Why are there shows that aren’t cartoons on Cartoon Network?

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Here at Buffet o’ Blog we often write about random things that are funny, although sometimes we’ll comment on a random event that is stupid.  This is one of the latter.

There’s a television channel called Cartoon Network.  What would you expect them to show?  Cartoons, right?  For years that’s all they showed.  In recent years, the quality of the cartoons on the channel have went down (in my opinion), and perhaps that’s part of their motivation in how they’re shaking things up.  They’re now showing some TV shows and movies that are not animated.  What’s up with that?!?

There’s plenty of channels to show non-cartoons, but there’s a shortage of cartoons on TV these days, and now what was previously the best channel for watching cartoons is going away from it somewhat.  This is quite disturbing.  What’s happening to the world?

It’s not like there’s some shortage of good cartoons.  There’s a lot of them off the air that should be shown more often.  You want I should list a few?  How about Looney Toons, Popeye (the old ones), Pink Panther, Batman: The Animated Series, Superfriends (all versions), Justice League, Scooby Doo, Transformers, G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K. (does anyone else remember that show?), Freakazoid, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Ren & Stimpy, Kenshin, Samurai Jack, Dexter’s Laboratory, Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, Cartoon Planet (with Space Ghost, Brak, and Zorak — they really should bring it back since it’s apparently not ever coming out on DVD), The Tick, Futurama, etc.  Even Masters of the Universe (He-man), as cheesy as it was at times, is better than some of the modern stuff.

Okay, if they would show even just HALF of these cartoons, they could mix in some new stuff (and pick the best of it), and have a very successful channel.  So why aren’t they doing this?  Are times that bad financially that they have to pick the cream of the crap?  Or is someone tightening the budget to squeeze more profits?  Or are the people in charge so confused that they prefer the really childish, nonsensical stuff that often fills the station these days?  Either way, maybe they should put me in charge.  🙂

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4 responses »

  1. what? playing something other than cartoons on a network CALLED cartoon network? what’s up with that? that’s a dangerous precedent to set. Next you’ll find something other than animals on animal planet… they’ll be nothing to ‘discover’ on the discovery channel. what if lifetime played something other than sucky womens movies? (okay… ‘that’ wouldn’t be so bad) 🙂

    still… I say ONLY cartoons should be played on cartoon network… 24/7… 365 days a year… I also agree with the post… most the new cartoons siphen!

  2. Yeah, come to think of it, I very seldom see news about foxes on the Fox News Channel anymore either. It must be a communist plot to take over TV! 🙂

    Ditto on Lifetime, MM, although I’m a little surprised that you don’t go for that channel, knowing about your “pansy pride” and all. 🙂 How’s that therapy coming?

  3. I’ve noticed this disturbing trend also. I think I remember back when it first started. They (Cartoon Network) started off showing what I call a “gateway movie”, something with both real actors and cartoons. “Who framed Roger Rabbit”, or something similar. When the world failed to end, they showed some all live action movies. (I blame the Evil Genius for not ending the world then, and a shortage of cartoon movies that aren’t Scooby Doo for this.) And now they are solidly hooked, even making a series or two featuring live actors. But don’t worry, I have a simple three step program to fix this problem.
    Step 1 – Stop showing anything that isn’t a cartoon.
    Step 2 – If anyone proposes showing something that isn’t a cartoon, slap them with a fresh fish. (mackerel preferably, but a trout will do in a pinch.)
    Step 3 – Repeat Steps 1 and 2 as needed.

    This program can also be applied to Adult Swim, a sub-network that plays on Cartoon Network overnight.

  4. While it’s handy to blame the Evil Genius for stupidity such as this, I don’t think he could’ve done much anyway. If you recall, he’s extremely old, he’s a fraud, and his secret lair was confiscated anyway.

    Back to the issue… Cartoon Network needs to remember what they’re about. Doesn’t someone there have a mission statement? Their name says it all : it’s to be a network of cartoons. To show any live-action shows is the height of absurdity. Since they’ve obviously lost track of what’s going on, the mackerel treatment needs to be applied repeatedly.

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