Drawn to Television: Prime-Time Animation from The by M. Keith Booker

By M. Keith Booker

Since overdue night cartoons first aired in 1960, prime-time lively sequence have had a profound impact on American tv and American tradition at huge. The characters and motifs from such indicates as The Flintstones and The Simpsons are one of the best-known photos in global pop culture; and tellingly, even sequence that experience now not performed good in leading time—series like The Jetsons , for instance—have yielded equally iconic pictures. the arrival of cable and a number of other new channels dedicated completely to lively programming have introduced previous sequence again to existence in syndication, whereas additionally supplying new markets for extra, usually extra experimental lively sequence. Even at the traditional networks, courses similar to The Flintstones and The Simpsons , let alone kinfolk man and King of the Hill , have constantly proven a smartness and a satirical punch that is going well past the norm in community programming. attracted to tv strains the historical past of prime-time animation from The Flintstones preliminary extension of Saturday mornings to relations man and South Park 's late-night allure within the twenty first century. within the procedure, it sheds a shocking mild on simply how a lot the child inside of us all nonetheless has to say.

attracted to tv describes the content material and magnificence of the entire significant prime-time lively sequence, whereas additionally putting those sequence inside of their political and cultural contexts. It additionally tackles a few very important questions on lively programming, comparable to: how lively sequence vary from traditional sequence; why lively programming has a tendency to be so powerful as a motor vehicle for social and political satire; what makes lively characters so effectively convertible into icons; and what the most likely results of recent applied sciences (such as electronic animation) could be in this style sooner or later.

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These subsequent series remained very much in the spirit of the original, though they were aimed more at children, among other things by giving an increasing role to Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm. Indeed, still another Saturday-morning series, The Flintstone Kids, which ran on ABC from September 1986 until September 1989, specifically featured the younger generation. A sequence of made-for-TV movies also helped to keep the Flintstones and their fellow Bedrockians alive in the popular imagination, as did products such as the Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles breakfast cereals and the Flintstones line of chewable children’s vitamins, first introduced in 1968 and still a major seller in a variety of different formulas for the giant Bayer pharmaceutical conglomerate well into the twenty-first century.

More commonly, Top Cat’s schemes involved more straightforward attempts to cash in on the possibilities for upward mobility presumably offered by American capitalism. The only thing he is not willing to do in order to make money is actual work, and the fact that his plans invariably fail sends a clear and completely conventional pro-work message to the audience. Time and again, Top Cat seems on the verge of striking it rich, only to have something go wrong at the last minute. In “The $1,000,000 Derby,” for example, he bets a bundle on a big horse race, and his horse seems to be about to win in a photo finish.

It retained that title when it moved to Sunday afternoons and then Saturday mornings after its single year in prime time. Syndicated reruns of the program then ran on ABC from 1964 until 1973, and then again in 1981–1982. Despite the different titles and various airing times (and networks), the program remained pretty much the same throughout its run, and the collective four seasons of original programs are often together referred to as The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. They are currently available on DVD under still another title, Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends.

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