Monday, February 09, 2004

Cartoons, how do I miss thee

What has happened to children's television? The youth of today really don't have even close to the kind of groundbreaking television we had in the 80s and 90s. More then once I have been involved in the conversation about cartoon I watched as a kid. Do you remember a little show called "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?" With a rat sensei, pizza eating turtles, and the perfect villain this show is 10 times better then any of the crap on TV now. A place where everyone remembers the great shows is in early Nickelodeon's line up. They had "Are You Afraid of the Dark," "Salute Your Shorts," "Rocco's Modern Life," "Doug," and many people would kill me if I forgot "Ren and Stimpy." The show that started the kind of animation scene in the only Nick show I watch "Spongebob." Even the Disney channel was better back then. After the downfall of cartoons as we knew them, they started spinning out terrible shows. The Power Ranger's have gone back in time, gone to space, and gone to crap. The early years with the original yellow ranger and black ranger were the good years. They also tried "Are You Afraid of the Dark" where Tucker took over the reins of the campfire. That show was terrible, Alien tomagachies are NOT scary! The last show that I thought was fantastic, "Family Guy," was taken of the air for being good and now is back in syndication. Cartoons really need to be changed back to the old formula. Here I have a great idea! Hmm...some kind of animal...a dog has the ability to become human and turn into a ninja where he kicks ass fighting against the evil Pie Man! That is much better then anything else on TV.