2013-03-16 08:49:32 UTC
With the apparent cancellation of Young Justice and Green Lantern on
Cartoon Network, there's been a lot of talk about the death of action
cartoons on TV.
But let's put things in perspective, I think everyone at least once
thinks that "cartoons are dying" when a favorite show goes off the
air. Sometimes you have that feeling about the new wave of "action
cartoons" not being as good the ones you enjoyed, or sometimes it's
"comedy cartoons" not being on par with your favorites which are now
cancelled. Sometimes you just think all cartoons in general on TV
aren't as great as they once were.
For me it was the year 1990: The 1980's were over, and gone were
classics like "Transformers", "GI Joe", "He-Man", and "Thundercats".
Instead, we had the "Super Mario Bros. Super Show". Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles was at the height of it's popularity due to the live
action movie that came out that year, but for me, the cartoon was
starting to loose it's appeal (how many times can the turtles take on
Shredder and Krang before it gets stale?)
Besides TMNT, there wasn't any action cartoons! (Yes, I know there was
a new He-Man show in syndication, but my stations didn't carry it, and
it was almost universally hated). Comedy shows reigned supreme: Tiny
Toons was huge, but that's a comedy show, and Tailspin was just a
retread of the family shows already done by Ducktales and Chip & Dale:
Rescue Rangers (so it just looked like Disney was running on fumes). I
guess there was "Captain N: the Gamemaster" (the nintendo cartoon) but
it was kind of a let down...
What I didn't know was that the best was yet to come:
There wasn't a Batman: The Animated Series yet (started in 1992).
No Gargoyles yet (started in 1994).
No Exosquad yet (1993, I believe).
No "Cadillacs and Dinosaurs" (1992).
No "Conan the Adventurer" (1992)
"Pirates of Dark Water" aired in the fall of 1991, but that was about
the earliest "action" cartoon.
In other words, animation studios were in a reformat phase in 1990. We
were inbetween styles of action show.
So has anyone here ever experienced the thought of "man, it feels like
cartoons died this year!"?