Kyan wrote:Nowadays I think they take the 'Think of the Children' thing a bit too far in cartoons. Just my two cents on that though.
Oh no doubt. Cartoons at this current point can be categorized in three parts.
1. Aimed for Children: ones fitting within this category will usually involve completely clean sense of entertainment. This alone would not be so much of an issue, however the problem occurs with these cartoons not taking the targeted audience seriously. Kids are not as dumb as they look or at least I would hope so. Primarily the biggest issue being a lack of educational applications that are entertaining enough to hold the attention of kids due to a downward spiral ever since the 80s that cartoons "are for kids" which is why I think the 90s sort of had a perfect balance on the format as it fit between the two extremes.
2. Aimed at Teens/Adults: Firstly a huge lack of these are actually around and as mentioned before cartoons these days are more focused towards children. So this category becomes how can companies appeal to older audiences while not losing the children audience. The 90s perfected this pretty well with cartoons like Animaniacs and much more. Currently however cartoons are attempting to use blatant gimmicks to gain an older audience rather than compelling stories such as minor expletives. So by doing so again it insults the intelligence of not only children, but adults as well. At this moment the only cartoons I can say that fit in this category and do not insult the intelligence of both demographics is My Little Pony: FIM, Transformers, and at times MAD can appeal to both audiences.
3. Anime: Foreign cartoons that are primarily aimed towards older audiences, but do have a few forms of exceptions such as those that would appeal to kids like Hanamaru Kindergarten, Digimon, and an even bigger exception of Avatar the Last Airbender (not an anime, but borrows heavily from the style). Bountiful amount of these can be easily found that can appeal to different people based on genre preference so this has become the predominant among the three.