Honestly I think part of the reasons cartoons nowadays are failing is because so many focus on comedy.
Comedy isn’t bad when the jokes are actually funny and aren’t stolen from the internet.
The issue is that they take action oriented shows (Powerpuff Girls, Teen Titans) and turn them into shows that are nothing more than cash cows for the network that bank on the fame of the original while doing nothing to live up to it. A number of cartoons now fizzle out after so many seasons because they simply can’t maintain an audience. The issue is that kids grow up. Eventually the humor and stolen jokes become old to them while cartoons that should have fizzled out are kept going and out on repeat (Looking at you TTG)
“You’re dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.” - Walt Disney.
I think that is a quote any cartoonist, comic maker, writer, etc. who aims or gears their works towards children should have in their notebook or animation guide. Why? Because it’s true. So many cartoons are lame because they have no growth with the audience or any appeal beyond a young audience that is subject to lose interest at the drop of a hat. For some reason, it seems like cartoon makers are afraid of making a cartoon that has dark elements to it.
I’m not saying people should make dark cartoons just for the sake of it because that’s what will appeal to kids. Rather, I’m saying there is nothing wrong with having a dark theme in your cartoon or having the characters deal with issues. It doesn’t even have to be truly dark.
For example, The Powerpuff Girls had an episode that showed the actually dangerous or downside to the girls powers when they moved out of Townsville. They had an episode that dealt with toxic relationships (the episode with Buttercup having a crush on Ace). They had an episode that dealt with insecurities on a number of occasions, etc. all while maintaining a sense of laughter and cheerfulness.
Static Shock dealt with homophobia, Racism (the episode where Static met Richie’s father) and gun violence and bullying (the episode where Jimmy was bullied and brought a gun to school with the intention of killing his bullies). They had an episode where Static had to come to terms with his mother’s death.
Captain Planet obviously dealt with pollution and environmental dangers, but also had an episode dedicated towards HIV and suicide.
Steven Universe attracts a wide range of people to the show due to the variety of issues presented in the show. Grief, LGBT issues, etc.
Gumball is a genuinely comedic show that doesn’t rely on memes and jokes stolen from the internet for the sole basis of its writing. The characters are likable and funny without having to be total douchebags to each other.
Shows that attract a wide range of viewers are good shows and they deserve the attention over some cash cow that is a hollow shell of the original.
With so many shows from the 90s getting revivals and reboots, I can only hope that they don’t fall into the shoes of PPG 2016 and TTG.
Kids deserve better than just hollow jokes and shells of the original show that they will outgrow. Kids deserve shows that actually stick with them till adulthood.
Potential charm design, if people are willing. SAI corrupted my file while I was working on it, but I was able to recover most of it.
If the response is positive, I’ll draw the rest of the girls eventually.
I’ve already been seeing negativity about the new Rocko’s Modern Life movie Static Cling, and PEOPLE…
The show always mocked “modern life”; this just happens to be modern life in the 2010s while the show was from, you know, the early-to-mid-90s. The 2010s references don’t feel shoehorned in or put in to make the show “hip” (looking at you, PPG 2016); they’re supposed to show how much society has changed since the ‘90s, for better or for worse. And from the looks of it, it’s going to be great. And it feels just like the original show, which is all that matters in the end.
Really, the trailer drops and I already see some people being all “No Fun Zone” about it already.
Static Cling follows the original cast of Rocko’s Modern Life after returning from having been lost in outer space since 1996 (the same year the original series ended). While those plebes Heffer and Filburt are all about modern technology and hip food and blah blah snore, Rocko, the intellectual, is struggling because he’s NOSTALGIC FOR THE ‘90s. According to the press release, Rocko “whole-heartedly believes that his nostalgia for the past can save him from the tortures of the modern world." This is the story of a '90s cartoon character who’s been brought back to appeal to our '90s nostalgia, while he, too, struggles with his own '90s nostalgia.
the plot of the 2018 TV special, Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling (via BuzzFeed)
You pull the phone away from your head to make sure it didn’t disconnect, which causes you to miss the first part of the Oriole’s response.
“-want me to do with this information. It doesn’t really change anything, does it?”
“I mean, not really,” you hesitate, “I just… I think maybe I was hoping you would have an opinion on it, that you would tell me you suspected or it surprised you or something. Does that make sense?” The note of pleading in your voice betrays how uncertain you are about the entire situation.
“I guess…” the voice on the other end responds, painfully unconvinced. “But you have to remember I never got to meet Jules, so I have no idea how you two got along. And you’ve posted what, half a dozen times on facebook since I left for school? Maybe if you were less of a shut-in recluse I might have been able to offer something worthy of consideration, here.”
You say nothing, the age-old accusation from your closest friend made all the more pointed in the years since they accepted a full-ride scholarship from out-of-state and left, immediately after going to ████████ without you. A fear grips your heart, that you are ossifying into a relic of the past, remembered fondly but not often thought of. This feeling is only strengthened as the Oriole continues:
“Look, I’m sorry I couldn’t give you what you were looking for but I gotta go, I’ve got stuff that needs checking on at the lab. Talk later!” she promises, but you know both that she will forget and you won’t work up the courage to call again.