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Kids Desert Saturday-Morning TV Shows
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Posted on 05/12/2003 3:32:38 PM PDT by Drew68

Kids Desert Saturday-Morning TV Shows

Over the past twenty years, the audience of kids for Saturday-morning network cartoon shows has plummeted from more than 20 million to fewer than two million, even while the children's population of the country has increased by 10 percent, according to the Animation World website.

Reasons include several factors ranging from the rising divorce rate, with parents deciding to spend more "quality time" with their kids on weekends, to the rising popularity of cable TV.

As a result, Animation World observed, "network cartoons are left struggling to make money, while advertisers remain befuddled without a mainstream channel to promote new toys and products to children."


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Article from Animation World Magazine can be found online here:
The Disappearance of Saturday Morning
FYI, Article is quite an in-depth and lengthy read.
1 posted on 05/12/2003 3:32:38 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68
They're all out playing soccer on Saturday mornings.
2 posted on 05/12/2003 3:35:48 PM PDT by My2Cents ("Well....there you go again.")
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To: Drew68
Bugs Bunny is deeply saddened.
3 posted on 05/12/2003 3:37:12 PM PDT by Luna (Evil will not triumph...God is at the helm)
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To: Drew68
Today's cartoons SUCK....what with the three frames per second 'animation' and the mushy PC story lines and the neutered violence and the cynical product tie-ins...who WOULD watch? Kids are smarter than that.
4 posted on 05/12/2003 3:37:42 PM PDT by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: Drew68
Reasons include several factors ranging from the rising divorce rate, with parents deciding to spend more "quality time" with their kids on weekends, to the rising popularity of cable TV.

Reason #1: They just aren't funny or entertaining anymore. They are all politically correct, violence free, programs devoid of any semblance of humor and pushing products and ideology. Those shows would bore a deserted island castaway even after he had been stranded for 20 years.

5 posted on 05/12/2003 3:39:20 PM PDT by DannyTN (Note left on my door by a pack of neighborhood dogs.)
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To: Drew68
Clearly a case of massive cartoon piracy. Don't worry, the RIAA is on the case. We've got to make an example of all these scofflaw children

/sarcasm
6 posted on 05/12/2003 3:41:15 PM PDT by kms61
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To: Drew68
The only animation worth watching is on Wednesday at 10:00 on Comedy Central
7 posted on 05/12/2003 3:41:50 PM PDT by Porterville (Screw the grammar, full posting ahead.)
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To: Drew68
With most kids having access to Cartoon Network and Nick, this should not surprise anyone.
8 posted on 05/12/2003 3:44:24 PM PDT by Hawkeye's Girl
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To: Drew68
Twenty-five years ago, Saturday morning TV was the only time a kid could watch cartoons (aside from the rare trip to see Disney animated features etc.). Now, kids can and do watch them every day of the week...
9 posted on 05/12/2003 3:45:33 PM PDT by The Green Goblin
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To: Drew68
The only cartoons with any edge anymore are the old Bugs Bunny Warner Bros shows.

The rest are weak and whimpy.

10 posted on 05/12/2003 3:47:16 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("You are fined one credit for a violation of the verbal morality statute." - Demolition Man)
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To: Drew68
I agree. Most of the cartoons on Saturday mornings are garbage.

Thinking back, I started thinking about how, when I was young (early '70s), each network would have a prime time preview, usually the Friday nite before, of their new cartoons for the fall season. I always remember being SO excited about seeing all the new cartoons, but then being bummed because it meant school would be starting.

Anybody else remember those preview shows?

11 posted on 05/12/2003 3:49:22 PM PDT by TomB
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To: Dan from Michigan
The only cartoons with any edge anymore are the old Bugs Bunny Warner Bros shows.

Ya beat me to it. In addition - I'd like to add Tom and Jerry (and none of the newer stuff either).

12 posted on 05/12/2003 3:50:40 PM PDT by TomServo (Bring Back Illbay!!!)
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To: Petronski
and the mushy PC story lines...

I haven't watched Saturday morning cartoons in years.

Seems though, I remember hearing about a cartoon that Ted Turner produced --something about "Captain Planet and the Planeteers" which was one of the most PC-Ran-Amok endeavors ever.

Wonder if it is still being made?

13 posted on 05/12/2003 3:51:06 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Porterville
The only animation worth watching is on Wednesday at 10:00 on Comedy Central

I fully agree. "South Park" sticks it to liberals the way few other programs can.

14 posted on 05/12/2003 3:52:21 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68
No, although you can catch it late at night on Cartoon Network sometimes.

Yes, it was pure PC propaganda with 4 non-American kids telling the American kid how his country was ruining the environment every week.

15 posted on 05/12/2003 3:53:47 PM PDT by Hawkeye's Girl
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To: TomServo
Classic. GI Joe was another of my favorites(gasp! Guns!). Also Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - probably the last cartoon I really watched, although I still occassionaly catch a Tom and Jerry or Bugs/Sylvester/Coyote(Gasp! More guns) one if there's nothing else on.
16 posted on 05/12/2003 3:54:18 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("You are fined one credit for a violation of the verbal morality statute." - Demolition Man)
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To: Petronski
The kiddies probably think that if they have to put up with the PC crapola at school, they'll be damned if they're going to put up with more of it on their free time.
17 posted on 05/12/2003 3:55:33 PM PDT by ladylib
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To: Drew68

The trend is toward half-assed storylines accompanied by kids' heads that are shaped weird. The weirder the better, evidently.

What a waste of time and...I was going to say talent.

18 posted on 05/12/2003 3:56:41 PM PDT by SerpentDove (Each post focus-group tested for maximum wallop.)
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To: Petronski
I remember, a few years ago, when they announced that they were going to change the format of Tom and Jerry from being adversaries to being friends who go on adventures. I knew, when I read that, that it wouldn't last long. It didn't. I remember also when Spielberg made the Tiny Toons and during one of the episodes, Babs Bunny stated that part of her name was Rodham (I don't remember how they worked that one out). I didn't care about watching them anymore after that crap. It's bad enough that they stopped General Halftrack's leering at Miss Buxley, in Beetle Bailey.
19 posted on 05/12/2003 3:57:45 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: Petronski
Last 'new' cartoon I really enjoyed was "The Tick".

Though Animaniacs was okay - Pinky and the Brain carried it.

"Batman - The Animated Series" was pretty good but fell off with Batman and Robin.

I buy old GI Joe cartoons for my boys to watch and have the entire Tick series on VCD. My brother has most of "Batman - The Animated Series" on VHS.

20 posted on 05/12/2003 3:58:21 PM PDT by CyberCowboy777 (In those days... Every man did that which was right in his own eyes.)
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To: TomB
Anybody else remember those preview shows?

What a trip down memory lane. I had forgotten all about those preview shows till I read your post. I remember them well. I lived for those!!!

FYI, I'm pushing 35.

21 posted on 05/12/2003 3:58:23 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68
SpongeBob's worth seeing. But he's on cable and DVD.
22 posted on 05/12/2003 3:58:30 PM PDT by Rocko
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To: Dan from Michigan
Thundarr the Barbarian was pretty good.
23 posted on 05/12/2003 3:58:45 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: All
I turned 20 last month. I remember watching Saturday morning cartoons as a young kid....because they were good at that time. Then, slowly but surely, they started cutting off the good ones. I was still quite young when they began to do this. First it was Garfield and Friends. Then, they started moving around and lowering the amount of time Bugs Bunny and Friends was on.

I started looking at some other cartoons, but except for a couple, they all stunk bigtime. So, I didn't see any sense in getting up anymore as an elementary school kid if they were going to put up such crap on tv. I started sleeping in on Saturday mornings, a decision I do not regret...:)

If they actually had good cartoons, maybe today's kids would watch.
24 posted on 05/12/2003 4:00:17 PM PDT by rwfromkansas (Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel!)
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To: Drew68
Well, let's see. As opposed to having to wait until Saturday morning for cartoons, the kids can get 'em 24/7, thanks to Nickelodean, Disney Channel, Toon Disney, Nick Toons, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, ABC Family and whoever else decides to show cartoons (and that's not even counting anime)...

Is there any wonder that kids are getting away from the old Saturday morning tradition?

25 posted on 05/12/2003 4:00:28 PM PDT by mhking
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To: Dan from Michigan
Ah GI Joe!

I bought the Movie on DVD for my young boys and have a few of the multi story runs on VHS. Good stuff.

Can't have all that 'right' and 'wrong' stuff now. Oh and the blatant pro American stance... that's a no no for sure.
26 posted on 05/12/2003 4:02:31 PM PDT by CyberCowboy777 (In those days... Every man did that which was right in his own eyes.)
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To: Drew68
If you want a clue as what is happening to present day cartoons/TV, I suggest one look at the credits at the end of the show...note the gender of the of the folks producing the today's shows....now for a contast; pick any "old" TV production, the classics that are entertaining, Bugs, RoadRunner etc, note the gender of the producers and the backroom people as the credits roll....
27 posted on 05/12/2003 4:02:55 PM PDT by thinking
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To: Dan from Michigan
I was a Scooby Doo fan and also liked Bugs Bunny and TMNT.
28 posted on 05/12/2003 4:03:24 PM PDT by rwfromkansas (Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel!)
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To: Dan from Michigan
Beep Beep! My favorite will always be the Road Runner.
29 posted on 05/12/2003 4:03:40 PM PDT by Dale 1
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To: CyberCowboy777
"Batman - The Animated Series" was pretty good but fell off with Batman and Robin.

I've been pretty pleased with 'Justice League' on Cartoon Network; I like 'Samurai Jack' on there as well. Of course, 'The Simpsons' and 'South Park' rule...

30 posted on 05/12/2003 4:05:10 PM PDT by mhking
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To: Dan from Michigan
These were the greatest EVER!!!


31 posted on 05/12/2003 4:05:35 PM PDT by SerpentDove (Each post focus-group tested for maximum wallop.)
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To: thinking
I hate to say it, but you are right. SciFi Channel's president is a woman, and just look at the crappy content on that channel. The only time I watch it is when Dune is on. We need more conservative women taking their places.
32 posted on 05/12/2003 4:08:02 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: mhking
'The Simpsons' are a classic still running.

I have never seen a 'South Park', but I hear good things. Of course I'd have to rent as I don't have cable or Satellite.
33 posted on 05/12/2003 4:08:14 PM PDT by CyberCowboy777 (In those days... Every man did that which was right in his own eyes.)
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To: Drew68
Anyone remember the Battle of the Planets circa 1976?
34 posted on 05/12/2003 4:09:27 PM PDT by ffusco (Maecilius Fuscus, Governor of Longovicium , Manchester, England. 238-244 AD)
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To: CyberCowboy777
Back in the early 80s, there was an extremely politically incorrect toon on, on Saturday mornings. It was called Goldie Gold and Action Jack, all about the world's richest girl and her friend Jack. Not only was she extremely rich, but she didn't feel guilty about it.
35 posted on 05/12/2003 4:09:48 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: Hawkeye's Girl
I gave up ballet for Johnny Quest! Today, I would not have the opportunity cost dilemma.

When I tell my young son about the "olden" days when we had three channels and cartoons once a week (though there was Bullwinkle on Sunday, I guess) he honestly feels sorry for me :)
36 posted on 05/12/2003 4:09:49 PM PDT by SarahW
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To: Rocko
SBSP is about the funniest innocent humor on TV .
37 posted on 05/12/2003 4:10:57 PM PDT by ffusco (Maecilius Fuscus, Governor of Longovicium , Manchester, England. 238-244 AD)
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To: SerpentDove
People (ie cartoon characters) got hurt or killed and that wasn't real life. So you couldn't show that anymore. Most of what they have today is crap.
Though I do like Jimmy Neutron. And I'm 44. Go figure.
38 posted on 05/12/2003 4:11:18 PM PDT by husky ed (FOX NEWS ALERT "Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead" THIS HAS BEEN A FOX NEWS ALERT)
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To: TomB
I remember those previews shows, too. I'd pore over the new TV GUIDE that had all the new toons, and make a schedule for Saturday morning. :) The best block used to be 7-8 am with ULTRAMAN followed by SPEED RACER. Followed by, in assorted years, SUPER FRIENDS, PAC-MAN, SCOOBY-DOO, JABBERJAW, FANGFACE, PLASTIC MAN, LAFF-A-LYMPICS, SPEED BUGGY, JOSIE & THE PUSSYCATS, GODZILLA, DYNOMUTT, FANTASTIC FOUR, SPIDER-MAN & HIS AMAZING FRIENDS, INCREDIBLE HULK, THE BATMAN/TARZAN/LONE RANGER ADVENTURE HOUR, LASSIE & THE RESCUE RANGERS, EMERGENCY + 4, etc. etc. etc. There were even live-action shows that were great--SHAZAM, ISIS, FAR OUT SPACE NUTS, GHOST BUSTERS, LOST SAUCER, KROFFT SUPERSHOW (with WONDERBUG, MAGIC MONGO, BIGFOOT & WILDBOY), HERO HIGH, JASON OF STAR COMMAND, MONSTER SQUAD, KIDS FROM C.A.P.E.R., etc.

Anybody remember all of those? :)

39 posted on 05/12/2003 4:12:11 PM PDT by TheBigB ("Daddy, what's -b*tch-?" "It's a grown-up word, honey. It means junior Senator from New York")
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To: Porterville
The only animation worth watching is on Wednesday at 10:00 on Comedy Central

Whatever, I watch what I like.

40 posted on 05/12/2003 4:13:14 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: ffusco
Anyone remember the Battle of the Planets circa 1976?

I remember it in syndication as a college freshman in 1981. The robot was named 7 Zot 7 or some such.

41 posted on 05/12/2003 4:14:04 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Plus de fromage, s'il vous plait...)
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To: ffusco
Anyone remember the Battle of the Planets circa 1976?

Mark, Jason, Princess, Tiny, & Cheop battling the evil forces from Planet Spectra. :)

42 posted on 05/12/2003 4:14:04 PM PDT by TheBigB ("Daddy, what's -b*tch-?" "It's a grown-up word, honey. It means junior Senator from New York")
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To: TheBigB
SuperFriends was good until they added those freaking twins. One of the best was Fat Albert. I remember Plastic Man. I remember many of the ones that you mentioned.
43 posted on 05/12/2003 4:14:09 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: Paul Atreides
The first version of SF was great, with Wendy, Marvin, & Wonderdog. :) The CHALLENGE OF THE SUPERFRIENDS series with the Legion of Doom was good, too.

Hey, Hey, Hey, it's FaaAAAAAAtttt Albert!

44 posted on 05/12/2003 4:17:05 PM PDT by TheBigB ("Daddy, what's -b*tch-?" "It's a grown-up word, honey. It means junior Senator from New York")
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To: ffusco
Originally Japanese - Called "Gatchaman" there. You should see what Sandy Frank cut out of it.
45 posted on 05/12/2003 4:17:43 PM PDT by coydog
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To: Rocko
SpongeBob's worth seeing. But he's on cable and DVD.

Never seen it but it seems to be popular. I can enjoy children's programming when the producers toss in a few bones to the adults --the ones that fly right over the kids' heads yet leave the adults laughing.

46 posted on 05/12/2003 4:18:05 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68
Man do I feel old. When I was a kid, Saturday morning was mostly Westerns. Roy Rogers, Lone Ranger, Sky King and Rin Tin Tin ruled the day. About the only animation I recall was Mighty Mouse.
47 posted on 05/12/2003 4:18:34 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: SerpentDove
Saturday morning on ABC is nothing but a giant commercial for McDonalds and Disney. We turn it off ASAP and go for Noggin.
Little Bear is a sweet show and Duck is the funniest charater on TV. She is a ditz. One episode all the friends were going to paint Hen's house. Little Bear ended up with a gallon of white paint dumped over him. He felt he turned into a Polar Bear. Duck asked him, "Are you all....white?" and laughed at her own joke. Over the course of the next ten minutes of the show, Duck continually asked him if he was "all white" and laughed hysterically. It had my kids in stitches and I was tearing up.
There is no equal on network tv.

48 posted on 05/12/2003 4:18:38 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Bush/Rice 2004- pray for our troops)
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To: Drew68
Today's cartoons are generally boring and dumb. I remember how excited I was about cartoons when I was a kid. After school it was Woody Woodpecker, Pink Panther, Superfriends, Bugs Bunny, etc.. Saturday mornings were always Bugs Bunny & Friends, The Smurfs (lol), and some others. All very entertaining without any of the PC crud mixed in. My dad used to watch Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner with me. It was his favorite.
49 posted on 05/12/2003 4:18:50 PM PDT by grimalkin
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To: Drew68
The reason for the decline in viewing of Saturday morning cartoons on the tube is that they suck bigtime. Even kids get numb watching that pablum.
50 posted on 05/12/2003 4:19:35 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (A Person With No Sense Of Humor Is Someone Who Confuses The Irreverent With The Irrelevant)
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