Most of you that are reading my blog are probably at the age now that you can remember having watched cartoons at a young age, cartoons that are no longer airing today. I have fond memories of…
Catdog, Doug, Hey Arnold
Courage the Cowardly Dog, The Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo,
Flintstones, Dexter’s Laboratory, Tom and Jerry
Scooby Doo, Jetsons, Rugrats, Rocket Power, The Wild Thornberrys,
Chalkzone, Invader Zim, Ed, Edd, and Eddy, and many many more.
These shows represented an era for many. They provided understanding on issues that younger kids were dealing with while providing good entertainment. These shows tackled issues such as fear, disability, feminism, foreign encounters, and mental disabilities. Theresa Romano discusses the change from these classics to today’s cartoons on the The Mary Sue . She discusses the transition Cartoon Network has gone through from having quality shows to their current attempts to only satisfy the few with quick attention grabbers. She also comments on how fans have tried to bring back shows that have gotten axed from Cartoon Network. The network has a continued tendency to cancel shows with large fan bases who love their shows so much that they will do all they can to have it continued. Ironically the few shows that have succeeded in gaining a continuous long run on Cartoon Network such as, Adventure Time and Regular Show, are termed as having a nostalgic feel similar to the original shows on the network and it seems that that is the reason why they are so loved. Brett Hallahan wrote on The Sqlog about Nickelodeon’s cartoons’ demise. He believes the reason for their downfall was the introduction of Disney Channel which involved live-action filming with teenagers who lived though varying adventures. While there were good things to come out of Disney Channel and their teenager shows, they also seemed to lose the same values that had been displayed in their shows and the cartoons on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. All that we have left to day is barely hanging remains of great shows that were once aired, and one can only hope that these networks will redeem themselves and bring great shows filled with well thought out life lessons back to the forefront of television.