pink Panther