Cartoons: Old vs New


Many great cartoons were created in the 90’s and early 2000’s and show what newer cartoons should strive to become.

John Hiaasen, Staff Writer

Everyone has had their favorite cartoon that they would wait eagerly every week for the next episode to be released; many of these shows were: Hey Arnold!, Rugrats, Ed, Edd & Eddy and more. Now, the quality of children’s cartoons has severely declined in the last decade when compared to cartoons created in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Due to this decline in quality cartoons, many children are missing out on memorable shows; unfortunately many of which have been replaced by unoriginal re-makes.

Many popular shows of the past have been given an entirely new series in hopes of sparking the same amount popularity as their predecessors once did. For example, Teen Titans, a show about five young heroes protecting their city from attackers, has been re-made into a series called Teen Titans Go, which does not quite compare to the original show. Teen Titans knew its limits of not taking jokes too far, and the animation was well done. In sharp contrast, Teen Titans Go relies on weird premises, peculiar jokes and pop culture references that may not be understood by the target audience. This remake exemplifies how the re-making of older shows deteriorates the quality of the original series.

Courage the Cowardly Dog airing in 1990
Courage the Cowardly Dog airing in 1990 is a classic cartoon which brings back fond memories for many.

“What I hate about Teen Titans Go is that it is a really cheap and stupid rip off of some really cool characters,” freshman Sam White said.

Some people may believe that not all of the older shows were as glorious as many people made them out to be, and that some shows have been improved thanks to their spin of series. One show that did just that was The Legend of Korra, the sequel to Avatar: the Last Airbender, an award winning show about a world where humans can manipulate the elements. The Legend of Korra provided several explanations to unanswered questions from the original series, and also catered to a wide range of people.

The TV show known as Secret Mountain Fort Awesome is obviously extremely weird.
The TV show known as Secret Mountain Fort Awesome is obviously extremely weird.

“I think the cartoons that we watched growing up as kids are better than the recent ones. I feel like these days, cartoons are much more mature, have a bunch of violence, lack humor, or are just unintelligent. Of course there are some exceptions though,” junior Kevin Jimenez said.

Due to the ever evolving nature of the cartoon industry, it is not surprising that great cartoons from the 90’s and mid 2000’s were replaced by newer cartoons. Originality is essential for a cartoon series to have in order to withstand the test of time.