Mighty Max is just one example of creative Cartoons that used to come out back in the 80's-90's in America. There were also Beast Wars, Conan the Adventurer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Darkwing Duck, Duck Tales, Chip and Dales Rescue Rangers, Inspector Gadget, Garfield ( original), Heathcliff, etc. There is actually too many to mention, but I would like to also include The Smurfs, Bravestar, He-man, Gi-Joe, Eek the Cat, The Tick, and many, many more.
Then something happened in the mid to late 90's. Morning and day time broadcast cartoons were not making enough money for Fox and other networks so we were regulated to Saturday morning cartoons and a few cable cartoons to live on in America. Then slowly Fox Saturday mornings turned into Anime and other shows. Now do not get me wrong, Anime is fine and all, but not really American. There are a few that are Americanized, but they are not as good.
Then a few years back I noticed something. Maybe it was up to five years ago. Spongebob, and Fairly Odd Parents and Ben-10 started coming out. Still was nothing big, but it held cartoons together for a while. Simpsons had worn out its welcome, but Family Guy and South Park were reving to take it's place. They were both successful too! But beyond that, creativity was still lacking. Same old shows, different format or Art style. Pokemon was still around, but the voices were different and the wackiness had left it. Western Cartoons were at least on life support though. A few years before this they were dead. I realize some of these have been out for a while longer than my time period that I am sticking to, but again, everything was just barely alive.
Then all of a sudden everything changed. Adventure Time and Regular Show became huge hits and were two highly inventive and creative cartoons. Mad tv came on the air again, Ninjago, Thundercats, Venture Bros, Gumball, Annoying Orange, etc. Even the Super hero genre has made a comeback after dying all those years ago in the 90's with Spiderman, Batman, and the others. Even animated flicks at the movies are now top notch and hardly ever fail to be huge money makers and quite good as well. Madagascar, The Croods, Rio, Various Pixar flicks, Kung Fu Panda, Shrek and many others have gotten movie goers excited for kids movies again. In the past I would groan when forced to see a kid movie. Now I do not really mind because they are usually really good.
Is it the internet age that has created this new animated renaissance? Kids growing up with so much visual stimuli around them that they have huge imaginations. Or are we now bred to be successful now? Tv shows in general seem to be better than they were back in the day. Cable has set a standard that is hard to beat. Dexter, Mad Men, The Killing, The Walking Dead and others have top notch, cut throat writing styles. Even Broadcast Tv is killing it these days. What has happened over the past 5-10 years that has made everything all of a sudden so entertaining? Before you would have a Seinfeld, Friends, and a few cop dramas and that would be about it. Now everything is entertaining. So much so that we must go on the internet just to get it all out. America and the world is now boiling over with creativity.
It is a really amazing time right now in the world. I hope that everyone is taking notice.
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