I've been looking for a thread like this. I'm a huge fan of cartoons. Yes, it's true, many hold up cartoons from their generation as the best. Technology improves with each generation, so critiquing the animation itself is kind of unfair. I can easily critique the 80s Thundercats' animation as opposed to the 2011 version. But I honestly prefer the 80s version.
Looney Tunes is a cartoon made before my era but is shown till this day. It's a great cartoon with great characters. Even some of the young ones in this generation love watching this show. I've seen it myself, which shocked me.
Batman TAS - one of the best characters during my era. The stories were well crafted, it didn't rely on violence, pointless twists, innuendos, or curse words. It was classy storytelling. (Beast Wars is another favorite, but I don't want to ramble on!)
Young Justice - the story is amazing with its mystery angle and choices having consequences. It's one of the best cartoons of this day. (Last Airbender is another favorite)
With that said, each era has terrible cartoons with no redemption value. Some eras might have more than others. I'm not sure this generation is given a fair chance to shine. I had Disney Afternoons, Fox Kids, Toonami, etc.. This generation isn't given enough cartoons, in my opinion.
that's because the choices for entertainment are a lot more varied today then they were 15-20 years agoThis generation isn't given enough cartoons, in my opinion.
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A lot of the people that would become animators for cartoons become animators in video games instead.
also a lot of cartoon production is handled by many fewer companies, you really don't have syndicated cartoons anymore...its all handled by the company that owns the channel be it Disney, Nick, etc
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and it was the last time we saw both Rogue and Storm as they should be.
she's a redneck asskicker with a touch of doom.
she's an african drama queen with a sarcastic tongue
they fight crime and go shopping afterwards. :D
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There was a '90s Avengers show. It was terrible.
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"It's not whether you win or lose, it's whether I win or lose." - Peter David, on life
I wish that they'd reboot The Jetsons and The Flintstones. However, I don't understand how you'd like the original ThunderCats over the new reboot because the reboot was far more mature in that it examined serious issues and themes and it felt more like Lord of the Rings in tonality compared to the campy original which was a good cartoon in it's own right but just isn't as serious as it could have been. Another good cartoon from the old days is "Pirates of Dark Water" and I'd love to see it rebooted.
I think that in today's society animation hasn't really weakened but it's more diverse. It's not that our generation isn't given enough cartoons because in actuality animation is everywhere. We've got video games, anime (Bleach, Naruto), animated dramas, animated movies and of course comics. Animation dominates the movie house now with Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks Animation and FOX's Blue Sky (Ice Age) making big hits. We just had Wreck It Ralph and Rise of the Guardians both of which were really awesome. So we can't say that this generation is given less animation than previous generations.
Last edited by RoyalTailor; 12-27-2012 at 03:14 PM.
I remember Pirates of Dark Water! LOL!
So I retract my previous statement. Animation indeed is everywhere. I must exclude video games from your list if we're talking about cartoons, though.
However, I'm curious about debating the quality of said cartoons. Also, when we say Today's cartoons, what is considered 'today?' Your two examples, Bleach and Naruto, both aired/was made before 2005. Just because they're showing now I can't really consider it "today's cartoons" the same way I can't consider an episode of Saved By the Bell in syndication an example of "Today's Live Action Teen Show." For me, I consider today's cartoons created in a particular decade.