Are funny animal cartoons still popular?

Reply Thu 24 Feb, 2011 02:19 am
I grew up watching a lot of 80s and 90s cartoons- The ones that spring to mind right away (in no particular order) are:

Catillac Cats
Darkwing Duck
Pink Panther
Danger Mouse
Mighty Mouse
Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse
Heckle and Jeckle
Woody Woodpecker
Tom and Jerry
Gummi Bears
Looney Tunes
Woody Woodpecker
Deputy Dawg
Old Disney shorts
Rocky and Bullwinkle
Tale Spin
Roger Rabbit
Rescue Rangers
Ninja Turtles
Goof Troop

I can recall watching these shows at some point. There's a lot more I can recall but can't think of at the moment.

Are funny animal cartoons still popular?

A few recent shows I've seen or heard of are:

Duck Dodgers
Brandy and Mr. Whiskers
Ying Yang Yo!
Tuff Puppy

Is this still a popular genre? Or do people prefer "realistic" action 'toons?

Please help me out.
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Reply Thu 24 Feb, 2011 07:09 am
I think one thing to look for is TV listings. Stuff isn't going to be on the air for long unless advertisers can make some sort of a profit, which translates into network profits. Animaniacs isn't on anymore (at least, I haven't seen it in years), and it's not due to a lack of quality -- it was produced by Stephen Spielberg and all -- it was more likely due to something else being more profitable.

And profit comes both from later sales but also production costs, which come earlier in the equation. This is one of the reasons there's so much reality TV out there -- it's just very cheap, production-wise, so there's less of a push for ratings because those shows have to jump over a much lower bar in order to become profitable. They are cheaper partly because of less (but not a complete lack thereof) scripting but also because the "talent" works considerably more cheaply.

But that's just TV. There are also, as you know, comic books. There are web comics, too -- lots of delivery systems for this sort of entertainment.

So I think your Google search (and yes, you should search for this on Google) should encompass things like Nielsen TV ratings, MPAA film profits and any objective gauges of popularity that you can think of for comic books. Just because someone's website claims that their comic is popular doesn't mean diddly. You need to get this information from an objective, independent third party and I'm sorry but I don't know who does the investigations into comic book popularity.
Reply Thu 24 Feb, 2011 02:44 pm
All I am interested in is knowing if this is still a popular genre.
Reply Thu 24 Feb, 2011 03:24 pm
I understand, but that involves research.
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Reply Fri 25 Feb, 2011 12:43 pm
Here are some sites that may be of interest to you. They list the most popular comics and cartoons of all time:





This site has youtube videos in 21 parts from a 3-hour special on the 100 greatest cartoon shows:


And you might like this site for getting ideas for your own cartoons:

Reply Fri 25 Feb, 2011 12:50 pm
This is Hulu's section of Animation and Cartoon genres. It even shows how many times certain videos have been watched so you can see if they are still popular:


Here's another site that may be of interest to you:


This is a 30 page article on cartoon realism by Jason Mittell


TV.com has a database of cartoons that you can sort in many ways:

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Reply Fri 25 Feb, 2011 07:58 pm
Let me ask a question-do people still like funny animal cartoons or do they still prefer cartoons with "human" characters?

I was never really into the more "realistic" cartoons.

I watched some cartoons with "human" characters but I preferred to watch the comedic stuff. I never really paid too much attention to action stuff.
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Reply Sun 6 Mar, 2011 03:54 pm
I think some of the funny animal cartoons were racist- there were no "black" cat or dog characters in Catillac Cats or "black" animal characters in Ducktales or Darkwing Duck. Did anyone else notice that?
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Reply Mon 14 Mar, 2011 10:21 am
People create animal characters because that's easy to do.
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