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Floyd Bishop

Have internet cartoons killed Saturday morning cartoons?

December 6th, 2008

 

I watched the show today. What an anticlimactic airing! The show was on at 10:30 AM here on the west coast, sandwiched between “Making Fiends” (great show, by the way) and an episode of “Jimmy Neutron”.

This is almost like a case study for the failings of network animation and the rise of internet cartoons. Why wait for years for your cartoons to air, when you can distribute on the internet instantly? There are more and more people doing this, and I can totally see why. People like Amy Winfrey, Dan Meth, and Odd Todd have all done great things in animation, thanks in no small part to the internet. How many cartoons has Channel Frederator shown since 2005? Way more than the three that finally aired today.

In my opinion, television animation is in a similar place that theatrical shorts were in the 1950’s. The audience was getting smaller, costs were getting higher, and interest in animation on an executive level was waning. When MGM closed it’s theatrical shorts division, Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera helped lead the way in getting the animated television series up and running. They created a ton of content over the years, and employed many people along the way. Who will be the Hanna Barbera of the internet generation? Maybe we all are in some way.

Thoughts?

-Floyd Bishop

With all apologies to the Buggles:

I animated on you back in 2005
Got excited when the payment check arrived
Hoping you would air while I was still alive

Oh-a oh

Animated a title and a segment, spent lots of sweat and tears
They stashed you in a drawer, for about three years
Then aired you at an odd time, realizing my biggest fears.

Oh-a oh

I showed my children
Oh-a oh

What did I tell them?

Internet cartoons killed Saturday morning cartoons.
Internet cartoons killed Saturday morning cartoons.

The internet came and broke your heart.
Oh-a-a-a oh

And now we search Vimeo, YouTube, and the rest.
We look and look online to find what we like best.
It’s like our own international animation fest.


Oh-a oh

You were the first one.


Oh-a oh

You were the last one.

Internet cartoons killed Saturday morning cartoons.
Internet cartoons killed Saturday morning cartoons.

On my computer, or my iPod
I can’t watch you, in time slots so odd.

Oh-a-aho oh,
Oh-a-aho oh

Internet cartoons killed Saturday morning cartoons.
Internet cartoons killed Saturday morning cartoons.

Instant distribution, at first seemed odd,
Put all the blame on the iPod.

Internet cartoons killed Saturday morning cartoons.

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