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I'm the only person in my family who thinks cartoons are worth watching. Everyone else in my house thinks they're simplistic, brain-melting wastes of time. And they're right. About SOME cartoons. For instance, and I'm sorry, I know I'm majorly in the minority here, but I consider Spongebob Squarepants to be the ultimate atrocity in modern animation. But there are others, becons of light in an endless wasteland of corporate soullessness. There are cartoons that push the boundaries, and redefine what animation means.

This thread was inspired by the Avatar: The Last Airbender thread. There were so many enthusiastic replies there, that I know there are a lot of Nerdfighters out there who think like I do. So I want to discuss what's good about animation. Here are some of my favorites:

Avatar: The Last Airbender-There's a whole thread on this show, so I won't go too in-depth. I love Avatar for its rich and complex world, its rich and compelling characters, its graceful and believable art style, its fascinating architecture and it's astounding animal life.

Gargoyles- The 90's at its best. The characters and environments were vivid, the voice acting was close to flawless, it's story arcs were gripping and complex, and it's jokes were, well, jokes.

The Weekenders- Ended before its time. A childrens show that didn't talk down to children, what a concept! This was my very first introduction to the wonderful world of sarcasm and snark! Also, JASON MARSDEN!!! The voice talent was exceptional. Beyond exceptional.

W.I.T.C.H- Based on a comic I never read and probably never will read. The worlds are richly imagined, the characters develop naturally and fluidly over time. The emotions are raw and real, the heroines are relatable and serve as strong, positive role-models for young girls. The drama is gripping, and for once there's a cartoon that's not afraid of putting the protagonists in real danger, and acknowleging it. Also? JASON MARSDEN!!!

Fillmore-Like The Weekenders, this was a rare example of Disney gone right. It takes the crime drama and brings it to childhood without being patronizing or dumbing it down. It's the fun and irreverence of American animation but at a higher level. Orlando Brown does a fantastic job voicing the titular character, Safty Patrol Officer Cornelius Fillmore.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series-I love comic books, I adore Spider-Man, and this show is why. Even with rediculous FCC restrictions on the dialogue and action, Marvel managed to bring the web-slinger to televised glory for the first time in decades!

There are a lot more cartoons that I love. Danny Phantom, Chaotic, Batman: The Animated Series, just to name a few. I want to know what cartoons opened your eyes, and why they were so good for you.

And I won't hate you if you like Spongebob. But I will most likely look at you funny for a very long time.

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I remember seeing an episode of Jimmy Neutron where Jimmy's mom was a robot, and she was dressed as a maid, and Jimmy's dad talked about playing one of their "special games."

I'm still a little scandalized by it, but it was funny in that "all the adults in the room are chuckling and the kids are wondering why" sort of way.
teen titans was my show...before it got canceled. i love all the old hannah-barbara cartoons like Tom and Jerry and The Flinstones [classics]. sailor moon, pokemon, you name it, i'll have loved it.
Yes they so did. I've been watching all five seasons again lately and the last episode ever just gets me so depressed every time. There are so many more stories left to tell and fanfictions just don't do it for me. I need my titan fix.

Things change, to be sure. But why do they have to go away?
oh yea, one more thing


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I really enjoyed Invader Zim, Courage the Cowardly Dog, and Avatar, and a lot of the old 90's cartoons on cartoonnetwork. oh Chowder is a new one that is really good I suggest that everyone should at least watch it once.
I've seen that one, surreal.

I like the big guy who doesn't speak but just makes that "rabba rabba" sound.
yeah one time i did that at school all day, i got in trouble with a lot of the teachers but it was totally worth it to look at everyones puzzled face.
I do agree that Spongebob is utterly ridiculous, but its not completely worthless. My favorite episode (my sister watches it a lot, thus so do I) is actually the one where Spongebob and Patrick learn a swear word. That's just hilarious in the first place to see a cartoon cussing and have it bleeped. Haha. Its story line though, encourages kids not to use cuss words because they are not good words to say. You have to respect the cartoon for putting some moral basis to at least some of the episodes...

Other than defending Spongebob, I like the cartoons Naruto and Avatar. They are my favorite.
Yea I like Spongebob too. Silly humor has its place in cartoons, does it not? Some of the jokes are rather sophisticated as well. Such as the Toulouse Lautrec one. I'll admit later episodes are overly saturated with silliness and lack a lot of the cleverness and punch of the earlier episodes but I still enjoy Spongebob. Other than that most Cartoons I greatly enjoy are gone. Teen Titans, Bob and Margaret, Angry Beavers, lots I can't remember at the moment but probably will later.
I was always a fan of Dexter's lab growing up. Though like most other shows mentioned here it too "jumped the shark"
Dial M for Monkey!
Digimon.
Hands down.
Seconded.
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