History DorkAge / WesternAnimation

27th Sep '16 5:10:35 PM Wkenneth334
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** Many fans agree that the first Dork Age spanned from Season 9 to Season 12, a four-season period lead by showrunner Mike Scully. Although Seasons 9-10 were mostly well-received, they still featured several episodes that never became popular with fans. Seasons 11 and, to a lesser extent, season 12, on the other hand, are infamous for being two of the worst in the history of the Simpsons. In an attempt to compete with the increasing popularity of Creator/SethMacFarlane's ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', the show's humor became far darker and cruder in these two seasons, with episodes that were considered overly wacky and cartoonish and featured an overabundance of guest stars. This resulted in many fans deciding that the show had JumpedTheShark, and refused to continue watching.

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** Many fans agree that the first Dork Age spanned from Season 9 to Season 12, a four-season period lead by showrunner Mike Scully. Although Seasons 9-10 were mostly well-received, they still featured several episodes that never became popular with fans. Seasons Season 11 and, to a lesser extent, degree, season 12, on the other hand, are infamous for being two of the worst in the history of the Simpsons. In an attempt to compete with the increasing popularity of Creator/SethMacFarlane's ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', the show's humor became far darker and cruder in these two seasons, with episodes that were considered overly wacky and cartoonish and featured an overabundance of guest stars. This resulted in many fans deciding that the show had JumpedTheShark, and refused to continue watching.
18th Sep '16 8:52:24 PM PaulA
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* [[AmericansHateTingle American cartoon fans]] almost universally agree that Canadian cartoons are in a Dork Age that doesn't look to be ending anytime soon. Here's why – Canadian Law[[note]] (television channels ''must'' devote a minimum of hours each day to showing "Canadian" content; [[UsefulNotes/CanadianPolitics the government]] did this to keep its people from being media-swamped by their much larger southern neighbour… and to ensure Canadian creative types would always have work)[[/note]] forces them to be constantly churned out. This leads to many cartoons with low animation quality (due to lazy usage of AdobeFlash) and/or lacking entertainment value. While there are some Canadian cartoons that have received praise from Americans, most of them went through drops in quality, have noticeable hatedoms, or are simply incredibly obscure. It's very telling when infamous shows like ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' and ''WesternAnimation/AlmostNakedAnimals'' are the most well-known Canadian cartoons.

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* [[AmericansHateTingle American cartoon fans]] almost universally agree that Canadian cartoons are in a Dork Age that doesn't look to be ending anytime soon. Here's why – Canadian Law[[note]] (television channels ''must'' devote a minimum of hours each day to showing "Canadian" content; [[UsefulNotes/CanadianPolitics the government]] did this to keep its people from being media-swamped by their much larger southern neighbour… and to ensure Canadian creative types would always have work)[[/note]] forces them to be constantly churned out. This leads to many cartoons with low animation quality (due to lazy usage of AdobeFlash) UsefulNotes/AdobeFlash) and/or lacking entertainment value. While there are some Canadian cartoons that have received praise from Americans, most of them went through drops in quality, have noticeable hatedoms, or are simply incredibly obscure. It's very telling when infamous shows like ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' and ''WesternAnimation/AlmostNakedAnimals'' are the most well-known Canadian cartoons.
17th Aug '16 10:23:26 AM Masterge77
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* Many ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' fans believe that the series entered one of these in Season 5 when writers began to add more focus to a LoveTriangle between Mordecai, Margaret and CJ which took up large portions of Seasons 5 and 6. Things were toned down after [[TheMovie the TV movie]] and as of Season 7 the show has arguably gotten back on track with the love triangle subplot being minimized if not completely absent.
26th Jun '16 6:41:13 PM Kirbygirl98
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* [[AmericansHateTingle American cartoon fans]] almost universally agree that Canadian cartoons are in a Dork Age that doesn't look to be ending anytime soon. Here's why – Canadian Law[[note]] (television channels ''must'' devote a minimum of hours each day to showing "Canadian" content; [[UsefulNotes/CanadianPolitics the government]] did this to keep its people from being media-swamped by their much larger southern neighbour… and to ensure Canadian creative types would always have work)[[/note]] forces them to be constantly churned out. This leads to many cartoons with low animation quality (due to lazy usage of AdobeFlash) and/or lacking entertainment value. While there are some Canadian cartoons that have received praise from Americans, most of them went through drops in quality, have noticeable hatedoms, or are simply incredibly obscure. It's very telling when infamous shows like ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' and ''WesternAnimation/AlmostNakedAnimals'' are the most well-known Canadian cartoons.
** American cartoon channels, particularly Creator/CartoonNetwork, have been exporting the newer Canadian cartoons and are using them as {{filler}} programming due to their cheapness, so they could even be contributing to a possible ''Second'' Dark Age Of Animation in the States. Though subverted a little bit as Canadian ''voice acting'' is still well regarded.
17th May '16 11:51:37 PM ADrago
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' fell into one of these after the first movie's release in 2004. After the creator Steven Hillenburg left, fans began to notice that episodes were becoming either bland and unfunny or violent and mean-spirited. Characters also became flanderized to unbelievably high levels, and when they weren't acting like parodis of themselves, they were being tortured miserably by the world around them. Alongside the overabundance of over-hyped specials, it could easily coincide with Nickelodeon's dork age. While Season 4 didn't have much of this, seasons 5-7 are usually reviled among the fanbase for these reasons. Season 8 was a slight improvment and season 9 had a lot of episodes that were really liked by the [=SpongeBob=] fanbase, but the Dork Age had officialy ended in the eyes of many with the second [=SpongeBob=] movie, ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater Sponge out of Water]]'', when Steven Hillenburg returned to the helm of the series in general.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' fell into one of these after the first movie's release in 2004. After the creator Steven Hillenburg left, fans began to notice that episodes were becoming either bland and unfunny or violent and mean-spirited. Characters also became flanderized [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] to unbelievably high levels, and when they weren't acting like parodis parodies of themselves, they were being tortured miserably by the world around them. Alongside the overabundance of over-hyped specials, it could easily coincide with Nickelodeon's dork age. While Season 4 didn't have much of this, seasons 5-7 are usually reviled among the fanbase for these reasons. Season 8 was a slight improvment and season 9 had a lot of episodes that were really liked by the [=SpongeBob=] fanbase, but the Dork Age had officialy ended in the eyes of many with the second [=SpongeBob=] movie, ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater Sponge out of Water]]'', when Steven Hillenburg returned to the helm of the series in general.
6th May '16 7:25:11 AM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' is considered this to the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' franchise on the animated plain – this series bears no similarities to [[ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan the comic of the same name]], or, for the matter, with any incarnation of the character. The tone is DenserAndWackier with a lot of comedy slapstick while all drama and dark aspect is removed, Spider-Man is a SHIELD agent learning how to be a superhero with Comicbook/NickFury as TheMentor, he is part of a team of annoying sidekick superheroes, and most villains from Spidey's actual RoguesGallery are dropped in favor of other comic villains. Not at all helped by the fact it replaced ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' which was largely considered to be epic, and despite the fact ''Ultimate'' had no control over ''Spectacular'''s [[CutShort fate]], people are [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks pretty]] [[ReplacementScrappy upset]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' is considered this to the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' franchise on the animated plain – this series bears no similarities to [[ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan the comic of the same name]], or, for the matter, with any incarnation of the character. The tone is DenserAndWackier with a lot of comedy slapstick while all drama and dark aspect is removed, Spider-Man is a SHIELD agent learning how to be a superhero with Comicbook/NickFury as TheMentor, he is part of a team of annoying sidekick superheroes, and most villains from Spidey's actual RoguesGallery are dropped in favor of other comic villains. Not at all helped by the fact it replaced ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' which was largely considered to be epic, and despite the fact ''Ultimate'' had no control over ''Spectacular'''s [[CutShort fate]], people are [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks pretty]] [[ReplacementScrappy upset]].
15th Apr '16 11:21:48 PM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' is considered this to the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' franchise on the animated plain – this series bears no similarities to [[ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan the comic of the same name]], or, for the matter, with any incarnation of the character. The tone is DenserAndWackier with a lot of comedy slapstick while all drama and dark aspect is removed, Spider-Man is a SHIELD agent learning how to be a superhero with Comicbook/NickFury as TheMentor, he is part of a team of annoying sidekick superheroes, and most villains from Spidey's actual RoguesGallery are dropped in favor of other comic villains. Not at all helped by the fact it replaced ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' which was largely considered to be epic, and despite the fact Ultimate had no control over Spectacular's [[CutShort fate]], people are [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks pretty]] [[ReplacementScrappy upset]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' is considered this to the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' franchise on the animated plain – this series bears no similarities to [[ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan the comic of the same name]], or, for the matter, with any incarnation of the character. The tone is DenserAndWackier with a lot of comedy slapstick while all drama and dark aspect is removed, Spider-Man is a SHIELD agent learning how to be a superhero with Comicbook/NickFury as TheMentor, he is part of a team of annoying sidekick superheroes, and most villains from Spidey's actual RoguesGallery are dropped in favor of other comic villains. Not at all helped by the fact it replaced ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' which was largely considered to be epic, and despite the fact Ultimate ''Ultimate'' had no control over Spectacular's ''Spectacular'''s [[CutShort fate]], people are [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks pretty]] [[ReplacementScrappy upset]].
15th Apr '16 11:21:18 PM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' is already starting to be considered this to the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' franchise on the animated plain – this series bears no similarities to the comic of the same name, or, for the matter, with any incarnation of the character. The tone is DenserAndWackier with a lot of comedy slapstick while all drama and dark aspect is removed, Spider-Man is a SHIELD agent learning how to be a superhero with Comicbook/NickFury as TheMentor, he is part of a team of annoying sidekick superheroes, and most villains from Spidey's actual RoguesGallery are dropped in favor of other comic villains. Not at all helped by the fact it replaced ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' which was largely considered to be epic, and despite the fact Ultimate had no control over Spectacular's [[CutShort fate]], people are [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks pretty]] [[ReplacementScrappy upset]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' is already starting to be considered this to the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' franchise on the animated plain – this series bears no similarities to [[ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan the comic of the same name, name]], or, for the matter, with any incarnation of the character. The tone is DenserAndWackier with a lot of comedy slapstick while all drama and dark aspect is removed, Spider-Man is a SHIELD agent learning how to be a superhero with Comicbook/NickFury as TheMentor, he is part of a team of annoying sidekick superheroes, and most villains from Spidey's actual RoguesGallery are dropped in favor of other comic villains. Not at all helped by the fact it replaced ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' which was largely considered to be epic, and despite the fact Ultimate had no control over Spectacular's [[CutShort fate]], people are [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks pretty]] [[ReplacementScrappy upset]].
22nd Feb '16 6:52:07 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* What happened to WesternAnimation/BettyBoop, who used to be a sexy chanteuse, was that the MoralGuardians forced her to be {{Bowdlerise}}d. This led to a serious drop-off in the quality and popularity of her shorts, since her character is a [[MsFanservice sex symbol]] (yes, even with her big, giant head). When you see Betty dressed like a businesswoman, you are in for a boring cartoon. More specifially, pre-Hayes Betty would often go on exciting and surreal adventures, where she was sexy but also had a place in the plot and was an active character. Post-Hayes, her shorts can be summarized as "Betty sings, Betty has a problem, Grampy comes to fix it."

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* What happened to WesternAnimation/BettyBoop, who used to be a sexy chanteuse, was that the MoralGuardians forced her to be {{Bowdlerise}}d. This led to a serious drop-off in the quality and popularity of her shorts, since her character is a [[MsFanservice sex symbol]] (yes, even with her big, giant head). When you see Betty dressed like a businesswoman, you are in for a boring cartoon. More specifially, pre-Hayes pre-Hays Betty would often go on exciting and surreal adventures, where she was sexy but also had a place in the plot and was an active character. Post-Hayes, Post-Hays, her shorts can be summarized as "Betty sings, Betty has a problem, Grampy comes to fix it."
20th Feb '16 9:15:15 AM Wkenneth334
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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** Looney Tunes suffered in [[UsefulNotes/LooneyTunesInTheSixties the Sixties]] as well (you know something has gone terribly wrong when they have WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck chasing WesternAnimation/SpeedyGonzales around for some reason) after the original animation unit was shuttered and work was turned over to Creator/DePatieFrelengEnterprises. Fortunately, this Dork Age comes with fair warning: if you catch a cartoon that opens with a weird version of their theme song set to trippy graphics spinning around, and the cartoon is ''not'' Creator/ChuckJones's ''Now Hear This'' (or possibly ''Norman Normal''), you're going to get to see their Dork Age.

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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' suffered this trope, as well:
** Looney Tunes This show suffered in [[UsefulNotes/LooneyTunesInTheSixties the Sixties]] as well (you know something has gone terribly wrong when they have WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck chasing WesternAnimation/SpeedyGonzales around for some reason) after the original animation unit was shuttered and work was turned over to Creator/DePatieFrelengEnterprises. Fortunately, this Dork Age comes with fair warning: if you catch a cartoon that opens with a weird version of their theme song set to trippy graphics spinning around, and the cartoon is ''not'' Creator/ChuckJones's ''Now Hear This'' (or possibly ''Norman Normal''), you're going to get to see their Dork Age.



** Many fans agree that the first Dork Age spanned from Season 9 to Season 12, a four-season period lead by showrunner Mike Scully. Although Seasons 9-10 were mostly well-received, they still featured several episodes that never became popular with fans. Seasons 11 and 12, on the other hand, are infamous for being two of the worst in the history of the Simpsons. In an attempt to compete with the increasing popularity of Creator/SethMacFarlane's ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', the show's humor became far darker and cruder in these two seasons, with episodes that were considered overly wacky and cartoonish and featured an overabundance of guest stars. This resulted in many fans deciding that the show had JumpedTheShark, and refused to continue watching.

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** Many fans agree that the first Dork Age spanned from Season 9 to Season 12, a four-season period lead by showrunner Mike Scully. Although Seasons 9-10 were mostly well-received, they still featured several episodes that never became popular with fans. Seasons 11 and and, to a lesser extent, season 12, on the other hand, are infamous for being two of the worst in the history of the Simpsons. In an attempt to compete with the increasing popularity of Creator/SethMacFarlane's ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', the show's humor became far darker and cruder in these two seasons, with episodes that were considered overly wacky and cartoonish and featured an overabundance of guest stars. This resulted in many fans deciding that the show had JumpedTheShark, and refused to continue watching.
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