History GrowingTheBeard / WesternAnimation

15th Aug '16 6:34:21 PM RacattackForce
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** The series was already well-received since its inception, but many fans believe the episodes "Mirror Gem" and "Ocean Gem" are the points where the show got progressively more mature, and thus further acclaimed all the way into its second season. The creators even consider Mirror Gem and Ocean Gem as the "true" start of the series.

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** The series was already well-received since liked from its inception, but many fans believe the episodes "Mirror Gem" and "Ocean Gem" are the points where the show got progressively more mature, shifting from a MonsterOfTheWeek comedy to a plot-driven {{Dramedy}}, and thus further acclaimed all the way into its second season. where it started to gain critical acclaim and a larger fanbase. The creators even consider Mirror Gem and Ocean Gem as these episodes to be the "true" start of the series.series, with previous episodes serving as an extended introduction to the world.
15th Aug '16 6:21:29 PM RacattackForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' began its run as a simple and comedic kids' show with a slightly connected plot and characters. It wasn't until the season 2 finale that the show began to take a much different turn. The overarching story became much more interconnected and characters gaining much more depth, even leading to some real TearJerker moments, later in the series.
* While ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' was met with positive reception upon its debut, many fans will tell you that season two was when the series got better, with better animation, improved humor, slightly more coherent stories, a willingness to experiment with different art styles and turning even the most clichéd of sitcom stories into something worth watching, as seen with "The Job", "The Fridge", "The Remote", and "The Finale".

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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' began its run as a simple and comedic kids' show with a slightly connected any plot and characters. elements being far in the background. It wasn't until "Mortal Folly/Mortal Recoil" at the end of season 2 finale two that the show began to take a much different turn. The overarching story became much ride on the CerebusRollercoaster, balancing out its more interconnected bizarre comedic elements with copious amounts of world-building and characters gaining much more depth, even leading to some real TearJerker moments, later in the series.
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* While ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' was met with positive reception upon its debut, many fans will tell you that season two was when the series got better, with truly hit its stride -- better animation, improved humor, slightly more coherent stories, and a willingness to experiment with its different art styles and -- turning even the most clichéd of sitcom stories into something worth watching, as seen with "The Job", "The Fridge", "The Remote", and "The Finale".



* '' WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' began to grow its beard in the double-whammy of "The Storm" and "The Blue Spirit", and it was fully grown in the finale of season 1. Season 2 was noticably less childish, putting more focus on the WarIsHell aspect and bringing in [[MagnificentBastard Princess Azula]], a ''[[HeroKiller far]]'' [[HeroKiller more dangerous villain]] than Zhao from the first season. The second half of season 3, from "The [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheDayOfBlackSunPart1 Day of]] [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheDayOfBlackSunPart2 Black Sun]]" on, was downright epic. The characters got a lot of character development as the show went on, except maybe [[DishingOutDirt Toph]], although there [[LittleMissBadass wasn't much need of development in her case]].

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* '' WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' began to grow its beard in the double-whammy of "The Storm" and "The Blue Spirit", and it was fully grown in by the finale of season 1. Season 2 was noticably one finale. The following two seasons were noticeably less childish, putting more focus on the WarIsHell aspect and bringing in [[MagnificentBastard Princess Azula]], a ''[[HeroKiller far]]'' [[HeroKiller more dangerous villain]] than Zhao from the first season. The second half of season 3, from "The [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheDayOfBlackSunPart1 Day of]] [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheDayOfBlackSunPart2 Black Sun]]" on, was downright epic. The characters Every major character got a lot of character development as the show went on, except maybe [[DishingOutDirt Toph]], although there [[LittleMissBadass wasn't much need of development in her case]].



* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' does this with its first season finale, when the characters began to gain some depth and it was not so blatantly MerchandiseDriven. Most notably, Joker shows his nasty side for the first time, Batman[=/=]Bruce goes through his first real trauma in his career, and one of the show's best villains (Clayface) is created (exceeding his [[Franchise/{{Batman}} comic]] and [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries DCAU]] versions). It grew the beard ''again'' in the fourth season, which was not only a marked improvement over a decent third season that was nonetheless probably weaker than the second one, but probably the best for overall storytelling (as well as introducing their excellent version of Dick Grayson).

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' does this with its first season finale, when the characters began to gain some depth and it was not so blatantly MerchandiseDriven. Most notably, Joker shows his nasty side for the first time, Batman[=/=]Bruce goes through his the first real trauma in his career, and one of the show's best villains (Clayface) is created (exceeding his [[Franchise/{{Batman}} comic]] and [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries DCAU]] versions). It grew the beard ''again'' in the fourth season, which was not only a marked improvement over a decent third season that was nonetheless probably weaker than the second one, but probably the best for overall storytelling (as well as introducing their an excellent version of Dick Grayson).



* UsefulNotes/CartoonNetwork. For the first few years of its existence it was simply a rerun farm for older Hanna-Barbera shows and ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''. They made the cult hit ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' in 1994, but it was the ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoon'' anthology series that really opened the doors, leading to shows like ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'', ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', and ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''. Later they debuted Toonami, introducing fans to classic anime like ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', and ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', and in 2001 they even added a cartoon block for older fans with Creator/AdultSwim.

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* UsefulNotes/CartoonNetwork. For the first few years of its existence it was simply a rerun farm for older Hanna-Barbera shows and ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''. They made the cult hit ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' in 1994, but it was the ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoon'' anthology series that really opened the doors, leading to shows like ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'', ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' and ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''. Later they debuted Toonami, introducing fans ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''. Alongside this was the weekend action[=/=]adventure block {{Toonami}}, which contributed to classic the 1990s anime boom in the West with shows like ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', and ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', and ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''. And in 2001 2001, they even added made good on their original mission statement of "everyone loves cartoons" with a cartoon block for older fans with teens and adults called Creator/AdultSwim.



** [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Walt Disney Animation Studio]] has fluctuated in quality throughout the years, but there's have been various definitive starting points for when their studio rebounds in quality. The first instance of this was ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', the first film to come close to capturing the critical and commercial success of their first feature, Snow White. Before that, the studio was finding themselves struggling to find a strong titles. Disney would go on to have another string of successes until ''Walt Disney's'' passing signalled a decline in quality after Disney/TheJungleBook. Their next stage began with ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', which saw the starting point of the Disney Renaissance. This period led to Michael Eisner's growth in power in the company, which would eventually lead to another dork age. The most recent and current period resulted in [[Creator/{{Pixar}} John Lasseter]] becoming the head honcho of the Animation Studio. Starting with ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'', the studio have gotten critical and commercial acclaim they had not seen since the 90's.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' starts out [[StrictlyFormula pretty formulaic]] in season 1, but in season 2 more substantial character development and plots occur, and the show becomes less repetitive. The series later introduced something that wasn't [[BigBad XANA]] attacking and the team having to go into [[{{Cyberspace}} Lyoko]] to deactivate a Tower, and showed just '''what''' kind of a threat this OmnicidalManiac of a virus really '''was''' in a [[NightmareFuel truly terrifying manner]].
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''
** Before the 1st season finale, the show was a series of unconnected stories about five kids sticking it to the adults, and a certain bunch of kids who live down the lane. And then said kids whip out a cigar they found at the end of a previous episode....
** The 2nd season finale ("Operation: E.N.D.") was also this to a lot of fans, for developing the organization more, putting the characters in more danger, and showing that not every operative is a good guy.
** The [[BigDamnMovie movie]] ''WesternAnimation/OperationZERO'' was an SugarWiki/{{Awesome Moment|s}} and a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} that shot the series in a magnificent direction with the introduction of GreaterScopeVillain Grandfather, the mysterious Numbuh Zero ([[spoiler: Monty Uno, Nigel Uno's normally ditzy dad turned BadassGrandpa]]), the missing Sector Z, the Recomissioning Module, and many, many more strange plot twists.
** Then comes the splinter cell that comes into focus near the end of the series, followed by mysterious events happening to [[ConspiracyTheorist Numbuh One]]. It all leads up to a master plan that comes to play in the GrandFinale, "Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S.", giving the show a brilliant sendoff, albeit a TearJerker.

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** [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Walt Disney Animation Studio]] has fluctuated in quality throughout the years, but there's have been various definitive starting points for when their studio rebounds in quality. The first instance of this was ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', the first film to come close to capturing the critical and commercial success of their first feature, Snow White. Before that, the studio was finding themselves struggling to find a strong titles. Disney would go on to have another string of successes until ''Walt Disney's'' passing signalled signaled a decline in quality after Disney/TheJungleBook. Their next stage began with ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', which saw the starting point of the Disney Renaissance. This period led to Michael Eisner's growth in power in the company, which would eventually lead to another dork age. DorkAge. The most recent and current period resulted in has [[Creator/{{Pixar}} John Lasseter]] becoming as the head honcho of the Animation Studio. Starting WDAS, with ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'', ''Disney/Frozen'' bringing the studio have gotten back to the critical acclaim and commercial acclaim they had not seen since the 90's.success.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' starts out [[StrictlyFormula pretty formulaic]] in season 1, but in season 2 more substantial character development and plots occur, and the show becomes less repetitive. start showing up in season 2. The series later introduced something that wasn't [[BigBad XANA]] attacking and attacking, plot elements that meant the team having couldn't always go to go into [[{{Cyberspace}} Lyoko]] to deactivate a Tower, and showed just '''what''' kind of a threat this OmnicidalManiac of a virus really '''was''' in a [[NightmareFuel truly terrifying manner]].
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''
** Before the 1st season finale, the
''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': The show was a series of unconnected stories about five kids sticking it to the adults, and a certain bunch of kids who live down the lane. And then said kids whip out a cigar they found at While hints of something greater were present in the end of a previous episode....
** The 2nd
season one finale, it wasn't until the season two finale ("Operation: E.N.D.") was also this to a lot of fans, for that the writers started developing the organization more, putting the characters in more danger, and showing that not every operative is a good guy.
**
guy. The [[BigDamnMovie movie]] ''WesternAnimation/OperationZERO'' sixth and final season was an SugarWiki/{{Awesome Moment|s}} and a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} that shot the series in a magnificent direction similar turning point, with the introduction of GreaterScopeVillain Grandfather, the mysterious Numbuh Zero ([[spoiler: Monty Uno, Nigel Uno's normally ditzy dad turned BadassGrandpa]]), the missing Sector Z, the Recomissioning Module, and many, many more strange plot twists.
** Then comes the
a splinter cell that comes into focus near the end of the series, focus, followed by mysterious events happening to [[ConspiracyTheorist Numbuh One]]. It all leads up to a master plan that comes to play in the GrandFinale, "Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S.", giving the show a brilliant sendoff, albeit a TearJerker.
15th Aug '16 5:50:30 PM RacattackForce
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* ''WesernAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' had some pacing issues in its first season, as the writers were obviously getting used to the shorter-season format after working on ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. It also certainly didn't help that Nickelodeon had only ordered a single season at that point, so the season finale felt rushed, as every plot thread needed to be hastily wrapped up in a single episode. There was also the major RomanticPlotTumor LoveTriangle that took up way too much air time and made several of the involved characters look bad. After Nick ordered three more seasons, the quality of the show noticeably increased, with improved writing, pacing and art and the writing team becoming more comfortable putting the romantic material on the side where it belonged. The beautiful two-part [[WholeEpisodeFlashback Avatar Wan]] story mid-way through Season 2 is seen by many as the tipping point where the show reaches its full potential.

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* ''WesernAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' had some pacing issues in its first season, as the writers were obviously getting used to the shorter-season format after working on ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. It also certainly didn't help that Nickelodeon had only ordered a single season at that point, point with the original intention of ''Korra'' being a minseries, so the season finale felt rushed, as every plot thread needed to be hastily wrapped up in a single episode. There was also the major RomanticPlotTumor LoveTriangle that took up way too much air time and made several of the involved characters look bad. After Nick ordered three more seasons, It wasn't until the quality of the show noticeably increased, with improved writing, pacing and art and the writing team becoming more comfortable putting the romantic material on the side where it belonged. The beautiful two-part [[WholeEpisodeFlashback Avatar Wan]] story mid-way midway through Season 2 is seen by many as the tipping point where the show reaches its full potential.that fans saw signs of improvement that would eventually come out full-force in Season 3.
27th Jul '16 9:39:28 AM Morgenthaler
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*** It also features some big development for Megatron, who rapidly became [[NighInvulnerability one]] [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking of]] [[ManipulativeBastard the]] [[MrFanservice character's]] [[{{Badass}} finest]] [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy incarnations.]]

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*** It also features some big development for Megatron, who rapidly became [[NighInvulnerability one]] [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking of]] [[ManipulativeBastard the]] [[MrFanservice character's]] [[{{Badass}} finest]] [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy finest incarnations.]]
30th Jun '16 6:30:18 PM Anicomicgeek
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* ''The Marvel Action Hour'', the 1990s ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour'' and ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' cartoons both grew their beards in season 2; while not rejecting their first seasons, the shows suddenly took a leap forward in quality. Basically, the entire production crew from the first season was fired and replaced. The animation style changed for both shows and most of the Force Works characters from ''Iron Man'' were written out to concentrate on better solo stories.

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* ''The Marvel Action Hour'', the 1990s ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour'' and ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' cartoons both grew their beards in season 2; while not rejecting their first seasons, the shows suddenly took a leap forward in quality. Basically, the entire production crew from the first season was fired and replaced. The animation style changed for both shows and most of the Force Works characters from ''Iron Man'' were written out to concentrate on better solo stories. Much like the TropeNamer having Riker grow a beard, the ''Iron Man'' show also had its growth symbolized by Tony adopting the mullet he has in the '80s.
29th Jun '16 7:57:41 PM Pannic
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* The first few episodes of ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman'' did little to impress people, looking like a fairly typical animated sitcom with an asshole protagonist and lots of crass humor. By the second half of the first season, however, episodes like "Say Anything" and "The Telescope" came to reveal a surprising amount of dramatic heft, shifting the tone to a nuanced dramedy that became a critical darling in the second season.
18th Jun '16 2:54:49 PM Serathis
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* ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel's'' focus strayed away from just "I.R. will never be as good as Weasel" to a wider array of storytelling which may have helped latch it off of ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' and into its own show. Adding the Red Guy to the show's cast also helped.

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* ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel's'' focus strayed away from just "I.R. will never be as good as Weasel" to a wider array of storytelling which may have helped latch it off of ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' and into its own show. Adding the Red Guy to the show's cast also helped. Later episodes even went as far to show what it feels like to be the GodModeSue and the OnlysaneMan of the universe: not fun.
16th Jun '16 6:10:12 PM nombretomado
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* TexAvery's ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts are unanimously considered to be hilarious classics, but [[TexAveryMGMCartoons his tenure at MGM]] was where the gloves came off and he was really able to push the comedic limits of cartoon animation.

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* TexAvery's Creator/TexAvery's ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts are unanimously considered to be hilarious classics, but [[TexAveryMGMCartoons [[WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons his tenure at MGM]] was where the gloves came off and he was really able to push the comedic limits of cartoon animation.
13th May '16 2:25:49 PM Ninja857142
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** There's also "Happy Birthday, Isabella", which has [[spoiler:''Stacy learn about Perry's secret identity and not lose her memory'']]. This is something that no viewer saw coming when they first saw the episode.
** "Primal Perry" focused solely on Perry and not the other main characters. it also introduced a much more competent villain than Doof who actually tried to kill Perry and had no motivating factor from his childhood.
2nd May '16 1:26:30 PM mkrgolf
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* ''WesternAnimation/SittingDucks'' was much better in its second season than it was in its first. The slow atmosphere of the series disappeared and the characterization improved. Bill evolves into a suprisingly braver duck, Ed, Oly and Waddle gain more episodes dedicated to them and they even did better storytelling with Aldo fighting his craving for ducks.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SittingDucks'' was much better in its second season than it was in its first. The slow atmosphere of the series disappeared and the characterization improved. Bill evolves into a suprisingly surprisingly braver duck, Ed, Oly and Waddle gain more episodes dedicated to them and they even did better storytelling with Aldo fighting his craving for ducks.
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