History FollowTheLeader / WesternAnimation

18th Sep '16 9:04:11 AM nombretomado
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* The sheer lasting power of Creator/AdultSwim, particularly Adult Swim Comedy, seems to have created a profound effect on Cartoon Network's appearance. Promotional material turned into rapid montages of related material, often characters doing stupid things; there is a rise of 15-minute shows (that are not necessarily part of a [[ThreeShorts two-shorts format]]); and a few shows have appeared recently that have {{Random Events Plot}}s, crude artwork, and bizarre humor (with lots of BlackComedy and GettingCrapPastTheRadar) like ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', ''WesternAnimation/{{MAD}}'' (itself playing Follow the Leader with ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''), ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', ''[[AnnoyingOrange The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange]]'', and ''Series/IncredibleCrew'', all of which would fit right in with Adult Swim Comedy. ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' seems to have taken this humor and simplistic art style and put a DC Universe cover over it. The influence seems to have crossed networks, as even ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'' draws clearly from the Adult Swim "house style" (and a bit of ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'', with whom it shares a character designer).

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* The sheer lasting power of Creator/AdultSwim, particularly Adult Swim Comedy, seems to have created a profound effect on Cartoon Network's appearance. Promotional material turned into rapid montages of related material, often characters doing stupid things; there is a rise of 15-minute shows (that are not necessarily part of a [[ThreeShorts two-shorts format]]); and a few shows have appeared recently that have {{Random Events Plot}}s, crude artwork, and bizarre humor (with lots of BlackComedy and GettingCrapPastTheRadar) like ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', ''WesternAnimation/{{MAD}}'' (itself playing Follow the Leader with ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''), ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', ''[[AnnoyingOrange ''[[WebVideo/TheAnnoyingOrange The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange]]'', and ''Series/IncredibleCrew'', all of which would fit right in with Adult Swim Comedy. ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' seems to have taken this humor and simplistic art style and put a DC Universe cover over it. The influence seems to have crossed networks, as even ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'' draws clearly from the Adult Swim "house style" (and a bit of ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'', with whom it shares a character designer).
15th Sep '16 6:01:55 AM pgj1997
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' started the trend in children's TV of slapping a face on a vehicle and calling it a day. A trend that still pops up to this very day. Inspiring shows like ''{{WesternAnimation/Chuggington}}'', ''WesternAnimation/RoaryTheRacingCar'', ''WesternAnimation/JayJayTheJetPlane'', and ''WesternAnimation/JungleJunction''. Though, [[WesternAnimation/TheodoreTugboat one of these instances]] actually did have the same producer.
2nd Sep '16 8:21:49 AM Hemmerman
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* The massive success of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' and ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' has led to a string of [[SurrealHumor bizarre]] cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/{{Breadwinners}}'', ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'', and ''WesternAnimation/PickleAndPeanut''. Interestingly, a new trend of slice-of-life shows like ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'', ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'', and ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' has also begun as if to rebel against the norm. Besides their quirky and ironic sense of comedy, another thing that virtually ALL of these aforementioned shows have in common, from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' to ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' to ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'' , is that they feature an very similar visual style, especially in regards to character designs. This style is marked primarily by rounded shapes, and a massive usage of certain specific character design traits such as "noodle"-arms, round cheeks, red noses, ect. At this point it is probably warranted to simply describe this style as "2010's American television cartoon style", as it is so ubiquitous.

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* The massive success of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' and ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' has led to a string of [[SurrealHumor bizarre]] cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/{{Breadwinners}}'', ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'', and ''WesternAnimation/PickleAndPeanut''. Interestingly, a new trend of slice-of-life shows like ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'', ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'', and ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' has also begun as if to rebel against the norm. Besides their quirky and ironic sense of comedy, another thing that virtually ALL of these aforementioned shows have in common, from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' to ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' to ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' to ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'' , is that they feature an very similar visual style, especially in regards to character designs. This style is marked primarily by rounded shapes, and a massive usage of certain specific character design traits such as "noodle"-arms, round cheeks, red noses, ect. At this point it is probably warranted to simply describe this style as "2010's American television cartoon style", as it is so ubiquitous.
2nd Sep '16 8:20:57 AM Hemmerman
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* The massive success of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' and ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' has led to a string of [[SurrealHumor bizarre]] cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/{{Breadwinners}}'', ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'', and ''WesternAnimation/PickleAndPeanut''. Interestingly, a new trend of slice-of-life shows like ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'', ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'', and ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' has also begun as if to rebel against the norm. Besides their quirky and ironic sense of comedy, another thing that virtually ALL of these aforementioned shows have in common, from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' to ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' to ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'' , is that they feature an very similar visual style, especially in regards to character designs. This style is marked primarily by rounded shapes, and a massive usage of certain specific character design traits such as "noodle"-arms, round cheeks, red noses, ect. At this point it is probably warranted to simply describe this style as "2010's American television cartoon style", as it is so ubiquitous.

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* The massive success of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' and ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' has led to a string of [[SurrealHumor bizarre]] cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/{{Breadwinners}}'', ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'', and ''WesternAnimation/PickleAndPeanut''. Interestingly, a new trend of slice-of-life shows like ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'', ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'', and ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' has also begun as if to rebel against the norm. Besides their quirky and ironic sense of comedy, another thing that virtually ALL of these aforementioned shows have in common, from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' to ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' to ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'' , is that they feature an very similar visual style, especially in regards to character designs. This style is marked primarily by rounded shapes, and a massive usage of certain specific character design traits such as "noodle"-arms, round cheeks, red noses, ect. At this point it is probably warranted to simply describe this style as "2010's American television cartoon style", as it is so ubiquitous.
2nd Sep '16 8:19:13 AM Hemmerman
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* The massive success of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' and ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' has led to a string of [[SurrealHumor bizarre]] cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/{{Breadwinners}}'', ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'', and ''WesternAnimation/PickleAndPeanut''. Interestingly, a new trend of slice-of-life and completely non-serious shows like ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'', ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'', and ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' has also begun as if to rebel against the norm. Besides their quirky and ironic sense of comedy, another thing that virtually ALL of these aforementioned shows have in common, from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' to ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' to ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'' , is that they feature an very similar visual style, especially in regards to character designs. This style is marked primarily by rounded shapes, and a massive usage of certain specific character design traits such as "noodle"-arms, round cheeks, red noses, ect. At this point it is probably warranted to simply describe this style as "2010's American television cartoon style", as it is so ubiquitous.

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* The massive success of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' and ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' has led to a string of [[SurrealHumor bizarre]] cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/{{Breadwinners}}'', ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'', and ''WesternAnimation/PickleAndPeanut''. Interestingly, a new trend of slice-of-life and completely non-serious shows like ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'', ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'', and ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' has also begun as if to rebel against the norm. Besides their quirky and ironic sense of comedy, another thing that virtually ALL of these aforementioned shows have in common, from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' to ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' to ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'' , is that they feature an very similar visual style, especially in regards to character designs. This style is marked primarily by rounded shapes, and a massive usage of certain specific character design traits such as "noodle"-arms, round cheeks, red noses, ect. At this point it is probably warranted to simply describe this style as "2010's American television cartoon style", as it is so ubiquitous.
2nd Sep '16 8:17:22 AM Hemmerman
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* The massive success of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' and ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' has led to a string of [[SurrealHumor bizarre]] cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/{{Breadwinners}}'', ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'', and ''WesternAnimation/PickleAndPeanut''. When ''Adventure Time'' and ''Regular Show'' become more serious (while still maintaining their trademark surrealism of course) appealing toward their PeripheryDemographic, a new trend of cartoons made to appeal more to older audiences with shows like ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' and ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' appeared. This also led to [[KnightOfCerebus nasty villains]], serious {{Myth Arc}}s, and {{Wham Episode}}s making unexpected appearances in lighthearted cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', and ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil''. Interestingly, a new trend of slice-of-life and completely non-serious shows like ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'', ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'', and ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' has also begun as if to rebel against the norm, even though the brand of comedy found in these shows are often very similar to that found in the aforementioned shows. Besides their quirky and ironic sense of comedy, another thing that virtually ALL of these aforementioned shows have in common, from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' to ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' to ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'' , is that they feature an very similar visual style, especially in regards to character designs. This style is marked primarily by rounded shapes, and a massive usage of certain specific character design traits such as "noodle"-arms, round cheeks, red noses, ect. At this point it is probably warranted to simply describe this style as "2010's American television cartoon style", as it is so ubiquitous.

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* The massive success of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' and ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' has led to a string of [[SurrealHumor bizarre]] cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/{{Breadwinners}}'', ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'', and ''WesternAnimation/PickleAndPeanut''. When ''Adventure Time'' and ''Regular Show'' become more serious (while still maintaining their trademark surrealism of course) appealing toward their PeripheryDemographic, a new trend of cartoons made to appeal more to older audiences with shows like ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' and ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' appeared. This also led to [[KnightOfCerebus nasty villains]], serious {{Myth Arc}}s, and {{Wham Episode}}s making unexpected appearances in lighthearted cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', and ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil''. Interestingly, a new trend of slice-of-life and completely non-serious shows like ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'', ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'', and ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' has also begun as if to rebel against the norm, even though the brand of comedy found in these shows are often very similar to that found in the aforementioned shows.norm. Besides their quirky and ironic sense of comedy, another thing that virtually ALL of these aforementioned shows have in common, from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' to ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' to ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'' , is that they feature an very similar visual style, especially in regards to character designs. This style is marked primarily by rounded shapes, and a massive usage of certain specific character design traits such as "noodle"-arms, round cheeks, red noses, ect. At this point it is probably warranted to simply describe this style as "2010's American television cartoon style", as it is so ubiquitous.
20th Jul '16 6:38:34 AM rattis1
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* The massive success of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' and ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' has led to a string of [[SurrealHumor bizarre]] [[HeterosexualLifePartners "bromance"]] cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/{{Breadwinners}}'', ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'', and ''WesternAnimation/PickleAndPeanut''. When ''Adventure Time'' and ''Regular Show'' have become more serious, appealing toward their PeripheryDemographic, a new trend of cartoons made to appeal more to older audiences began like ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' and ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' appeared. This also led to [[KnightOfCerebus nasty villains]], serious {{Myth Arc}}s, and {{Wham Episode}}s making unexpected appearances in lighthearted cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', and ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil''. Interestingly, a new trend of down-to-earth, non-serious shows like ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'', ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'', and ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' has also begun as if to rebel against the norm.

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* The massive success of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' and ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' has led to a string of [[SurrealHumor bizarre]] [[HeterosexualLifePartners "bromance"]] cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/{{Breadwinners}}'', ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'', and ''WesternAnimation/PickleAndPeanut''. When ''Adventure Time'' and ''Regular Show'' have become more serious, serious (while still maintaining their trademark surrealism of course) appealing toward their PeripheryDemographic, a new trend of cartoons made to appeal more to older audiences began with shows like ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' and ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' appeared. This also led to [[KnightOfCerebus nasty villains]], serious {{Myth Arc}}s, and {{Wham Episode}}s making unexpected appearances in lighthearted cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', and ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil''. Interestingly, a new trend of down-to-earth, slice-of-life and completely non-serious shows like ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'', ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'', and ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' has also begun as if to rebel against the norm.norm, even though the brand of comedy found in these shows are often very similar to that found in the aforementioned shows. Besides their quirky and ironic sense of comedy, another thing that virtually ALL of these aforementioned shows have in common, from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' to ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' to ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'' , is that they feature an very similar visual style, especially in regards to character designs. This style is marked primarily by rounded shapes, and a massive usage of certain specific character design traits such as "noodle"-arms, round cheeks, red noses, ect. At this point it is probably warranted to simply describe this style as "2010's American television cartoon style", as it is so ubiquitous.
21st Apr '16 5:17:00 PM Prfnoff
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** After the show first premiered, there were a number of prime time animated shows that came out afterward, like ''WesternAnimation/CapitolCritters'' and ''WesternAnimation/FishPolice'', that lasted barely one season.

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** After the show first premiered, there were a number of prime time animated shows that came out afterward, like ''WesternAnimation/CapitolCritters'' ''WesternAnimation/CapitolCritters'', ''WesternAnimation/FamilyDog'' and ''WesternAnimation/FishPolice'', that lasted barely one season.
26th Mar '16 12:52:56 PM merotoker
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* Before they begin copying Disney, the success of Creator/DonBluth in the mid-1980s (back when he was under Creator/StevenSpielberg's control) led to a number of animated movies that are mostly about non-humans (or in some cases, humans) saving their home from danger. These include ''WesternAnimation/RoverDangerfield'', ''WesternAnimation/{{FernGully|TheLastRainforest}}'' (which also included certain Disney elements), ''WesternAnimation/WereBackADinosaursStory'', ''WesternAnimation/OnceUponAForest'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'', and ''WesternAnimation/ThePagemaster''.

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* Before they begin began copying Disney, Creator/{{Disney}}, the success of Creator/DonBluth in the mid-1980s (back when he was under Creator/StevenSpielberg's control) led to a number of animated movies that are mostly about non-humans (or in some cases, humans) saving their home from danger. These include ''WesternAnimation/RoverDangerfield'', ''WesternAnimation/{{FernGully|TheLastRainforest}}'' (which also included certain Disney elements), ''WesternAnimation/WereBackADinosaursStory'', ''WesternAnimation/OnceUponAForest'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'', and ''WesternAnimation/ThePagemaster''.



** ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' was in production at the same time as Batman, both shows premiered within a month of each other, so it's not so much that one was truly following the other. If anything, its both shows who helped spawn their clones. Like the DCAU shows, ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' follows ''X-Men'' and included a lot of the people who had worked on the earlier show, like Avi Arad.
** Disney's ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has been said could have be influenced by Batman:TAS, with its similar TimmStyle art design, dark and moody atmosphere, and complex storylines.
* Years earlier, ''SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends'' was commissioned to cash in on the success of the ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}'' franchise.

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** ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' was in production at the same time as Batman, Batman and both shows premiered within a month of each other, so it's not so much that one was truly following the other. If anything, its both shows who helped spawn their clones. Like the DCAU shows, ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' follows ''X-Men'' and included a lot of the people who had worked on the earlier show, like Avi Arad.
** Disney's ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has been said could have be was influenced by Batman:TAS, ''Batman:TAS'', with its similar TimmStyle art design, dark and moody atmosphere, and complex storylines.
* Years earlier, ''SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends'' ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends'' was commissioned to cash in on the success of the ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}'' franchise.



** Extremely bloody violence in American mainstream animation was popularized by WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons' "Itchy and Scratchy", originally intended as a parody of [[BloodlessCarnage old style non-fatal cartoon violence]] in the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' (to name a few). Back then it was seen as shocking. Nowadays, shows from ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' over ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark, WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' to Creator/AdultSwim and WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends have included horrific body mutilations and gruesome bloody deaths in their episodes ever since.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' were also the first animated show to frequently include parodies of famous film scenes in their scripts. Today this "pop culture referencing" trend has literally gone berserk in other animation such as ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' , ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'', ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' and especially ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''!
** Even Homer Simpson himself has been copied several times in shows like Bob in ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob'', Jay Sherman in ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', Peter Griffin in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' which all feature a dumb and/or obese, pathetic slob as a titular character.

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** Extremely bloody violence in American mainstream animation was popularized by WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons' "Itchy and Scratchy", "WesternAnimation/TheItchyAndScratchyShow" [[ShowWithinAShow from]] ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', originally intended as a parody of [[BloodlessCarnage old style non-fatal cartoon violence]] in the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' (to name a few). Back then it was seen as shocking. Nowadays, shows from ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' over ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark, WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' to Creator/AdultSwim and WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends have included horrific body mutilations and gruesome bloody deaths in their episodes ever since.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' were also the first animated show to frequently include parodies of famous film scenes in their scripts. Today this "pop culture referencing" trend has literally gone berserk in other animation such as ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' ''Franchise/{{Shrek}}'' , ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'', ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' and especially ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''!
** Even Homer Simpson himself has been copied several times in shows like Bob in ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob'', Jay Sherman in ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'', and Peter Griffin in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' which all feature a dumb and/or obese, pathetic slob as a titular character.



* An example from Italy: When the comic book ''WesternAnimation/AngelsFriends'' was adapted for TV, the characters went from looking like [[http://i49.tinypic.com/wu5jro.jpg grade-school students]]... to [[http://www.angelsfriends.it/web/guest/personaggi looking a whole lot like]] [[WesternAnimation/WinxClub the Winx]].
** And in a reversal of fortune, the TV series itself has been adapted [[http://www.preziosicollection.com/on-line/en/Home/Publishing/scheda1617.html back into a comic book]], using the Winx-ified character designs.

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* An example from Italy: When the comic book ''WesternAnimation/AngelsFriends'' was adapted for TV, the characters went from looking like [[http://i49.tinypic.com/wu5jro.jpg grade-school students]]... to [[http://www.angelsfriends.it/web/guest/personaggi looking a whole lot like]] [[WesternAnimation/WinxClub the Winx]].
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Winx]]. And in a reversal of fortune, the TV series itself has been adapted [[http://www.preziosicollection.com/on-line/en/Home/Publishing/scheda1617.html back into a comic book]], using the Winx-ified character designs.



** It could be argued that even ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' took more than its share of inspiration from Ren and Stimpy, minus the gross-out humor (at first, at least). The two shows share loose artwork, manic pacing, surreal humor, hand-painted close-ups of the characters, and the same music cues.
*** The Pre Cancellation episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' are very popular, even to this day. Many cartoons have picked up the same formula where they are very joke driven as opposed to cartoons like ''Rugrats'' and ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' & don't have plots that can relate to real life such as Adventure Time (The Exec Producer of that show is ''[=SpongeBob=]'' co creator Derek Drymon), ''Regular Show'', ''My Little Pony Friendship is Magic'' and ''Gravity Falls'' (with the only exception of this being ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', despite the fact that it can be very surreal).

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** It could be argued that even ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' took more than its share of inspiration from Ren ''Ren and Stimpy, Stimpy'', minus the gross-out humor (at first, at least). The two shows share loose artwork, manic pacing, surreal humor, SurrealHumor, hand-painted close-ups of the characters, and the same music cues.
*** The Pre Cancellation episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' are very popular, even to this day. Many cartoons have picked up the same formula where they are very joke driven as opposed to cartoons like ''Rugrats'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' & don't have plots that can relate to real life such as Adventure Time ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' (The Exec Producer of that show is ''[=SpongeBob=]'' co creator Derek Drymon), ''Regular Show'', ''My Little Pony Friendship is Magic'' ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' and ''Gravity Falls'' ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' (with the only exception of this being ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', despite the fact that it can be very surreal).



* AnimatedAnthology shows were often made in the 1990s due to the popularity of ''LiquidTelevision''. Some include Creator/CartoonNetwork's ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'', Disney's ''WesternAnimation/TheSchnookumsAndMeatFunnyCartoonShow'', WB's ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', and Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{KaBlam}}!'' and ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons''.

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* AnimatedAnthology shows were often made in the 1990s due to the popularity of ''LiquidTelevision''.''WesternAnimation/LiquidTelevision''. Some include Creator/CartoonNetwork's ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow'', Disney's ''WesternAnimation/TheSchnookumsAndMeatFunnyCartoonShow'', WB's ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', and Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{KaBlam}}!'' and ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons''.



* During the mid-1990s, Creator/CartoonNetwork produced [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory a couple]] [[WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo of cartoon series]] where the characters had very stylized designs, intentionally looked rather one-dimensional and were drawn with [[ThickLineAnimation thick black outlines]] around their bodies (the style was intended to be a throwback to certain 1950s cartoons). After the success of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' in 1998, this style became enormously widely used in cartoons both by Creator/CartoonNetwork and by other companies, and remain so to this day, partly thanks to the rise of Flash animation.
** This ironically mirrors how LimitedAnimation caught on in the 1950's. It started out as a unique artistic statement, but later became a way to create cheap, lazy animation.
* With the success of Creator/MichaelBay's ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movies, Creator/{{Hasbro}} decided to hire a "creative steward" to reinvent its other big property, Franchise/MyLittlePony. The result was Creator/LaurenFaust getting the deal to produce ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' And as a result of ''that'', Creator/TheHub is introducing more similar shows and advertising them as part of the same lineup as My Little Pony.
** Most prominently, and most obviously, is the new ''[[WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012 The Littlest Pet Shop]]'', which shares a similar visual style and somewhat sarcastic but good-natured writing style. It hasn't achieved the huge success of ''Friendship Is Magic'', but it does have its fans and is developing its separate identity.
** The European-produced CGI cartoon [[WesternAnimation/FillyFuntasia Filly Funtasia]] is also this to an extent.

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* During the mid-1990s, Creator/CartoonNetwork produced [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory a couple]] [[WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo of cartoon series]] where the characters had very stylized designs, intentionally looked rather one-dimensional and were drawn with [[ThickLineAnimation thick black outlines]] around their bodies (the style was intended to be a throwback to certain 1950s cartoons). After the success of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' in 1998, this style became enormously widely used in cartoons both by Creator/CartoonNetwork and by other companies, and remain so to this day, partly thanks to the rise of Flash animation.
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animation. This ironically mirrors how LimitedAnimation caught on in the 1950's. It started out as a unique artistic statement, but later became a way to create cheap, lazy animation.
* With the success of Creator/MichaelBay's ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movies, Creator/{{Hasbro}} decided to hire a "creative steward" to reinvent its other big property, Franchise/MyLittlePony. The result was Creator/LaurenFaust getting the deal to produce ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' And as a result of ''that'', Creator/TheHub [[Creator/DiscoveryFamily The Hub]] is introducing more similar shows and advertising them as part of the same lineup as My Little Pony.
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Pony. Most prominently, and most obviously, is the new ''[[WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012 The Littlest Pet Shop]]'', which shares a similar visual style and somewhat sarcastic but good-natured writing style. It hasn't achieved the huge success of ''Friendship Is Magic'', but it does have its fans and is developing its separate identity.
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identity. The European-produced CGI cartoon [[WesternAnimation/FillyFuntasia Filly Funtasia]] ''WesternAnimation/FillyFuntasia'' is also this to an extent.



* The sheer lasting power of Creator/AdultSwim, particularly Adult Swim Comedy, seems to have created a profound effect on Cartoon Network's appearance. Promotional material turned into rapid montages of related material, often characters doing stupid things; there is a rise of 15-minute shows (that are not necessarily part of a [[ThreeShorts two-shorts format]]); and a few shows have appeared recently that have {{Random Events Plot}}s, crude artwork, and bizarre humor (with lots of BlackComedy and GettingCrapPastTheRadar) like ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', ''WesternAnimation/{{MAD}}'' (itself playing Follow the Leader with ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''), ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', ''[[AnnoyingOrange The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange]]'', and ''Series/IncredibleCrew'', all of which would fit right in with Adult Swim Comedy. ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' seems to have taken this humor and simplistic art style and put a DC Universe cover over it.
** The influence seems to have crossed networks, as even ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'' draws clearly from the Adult Swim "house style" (and a bit of ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'', with whom it shares a character designer).
* Creator/WildBrandEntertainment's animated series ''WesternAnimation/{{Poochini}}'' is under the influence of that of ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' and ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches''. Take Courage the Cowardly Dog's plot about a dog discovering weird stuff in the neighborhood he lives in and mix it with Oggy and The Cockroaches' plot about a house pet getting some trouble from a GangOfBullies. From there you get Poochini.

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* The sheer lasting power of Creator/AdultSwim, particularly Adult Swim Comedy, seems to have created a profound effect on Cartoon Network's appearance. Promotional material turned into rapid montages of related material, often characters doing stupid things; there is a rise of 15-minute shows (that are not necessarily part of a [[ThreeShorts two-shorts format]]); and a few shows have appeared recently that have {{Random Events Plot}}s, crude artwork, and bizarre humor (with lots of BlackComedy and GettingCrapPastTheRadar) like ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', ''WesternAnimation/{{MAD}}'' (itself playing Follow the Leader with ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''), ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', ''[[AnnoyingOrange The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange]]'', and ''Series/IncredibleCrew'', all of which would fit right in with Adult Swim Comedy. ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' seems to have taken this humor and simplistic art style and put a DC Universe cover over it.
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it. The influence seems to have crossed networks, as even ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'' draws clearly from the Adult Swim "house style" (and a bit of ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'', with whom it shares a character designer).
* Creator/WildBrandEntertainment's animated series ''WesternAnimation/{{Poochini}}'' is under the influence of that of ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' and ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches''. Take Courage ''Courage the Cowardly Dog's Dog''[='=]s plot about a dog discovering weird stuff in the neighborhood he lives in and mix it with Oggy ''Oggy and The Cockroaches' Cockroaches''' plot about a house pet getting some trouble from a GangOfBullies. From there you get Poochini.''Poochini''.



* The massive success of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' and ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' has led to a string of [[SurrealHumour bizarre]] [[HeterosexualLifePartners "bromance"]] cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/{{Breadwinners}}'', ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'', and ''WesternAnimation/PickleAndPeanut''. When ''Adventure Time'' and ''Regular Show'' have become more serious, appealing toward their PeripheryDemographic, a new trend of cartoons made to appeal more to older audiences began like ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' and ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' appeared. This also led to [[KnightOfCerebus nasty villains]], serious {{Myth Arc}}s, and {{Wham Episode}}s making unexpected appearances in lighthearted cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', and ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil''. Interestingly, a new trend of down-to-earth, non-serious shows like ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'', ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'', and ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' has also begun as if to rebel against the norm.
* Following the success of ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'', an X-rated animated film, we had ''WesternAnimation/DownAndDirtyDuck'' and ''Shame of the Jungle''.
* The popularity of ''Franchise/MonsterHigh'' has spawned many similar doll lines. Several have {{Animated Adaptation}}s, such as ''WebAnimation/DCSuperHeroGirls'' and ''WesternAnimation/EquestriaGirls''.
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* The massive success of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' and ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' has led to a string of [[SurrealHumour [[SurrealHumor bizarre]] [[HeterosexualLifePartners "bromance"]] cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/{{Breadwinners}}'', ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'', and ''WesternAnimation/PickleAndPeanut''. When ''Adventure Time'' and ''Regular Show'' have become more serious, appealing toward their PeripheryDemographic, a new trend of cartoons made to appeal more to older audiences began like ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' and ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' appeared. This also led to [[KnightOfCerebus nasty villains]], serious {{Myth Arc}}s, and {{Wham Episode}}s making unexpected appearances in lighthearted cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', and ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil''. Interestingly, a new trend of down-to-earth, non-serious shows like ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'', ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'', and ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' has also begun as if to rebel against the norm.
* Following the success of ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'', an X-rated animated film, we had ''WesternAnimation/DownAndDirtyDuck'' and ''Shame of the Jungle''.
''WesternAnimation/TarzoonShameOfTheJungle''.
* The popularity of ''Franchise/MonsterHigh'' has spawned many similar doll lines. Several have {{Animated Adaptation}}s, such as ''WebAnimation/DCSuperHeroGirls'' and ''WesternAnimation/EquestriaGirls''.
''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls''.
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* Years earlier, ''SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends'' was commissioned to cash in on the success of the ''SuperFriends'' franchise.

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* Years earlier, ''SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends'' was commissioned to cash in on the success of the ''SuperFriends'' ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}'' franchise.
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