I could wax nostalgic all day over “the good ol’ days” (which were for me the 1980s) and its pop cultural touchstones that no longer exist as such in our dreary modern world, and how said world is a sadder place for it. There are no more Saturday morning cartoons, since the basic networks are now required by law to air educational programming on Saturdays. Sure, some of those programs are pretty cool, the nature-based ones, and there are entire networks devoted to nothing BUT cartoons. AND all, or almost all, of those beloved series of yesteryear are available now on DVD, to watch anytime. Still, it isn’t the same. Kids today will never know what they missed out on.
Could these cartoons get made today, or has our homogenized, PC, nerves-on-edge, reactionary culture made that impossible? The TRANSFORMERS cartoon wouldn’t be able to get away with having its Arab villains come from a country called “Carbombia,” probably. And what about the SMURFS featuring black magic rituals that gave rise to claims that it was being controlled by Satanists? Claims that in-jokes in shows like HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE were some kind of homoerotic conspiracy, though, are stupid. They were just in-jokes. Would they keep the ‘toons from being made today? Um, hello, anybody ever heard of SOUTH PARK? Some of the cartoons mentioned by the article, though, like BEVERLY HILLS TEENS and RUDE DOG, I’d never even heard of. Are they sure those were made in the 80s?