Remember childhood? Remember the simple joy we had in all things we did?
Cartoons: Simple and awesome.
David Hasselhoff: No clue who he was, but his car rocked!
I look back on these things, and I worry about what my children will have to look back upon. It’s not that they don’t have cartoons now, they most certainly do. But have you seen some of them now? All the good ones they brought out, they took off the air again: Invader Zim, MiB, Batman Beyond, Justice League to name a few.
To illustrate my point, I’ve prepared some side-by-side comparisons.
Transformers: Sure, the story and animation weren’t all that great. But they were kick-ass to us! Now they look like the lost love-child between Samurai Jack and Pokemon!
The US Army: We used to look up to them! They handled all threats to the United States in about 20 minutes, and had an important lesson for us in the end. Now, well . . .
He-Man: It was every kid’s dream to have a power sword and a battlecat. That’s because they were awesome! However, our kids will never know that, now that He Man is just a sick cosplay idea.
Of course, some things have simply been updated in a positive manner. Problem is, after updating them and creating a good series to be cherished by children, it’s canceled again.
Our poor children; they will never know what they missed out on!