What was it like when cartoons were actually successful?

What was it like when cartoons were actually successful?

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    South Park is really a kids’ show disguised as an adult cartoon.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I was a freshman in high school when South Park debuted. The reaction was insane, you could feel there was something "new." I'm not even sure if modern audiences can understand those early episodes, and how radical it was to see "kids" talk like "kids." I would compare it to the movie Clerks, and how absolutely unheard of it was to see the kind of dialogue on screen (don't forget, that movie was hyped as almost getting an NC17 rating when it was released).

    Basically I think it was much easier to be "shocking" even in the late 90s due to ye olde "mono culture." I can't think of any cartoon that has the cultural impact as those big name 90s cartoons (beavis and butthead, ren and stimpy, simpsons, etc) since that era.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonyrnous

      How did kids used to talk on TV before South Park?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        they either talked like adults or cartoonish exaggerations of how kids talk

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Actually there isn't much difference before and after south park on the whole. Audiences want kids to be sweet little angels so they kind of gloss over the period where everything is shit piss dick frick suck moron gay.
        Maybe this indctrination is why you more and more see actual teenagers getting the precious baby treatment up until adulthood and sometimes beyond

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I think the major reason for why young adults are still acting like children is because they are not being trained for adult life or don't see a way to achieve it. The media they consume may play a part in it however the primary reason is the result of more impactful elements like parenting and over reliance on schools.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah pretty much this, the 90s were all about pushing envelopes and also the last time there was a true mono cultures, so everything was genuinely shocking and felt really novel. Same way that the biggest band on the planet in the early 90s wrote a song called "Rape Me" that became a fairly big hit, the culture of the time was looking for ways to push things as far as they could be pushed. Film, television, music, literature, it was all trying to find new places to go and the impact it had probably couldn't be replicated today with how desensitized everyone is.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Basically I think it was much easier to be "shocking" even in the late 90s due to ye olde "mono culture."
        It is still possible to shock people. Just look at Million Dollar Extreme.

        what about the modern counterculture of things like stonetoss?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Basically I think it was much easier to be "shocking" even in the late 90s due to ye olde "mono culture."
      It is still possible to shock people. Just look at Million Dollar Extreme.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Don't confuse "shock" with "piss off"

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      damn I thought I was old. I was like in 3rd grade when it aired

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I feel like the last cartoon to actually be a big hit was gravity falls

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Don't forget Wubbalubbadubdub man

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Oh right. Other than those and a few other early 2010’s shows, it doesn’t feel like any modern cartoon has been super successful outside of some small bubble they’re in

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Gravity Falls wasn't that popular with people that weren't terminally online and a bunch of kids. The only 2010's animated shows that were genuinely huge hits are Adventure Time and Reddit and Memey.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Gravity Falls
      >Not Bluey
      >Not Paw Patrol
      >Not PJ Masks
      >Not Miraculous Lady Bug

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I feel like it was still recent enough for everyone to remember Rick and Morty's rise to stardom in 2017-2018.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonyrnous

      As someone who was there for the very first season, that was an insane thing to see. I know Rick and Morty isn't praised as consistently as back in its peak years, but would you say it's still maintained its fame about as well as SP? I'd argue the now consistent release schedule and new voices helped a decent amount

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        R&M peaked at S2 which is shockingly early but it doesn't matter. The show is now normiecore. They're gonna ride it into the ground

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Canadian trash on the rise again:

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What was your opinion on the movie?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Peak South Park honestly, I rewatch it once in a while and it still holds up.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Honestly a fun movie, love the songs, love the plot, love the meta-commentary and love the autism that spawned from it in the 90s.
      South Park autism was absolutely grand.
      That one fic where the author calls the Marsh Household and tells every member he wants to frick Sharon is priceless, but I can't find it again.
      It ends with Sharon telling him she isn't real and hangs up.
      If South Park just went with what's funny instead of how to make what's in the headlines this week funny, then I think people would like it.
      >inb4 South Park was always relevant
      Yes, but with issues that had standing power.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Uncle Fricker

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      My first contact with South Park, my parents rented it for me and I loved it.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Still holds up incredibly well considering Matt and Trey thought the show would be cancelled shortly after this.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I hated Satan being gay. His entire personality was his abusive relationship with Saddam, who I didn't find funny either.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      their new game is near it's launch window but it looks so fricking bad. Not simply because it is in 3 but all animations and combat look really rough, lie they were trying to port a mobile game to ps5.

      real good movie, almost all songs are bangers.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      still kino

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      A little dated in places but the songs are excellent.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      its great
      glad they made this movie when south park was in its prime and the kids were still the stars of the show instead of randy

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    'Member when South Park had such impact that the new would report on controversies stirred but by a new episode?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      mogged by a walking talking pear

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Aside from movies, the last SHOW the get really popular was like... frickin Rick and Morty but they fumbled that pretty hard

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    cartoons have had down periods and boom periods, the 90s had ren and stimpy and beavis and butthead, which led to a boom period in adult animation in the late 90s and early 2000s.

    But cartoons were always for kids, i remember forcing myself to wake up every saturday to watch kids wb, fox kids, disney Saturday mornings

    They dont have saturday morning cartoons anymore......all those memories will now be gone....like tears in the rain

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Ahhh I remember when Stan was still the main character and was front and center in marketing.

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    In terms of stuff aimed at kids or all ages, I feel like frozen 1 and encanto were the last two to really grab attention in a notable way like the renaissance movies.
    Being a kid during the rise and peak of Pokémania and Spongemania was fricking awesome though. Shrek too but I wouldn’t call it mania

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm a South Park fan but Trey Parker's shitty politics have caused irreparable damage to American culture. Especially as he got older, richer, and more out of touch.

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What was your breaking point for South Park? I would say S15.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Season 20.
      it was one of the most unfunny shit I ever watched

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      South Park shit the fan late but the complete severance of quality is season 20

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Season 9 - around the time when Matt & Trey were both experiencing a bad case of creative burnout and seriously considered ending the show.

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Do we talk about fight club? you know which fight club.

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I find it funny that Biden hasn't been made fun of on South Park after he became president. Are Matt and Trey not allowed to make fun of him or do they not want to?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      No, you're not allowed to criticize democrats, and if you criticize the far left, you have to criticize the normal right too.

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    everything else was successful too
    we had this thing called free market capitalism, where you took big risks, and if they were successful, you pumped money into them. and every decision was based on pleasing, rather than enraging and browbeating, the audience.

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