History DorkAge / WesternAnimation

17th Sep '17 2:31:35 PM WKennedy334
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** Several consider ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' and ''espically'' ''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).

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** Several consider ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' and ''espically'' ''especially'' ''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).
17th Sep '17 2:29:15 PM WKennedy334
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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).

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** Several consider ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' and ''espically'' ''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).
17th Sep '17 2:26:04 PM WKennedy334
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** 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.

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** 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.



* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'': ''WesternAnimation/TheTomAndJerryShow'' via Creator/HannaBarbera's television studio in TheSeventies. In other words, whenever Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera didn't directly make them. Basically, if you see Jerry wearing a red bowtie... it's just not that enjoyable.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'': ''WesternAnimation/TheTomAndJerryShow'' via Creator/HannaBarbera's television studio in TheSeventies. In other words, whenever Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera didn't directly make them. Basically, if you see Jerry wearing a red bowtie... it's just not that enjoyable.bowtie.... you should definitely run away from it.
16th Sep '17 7:04:54 AM TommyTiger
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* When you see WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse [[FullyDressedCartoonAnimal fully dressed with a hat and long pants]], and it's not a costume trying to invoke a certain setting or role, you know he's not going to be any more interesting than your neighbor. Disney historians fully admit the increased emphasis on WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} was partly caused by Mickey's iconic fame making him slightly inflexible and too 'sweet' to put in funny cartoons or as anyone's foil. Earlier, he was a mischievous adventurer (''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', [[OlderThanTheyThink ironically]], is fairly close to this depiction). DorkAge Mickey sits at home and gives Pluto orders like a bossy, boring parent. Another indication of DorkAge Mickey is if he had eyebrows on him. Eyebrows below face borders[[note]]The lines that separates Mickey's black fur from his white or cream face[[/note]] that normally function as [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment eyebrows.]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the Disney Vault ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive TV Funhouse]]'' sketch ("You're supposed to be ''funny''?"). That line came about from Robert Smigel's puzzlement of Mickey Mouse being such an iconic kids character when most kids can't actually name a defining trait or characteristic for him.

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* When you see WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse [[FullyDressedCartoonAnimal fully dressed with a hat and long pants]], and it's not a costume trying to invoke a certain setting or role, you know he's not going to be any more interesting than your neighbor. Disney historians fully admit the increased emphasis on WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} was partly caused by Mickey's iconic fame making him slightly inflexible and too 'sweet' to put in funny cartoons or as anyone's foil. Earlier, he was a mischievous adventurer (''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', [[OlderThanTheyThink ironically]], is fairly close to this depiction). DorkAge Mickey sits at home and gives Pluto orders like a bossy, boring parent. Another indication of DorkAge Mickey is if he had eyebrows on him. Eyebrows him (as in, eyebrows below face borders[[note]]The lines that separates Mickey's black fur from his white or cream face[[/note]] that normally function as [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment eyebrows.]] eyebrows]]). {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the Disney Vault ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive TV Funhouse]]'' sketch ("You're supposed to be ''funny''?"). That line came about from Robert Smigel's puzzlement of Mickey Mouse being such an iconic kids character when most kids can't actually name a defining trait or characteristic for him.



* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'': ''WesternAnimation/TheTomAndJerryShow'' via Creator/HannaBarbera's television studio in TheSeventies. In other words, whenever Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera didn't directly make them. Basically, if you see Jerry wearing a red bowtie... run, just run.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'': ''WesternAnimation/TheTomAndJerryShow'' via Creator/HannaBarbera's television studio in TheSeventies. In other words, whenever Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera didn't directly make them. Basically, if you see Jerry wearing a red bowtie... run, it's just run.not that enjoyable.
14th Sep '17 4:43:57 PM SuperLeviathan
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** Ironically, In contrast to the Mickey Mouse and Betty Boop examples above, WesternAnimation/PorkyPig actually managed to avert this. Though he was pretty decisively upstaged by WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck and WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and never regained the star power he had in the 1930's, he was repurposed as a sidekick to Daffy, Sylvester and others and continued to appear in very funny cartoons (i.e. WesternAnimation/DuckDodgersInTheTwentyFourthAndAHalfCentury, WesternAnimation/RobinHoodDaffy) until the end of his career.

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** Ironically, In contrast to the Mickey Mouse and Betty Boop examples above, WesternAnimation/PorkyPig actually managed to avert this. Though he was pretty decisively upstaged by WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck and WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and never regained the star power he had in the 1930's, he was repurposed as a sidekick to Daffy, Sylvester and others and continued to appear in very funny cartoons (i.e. WesternAnimation/DuckDodgersInTheTwentyFourthAndAHalfCentury, WesternAnimation/RobinHoodDaffy) ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgersInTheTwentyFourthAndAHalfCentury'', ''WesternAnimation/RobinHoodDaffy'') until the end of his career.
14th Sep '17 4:43:27 PM SuperLeviathan
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** Ironically, In contrast to the Mickey Mouse and Betty Boop examples above, WesternAnimation/Porky Pig actually managed to avert this. Though he was pretty decisively upstaged by WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck and WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and never regained the star power he had in the 1930's, he was repurposed as a sidekick to Daffy, Sylvester and others and continued to appear in very funny cartoons (i.e. WesternAnimation/DuckDodgersInTheTwentyFourthAndAHalfCentury, WesternAnimation/RobinHoodDaffy) until the end of his career.

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** Ironically, In contrast to the Mickey Mouse and Betty Boop examples above, WesternAnimation/Porky Pig WesternAnimation/PorkyPig actually managed to avert this. Though he was pretty decisively upstaged by WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck and WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and never regained the star power he had in the 1930's, he was repurposed as a sidekick to Daffy, Sylvester and others and continued to appear in very funny cartoons (i.e. WesternAnimation/DuckDodgersInTheTwentyFourthAndAHalfCentury, WesternAnimation/RobinHoodDaffy) until the end of his career.
14th Sep '17 4:43:02 PM SuperLeviathan
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** Ironically, In contrast to the Mickey Mouse and Betty Boop examples above, WesternAnimation/Porky Pig actually managed to avert this. Though he was pretty decisively upstaged by WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck and WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and never regained the star power he had in the 1930's, he was repurposed as a sidekick to Daffy, Sylvester and others and continued to appear in very funny cartoons (i.e. WesternAnimation/DuckDodgersInTheTwentyFourthAndAHalfCentury, WesternAnimation/RobinHoodDaffy) until the end of his career.
14th Sep '17 4:33:23 PM SuperLeviathan
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** If you ever see a cartoon with the opening described above, except with a company credit that reads "Warner Bros.-Seven Arts" instead of just "Creator/WarnerBros" and with an even stranger version of the opening theme, then you should run for the hills. Because in most cases, there is absolutely nothing good that will result from the cartoon that you are about to watch. It'll be a REALLY bad cartoon, or in the case of Korean redrawn Porky Pig cartoons, good formerly black-and-white cartoons ineptly and amateurishly reanimated in color.

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** If you ever see a cartoon with the opening described above, except with a company credit that reads "Warner Bros.-Seven Arts" instead of just "Creator/WarnerBros" and with an even stranger version of the opening theme, then you should run for the hills. Because in most cases, there is absolutely nothing good that will result from the cartoon that you are about to watch. It'll be a REALLY bad cartoon, or in the case of Korean redrawn Porky Pig cartoons, a good formerly black-and-white cartoons cartoon ineptly and amateurishly reanimated in color.
14th Sep '17 4:32:51 PM SuperLeviathan
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** If you ever see a cartoon with the opening described above, except with a company credit that reads "Warner Bros.-Seven Arts" instead of just "Creator/WarnerBros" and with an even stranger version of the opening theme, then you should run for the hills. Because in most cases, there is absolutely nothing good that will result from the cartoon that you are about to watch.

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** If you ever see a cartoon with the opening described above, except with a company credit that reads "Warner Bros.-Seven Arts" instead of just "Creator/WarnerBros" and with an even stranger version of the opening theme, then you should run for the hills. Because in most cases, there is absolutely nothing good that will result from the cartoon that you are about to watch. It'll be a REALLY bad cartoon, or in the case of Korean redrawn Porky Pig cartoons, good formerly black-and-white cartoons ineptly and amateurishly reanimated in color.
20th Aug '17 2:45:46 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** ''Friendship is Magic'' has seen its own share of arguable dips. The initial one was the reaction to the departure of Creator/LaurenFaust following the first season, though this was brief and the second season was widely regarded as a good torch carrier by the end. The second (and most prominent) was during the third season, which was shorter than the rest and didn't feel as well-written (with various fandom theories accusing the decision to make main character Twilight Sparkle an alicorn princess [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure at the end]] or the introduction of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' franchise as the main culprits). The show managed to redeem itself with a stronger (and lengthier) fourth season. Finally the sixth season has been targeted as another weak point due to an almost complete change in writing staff, a preponderance of episodes that were divisive at best, and the presence of new cast member Starlight Glimmer, the central antagonist of the previous season and argued to be a one-pony SpotlightStealingSquad and/or a CanonSue. The seventh season seems to be allaying those concerns with some highly praised episodes like "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E7ParentalGlideance Parental Glideance]]", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E10ARoyalProblem A Royal Problem]]" (which has also helped Starlight Glimmer's appeal in the process), and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E13ThePerfectPear The Perfect Pear]]" and is generally agreed to have returned to it's previous quality.

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** ''Friendship is Magic'' has seen its own share of arguable dips. The initial one was the reaction to the departure of Creator/LaurenFaust following the first season, though this was brief and the second season was widely regarded as a good torch carrier by the end. The second (and most prominent) was during the third season, which was shorter than the rest and didn't feel as well-written (with various fandom theories accusing the decision to make main character Twilight Sparkle an alicorn princess [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure at the end]] or the introduction of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' franchise as the main culprits). The show managed to redeem itself with a stronger (and lengthier) fourth season. Finally the sixth season has been targeted as another weak point due to an almost complete change in writing staff, a preponderance of episodes that were divisive at best, and the presence of new cast member Starlight Glimmer, the central antagonist of the previous season and argued to be a one-pony SpotlightStealingSquad and/or a CanonSue.SpotlightStealingSquad. The seventh season seems to be allaying those concerns with some highly praised episodes like "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E7ParentalGlideance Parental Glideance]]", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E10ARoyalProblem A Royal Problem]]" (which has also helped Starlight Glimmer's appeal in the process), and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E13ThePerfectPear The Perfect Pear]]" and is generally agreed to have returned to it's previous quality.
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