I stomached watching the Powerpuff Girls on the Cartoon Network this morning. Then I flicked over to the old Donald Duck cartoons on the Disney channel which was totaly enjoyable. In terms of cartooning abilitey its like comparing an Italian kid scrawl of mummy to the Mona Lisa.
The entire PPG is simple Euclidian in basic shapes of the suroundings and charicatures themselves - in 5 mins flat one could draw up Professor Neutonium or Bubbles using Paint, compared to the old hand-drawn Disney ones that certainly took a lot of time and effort.
Is there such a thing as Low Cost cartoons quickley whipped up with computer software? Have cartoonists been forced to sacrifice quality and salary in order for the boss to maximise profits? Have modern cartoonists lost the art of drawing? Does Mr O' bloodey Leary own Cartoon Network?
I can't stand the politically correct cartoons which must have a moral to them, must display the correct number of ethnic and skin-hued minorities and cannot show gratuitous violence, except to robots.
Bring back the Road Runner, Bugs Bunny and Foghorn Leghorn, Rocky and Bullwinkle, any of the old Merrie Melodies, Woody Woodpecker, Mighty Mouse etc.
Saw a Disney cartoon last week where Black Pete had been sanitised to Pete. Even Heckle and Jeckle are outside the acceptable area because they were not white.
So I guess Speedy's out these days? 'Ze fastest mouse in alla Mexico?' Pity, it was first Spanish I ever learned...
Funny though it is, The Simpsons had really lousy animation quality for the first couple of seasons and I think the rest have lowered themselves to the same standard. The Disney and Warner Brothers cartoons of the 40s - 60s have wonderful animation, but they used to pay through the nose for it and had heaps of staff drawing everything frame by frame. Why use a big team of professionals if you can still get an audience with crud? This is the motto of most modern television.
TELEVISION ANNOUNCER: We now return to the Smurfs...
(on television screen) Smurf #1: Hey, did you have a good time last night? Smurf #2: Smurf-tacular! Smurf #1: Yeah, I saw you leave with Smurfette. Smurf #2: Oh man, as soon as we got out of the bar, she started smurfing me. Smurf #1: Shut the Smurf up! Smurf #2: Yeah! Smurf #1: Right in the Smurfing parking lot? Smurf #2: Smurf-Yeah! Smurf #1: Oh! That is freaking Smurf!
There's a lot of the old Warner Bros. cartoons that have fallen to political correctness. Speedy Gonzales has been off the screens in America for years because it stereotypes Mexicans as lazy louts. There are 11 old WB cartoons in a vault in NYC that will never see the light of day again because of the insanity of political correctness. Never mind that it was a reflection of social values at the time they were made. The stupid fs think they can change history by banning a cartoon. Here's a few of examples of the Banned Eleven.