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Spoiler Alert: Cartoons’ failure

29 April 2012 By Tracy Schmelter, Columnist One Comment

Let’s just come out and say it: cartoons are not what they used to be.

But if you’re looking for cartoons, the first place to go is Cartoon Network – that much hasn’t changed.

Over the years, entertaining and charming shows like “The Jetsons” have been replaced with flashy numbers such as “Ben 10” and “Star Wars: Clone Wars.”

I’m sure there is something to be said for these more tech and fantasy driven shows for preteen boys, but don’t you miss the days where cartoons had the ability to entertain almost any type of person?

Obvious classics such as “The Flintstones” and “Scooby-Doo” nailed the true challenge of television shows and movies alike: how to appeal to both male and female audiences.

So if you’re love of cartoons started dying the day “Dexter’s Laboratory” stopped airing, have no fear. Cartoon Network has given the ultimate gift by presenting “Cartoon Planet” on Friday evenings.

“Cartoon Planet” actually first ran from 1995 to 2000 and was hosted by Space Ghost, and is now hosted by Brak and Zorak.

Classic cartoons such as “The Powerpuff Girls” and “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends” can be watched every Friday thanks to Cartoon Network.

On the line up for this Friday includes The Rowdyruff Boys episode of “The Powerpuff Girls” and the hour-long time slot is filled with three different shows, so there are little to no commercials.

So you can keep your fancy new superhero shows.

Me?  I still find it more than satisfying to watch three little girls beat up villains like Mojo Jojo and Fuzzy Lumpkins.  (Being told my doppleganger is Bubbles probably helps, too.)


One Comment »

  • JG Man said:

    While I love the reboot of Cartoon Planet (one of my favorite shows as a child), not only do I think eventually Space Ghost should be brought back on, but this should signal a return for Space Ghost Coast To Coast!

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