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What Happened to Cartoons?

What Happened to Cartoons?

Remember the good ol days when cartoons were great? Channels like Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and WB/Fox were great, for WB/Fox I remember coming home after school or waking up Saturday morning watching the classic Batman The Animated Series, Superman, Wayne head, Men In Black, Animaniacs, Freakazoid and more, as far as it goes for Cartoon Network and Nick, it was tough going back and forth with the "last" button on the remote because their were so many fire shows on at the same time.

It was tough catching some cartoons you liked in the morning because of school for example, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo used to come on weekdays at 10 AM, you was only watching that if your school had a closing day or you was sick. Sometimes you had to stay up late to try to catch 2 Stupid Dogs, The Tex Avery Show, Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry. The weekends were golden for Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon though, Cartoon Cartoon Fridays had some of the best shows to ever broadcast, you had Cow & Chicken, Dexter's Laboratory, Courage The Cowardly Dog, Johnny Bravo, Power Puff Girls and Ed, Edd & Eddie, that lineup was too heavy for Friday nights, then on Sundays we would get the Mysteries Inc. lineup which included Scooby-Doo, Jabberjaw, Hong Kong Phooey and Secret Squirrel.

On Nickelodeon's behalf, they also gave us classics such as Hey Arnold, Doug, Catdog, Rocket Power, Rugrats and a lot more. So where is the cartoon outlet now?, I'm not sure, CN and Nickelodeon are still going but they only have at least 2 good shows, but you can stream those now if you want. In order to catch on the shows you grew up with, you're probably going to have to stream those or purchase DVD/Blu-ray box sets, channels don't air Batman Animated Series anymore so I had to get all seasons on DVD, same with the classic Ninja Turtles and Pink Panther cartoons.

There is really no outlet for the classic cartoons except for one channel, which is Boomerang, the Boomerang channel will air shows like Scooby-Doo, Flintstones, Looney Tunes etc., and that's really cool, and Boomerang now has its own streaming service to watch them all. It's like Netflix but just cartoons instead, the Boomerang subscription is only $4 a month or a annual $30 membership, is it worth it, I'd say yes, the quality of the shows are great and the app also works smooth, it's the best app to have for you if you want to revisit classic shows or just put your kids on to.

Who knows what the future will be for cartoons, of course there are shows like Boondocks, Rick & Morty, Family Guy, South Park and the Simpsons which will stay around forever, but if we want to just sit back and watch the classics for once, Boomerang is going to have been great with this service and bring their channel back to what used to be.

Aaron Hernandez

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