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Cheaply made cartoons that are actually good?

Discussion in 'The toonzone - General Animation Discussion' started by TheMisterManGuy, Sep 10, 2017.

  1. TheMisterManGuy

    TheMisterManGuy Active Member

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    It's nice when a cartoon has a fairly large budget, and the more money you have to work with, the more you can do. However I also always believe that cheap doesn't automatically equal crap. While there are cartoons out there that are just cheap to produce because no effort is put into them, there are also those which are able to make the most out of their shoestring budget. Which Cartoons do you feel use their cheapness to their advantage to create a unique and enjoyable show. I've personally always been fond of early Adult Swim originals, which had bare-bones flash animation, and often reused stock footage and characters from previous Hanna-Barbera series. Yet they were so weird and clever that it gave them a unique style. Even today, they still feel unique, especially compared to newer original series on the network.
     
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    I have seen every episode and loved every second of it :)


    I'd say Jacob Two-Two's flash animation is part of its unique style.
     
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    South Park is a pretty easy example. Cutout animation, a 6-day production schedule, and creators doing most of the voices. It's the epitomy of a small, personal project. The writing and style of humor is what made it a smash-hit and Comedy Central has been very good to it for the entirety of its run. Think of how many comedians and series on that channel that South Park has outlasted - it's arguably one of Comedy Central's defining works.

    Cartoon Saloon, and other European studios, make very creative and stylish films using digital animation on small budgets. The Secret of Kells was budgeted at only $7 million ( http://www.denofgeek.com/us/movies/...ong-of-the-sea-how-an-animated-treat-was-made ) and helped to earn Cartoon Saloon a decent following and reputation to enable them to keep making good movies. Likewise, Persepolis, another European 2D film, was budgeted at $7.3 million and has also become a cult classic.
     
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    Do a large amount of Hanna Barbera cartoons count? Most of them are fun to watch.
     
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    Crayon Shin-chan's art style is sort of part of its charm. It also helps that both the Funimation and the child-friendly Vitello English dubs are pretty entertaining (haven't watched it subbed admittedly).

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    Does a Scooby-Doo Where are You count?
     
  7. Toon4Thought

    Toon4Thought Giving a slightly closer look.

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    Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids comes to mind. That may be a little hard to sit through nowadays with all the controversy surrounding Cosby, but he must have done something right with this show if it earned him an Ed.D. It tackled issues in a brutally honest way that was truly gutsy for Saturday morning cartoons (especially at the time), even going so far as to make an episode about prison rape. And this is with the really out-of-place laugh track, single-set live-action segments, and Filmation being Filmation.

    Rick and Morty would also likely be a good example. I don't know how cheaply it is actually made, but given the relatively stilted animation, flat designs, and heavy reliance on Justin Roiland semi-improvising, it sure seems like it is. But it all strangely comes together gloriously.

    Then there's The Flintstones, which is mostly known nowadays for how much new ground it broke in TV animation. It was a weekly animated prime-time sitcom, which wouldn't become commonplace for 30 more years. The fact it had a weekly sitcom budget meant they obviously couldn't do much with the animation, but you can't deny they did the best they could with what they had to work with. And while it doesn't hold up especially well nowadays, you can at least see what people probably enjoyed about it back in the day.
     
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  8. Frank98

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    Pretty much every television cartoon is cheap.. Genndy Tartakovsky, for example, is the master of limited animation.

    There are many indipendent filmmakers who produce shorts and movies with low budgets, using a styilized design, such as Tomm Moore, Don Hertzfeldt, Bill Plympton..
     
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  9. Toon4Thought

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    That's a good point right there about Gennedy - I mean, the most expressive character in Samurai Jack, that being Aku, is basically a pure black mass with a face and flamey eyebrows and beard.
     
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    Especially that these artists are the ones who are doing it for the art.

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    The various Soup2Nuts shows.
     
  12. jaylop97

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    It usually depends on who is involved in the show, sometimes a product can be good, just as long as the people involved are able to handle that speed, or it can be bad because of direction.
     
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    The first 4 seasons of Danger Mouse (1981) reused a lot of footage, such as having a lot of missions set in the North Pole or in the dark, in order to cut costs. But the animation got better in the later season (with some assets re-used).
     
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    Adult Swim's shows have always been very cheap, made with low budgets or small teams- with the exception of Rick And Morty. They're not all good, but I enjoy Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and Superjail, however that is subjective.
     
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    Ricky Sprocket: Showbiz Boy--Well it's a Canadian flash show, the stories were really engaging and the characters are realatable.
     

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