popular cartoons

Anyone who knows me well enough knows that I’m fascinated by weird religious panics about kids’ pop culture from the last few decades, from D&D being accused of teaching kids witchcraft to He-Man being picked apart for occult symbolism. So I’m honestly surprised there hasn’t been some loud, widely-publicized moral panic about Steven Universe from the religious fundamentalist crowd yet. I mean, think about it, we have a popular cartoon show aimed at children that features:

  • At least one canonical same-sex couple, as well as at least a couple major examples of same-sex attraction
  • A main character who is stated to have been born out of wedlock and raised by a non-traditional family unit
  • At least a few instances of “suggestive” dance moves
  • Magic and violence being shown as a good and positive thing
  • A major symbol for the good guys being a five-pointed star
  • Use of mystical/magical crystals (fundies are still suspicious about that aspect of new age culture, right?)
  • Seeing the future via a “third eye” (this is one thing I recall that fundies complaining about occult elements in cartoons back in the 80s LOVED to rail about)
  • A character who uses shapeshifting to turn into animal forms (another aspect of “occult” religions and beliefs that 80s-era fundies got their undies in a bunch over) or even to transform from a female form to a male one
  • A character who defies the gender binary and is attractive to both men AND women

I mean, I certainly wouldn’t agree with such a moral panic, but in a world where The Loud House can get yelled at by One Million Moms for featuring a pair of gay parents in one episode, I’m honestly baffled that this entire show managed to slip by the religious types’ radar.

Man, fundies really lost their touch since the Satanic Panic ended, huh?

Monster Factory creations ranked by power

Rank: D

While very weak and lacking any good combat skills, Squirtle has great speed, accuracy, and potential to become stronger which prevents him from being an F

Rank: A

A cyborg cat mimicking the popular orange cartoon cat with extreme acrobatic, fighting capability, control over the internet, and no known weakness (besides Mondays), however he is far more focused on lasagna jpegs than actually fighting

Rank: C

Completely average in any way, the only advantage any of them have is in social situations and hierarchy (Special agent and a business man)

Rank: A

Similar to G.A.R.F.I.E.L.D. D-Bomb sports extreme physical strength, extreme agility, and is unkillable, however unlike G.A.R.F.I.E.L.D. D-Bomb is a remorseless kill far more focused on destruction and chaos than lasagna

Rank: B

An extraordinary wrestler created as a clone of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, while a mutated monster of the original he is far more powerful than the original

Rank: S

Possessed by an eldritch god, Truck has mutated far beyond what he once was, continuing to spread, an unstoppable being

Rank: C

A combination of Angela Lansbury and dinosaur DNA allows Dino-Lansbury to reign at C rank, while the average old person lies within the D rank, other than her hybrid body there is nothing extraordinary about her besides that her body is able to produce jam by eating fruit

Rank: D

Other than his shape shifting powers and sturdy body, the Boy-Mayor is very weak as he lives the mayor life, using his words over his fists, however due to his position as the mayor of Second Life, one should not confront him for various reasons

Rank: C

The strongest C rank on the list, while very acrobatic and powerful, his lack of using guns is what holds him back, however he shows much potential to continue without guns, he does have great influence over others as he was able to fully ban guns securing his spot as the strongest C rank

Rank: A

With extreme physical strength, extreme agility, knowledge of all existing spells, and the ability to clone himself and others, Chiquita Dave is the only creature able to fight with G.A.R.F.I.E.L.D. and D-Bomb with both strength and numbers

Rank: S

An indestructible god capable of altering reality around her to the point of affecting other worlds, the strongest monster of them all, far more powerful than Truck, G.A.R.F.I.E.L.D., D-Bomb, and Chiquita Dave

Rank: F

It’s just Bart Simpson, anyone can beat Bart in a fight

Rank : B

Alone Randy is still a B and PanPan would be a simple D due to his weak body, however together they make and amazing team with Randy Johnson’s throwing capabilities and PanPan’s small body and pointed head, together they make a solid B rank

Rank: D

A small weak creature heavily affected by vaping, severely limiting her abilities

Rank: ?

Due to his limited screen time it is unknown how powerful he truly is, it is estimated he would be within the range of a high C to a mid B

Rank: B

A fairly strong beings, able to wield magic and the Steve Harvey Shield, the #Noid his a mid or even a high B rank, while able to collect Final Pam souls, this does not affect his rank

Rank: B

Almost as powerful as Dwayne “The Pebble” Johson, what Jorstin lacks in head durability he makes up for in rudeness and Honky Tonk mans

Rank: C

A weak C rank, low skill level at everything he tries, the very few fights he can win are against weaker opponents or by the skin of his teeth, good at shouting

Rank: C

Only remarkable things about Totino’s is his connection to the Boy-Mayor of Second Life and the ability to summon pizzas of varying sizes

Rank: B

A somewhat skilled Sly Cooper cosplaying warrior, proficient with a pole and at kicking people

Rank: D

Although he looks powerful, he is terrible at the king’s game: jolf

Rank: B

A very physically strong crime stopper that will stop at nothing to eat crime in the most nonviolent way possible, such as sending criminals to Dairy Queen

Rank: B

The successor to dogs, Jaa’m is superior to them in every way

Rank: B

Having the power of all of the Shrek movies combines, Shreck is a powerful creature on par with Jaa’m

Rank: B

An off shoot of the Shreck species, however they have not evolved to be a strong as the current Shreck line

Rank: B

A second subspecies of the Shreck line, usually found around Shrecks

Rank: A

Being the daughter of the legendary Final Pam and Parappa the Rapper Turbo Vicki is an extraordinary being, master at all sports and an unstoppable creature, even death can not stop her as she will reincarnate as her daughter

Rank: F

Dick Cheney is a weak old man who is terrible at sports

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https://www.change.org/p/cartoon-network-make-infinity-train-a-full-show

“Infinity Train” is a proposed show created by Owen Dennis, a writer and storyboarder for the show “Regular Show”. The pilot focuses on a girl named Tulip and a robot called One-One. The pilot is currently uploaded to Cartoon Network’s YouTube channel.

The show has quickly grown a fanbase, and many say the show has a lot of potential. People like the mystery of the universe the show is set in, and are asking Cartoon Network to make it into a full series.

People often criticize Cartoon Network for airing dumbed-down shows such as “Teen Titans Go!”, a spinoff of the show “Teen Titans”, and often feel that shows that are more plot diverse, or mature, such as Steven Universe and Adventure Time, are a better fit for the general culture of cartoons, and feel that “Infinity Train” could become a very popular cartoon.
If Infinity Train became a series, many say it would have the potential to be one of the best cartoons ever aired on Cartoon Network, and I personally could not agree more.

Many hope this cartoon will change how people see cartoons, and not think of them as shows “for kids”.

How to make a popular modern cartoon

Season 1: Make it funny and creative, have the main character be a young kid who’s relatable and has room to grow and learn as the show goes along. Let the protagonist have healthy and complex relationships with their guardians, and don’t be afraid to show said guardians as flawed individuals who make mistakes. Keep the main status quo mostly grounded, but allow for gradual change. The adventures should be fun and only occasionally sad, and leave an impact on the characters and plot. Don’t shy away from the occasional big episode that’s more serious and gives hints to things to come.

Season 2: Bring in The Apocalypse

i’m really worried about the whole “let’s watch star vs because marco might be trans” thing because like… okay, you know me, i love seeing myself reflected in the media i enjoy and i would go fucking NUTS if we had a good cartoon with a trans protag

i just. i don’t trust disney to let it happen

like, they wouldn’t even let gravity falls use the transgender SYMBOL. disney has a reputation for being safe and family friendly, and i’m not sure they’d want to risk the lost business from bigoted conservative parents if they made one of the protags on one of their more popular cartoons trans. that’s not to say they SHOULDN’T take that risk, because they absolutely should. but i’m not sure they will

if you were already interested in star vs then like, great. enjoy the show, by all means. it’s a fun show. but i’m really worried when i see all these people getting into the show JUST because of some potential subtext. like, we currently don’t even know if it’s intentional on the writers’ part, let alone whether or not disney would let them get away with it if it was

i’m not trying to rain on anyone’s parade, just like. if you’re hoping for that, maybe stay cautiously optimistic. keep your fingers crossed, enjoy the show for what it is, but please don’t hype up star vs as some bastion of progressive leftist politics and trans representation based on a hunch. if it does come true i’m gonna hop on that bandwagon so fast i get whiplash, but i’m not letting myself get too disappointed if nothing comes of this

pros and cons to making a popular kid’s cartoon

pro: you own a popular kid’s cartoon

con: funko pop figures of your characters from said popular kid’s cartoon will be created and you’ll have to approve them

there’s a difference between a cartoon being forgotten and a cartoon being forgettable that i feel like 99% of people don’t pay attention to when they call a cartoon “forgettable”

cartoons get lost in time, whether or not they weren’t taped properly or screwed over by networks intentionally. that’s what usually makes a show forgotten

if there’s nothing big or major going for a cartoon, at all, where it looks like everything else from an era that pioneered something big, that’s what usually makes it forgettable.