You know, I'm as much a nostalgia nut as the next person and maybe even more-so most of the time. I've seen every episode of Gargoyles at least a minimum of fifteen to eighteen times ( I'm guessing twenty or twenty three times through is more like it. ), Batman the Animated Series set me on a path to follow the DCAU for the rest of time, I've seen all of Captain Planet multiple times, I love Lucy and I'm bewitched by Samantha, I love animation and live alike and a lot of what I love is nostalgia fodder now but something I've never understood is why nostalgia fiends seem to largely consider only things from a certain and specific era or generation as 'the best' or 'truly good'. What I hear constantly is 'they don't make edgy cartoons like this anymore', 'this would never get past the censorship radar these days' and 'the quality of shows/cartoons has fallen since -insert obligatory 90's date here typically-' and truthfully I've been guilty in the past of saying the same things.. But my mind has actually changed.. I had a moment of inane introspection, yes I FUCKING HAVE THEM. I CAN BE A DEEP THINKER TOO, GODDAMN IT; I'M NOT ONE BIG TROUGH OF FUCKING PROFANITY AND RANDOM OVERT BUBBLING FUCKRAEG!!!!!! ...Anyway.. Getting over that and considering taking some fucking downers.. I noticed that I was actually mistaken, shows like that actually are still being made. Maybe not the exact identical thing per say but the general gist, I mean to be fair what we're talking to was like ten plus years ago.. Of course there's been a little change, that's to be expected.
These days all I hear is bitching about the quality specifically of cartoons, but I wracked my brain and thought to myself. You know.. There's actually some really good recent cartoons to have come out.
Danny Phantom at any rate was a very good cartoon that was far too short lived for something as good as it was.. But then, they often are..
In our trip through recent years, take the extremely short-lived Dave the Barbarian. Proving you don't necessarily have to have astounding consistency or even point in most episodes to have an entertaining series on your hands. Frankly I found it extremely amusing and humourous. It was sadly cancelled after only one season due to low ratings, I guess others simply did not find it as endearing as I did. Alternatively I fucking loved Fang, crazy little monkey. ( NOT A MONKEY! )
Coming once again from Disney was American Dragon: Jake Long, it was actually very good and.. Well, it features The Kurgan as the 'big bad'; the Dark Dragon. It had plot, consistency, character development and excellent humour. As I recall however, during the time that this was being produced and aired there were also a few big-wig execs being aired as well that pulled some pretty stupid shit, going on an evident cancellation spree of programs that were actually pulling in viewers after only their first one or two seasons. This fell prey to that fiasco as well and was ultimately cancelled ahead of it's time, but not before it finished out with a half-hearted but respectable attempt at a finale.
Coming in lastly from Nickelodeon but definitely not leastly ( NOT A FUCKING WORD! ) is Wolverine and the X-Men. Wish I could say this one actually made it through the fabled second season but it fucking didn't. The bullshit between Disney and Marvel and their acquisition of Marvel actually lead to the ultimate premature cancellation of this epic cartoon right as they were on the precipice of doing the Age of Apocalypse story-line. Gee, thanks Disney. Fuck you, fuck you right in the goddamn ear.