Top Ten Reasons Why Cartoons Suck These Days

The Top Ten
1 People Make Them Just For Money

Kind of.

Professionals always want to get paid. It's literally what makes them professionals. So I disagree in some respects, however I feel these days the ease of pumping out a cartoon thanks to being able to do it all cheaply on computers has created a problem where there is a far larger amount of rubbish around compared to the quality stuff (which is still there if you look).

I don't think it's fair to say financial motivations are the cause of the problem though. In many cases the writers are not doing it for money but to make some kind of political statement, but because they do have to do it on a budget and the art quality isn't their top concern they end up with low quality, overly political, rubbish. For me the issue is more that you can make these so cheaply they are basically letting anyone do it.

I hate people saying this. I falcon love cartoons from back then, even cartoons right now! Cartoons back then did it for money as well, don't pretend they never did it for money. Heck, they made more money than cartoons right now. Not all cartoons right now do it for the money, even if they did, later they wont make anymore money, because the quality of the show. Look at He-Man,Thundercats,TMNT,etc did it for merchandise. Sure, those shows are great, but companies just butcher in more on the merchandising than the show itself which if the merchandise isn't successful it gets cancelled.

As a young student of this game, if I'm gonna make a cartoon for money I wanna at least make sure people are at least gonna enjoy the series and not milk the cash flow like most companies do with certain shows. I've lost a lot of respect for certain creators/companies doing these kinds of things.

For those telling people to stop complaining about the old days, well if every generation is complaining about the old days that means one of the two :
1- you're absolutely right and people are just whiny
2- things are getting worse and we refuse to believe so cause we want to keep living in our small mystical world.

2 Unlikable Characters

A problem with a lot of modern fiction. This probably shouldn't be number 1, but it's interesting that it is. I think the problem here is that these days show writers try and put themselves into the characters too much rather than creating characters for their target audience. It's become an outlet for the writers to express their own personality and opinion rather than a product produced for an audience. Doesn't make it bad, indeed it could be argued it gives it more artistic viability, but it also is clearly going to reduce it's broader appeal especially in this day and age where everyone is so aggressive about their own opinions. Cartoons should be fun, they shouldn't be a deep introspective view of the psyche of the creator.

I'll be using Gumball, Steven Universe, and gravity Falls as examples to disprove this.


Gumball: Although Gumball can be a bit annoying, he's funny and has enough good characteristics to make him likable. He's your average cartoon kid, and that formula works well.

Darwin: Darwin is naive, super-kind, and is honestly better than gumball in my opinion. He can still be sarcastic, and honestly TAWOG's brand of humor seems like it would only work with a pair like Gumball and darwin, which it luckily got.

And an honorable mention for best character..

Nicole: Nicole is playing off the "strict mom" type of character, but she really goes beyond that. she is overworked, her voice is perfect, and in episodes like the Limit her mother qualities make her funny OR scary, depending on the situation.


Dipper: Dipper is my favorite character in the show (Besides waddles) and he's just kind of the one kid who just reads on the ...more

Can you all just stop complaining about how things aren't the same as they were 20 years ago? People are whining about how cartoons, movies, music suck these days, when in 2030 you'll be missing things from this generation. I don't want to be a jerk about it, but I'm just saying not all cartoons are like Teen Titans Go and Sanjay and Craig.

This list is stupid, Cartoons were always a mixed bag

3 Unfunny Jokes

People have difference senses of humour, this seems a tricky one to judge especially with so much content out there these days. I don't find a lot of them funny, but I'm pretty sure those ones weren't targeted at me so I'm going to have to disagree on this one. That this is rated number 2 though is interesting. Has humour changed that much?

If you want unfunny look at Jhonny Test, Sanjay and Craig, Fish Hooks, Fanboy and ChumChum, and Breadwinners. If you like any of these shows You have a bad sense of humor, and you see no quality in nothing whatsoever.

Repetitive, boring and just unfunny jokes are one of the many problems cartoons have nowadays.

No watch a few Gumball episodes and you will see they put a lot of effort into the comedy.

4 Lack of Effort

This unfortunately is true of most modern cartoons. There are a few exceptions where there's actually a lot of effort put into them. But in most cases, cartoons are made with SO LITTLE EFFORT OR CARE at all.

Lack of effort definitely. Except for shows like korra and gravity falls. Those shows really try their best, dispite their parent network constantly screwing with them

MOST have a lack of effort. Shows like Gumball are "exceptions".

Ugh! I hate things which are done without passion.

5 Gross Out Gags

They rely on these gags over and over again as if they are catering to 4 year olds! There is nothing wrong with Mature humor!

I know, right? I'm sick of bathroom humor!

6 Lack of Originality

You are such a Nostalgiatard for thing the 90's were perfect. Don't get me wrong, I do love 90's cartoons like Rugrats, CatDog, PowerPuff Girls, and Ed, Edd, n' Eddy, I really do miss them and wish they would bring them back, but there are good cartoons these days, like Gravity Falls, Wander Over Yonder, Steven Universe, and Star vs. the Forces of Evil. So, please do a favor and try watching one of the last 4 shows I mentioned.

Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, Cartoon Network & so many channels with cartoons have nothing to watch. The only cartoon left is SpongeBob SquarePants. Also, Rabbids Invasion is what nobody will watch anymore. That show has lost its charm, and the only thing better than the Rabbids' T.V. show is their video games.

Original: We Bare Bears, Gumball, Regular Show, Gravity Falls, iCarly (iCarly is original even though I hate it)

Unoriginal: K.C. Undercover, Austin and Ally, Pig Goat Bannana Cricket, Family Guy, Best Friends Whenever, and a lot of other shows that are unoriginal.

Eh It's A Mix Bag When It Comes To Cartoons

Nowadays Cartoons Are Just As Original As Old Cartoons

I Mean We Had Good Cartoons And Bad Cartoons Back Then Too

7 Bad Spin-Off Shows of Great Cartoons

Unfortunately spin-offs can totally destroy great cartoons...the most toxic one began on cartoon network on november 14th 2015

Teen Titans Go and The Powerpuff Girls 2016 say everything about spin offs of great cartoons.

So true shows like Planet Sheen and The Cleveland Show.

Girl Meets world

8 Humans Aren't Drawn Realistically

Ikr? People now feel so insecure about themselves, they hate it if a person looks traditionally attractive...*COUGH COUGH* SHE-RA *COUGH* People seriously need to get over it and realize these are fictional characters. Along with that, people should stop being so lazy to ACTUALLY LEARN HUMAN ANATOMY! STOP TAKING SHORTCUTS! ACTUALLY WORK!

A.K.A. Dumb Excuse To Hate Modern Cartoons #557

9 They Can be Boring

I mean, most cartoons have a "One episode story" but animes have the whole series to finish a story more than just a bunch of random things and fights each day, I know, Gravity falls had somewhat a story, but still we got all this ones that don't, anime in the other hand, not for everyone, but... More original than nowadays cartoons

Family guy. The Simpsons. Futurama. All cartoons as well yet no one calls them that. Anime is a huge variety of genres, and if you think its crap that doesn't make sense because its all different.

Anime can be boring as well. And anime are cartoons with a different animation style, that's it.

And 80s cartoons were also really boring, only existing to sell toys. Argument invalid.

10 Because You Are Grown Up and You Don't Like Immature Jokes Anymore

You might have liked it back then but now you might not like now because you are older and the cartoons are getting worser doesn't mean the cartoons aren't getting better ITS JUST YOU NOT THE CARTOONS

Being mature is a joke INMATURE FO ever!

The Contenders
11 Bad Character Designs

Honestly, the animators are too lazy to create unique characters designs. Instead, they depend too much on computers. Just compare the simple laziness of Adventure Time to the well-animated Batman: the Animated Series.

What happened to good character designs like the ones back then? Why do nowadays cartoons have only lazy designs? This ticks me off, especially since I am an artist.

Different people do have different ways of designing characters, so there is really no problem with that.

Peppa, The Problem Solverz, enough said

12 Weak Plot-lines

The only three shows with decent plots are Gravity Falls, Adventure Time, and Steven Universe. All three really started out strong. Adventure Time and Steven Universe kind of faltered after a while. They seemed to try to invest in characters who are already firmly likeable, waisting entire episodes on meaningless subplots. Gravity Falls was able to keep my attention until the end. The only thing I didn't like about it was that there didn't seem to be any real consequences at the end. Aside from those three, new cartoons really don't have any meaningful or interesting plots. There aren't any that are just supposed to be fun without plot, trying to create some silly plot that just takes away from any humor or fun. Older cartoons at least either had a plot or were just meant to be watched without needing to follow what happened before.

Sorry, but shows like Attack on Titan and Sword Art Online may not have the strongest plot lines in anime, but they have way stronger plot lines than modern cartoons these days. Even SpongeBob is declining in its plot lines, which is why I decided to get back into anime.

Um, really? Gravity Falls, Steven Universe, Adventure Time, and many more toons have good plots. Plus, many old cartoons had no plot whatsoever.

Ahem... Steven Universe, Gravity Falls, Adventure Time, etc.

13 We Have to Watch Them Instead of The Old School Stuff

Cartoons reached their peak in the mid to late 90s. Shows like Batman the Animated series, Swat Kats, DuckTales filled Saturday mornings with good old fashioned animated excellence. Since this Golden Age came to a close, we have slowly devolved into a mass of the bland, pointless and worst of all boring. Now there have been a few gems since then. Justice League, Adventure Time, Teen Titans (original), Gumball isn't bad either. But, these are exceptions that prove the rule. I predict that Cartoon Network will lose out to steaming services that offer the oldies but goodies unless they turn their dreary wallpaper paste into a hit programming set.

Seeing as all the creative talent has been drained out animators these days, let me help you, God you need some. Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel with every new series go back to the roots of good cartoons. Go back to what Walt Disney and the Warner Brothers came up with in their small studios. Never fall into the traps that so ...more

OK, this is just stupid. There are some great modern cartoons such as Gravity Falls, Steven Universe, Regular Show, and many more. Stop asking for you oh-so-precious 90s cartoons to come back and deal with it!

We don't have to watch new school shows. I mean, seriously, we're not forced to, and doing so is just an option. Also, we can still watch old school shows.

Cartoons peaked in quality between the 1930s and late 70s. Cartoons in the 80s sucked (for the most part) and got progressively worse from there. 90s, meh. 0os, bleh. 10s, yuck, so far, none of it is surprising because if you look at the way things have gotten in general, bad to worse. Go try and find something not plastic and made in America.

14 Lack of Ideas

Back in the day cartoons had a that kind of bling and originality, take robot boy for example it was damn awesome having that around and cartoons like megas xlr and samurai jack hell even the jetsons was awesome back in the day
cartoons now a days don't have style nor do they have that taste of freedom that was given too us in our childhood

15 No Effort Put Into the Animation

Yes and they so focused on action rather then surrounding or details. The realism is gone. For instance the new turtles are all straight lines with crude angles and corners. And people applaud them for having such great animation. GREAT ANIMATION? REALLY? The action pacing is incredibly fast to fast to even take in any details. Yeah if I flash you with a construction lamp you could say the drawings were great. But please look at them closely there lazy.

In anime, every scene can be drawn out very carefully. In the old days of cartoons, the physics and the backgrounds look pretty magical. Only a few shows today have these qualities like Steven Universe or possibly Gravity falls, maybe more. But, some are just basic sprites made in CGI, are literal pictures in a low resolution, or have a high noise value.

Flash and CGI take WAY longer than you think they do.

12 ounce mouse

16 Lack of Moral Values

Older cartoon had any moral values? Well, if you have seen the animated shorts from the 1910's through the 1950's you will see most of them had shown more moral values much more than what the recent cartoons of the 1990's to today ever had. Characters get punished, spanked, etc in some of those cartoons, something you don't see today. At least back in those old days before we were all born, artists had more freedom and did not have to worry about political correctness at the time.

What made the older cartoons likable is that they often show morals and consequences in the story. You rarely see characters that are bullies get spanked or punished for all the bad acts they do in today's shows as you'd expect in the older shows. Also, being political correct doesn't help, either.

Yeah, like older cartoons had any moral values at all.

Spongebob in a nutshell

17 Cartoons These Days Are Nothing But Liberal Propaganda

I kinda see this as kinda a reason why cartoons decline over time, like seriously, environmental messages are worn out, especially after E/I Saturday Mornings declined. Also, recasting white voice actors... boy oh boy... I mean, this mostly applies to adult cartoons, but still.

Too many animated T.V. shows these days keep shoving leftist nonsense with no opposing side or counter argument without painting the opposing side as evil.

Plus I just love how some of the idiots here mock conservatives, talk about intolerance and double standards right?

Maybe you hypocrites should stop watching liberal fake news, just a thought

Along with most people, they sacrifice their morals for popularity for promoting the wrong messages. People now think it is okay to have gay/sjw stuff in cartoons just because it is now the new fad.

I do agree that there are some new cartoons that do include liberal propaganda, but I personally doubt that all new cartoons have this. Again, just saying.

18 Too Much Toilet Humor

Watch cow and chicken or ren and stimpy and tell they had less toilet humour than cartoons today

They're been doing this the wrong way since the days of Cow and Chicken. That show really sucked.

Fart jokes are not funny to anyone except for very immature people.

Well, some modern shows do the toilet humor wrong, but some do it right.

19 Only Use Basic Plots And Ideas

In my opinion this is the worst

20 Ban of Guns

Looking at you, Looney Tunes Cartoons on HBO Max, the only notable appearance without his gun before 2020 was What's Opera Doc? and that was set BEFORE gunpowder was affordable.

If it's only fiction, then it shouldn't hurt anyone. I support the idea of everyone having the right to bear arms and I cannot stand political correctness. I wish more people could do something to stop this ban.

Wow, no guns? No violence? That totally sucks and stinks, I want guns and action. It is just an animated show, not a real life incident. They should bring this back, I don't want cartoons to be completely boring.

I bet you can't even use Laser guns in today's cartoons, at least when I was growing up you were aloud to show laser guns, now everything has to be Y until you're 13!

21 Teens Being Bratty and Not Getting in Trouble

Yeah, in Disney Channel, the sitcoms, teens do bad things and they do not even get in trouble for it. We need those spoiled brats to be grounded!

Whatever happened to the day when brats actually got in trouble and punished for being, well, bratty?

You mean Disney shows and Total Drama? Total Drama is not good enough to be a cartoon

Disney Channel all the way

22 Turned Great Shows Into Garbage

ONE Kids is turning weird for instance Daniel tiger of you have to go potty stop and go right away! We know that already make cool things like Daniels house gets destroyed during a hurricane something cool like that! That new show coming out lets go Luna it is so dumb no one is going to watch that "wah my plant Bob died I am so sad I can't get it to come back alive nothing will help"! Well it's a plant kid that's what happens no 3year old is going to watch that it is making kids dumb, crybabys and imuture!

Remember how great SpongeBob was but then after the movie we got terrible episodes like a pal for Gary pet sitter pat one course meal and many more. And it doesn't just apply with SpongeBob there are plenty of used to great but now suck these days.

Yes, let the "classics" stay as classics, there is no reason to bring said show back especially knowing how it might turn out in the end. (I am looking at you, Sonic SatAM fans)

Nowadays, half of the Nickelodeon shows try to re-create Ren and Stimpy.

23 Mean-Spiritedness and Sadism

This is pretty much the problem with Television in general nowadays.

I know that they can be mean-spirited, but how are they sadistic?

That also applies to your precious Ed Edd n Eddy.

My Little Pony Putting Your Hoof DownTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012 The Gauntlet

24 Made For The Sole Purpose To Cater To 5 Year Olds

I disagree with 5 year old part, but I think they do try to cater to certain groups too much. They try to cater to like 5 to 10 year olds and mostly just males. Females do get driven out a bit. Back from 1950's to mid-2000's cartoons were generally aimed for kids, but still a good family show. They had heart, morals and didn't overly rely on comedy to get out of a bid. Yes Looney Tunes did, but it was set up correctly. Like incredible wits or ACME misfire. Now everything tries to match that Spongebob stupid humor It's like they over focus on who they cater to and screw everyone else over.

Even Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is a rip-off Of Dora the Explore. Mickey Mouse is my idol who is not my idol is idol. My idol is an idol idol forrnite
Verlisify hacked me

*Cough Cough* Jake And The Neverland Pirates And The Lion Guard *COUGH*

25 Lack of Witty Jokes or Writing
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