Although the animation of 1960s and 1970s tv fare was more limited, shows created during that time had a lot to recommend them: great voice acting (drawing on talent developed duirng the radio era), intriguing premises, terrific music and theme songs, and sometimes really great art and stories. Moreover, they were created with a mind to project good values and decent behavior.
Never thought I'd hear anyone else pointing out the connection between "old-school" H-B and old radio--The first three seasons of the Flintstones had Bea Benadaret and Mel Blanc bringing their routines straight over from Jack Benny's show (complete with Fred constantly meeting the "Yeesss?" Frank Nelson storekeeper every time he walked into a store), and writers Michael Maltese and Warren Foster, among others, already loved to play around with radio and Jack Benny catchphrases during their old days on Warner's Looney Tunes.
As for "good values", back when there was the 80's Reagan-era push for "responsible" kids' TV, one survey pointed out that Fred & Wilma were one of the few times we saw an affectionately married couple in a kids' show.
IMO, the last ten years or so have produced some really good children's programming aimed at pre-schoolers: Rolie Polie Olie, Max & Ruby, The Wiggles, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse really stand out. However, the often crude material that is sold to older children and finds its way to the Cartoon Network is CRAP.
As MAD Magazine put it this month, "Adventure Time - Is it a gateway drug to LSD, or vice versa?"
I don't think that particular drug may have been the inspiration for it, but CN seems to have two demons on the shoulders of their programming department and no angel--One demon wants to make the network 24-hour Adult Swim for the stoner kids and Family Guy fans, the other still wants the thrill of passive-aggressively beating up on "outdated" old 70's-80's H-B Scooby and Superfriends reruns like they did in '00 when they were trying to bums-rush the vintage reruns off their schedules.
Between the two, they've now become a network of stoner kids making jokes about all the Saturday morning shows they remember from the 80's. A bit ironic, considering their famous slogan of "Some people want to watch the same shows they saw as kids...Scary, huh?"
Over at Nick, they still have a generation of animators wishing Ren & Stimpy would come back, and believe the look of animation has to be some squalid retro-parody of what they thought 60's animation looked liked--To the point that R&S's John Kricfalusi often says in interviews that he "doesn't want to go down in history with fans as The Man Who Killed Cartoons". Tough luck, John, we've looked at history, and the name is starting to stick.
Edited by Ejanss, April 16 2013 - 02:53 PM.