1) They need to take off those crappy teen shows and put back on cartoons.
2) Why can't they show the good cartoon shows instead of all this new crap?
Okay, when TV execs are faced with the first complaint, they hear: "You need to take off your incredibly successful and popular shows and replace it with played out animated shows." Maybe you can see how they might not be open to that plan. And for those of you who have a problem with Cartoon Network showing live action programs because of the name of the network -- those shows will go away if they're not popular. If they are, then see above. Meanwhile you'll probably see more "CN" branding.
Remember, they're in the business of delivering an audience of a certain demographic and they can't afford to draw artificial lines between types of entertainment. Would a puppet show be okay? CG? A show that combines animation and live action? It's not like they aren't developing new animated shows. I'm developing one. Warners has a bunch. Let's hope they're all good ones.
The funny thing about the second complaint, the one about the "good" cartoons, is that it really means the cartoons that you grew up with. At a recent panel about Disney TV Animation, a fan expressed her love of the show, "Recess." That's heresy to the Disney Afternoon lovers. Animation of the 1980's is so popular that it's been turned into live action movie blockbusters. Yet for others it's POWERPUFF GIRLS and DEXTER'S LABORATORY. And of course, those who appreciate the classics of prime time FLINTSTONES, HUCKLEBERRY HOUND, CRUSADER RABBIT and RUFF AND READY think you're all crazy.
Fans assume I want to return to my old stuff. If I did, I would hope that it has something new to offer: a feature length story, a CG version or just better overall animation. If not, why go back? Well, aside from boatloads of cash. I much rather work on a new project, preferably a creation of my own.
I wouldn't hesitate to return to HELLBOY because we never had the chance to really get it right. I shouldn't say that. I tend to concentrate on the disappointments of my work. In fact, friends of mine kidded me that they thought BLOOD AND IRON was a great movie until they listened to the commentary track explain how crappy it is. But I now know what worked best and what to avoid. I know how I want to tweak the art direction and what is needed in terms of background design. Most of all, there are tons of stories to be told that I haven't seen on TV.
In general, I think there are plenty of awesome cartoons being done. There are plenty I could point to and say, "I'd like to be a part of that." If you don't enjoy them, consider that they might not be aimed at you. They're aimed at the younger you that doesn't exist anymore. Maybe it's your little brother, cousin or nephew that is glued to the new stuff. Maybe your it's your niece, sister or daughter that is transfixed by those Disney Tween Queens.
I will say that I don't see shows with the same mix of comedy and adventure that was a staple of the Disney Afternoon and shows like Sonic the Hedgehog or TMNT that isn't out there right now. Actually, the new Scooby-Doo show, MYSTERY INC does it. ADVENTURE TIME also does it in its own way. So maybe I'm wrong.
Certainly not the first time. -- Tad