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Saturday morning cartoons are dead
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Posted 9/27/14
Sadness.

Though not the same thing, at least in our area kids can at least contemplate turning the PBS; they always have one of their three channels airing kids programming anymore, though since they do that it quickly becomes reruns of reruns of reruns. I can't get it where I live, but there was a retrostation in our area that aired Saturday morning cartoons from the early 80s and before (so He-Man, but no Transformers or G.I. Joe or Thundercats etc.).

In some ways I suppose this is good; pretty sure all the advertising I saw wasn't good for me anyway (and sometimes PSAs aren't much better). Still it is a bit sad that kids won't know the joy and sweet misery of the new Saturday morning cartoon season starting and being forced to choose between ABC, CBS or NBC (or trying to navigate between the three and hope the between-show-segments didn't get weird) as they started the new cartoon season. At least in my area, Fox joined in before NBC bowed out completely. I think the CW (as the WB) showed up before CBS stopped (before temporarily trying to make a comeback with Cookie Jar TV). Kids would have an easier time of the multi-network aspect now that they can watch one while recording the others and... I still have dreams that are half memory of trying to do that (I did manage to do it for a few of those "season premiere weekends"). Mostly I ended up recording shows I was obsessed with as this was back before the internet and DVDs made it hard for shows to completely vanish.

The loss of weekday afternoon cartoons was also a blow; unless I missed them coming back that stopped back in the mid-2000s (at the latest). I could understand that going away to an extent, with varying school release schedules and a greater emphasis on extra curriculars, but that too seems sad. The internet helps (and might ultimately finish off TV as we know it) but even the cable stations tend to be wanting.

This does remind me of perhaps the greatest strength of Hulu; if you shell out for a membership, their children's programming is commercial free (instead of still having ads, like regular programming). Well, at least that was how they operated when I tried a sub there.
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Posted 9/27/14
To tell you the truth, I did not really care much for Saturday morning cartoons the same way others here do, usually because I am still asleep when they come on TV.

Besides, everyone knows that late night cartoons are where its at!
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Posted 9/27/14
i used to watch Kirby lol
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Posted 9/27/14
and i dont know why i remember watching pokemon in the hoenn region
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Posted 9/27/14
Oh well I'm not entirely shocked
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Posted 9/27/14
This is not news to me.
Ever since disney invested in live action tv shows, it's all been down hill.
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*sigh*
I don't know what to really say. It's sad yeah,but I figured it was gonna happen sooner or later. Well time to start looking for all the old cartoons I watched growing up and buy them on DVD, so I can save them and watch them in the future.
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Posted 9/27/14
Does anyone remember that The WB used to air cartoons after school?
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Posted 9/27/14
Saturday morning cartoons were my only reason to get up at 7AM, only to get yelled at my parents for being up so early. Lol!

Seriously though, those were fun, memorable times.
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Posted 9/27/14
Not surprised. I mean, I still watch saturday morning cartoons but they changed the time closer to noon. Its not really "morning" cartoons. There isn't many channels that air morning cartoons as it was before. Plus, most of the cartoons are on cable.


HuastecoOtaku wrote:

Does anyone remember that The WB used to air cartoons after school?


Oh, those were good times. I used to watch Yu Gi Oh, superman, batman beyond and so many other shows. Fox used to that as well.
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Posted 9/27/14


I feel old.
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Posted 9/27/14 , edited 9/27/14
The only good anime on WB was Yu-Gi-Oh! The rest was meh!

Now, the greatest block of anime in the US was CN's Toonami. From 4-6 pm M-F we had the very best from Japan. I'd run back from HS to make it back in time for Toonami.

It's kinda of sad though. Where I grew up (Venezuela), anime was far more mainstream than the US (at least between 1994-1999), it was still seen as a kids cartoon but the public was far more supportive. I was able to see so many animes in Spanish that latter on I basically re-watched in English because there was nothing new in the US for the longest period of time. Thank goodness for Funimation & Crunchyroll without them we'd be basically watching the same old Shonen reruns from the '90's.
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Posted 9/27/14
Does Vortex still count?
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Posted 9/27/14
Well that sucks for the new generations of kids who won't grow up with Saturday morning cartoons. I remember my sister and I would wake up at 6am and watch nothing but cartoons until late afternoon. Oh well sucks for the new gen kids. Unless I'm called into work there is no way in hell I am waking up at 6am on a Saturday so this news doesn't really affect me.
Posted 9/27/14
New episodes of Pokemon still come on, if that means anything.
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