->[[WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife Joe Murray]]: ''"You've been in TV animation since [[TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation 1993]]. How do you feel it's changed since then?"''
->Steve Hillenburg: ''"The kids that were watching the stuff we made in '93 [[PassingTheTorch are now the new generation of show creators.]]"''
-->--Steve Hillenburg, creator of WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants, quoted from Joe Murray's book "Creating Animated Cartoons With Character"

->''It was a dark time in television animation. Most of the cartoons from the renaissance era of the '90s and early 2000s had run their course or, for lack of a better word, [[SeasonalRot spoiled]]. There were good and classic cartoons here and there throughout the 2000s, like '' WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'','' [[WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends Foster's Home]]'','' WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', or'' [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar]]'', [[SturgeonsLaw but they were sparse]]. And in between them, we literally got dozens and dozens of bad and mediocre shows:'' WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'','' WesternAnimation/MrMeaty'','' WesternAnimation/TwelveOunceMouse'','' WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'','' Popetown'','' WesternAnimation/BrandyAndMrWhiskers'','' WesternAnimation/DaBoomCrew'','' WesternAnimation/SkunkFu'','' WesternAnimation/LilBush'','' WesternAnimation/TakAndThePowerOfJuju'','' [[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Adult Party Cartoon]]'','' [[WesternAnimation/BackAtTheBarnyard Barnyard]]'','' WesternAnimation/GaryTheRat'','' WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'', and so many more, it would take hours to list them all. It got so bad, that Creator/CartoonNetwork [[NetworkDecay started to think that animation wasn't profitable]], and, well, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement we don't speak]] [[Series/OutOfJimmysHead its name]]. And shows like'' WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' and'' WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' were a distant dream.''
-->--'''WebVideo/TheMysteriousMrEnter''', at the beginning of his review of [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb "Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together"]]