The House of Hanna-Barbera, the Wonder of Warner, the Magnificence of MGM, has officially died.
Beethoven. They are airing fucking Beethoven this weekend. I knew the network was dying, but i held out for a sliver of hope that they would return to what made it great. When they aired School of Rock, my heart fell. This travisty, this mockery, is the last nail in the coffin of a once-great network. I grew up with Cartoon Network, learning to appreciate IMVHO the superiority of animated storytelling over that of live action.
Granted there are still a few gems (plus they still air Tom & Jerry), but this is not the same network i could stay tuned to all day long and not care what was on other networks. No more Bugs Bunny, no more Droopy, no more Yogi Bear...Not even Boomerang's been spared. They do not air Loony Tunes at all any more.
My all time favorite series on CN was Toonheads, a documentary series presenting the context in which characters were made, spotlighted directors and animators, even discussing forgotten (Bosko) and forbidden (war shorts) cartoons. It used to air recently on Boomerang, but now it's gone too.
Also, going on 2 months, they stopped airing closed captions. I use captions because my hearing is not that sharp anymore, and it helps me understand the show better, and they just...stopped airing captions. Even on stuff that i've watched captioned for years don't have them. Some shows still have the closed caption emblem in the corner, but nothing scrolling at the bottom. There has to be a legal consequence for that.
I'll always remember Cartoon Network the way it was at its peak. This sad clone can't take those memories.
Cartoon Network is dead. Long live Cartoon Network. :(