Remember childhood?  Remember the simple joy we had in all things we did?

Play-Doh: Delicious!

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!

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  • zohner

    It’s really a shame that cartoons are not as good as they used to be. I remember waking up every Saturday at 6:00. I’d start with The Smurfs and not get up for about 4 hours except to get a bowl full of sugar laden cereal. Plus, the toy commercials were amazing. Remember 1983 and all of the awesome Return of the Jedi toys? Now kids just have Hannah Montana and the news to look forward to on Saturdays. How sad. 🙁

  • I think part of the problem is that in a second, my kids can pull up any cartoon they want. 24 hour cartoon channels, on-demand, on-line, etc. I remember that cartoons were special because I could only see them on Saturday Morning (and if I was lucky) after school.

    I do like the fact that my daughter has taken a great interest in classic Scooby Doo. However I could do without the Winx Club.

  • Scooby Doo is lame. The Real Ghostbusters, on the other hand . . . THEY made coming home from school special!

  • Lacey

    I know you guys probably don’t care but they have done the same thing with Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake. I loved those cartoons and now they are totally lame!! Or how about what they have done to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles *cries*