History DorkAge / WesternAnimation

17th Jan '16 4:45:25 PM Vir
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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 officialky ended in the eyes of many with the second Spongebob movie, 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 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 seasons 5-7 are usually reviled among the fanbase for these reasons. Season 8 was a slight improvment and Season season 9 had a lot of episodes that were really liked by the Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] fanbase, but the dork age Dork Age had officialky officialy ended in the eyes of many with the second Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] movie, ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater Sponge Out Of Water, out of Water]]'', when Steven Hillenburg returned to the helm of the series in general.
17th Jan '16 4:43:51 PM Vir
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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 officialky ended in the eyes of many with the second Spongebob movie, 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, 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 officialky ended in the eyes of many with the second Spongebob movie, Sponge Out Of Water, when Steven Hillenburg returned to the helm of the series in general.
17th Jan '16 4:42:19 PM Vir
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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 officialky ended in the eyes of many with the second Spongebob movie, Sponge Out Of Water, when Steven Hillenburg returned to the helm of the series in general.
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* WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants ''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 officialky ended in the eyes of many with the second Spongebob movie, Sponge Out Of Water, when Steven Hillenburg returned to the helm of the series in general.
19th Nov '15 8:03:56 PM MegaTroper123456
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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 officialky ended in the eyes of many with the second Spongebob movie, Sponge Out Of Water, when Steven Hillenburg returned to the helm of the series in general.
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* 'WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' 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 officialky ended in the eyes of many with the second Spongebob movie, Sponge Out Of Water, when Steven Hillenburg returned to the helm of the series in general.
19th Nov '15 8:03:33 PM MegaTroper123456
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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 officialky ended in the eyes of many with the second Spongebob movie, Sponge Out Of Water, when Steven Hillenburg returned to the helm of the series in general.
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* "WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants" '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 officialky ended in the eyes of many with the second Spongebob movie, Sponge Out Of Water, when Steven Hillenburg returned to the helm of the series in general.
19th Nov '15 8:02:54 PM MegaTroper123456
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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 officialky ended in the eyes of many with the second Spongebob movie, Sponge Out Of Water, when Steven Hillenburg returned to the helm of the series in general.
15th Nov '15 9:28:34 PM alspawn
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', following extensive ExecutiveMeddling which included making Janine quote "less slutty," making all of the characters far less sarcastic and more 'wholesome,' and centering the entire show on [[TheScrappy Slimer]]. WebVideo/{{Phelous}} associates this change with the period where Dave Coulier took over the role of Venkman.
28th Sep '15 9:12:31 AM Gorank
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** 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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** ** 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.
23rd Sep '15 7:59:04 PM WileK209
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** Several consider ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' and ''WesternAnimation/ShaggyAndScoobyDooGetAClue'' to be a Dork Age as well, especially since they came out of Warner Bros. Animation's second dork age of the 2000s (their first was in the 1960s.)
12th Sep '15 6:03:15 AM AndyLA
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* WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker fell into this during the 1950s--apparently, Creator/WalterLantz wanted Woody to appeal more to kids, so he slimmed down Woody's design into a pointy, stiff-looking "cute" design. On top of that, Woody was completely derailed as a character - whereas earlier he was a selfish heckler who only stood for himself, this Woody was watered down into a bland hero-type character. On top of that, from the mid-1950s onward, Paul J. Smith took the directorial reins and brought the series down even further with sloppy animation, not to mention lousy jokes and timing (surprising, considering his earlier efforts such as "Hot Noon" were among Lantz's best cartoons). It's a wonder the series was able to last through 1972 in theaters.
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* WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker fell into this during the 1950s--apparently, Creator/WalterLantz wanted Woody to appeal more to kids, so he slimmed down Woody's design into a pointy, stiff-looking "cute" design. On top of that, Woody was completely derailed as a character - whereas earlier he was a selfish heckler who only stood for himself, this Woody was watered down into a bland hero-type character. On top of that, from the mid-1950s onward, onward (when Woody's eyes became black rather than green - another tell-tale sign, by the way), Paul J. Smith took the directorial reins and brought the series down even further with sloppy animation, not to mention lousy jokes and timing (surprising, considering his earlier efforts such as "Hot Noon" Noon (or 12 o'Clock for Sure)" were among Lantz's best cartoons). It's a wonder the series was able to last through 1972 in theaters.
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