Friday, June 11, 2004

Cartoon networks: Writing for Animation World Magazine, Martin "Dr. Toon" Goodman examines the creative and cultural trends in animation during the 1980s:

"The diversity encouraged by the cable and satellite channels cannot be underestimated. There is no doubt that if only the “big three” networks existed into the present decade there may have been little chance for cartoons such as the original incarnation of Ren & Stimpy, Invader Zim, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Grim and Evil or Samurai Jack to ever crack the lineup at ABC, NBC or CBS. The ruckus that followed the Religious Right’s smackdown of Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures in 1987 would have led to caution not only at CBS but among its competitors as well; shows that played it light and kept it safe would have been the rule. The Fairly OddParents, The Proud Family, Powerpuff Girls and Kim Possible may well have had a shot at Saturday Morning or UHF syndication, but I would be willing to bet that most network execs would have considered anything as offbeat as SpongeBob SquarePants a reach."