Animation's No Child's Play AnymoreAnimation

Animation's No Child's Play Anymore

1285861051-26.jpg

Shake Off Those Ideas of Cartoons Being Just For Kids, They're Now The Rudest Comedies In Town. Cartoons were the staple diet of kids TV for so long. They still are now, but while before they were once only for the kiddies, now us grown ups are getting cartoons of our own. And no, not that kind, get your mind out of the gutter.

It's not completely sudden though. For Japanese audiences, animation has for years been the hub for some of their biggest, bravest and most controversial work. But while anime has tended to lean towards the serious and philosophical, western animation has been straight for the funny bone.

As with many things we know and love about modern TV, this was mostly down to The Simpsons. While a family show, it boasted writers such as Conan O'Brien and was aimed to get not just the kids, but everyone in the family. Even if that meant a bit of the ruder stuff for mum and dad every now and again.

That torch was taken up by Mike Judge, hopping on the MTV bandwagon with a little toon about a couple of losers called Beavis and Butthead. He then spearheaded the long running King of The Hill, a show about a middle-management Texan that simply just happened to be animated. Simply a drawn sitcom, King of The Hill managed to run quite happily for a decade until getting the axe eventually.

That slight grip on reality was soon to go though, thanks to South Park. Dreamed up by duo Trey Parker and Matt Stone and crudely animated as a love letter to Monty Python's cartoon interludes, this show follows the foul adventures of the four young boys in a small mountain town.

Well, that's how it started anyway, but the show has made the most of it's basic animation, taking the four boys from the depths of hell to space via a brief jaunt to the middle east to save Santa. South Park has even made being animated a bonus, with an incredibly swift production method making South Park always the first to the cultural or satirical punch.

Having opened the door, Seth Macfarlane and his team of writers positively jumped through it. In 2003 he launched Family Guy, a show dripping in bizzare pop culture references that split audiences like a marmite sandwich. Soon after American Dad and later The Cleveland Show followed from the Macfarlane brain trust, offering their own strands of bizarre humour. While the show's quality has dipped over the last couple of years, there is no underplaying of the impact Macfarlane has made, with the show has always been a forefront of controversy.

Those are the trademarks of animated comedy. Craziness and pushing barriers. Over the last few years, there has been an explosion of cartoons hoping to hop on this exact same market ranging from the incomprehensible insanity that is Aqua Teen Hunger Force to the giddily silly Harvey Birdman: Attorney Of Law.

The best and brightest of the new crowd though is undoubtedly Archer. Focused on the world's worst secret agency and their misogynist, drunken lead agent, Archer is easily one of comedey's brightest stars. Hilarious, ridiculous and never afraid to push the boundaries in every way it can, Archer is leading the cartoon charge.

These show's constant ability to surprise and innovate are an absolute stark contrast to the world of the steady sitcom. But animation's not just taking on the laws of sense and decency, with both the return of Futurama and the highly underrated Bobs Burgers offering those with weaker stomachs a properly good time.

While the UK's wrestled with the ideas of using cartoons of comedy, the frankly disturbing Monkey Dust being the most high profile attempt using traditional animation, the fantastic tales of Wallace and Gromit and the brilliant Mongrels have used alternative ways to make jokes without a real face over on screen.

Although still a growing genre, the adult animated comedy is showing more than enough creativity, guile and success to prove that it's not just a quick fad and something a whole lot more of us should be jumping on board with.

FemaleFirst: Cameron Smith 

Comments

There is so much in this

There is so much in this article that I would never have thought of on my own. Your content gives readers things to think about in an interesting way. Thank you for your clear information.
photographe bébé toulouse

I really appreciate this

I really appreciate this wonderful post that you have provided for us. I assure this would be beneficial for most of the people.
learn more here

Wonderful article, thanks

Wonderful article, thanks for putting this together! This is obviously one great post. Thanks for the valuable information and insights you have so provided here.
this post

I really loved reading your

I really loved reading your blog. It was very well authored and easy to understand. Unlike other blogs I have read which are really not that good.Thanks alot!
www.greenconcept.be

I really enjoyed reading

I really enjoyed reading this post, big fan. Keep up the good work andplease tell me when can you publish more articles or where can I read more on the subject?
john barban venus factor system

very useful information

There are so many adult themed cartoons out there, that people have stopped looking at them as solely for children for some time now, I think. I know I've watched all the shreks, and I like boondocks, very entertaining, artistic and not so much childish.

VGreat conclusion to end up

VGreat conclusion to end up in this article for releasing a depth of knowledge and making us a more broad thinkers now.
[ Research Verified Garcinia Cambogia ][ where to buy whole body garcinia cambogia ]

make this content go of a

make this content go of a public one to get more users brushed up with their logics and thinkings. thanks a lot here.
[ whole body garcinia cambogia ][ dr oz garcinia cambogia extract ][ forever garcinia plus ]

On my first visit i really

On my first visit i really got surprised while stumbling upon these categories of blog reviews written here, i awaited a lot for this and now finally got the solution here only.
[ what stores sell garcinia cambogia ][ Garcinia Cambogia Walgreens ]

After reading up this blog i

After reading up this blog i have shown some great interests in these type of blogs and would say that it needs to be bookmarked now.
[ where to buy garcinia cambogia ][ where can I buy garcinia cambogia ][ stores that sell garcinia cambogia ]

make this content go of a

make this content go of a public one to get more users brushed up with their logics and thinkings. thanks a lot here.
{ dr oz green coffee bean extract }{ verified garcinia cambogia }

'Excellent explanations

'Excellent explanations shown here, would make me more notifiable in future need of this occurrence a noteworthy experience seen before.

[ where to buy garcinia cambogia ][ garcinia cambogia at gnc ][ garcinia cambogia at walmart ][ garcinia cambogia at walgreens ][ whole body garcinia cambogia where to buy ]

Nice article, thanks for the

Nice article, thanks for the information. It's very complete information. I will bookmark for next reference.
sewa mobil jakarta

Thank you for taking the

Thank you for taking the time to this information very useful!
buy essay papers

Hi

Yes I am agree now animations are not suitable for children. IT Consultant

too the video-game makers

too the video-game makers are doing books. This is the awkward lad of interactive media. The list is in transition. blog comments

how do raspberry ketones work

WilsonDavis's picture

Great post!,Thanks for sharing this useful information.We will wait for your next article soonly.Very nice and valuable post! Thanks for sharing this. how do raspberry ketones work

While the show's top quality

While the show's top quality has dropped over the last few decades, there is no underplaying of the effect Macfarlane has created, with the display has always been a leading edge of debate. healthy snacks

Tesla invested the second

Tesla invested the second half of his profession working on what he called his Energy less Creator. He used to describe it as being a system that uses "the power that functions the universe".Energy Conservation Techniques

Well, that's how it started

Well, that's how it started anyway, but the show has made the most of it's basic animation, taking the four boys from the depths of hell to space via a brief jaunt to the middle east to save Santa. South Park has even made being animated a bonus, with an incredibly swift production method making South Park always the first to the cultural or satirical punch.

SEO Services Company

The men can look competitive

The men can look competitive when protecting the close relatives home traveling in your experience, trying to shoo you away.Dining Table Mahogany

Work well in schools where

Work well in schools where there is proper regulation of the class size and number. Crowded classes with insufficient essay writer supporting materials would make the programmes ineffective, and, hence, would not produce the expected outcomes.

The choice can be quite

The choice can be quite brief. The chosen place will be outlined. harbor freight coupon

This is a great inspiring

This is a great inspiring article.I am pretty much pleased with your good work.You put really very helpful information. Keep it up. Keep blogging. Looking to reading your next post. remedial massage

Bad credit home loans have

Bad credit home loans have become a good
option in case of availing the financial support online. how to promote a blog

This is my first probability

This is my first probability to check out this website I discovered some exciting factors and I will implement to the growth of my weblog. magnetic signs for vans

I actually have discovered

I actually have discovered your publish to be really stirring and jam-packed with intelligent information. xtreme fat loss diet review

and want some more good

and want some more good beauty tips from u.Thanks for sharing this awesome blog.Keep posting. breast enlargement

This is extraordinary web

parishay899's picture

This is extraordinary web site. Thanks for sharing this nice article! that's terribly fascinating Smile i really like reading and that i am perpetually finding out informative
professional cv writers

This has led to undesirable

This has led to undesirable poisoning to sufferers whose cancers are not delicate to the selected treatment.. Medical Receptionist Training Melbourne

Looking forward to

Looking forward to experiencing a lot more of this posts with 2012. I do believe the most important development heading right now will be obtaining new information in your site... Hallmark ornaments at The Ornament Shop

Future residents will be

Future residents will be able to access the nearby Compass Point and Greenwich. http://www.epicfollowers.com

Its video doesn't include

Its video doesn't include anything nearly as charming as shots of tailgaters grilling things in the Reliant Stadium parking lot, but it does have a pretty sweet-looking red hummer in it. dissertation writers online

Tale of the Allergist’s

Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. Her production pay for essays in television include Welcome To New York.

Lee liked both that his

Lee liked both that his instructions were followed and the quality of the result, landing Westenhofer the gig as vfx supervisor on the stereoscopic shoot. www.bestessays.com.au

Author

Liezel's picture
User offline. Last seen 24 weeks 5 days ago. Offline
Joined: 26/07/2011

Liezel

Liezel's picture

Liezel Vermeulen specialises in rebates and co-production status administration of new international animation shows. When not number-crunching, she indulges her passion for documentary films, further education, freelance writing and is a board member of Animation South Africa.