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May

Scooby Do: A Child’s Primer for Investigation

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With the premier of The Flintstones in 1960, the first successful network animated show was born. There were a few precursors, notably Crusader Rabbit, but it was The Flintstones that got networks believing people would watch a cartoon in prime time. Through syndication, The Flintstones legacy was kept alive after the show ended in 1966, and many generations have enjoyed this landmark show. There were several attempts by networks to produce another prime time animated show, all of which ultimately failed. Many of these shows wound up gaining popularity on the Saturday morning circuit, as TV executives realized that most adults wanted to sleep in on the weekend, here, allowing kids to watch what they liked. Prime time cartoons continued to be a distinct rarity until The Simpsons ushered in a new era of cartoon acceptance in 1989. Since then, there have been a number of well-received prime time cartoons, including Family Guy, South Park, Beavis & Butthead, and Futurama. Much more mature in theme than early cartoons, these newer series reflected changes in society that were already well-established in their non-animated television counterparts. Now with cartoon-themed cable networks like Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, the future of TV cartoons looks bright.


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12

May

How The Simpsons Changed TV Cartoons Forever

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When it comes to American animation, you cannot go far before discussing the Simpsons. The Simpsons have now been on air for more than 20 years, and it holds pride of place as the longest-running sitcom in the United States as well as the longest-running animated program in the United States.

When the show first came on, it was widely criticized as being crass and inappropriate for young children. However, it can be argued that given the show’s timeslot and origins as a a sketch comedy on The Tracey Ullman Show that it was never Read the rest of this entry »


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9

May

Meet George Jetson: How Cartoons Shaped the Future

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Meet George Jetson who works for a Cog Company. It is hard to tell exactly what a cog is; however, it is one of the most competitive products in the futuristic cartoon. The cartoon was created long before the internet became a way of life. It may also have shaped the future in many ways. The imagination of the cartoonist helped spark the imagination of inventors who want to see if George Jetson’s lifestyle is actually possible.

Computers, robots, and machinery made Jetson’ Read the rest of this entry »


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6

May

Josie and the Pussycats: A Microcosm of Band Life

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Josie and the Pussycats was such a popular comic book that it spawned a cartoon and a film. The comic, which started in 1963 ceased production in 1982, and the film based on the comic landed in theaters in 2001. Fans tend to remember the cartoon, but many are surprised when they learn that it only ran for two seasons. A spin-off cartoon, which showed the girls in outer space, ran for two years after the original series.

One of the reasons why people loved the girls so much is that the cartoon showed what life was actually like for a working Read the rest of this entry »


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3

May

The History of TV Cartoons: The Flintstones to Futurama

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With the premier of The Flintstones in 1960, the first successful network animated show was born. There were a few precursors, notably Crusader Rabbit, but it was The Flintstones that got networks believing people would watch a cartoon in prime time. Through syndication, The Flintstones legacy was kept alive after the show ended in 1966, and many generations have enjoyed this landmark show.

There were several attempts by networks to produce another prime time animated show, all of which ultimately failed. Many of these shows wound up gaining popularity on the Saturday Read the rest of this entry »


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