this page, then, which is where I found the quote
this page, then, which is where I found the quote
hey, the fake video game from cartoon network's level up! is now a real video game that you can play online
i'd provide a link, but i really don't want to find it
Anybody in the mood for some crippling nostalgia? With a side of "They Don't Make Them Like They Used To? Here you go:
Branching off of the Hey Arnold bit, I have to say that, despite rose-tinted glasses, a good chunk of those older cartoons had, shall we say, a lot more heart than a lot of what's on now. It's hard to explain, but it had the right feel. The difference between playing a trope straight and playing a trope right. The difference between a house and a home. Dare I say it, the difference between Star Wars Originals and the Prequels. It's that little extra touch of whatever indeterminate, indescribable quality, organity or what have you. Those CN City bumpers they used to play, I think those summarised it best. There was a wholeness to it, a real identity to Cartoon netwrok which they certainly don't have any more.
But now, eh, it feels wrong somehow. Too focused on demographics and ratings and the whims of the people who direct the channel, rather than the creators and audience.
Also, Gendy Tartakofsky Clone Wars. Can I get a show of hands?
i remember when Toonami had all those anime remix-vids..... those where just awesome. I also still remember when Moltar was the first host of Toonami (back when Space Ghost C2C and Ghost Planet practically took over Cartoon Network), when the probes where sent into space, when Tom was activated, and when he had the major upgrades to the Absolution. I practically cried when he went "Bang".....
Those CN City bumpers where really good to...
On another point, I was watching Kick Buttowski some... And that is a quality show. It was really neat, and it has a lot of the community commentary... Hell, I'll pull up the quote from the above page:
Kick Buttowski builds this community aspect up, too. It isn't quite as potent as it was in HA! or Recess, but it presents a lot more than is present in a vast majority of cartoons today. I loved it.Originally Posted by "plaguelocust" of Reddit
And then I saw Fanboy and Chum-Chum coming on and saw a little snippit of it... UGH. (the animation was unique though)
I'm surprised that, having pretty nice R&D departments by now, these networks haven't tried to produce these kinds of shows yet. There's a pretty nice demand for them, and I think that some kids would enjoy it over some of their other options. They would potentially get a lot of adult views as well as the kid views.
Phineas and Ferb is great for different reasons. It doesn't quite present the community past the protagonist/nerd/bully/girl archetypes, but those same characters are better scripted and more realistic. The appeal that it has isn't all-encompassing, i.e. there are appeals in the show projected toward kids, and appeals made toward adults. That being said, P&F is still a great show that I enjoy a lot.
tl;dr Kick Buttowski is cool, and so is Phineas and Ferb but for different reasons.
Going back to cartoons, nowadays I see most of them as focusing on one of two things: throwing out shit because "kids love this stuff" in a effort to make a quick buck, and attempting to appeal to older viewers in the vein of Adventure Time or Regular show. The latter is all fine and good, but it also means that there's a certain loss of innocence. Cynicism creeps in to snag the demographic of twenty-somethings in an uncertain world, and with that cynicism and loss of innocence we lose the sense of community: it's every show for itself in a dog-eat-dog world. And no matter how much people like shows of that older, more cynical ilk (and don't get me wrong, AT and RS are great shows) what I think people really want is to go back to that time when there was some semblance of a community and heart to their shows. Like some sort of unconscious feeling that "this isn't right." It's what I think has led to FiM's massive popularity, especially with the 20-something age bracket: it has some of that heart and innocence and community that is pretty much gone in media and in the world.
Tl/DR Network executives nowadays are a bunch of cynical bastards, who think that their entire audience is either a) unimaginably stupid or b) cynical bastards themselves.
On an unrelated note, I was thinking of Kids Next Door, and how it's like the kid-community... Only pretty much at one extreme of the spectrum.
Also Teen Titans. That was an awesome show. I refuse to believe that the Titans exist outside of that show. Except for the comics based on the show. Yes I am directing that at you, 2011 DC Universe reboot.
Maybe I'm going blind, but those don't look like teenagers to me (Kid flash and BB maybe). I don't know what it is about the art used for them in the comics, but it's equivalent to me being a cat petted backwards. But I digress.
And also I just found out (like five minutes ago) that there are going to be Teen Titan shorts in CN's DC Nation Block next year.
They actually did something right.
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i actually don't see anything wrong with making an animated show for grown ups, but still appropriate and understandable for a kid to watch. I think MAD and Regular Show come pretty close.
i think there should be more investment in this "limbo catagory" that falls between the Cartoon Network Y7 kiddy shows and Adult Swim's TV14/MA shows. There doesn't always need to be alot of swearing, poor subject matter, and realistic violence for a show to be for an adult audiance.
Cartoon Network was much better 4-5 years ago, we can ALL agree to that, but why is that?
Its not that the people in charge have changed there status, its the people in charge that have changed.
2007 ATHF Bomb Scare
I'm just glad Stuart gave Ed Edd n Eddy that final push to let 'er go... it truly was the best ending I could hope for. btw, we REALLY need an Ed Edd n Eddy thread...Originally Posted by Wikipedia
Its sad really, one of the few last people in cartoons that actually somewhat cared about quality, stepped down due to the reactions of something he did not cause...
Atleast for a few months after he stepped down, the shows were still rather decent... but then one by one they got the finales lined up, and the whole slate swept clean. Looking at the time this happened, its hard not to see the pieces fall into place... with shows getting dropped left and right, atleast there was the dignity to create closure.
Still,it makes me sad... I miss these shows, I miss toonami. Its blatantly obvious looking at the parts, that the only reason it latched on so long after the president dropped, is because of Naruto's random burst of popularity... its hard not to cry looking at how the shows trickled away from existence, drying out the creativity from Cartoon Networks line-up...
And leaving my childhood-memories ruined ;_;
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I don't see the "trinkling away" as discribed above with the lineup. Most cartoon shows only last 3 seasons at most. It was unusual for the time to have multi shows that have been runing for 6 or more seasons.
Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Lab, Courage, and Billy and Mandy... gave way to shows like Adventure Time, Chowder/Flapjack, Gumball, and Regular show. There will aways be shows that stand out above the rest, and there would always be someone out there to say "Hey! What ever happened to 'What ever happened to Robot Jones?' i really liked that show. Why was there only one season?"
Seeing all this, I'm not quite as angry about not having CN where I live anymore. I'm still fairly upset about it though.
"We had more heart back then" is one of those arguments you'll see a lot as you get older and it has no merit on its own. If it's all about demographics, now, what was it about before? Was Nickelodeon Viacom's way of giving jobs to starving artists? Were all of those toy tie-ins a coincidence?
Here's how nostalgia works: your memory takes the good stuff and the bad stuff, tosses out the bad stuff, and you're left with only the good stuff--it's memory survival of the hippest. For all of the classic cartoons, you're lumping all of the shows of one long time period together (90s to early 00s) while filtering out the bad ones and comparing that with all of the programming to offer nowadays. Is anyone mourning the loss of shows like Dave the Barbarian and Teamo Supremeo and Weinerville and As Told By Ginger and All Grown Up and Angry Beavers and Mortal Kombat: Invaders of the Realm?
Megaman took a bullet for our traditional values.