By Max Cruz
Let’s face it- when you were younger you probably loved Cartoon Network, and for good reason, too. There were shows like Billy and Mandy, Dexter’s Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Ed Edd and Eddy, My Gym Partner is a Monkey, Camp Lazlo, the list goes on and on. That was the ‘Golden Age’ of the network.
What is it now?! Not much.
The shows were once good-humored, good- spirited and enjoyable for kids- or anyone for that matter. But now, it’s a cesspool of scum– curses, drug references and unfunny attempts at jokes litter the programs.
What they show now isn’t okay for kids AT ALL! Adventure Time? An overrated acid trip. The Amazing World of Gumball? Another trip. Johnny Test? Not funny anymore (everyone agrees that it shouldn’t be airing at all). Steven Universe? Garbage. Uncle Grandpa? A ruined idea. Regular Show? Just see the original pilot, “2 in the A.M. P.M”, to get the idea. Beware the Batman? An insult to Batman. The new Ben 10 shows? The creator is a jerk who cyber-bullied/stalked me, but that’s another story for another day.
Teen Titans Go!? Read Jared’s article, here. In other words, Cartoon Network is dead. But if enough people end the corruption, we could get the good times back.
If there’s enough support from fans, they might ignore Underfist and revive The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, which would continue the hilarious and overall fun adventures of Grim, Billy and Mandy. Samurai Jack also never ended, meaning the main character could further his quest to kill Aku and return home, (UPDATE: They’re working on making that a movie). If enough people want it, then the original, and much loved, Teen Titans could be revived. Sure, we can’t get back shows that had a real ending such as Kids Next Door, Ed Edd and Eddy, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Camp Lazlo, Chowder, Flapjack or Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, but that’s okay.
Look, I get it. Everyone wants the next generation to have the same experience as theirs, but children shouldn’t be condemned to the in-poor-taste-programs that Cartoon Network currently airs. If enough people say enough and say it loudly, maybe we can get the head of Cartoon Network to step down and then enlist someone who will do the right thing.
If we don’t get our old shows back, perhaps new, better ones could be created. Here’s a tip for Cartoon Network: Either broadcast cartoons that are engaging and appropriate for kids of all ages, or get lost.