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Old 07-31-2015   #1
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Default The "All Adult Animation is South Park" mentality

Now, I know about the Animation Age Ghetto mentality, which says that it's for kids and kids only and it shouldn't be taken seriously, and how much it damaged the animation industry in America from the 1960s until the 1990s, but there's another mentality that's also affecting cartoons. Here's to put it:
In 1989, The Simpsons premiered on the FOX Broadcasting Network, and its somewhat more risque fare compared to other cartoons at the time drew the ire of parental groups, but in spite of that, it was a success, and helped spawn a new era in animation: The Renaissance Age of Animation. The popularity of the show, coupled with Nickelodeon's The Ren & Stimpy Show and MTV's Beavis & Butthead, both of which also faced the ire from parental groups for their content, helped reignite the idea that animation could be expanded beyond the family market. With the establishment of the TV Parental Guidelines to rate TV shows, it also became easier to make it clear to audiences that a show wasn't for children. As the 1990s progressed, King of the Hill premiered and became a quiet success for FOX, and Cartoon Network began to create shows aimed at older audiences thanks to the success of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, which would ultimately pave the way for the launch of Adult Swim in 2001. But the biggest blow to the Age Ghetto mentality came when Comedy Central debuted the TV-MA-rated South Park, a vulgar but uproarious comedy that immediately became a smash hit. However, the success of the show caused other adult-oriented shows to copy South Park's formula of being vulgar, envelope-pushing fare-- most notably FOX's Family Guy, effectively manifesting a new mentality: The All Adult Animation is South Park mentality. Thanks to creators following the examples of that, people now believe that any cartoon that isn't just kids' shows are sitcoms and/or vulgar, raunch-filled comedies, which is far from the truth. So anyone wanting to create serious, intelligent animated fare for adults will find it very hard to convince its potential audience that it isn't all toilet humor and/or shock humor. Additionally, this mentality creates another negative perception towards animation: Animation may not be seen as exclusively for kids anymore, but it is seen as exclusively childish.

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