QUESTION: When compared to yesteryear (esp. 70's, 80's and 90's) are today's mainstream cartoons/animations lacking in quality and depth? In my opinion they do; a win-win for Production Houses and Execs that just want to make easy money on junk, not for those that have real gems that are passed-up. I have nephews of various ages that watch things across the spectrum of children's cartoons and Japanese anime.
From what I've seen - from these new-age cartoons/anime - is at most bearable, but a lot is mindless and raunchy junk coupled with so-so visuals. Not saying that it didn't exist back then (Beavis and Butthead, Ren & Stimpy, even Loony Tunes) but it seems that 99% of the market now is this bottom-tier stuff and the kids are eating it up; is it because they have nothing else worth watching?
Is this why kids, teens, and young adults are gravitating to Japanese anime shows more beyond the moronic? Even Japanese anime has its flaws (same-old-stories told with androgynous characters wearing catwalk costumes) but far-better than the stuff in the States. Half the time kids/teens are on some device (Smartphone or tablet) and the show is just on for background noise.
I'm not talking about some shows that are blatant about their adult humor and topics (South Park, Boondocks, Family Guy, Simpsons, even Rick & Morty...hell I don't even watch these shows but I see and understand the potential and likability in each), so don't thinking I'm trashy everything of today.
Any thoughts on this? Have you had to "dumb down" your work(s) because of this?