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  • Animation Age Ghetto: The site goes out of its way to avert this, but its lampshaded when it pops up. One post, "How Can We Make Adult Animation Truly Adult" notably discussed this trope, even mentioning TV Tropes in passing, albeit dismissing the actual trope page as misguided and narrow in its scope of "adult" animation;
    "The site prides itself on covering as broad a range of fiction as possible, emerging as a sometimes fascinating form of populist, open-access media scholarship. In theory, this would make it the perfect place to cover lost gems of animation, but in practice it has many blind spots. There is little discussion about (Jan) Svankmajer or (Yuri) Norstein, while juvenile mediocrities such as Disney's Gargoyles are treated as masterpieces on a par with the television dramas of Dennis Potter and David Simon. TV Tropes has a page devoted to what it calls the Animation Age Ghetto, which gives a reasonable if scattershot overview of the subject. The page's "examples" section, however, consists in large part of people filibustering about how their favorite superhero cartoons never caught on. The main reason that most of these cartoons never attracted adult audiences, of course, is that they are simply not for adults. That's not to say that there's anything wrong with having guilty pleasures. The humorist Stephen Fry summed things up well: a fan of Doctor Who, he commented that "every now and again we all like a chicken nugget." As he continued, however, "If you are an adult you want something surprising, savory, sharp, unusual, cosmopolitan, alien, challenging, complex, ambiguous, possibly even slightly disturbing and wrong. You want to try those things, because that's what being adult means." The ever-enthusiastic geek demographic certainly does not see animation as being merely for children. But it suffers from an inverted snobbery, with more inventive or experimental animation dismissed as "pretentious" or "arthouse", and from a view of the medium that is built largely on nostalgia for beloved childhood cartoons. Even dedicated animation enthusiasts can overlook much of the best work which is out there: perhaps it is in human nature for audiences to stick to the films which they think they might enjoy rather than try anything new."
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Jerry Beck is generally considered the more intelligent one of the two people who ran the site.
  • Growing the Beard: While Amid's reputation remains contested among readers, many of the new writers hired for the site have been met with positive reception, particularly Chris McDonnell's "Artist of the Day" posts.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: When My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic was brand new, Amid wrote an article decrying Lauren Faust's involvement as "The End of the Creator-Driven Era in TV Animation". /co/ caught wind of Amid's article and fell in love with said show.
    • His no-less-than-five articles about Glen Keane's resignation from Disney Animation Studios have become annoying, but has driven Keane farther into the spotlight for fans, and they are all clamouring for Keane to produce his own project that will knock Disney out of the park!
    • The layoffs and bankruptcies of animation studios have gotten so common to the point where CB now provides a disclaimer at the end of every one of these kinds of posts, detailing where and how to report these stories to them.
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  • Never Live It Down: Amid's notoriously pessimistic articles and attitude are generally the first thing that comes up when discussing the blog.
  • Schedule Slip: Current events articles usually pop up a day or two after said event occurred or has faded out of the public eye by the time the article goes live. This is because, other than just taking information from another source like they used to do, the writers now take time to investigate and gain insider information on their own accord, resulting in much more developed and insightful reads. This also means there are less links to other sites, making Cartoon Brew the more exclusive tabloid to read about it!
  • The Scrappy: Lets just say most of the trope entries that were removed because of complaining were about or related to Amids posts. Also, both of the sites entries on the DMOS page are about posts he made. Now that Jerry Beck has left the blog, any reader who wishes to continue following it has no choice but to listen to Amid.
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  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: "Six Stories of Cartoonists Who Stood Against Tyranny", an article that is very much in favor of freedom of speech in light of the massacre of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists.
  • Vocal Minority: Many of the site's rants against the current state of the animation industry are actually far and in-between.

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