Top Ten Reasons Why Cartoons Suck These Days


The Top Ten

1 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. - Fenrisfil

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 ...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. - Popsicles

Old Cartoons is Slightly Better Than New Cartoons

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2 Unfunny Jokes

Gravity Falls easily does not have any of these characteristics. - YakkoWakkoDot

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? - Fenrisfil

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

Your still probably thinking of TTG - RCrow

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3 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. - Fenrisfil

Before, people actually put effort into making cartoons. Past cartoons were actually entertaining and funny. They suck these days because people make them for profit instead of for the entertainment of their viewers.

This is true, sadly. Corporate execs care more about money than quality, and cartoons are no exception.

The biggest reason - blackflower

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4 Lack of Originality

You know, Adventure Time and gumball aren't even that bad - YakkoWakkoDot

Good Cartoons (Tom & Jerry, Looney Tunes, The Simpsons, Animaniacs, Tiny Toon Adventures, Duck Tales)

Cartoons that suck today (Regulr Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time, Teen Titans Go, Uncle Grandpa, Clarence)

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

It seems like numerous cartoons are either stale reboots or excessive trend cannons. Not much to see here. Moving on. - CloudInvasion

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5 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

Ugh! I hate things which are done without passion. - HezarioSeth

Without passion, it's a disaster

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6 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!

7 Bad Spin-Off Shows of Great Cartoons

So true shows like Planet Sheen and The Cleveland Show. - egnomac

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

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


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8 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 is way better than cartoons and you know it!

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

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9 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.

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

Cartoons reached there peak in the mid to late 90's. Shows like Batman the Animated series, Swat Kats, Duck Tales 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

They Should just get rid of all these awful cartoons and bring back the good old cartoons. - egnomac

Yeah we can't watch old school cartoons except on boomerang and on the internet for free I can understand liking the experience of watching an old show and wishing that it was still on TV but the fact is you can still watch them (sometimes on TV) and it isn't even that hard find them kind of diminishes your point - Gamer4life

Oh no its another 90s kid who is oblivious and only likes stuff from the 90s and hates everything else

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The Contenders

11 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.

My favorite cartoon show doesn't have a bad plot line, which was voted by 98% fans of the show, 78% of people who are neutral to the show and 5% of the haters of the show

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

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12 Teens Being Bratty and Not Getting in Trouble

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 - Totaldramamustdie

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!

*cough TeenTitans Go *cough - RogerWatersfan1999

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13 Ban of Guns

Some older Disney shows had guns (pistols, bazooka, rifles and more). At some point they decided to ban them.

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.

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.

Yanks please leave the Western World. Please get in the present times like other countries who are not shooting each other every day of the week.

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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 Humans Aren't Drawn Realistically

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

16 No Effort Put Into the Animation

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 - Tacocheese

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.

17 Too Much Toilet Humor

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

Watch cow and chicken or ren and stimpy and tell they had less toilet humour than cartoons today - Gamer4life

I blame Pumbaa for this.

*cough* *cough* BREADWINNERS *Humph*

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18 Cartoons These Days Are Nothing But Liberal Propaganda

*cough* Family Guy *cough*

I agree with this one. Too many cartoons have propaganda especially the ones on Cartoon Network these days.

Don't People watch cartoons to escape from this sort of nonsense?

Too much of this everywhere these days. It's okay for entertainment to make you think, it's not okay for it to tell you what to think.

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19 Only Use Basic Plots And Ideas

In my opinion this is the worst - ad48

20 They Don't Have Any Charm
21 They're Inappropriate

Take the Yogi Bear movie for example. Utter trash and a complete abomination to the old cartoon. - RiverClanRocks

Think of Sanjay & Craig and Breadwinners. - nelsonerico6

Yeah, because shows like Ren & Stimpy and Rocko's Modern Life were SO far from being weird and taught kids great morals.

Yes regular show chowder teen titans go flapjack the new powerpuff girls all have innaporpate jokes

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22 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?

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

23 Turned Great Shows Into Garbage

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.

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!

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

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)

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24 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!

25 Too Down to Earth

Not enough wacky cartoons, honestly. Really the only shows that fit that bill these days are SpongeBob and TTG, and only SpongeBob actually does a good job at being wacky/cartoony.

That's a good thing, actually.

26 You are Nostalgic for Your Own Childhood

Face it. The older cartoons you grew up with reminds you of when you were a child, when life was simple, and you were not responsible for everything. When you were little, your parents probably said the same thing about the shows you watched. A decade from now, today's current children are going to hate on those cartoons and feel nostalgic for the 2010's. - anonyalternategirl

Ad48 is just in denial of childhood.

This item says it all. - KalloFox34

27 They're Repetitive

Phineas & Ferb is the best explanation. - nelsonerico6

I'm the map I'm the map I'm the map I'm the map.

28 Too Many Butt Jokes

Same with The Lion King... It was the first Disney film to have fart jokes.

Look at SpongeBob! The new SpongeBob episodes have WAY too many butt jokes.

Lots of old cartoons had potty humour.

I blame The Lion King.

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29 Repeated Way Too Much On TV

Instead of actually letting us see the new episodes they up and flash the 3 year old episode we saw 100 times yesterday. It's as if they don't even want to see the newest ones.

SpongeBob reruns - Tacocheese

Steven Universe is a perfect example of this. - Apex320

Erhm, Teen titans Go!, ERHM - 906389

30 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 - Miauzer

31 Too Much Political Correctness

Shame that artists no longer have the freedom of drawing whatever they want due to stupid political correctness and executive meddling.

I don't think cartoons like these has something to do with politics.

Is it you yanks loving your guns yeehaw.

32 Too Much CGI

Too much cheap/bad CGI. That is a serious issue. You can throw together a series very quickly with poor quality CGI. Let's be honest though, if modern CGI was around when Hanna-Barbera was starting out they would be using it too. So the attitude hasn't changed, it's just the technology is so accessible that the vast majority of people are pumping out cartoons with cheap CGI. There are definitely far too few show makers that really take pride in the look of the cartoons these days... or at least there are too few proportionately. I grew up in the 80's/90's, but the most visually interesting cartoons were actually from earlier. You just can't beat hand drawn cartoons done by top professionals. The cost isn't practical these days or in mine. It's not anyones fault, it justt is. - Fenrisfil

A dumb excuse to hate modern animation, anyway. CGI can be as "good" as hand-drawn, people.

A.K.A. Dumb Excuse To Hate Modern Cartoons #237.

Saying something is dumb doesn't counter the argument and adds no value to the discussion. - Fenrisfil

Not all CGI cartoons, as I only see a few. I don’t think CGI is a cartoon format because it’s the part of animation medium. I see cartoons most of the time used 2D to look cartoony on T.V. while CGI used 3D in reality on the movie screen. I need to watch the good ol’ days back.

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33 Too Much Flash Animation

Flash is absolute trash

34 Too Much Appealing to the Adult Demographic

You're thinking of Viper GTS and Bible Black (just not the dubs)

35 Rely Too Much on Fans
36 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.

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

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

37 Rely Too Much on Anime

To be honest, I like the anime-style found in most new animated series these days, so there shouldn't be a problem with it at all. Anime is very popular around the world, so why limit the style to just Japan? Let western artists draw anime if they want to, god dang it.

It's a bad thing because why bother calling it a cartoon anymore its not original majority of them are basically anime - sadfag

38 Too Many Stereotypes

Yes, this is true about The Lion Guard. It features the worst kind of stereotyping and roles in animals ever, and makes me wonder what the heck was Disney Jr./Disney Channel thinking when they made and continue to make this show? It's characters suck, heck, TLK as a franchise is just bad and should have died by now.

39 Today's Cartoons are Nothing but Conservative Propaganda Used to Brainwash Our Children.

What you say is basically true, but is true about the liberals.

It's true but this was in the past too. No LGBTQ Topic are even mentioned and when someone online asks, if Elsa can get a gurlfriend, than consercativs are bashing!

Conservatives are currently using their evil politically correct propaganda to control kids and adults alike;the Right is also teaching kids its okay to lie,cheat,steal,bully,harass others,be bigots and to hurt those who doan't share your thoughts. While Liberals are trying to save our kids, the Conservatives are teaching our kids bad things while trying to shift blame on Liberals. SHAME ON YOU,CONSERVATIVES! I feel sorry for your kids that have to grow up learning your America-hating propaganda!

Jes but in the past this was too. No LGBTQ Topics are even mentioned and when someone asks online if Elsa become a gurlfriend conservatives go bashing! Also abortion is a taboo, women are potrayed similiar as in old days, as weak bitches, who want to get pregnant. When they have a job they will no longer have him, 'cause they must breed and play mother. How stupid! Sad that reality most girls are wanting this. But must cartoons always represent the "most"? Give us really strong women! Childfree women who don't want to marry anyone!

40 They are not pure entertainment anymore
41 People Are Biased

Just because there have been a few bad cartoons, that somehow takes away the greatness of the ones we all love and praise. There are bad cartoons but there's not that many. The art of animation is not taken as a joke. We still have Disney and Dreamworks and Pixar and they aren't giving a disgrace to animation. It's just a couple of bad shows. - YakkoWakkoDot

Its not all anime fan bases that hate cartoons today a lot of the people who grew up on cartoons hate the new ones because they really do suck its horrible how cartoons one a respected art form has become a joke.

I agree with the person below me. I'm an anime fan, but I have noticed that most cartoons of today are pretty bad. Older cartoons were actually more entertaining.

Well, Disney is pretty biased, so much that they only care for money and cliches, and not quality no more.

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42 They're Not Funny
43 Continuity Shows Are Boring

Yeah they suck! Damn rebucucck shaggar

44 Too Many Stupid Protagonists

Kion from The Lion Guard is the most stupid protagonist. His name is just 'lion' with a K. Nothing special.

45 Too Many Morals
46 Instead of a Realistic Portrayal of Certain Animals, They Still Stick to the Same Dumb Stupid Folk Stereotypes

Just look at how hyenas appear in The Lion Guard. They still are villains, and still represent the "evil stooges" stereotype like the ones in The Lion King did. If Disney promised to be realistic when it comes to creating animal characters, then they would never have done that and would know that they were sued for such a portrayal and why said researcher suggested a boycott of TLK in a fact sheet to preserve the animals. Disney had one chance to fix the broken reputation of the hyena, and they failed.

47 Complicated Plots
48 Everything is Serious

Another dumb excuse to hate modern animation. Not everything has to be zany, you know.

Who wants seriousness? Too depressing. - giddyjoker

A.K.A. Dumb Excuse To Hate Modern Cartoons #792

49 Lack of Witty Jokes or Writing
50 Using the 'new' flat design instead of old material design
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