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Toons of the 2000s: Bottom 5 Cartoons

 Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.  Some cartoons are made with tender loving care. They are gorgeously animated. They are well-written. They tell stories in new and interesting ways. These cartoons prove how versatile the medium is and should not be confused with anything appearing on this list. Instead, this is the cream […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Toonami Programs

Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Toonami. From 1997 until its end in 2008, Cartoon Network’s popular and long-lived programming block was the perfect home for action cartoons. It gathered old cartoons from the 80’s and 90’s, Japanese animation, and Cartoon Network originals to create an appealing smorgasbord of programming that no animation […]

Toons of the 2000s: Anime We Hope Never Come to America

 Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Japanese animation has hit many high notes over the years and in this decade. Yet for all of that success, any anime fan that’s been paying attention to Japan’s latest knows that a lot of anime gets made that is flat out mediocre, if not downright terrible. […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Nicktoons

 Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.  Here we are, at the close of the second decade of Nicktoons. The first began in 1991 with Doug, Rugrats, and The Ren and Stimpy Show, three shows that are not only well-remembered, but whose memory lasted long after their initial run through spin-offs, movies, and changes of […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Anime That Made It To U.S. TV

 Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.  Through all the ups and downs, the 2000’s have been a remarkable decade of opportunity for dedicated fans of Japanese animation. The success of Cartoon Network’s Toonami block was soon followed by other programming that featured anime. For a time, the former TechTV hosted its own Anime […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Animated Shorts

Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Short films – that’s where the good stuff is. Sure, TV series and feature films get the mainstream glory, but they are – to crib shamelessly from Ambrose Bierce – merely short films padded. Just look at the things! Ideas good and bad alike get stretched mercilessly […]

Toons of the 2000s: The End of DCAU - A Retrospective

 Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.   It begins under a full moon. Gotham is enjoying a rare, crime-free night. The cops in their patrol zeppelin are alone with the clouds and their boredom. Then, from nowhere, a swift, shadowy creature soars through the sky. “You see that?” one of the cops cries. Yes, we do. […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Significant Headlines from the '00s

Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. We wanted to name the biggest news stories for animation as part of our look back at the past decade. We arbitrarily limited candidates to single news stories which, in our opinion, had a significant impact on the art or business of animation, if not the […]

Toons of the 2000s: The End of Broadcast Kids TV - Part 3

You are reading Part 3 of The End of Broadcast Kids TV. Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. The Other Guys NBC and CBS were footnotes on Saturday mornings in 2000; they remain footnotes in 2009. Only the names have changed. NBC was a non-factor for nearly a decade, having chosen to bow […]

Toons of the 2000s: The End of Broadcast Kids TV - Part 2

You are reading Part 2 of The End of Broadcast Kids TV. Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Kids’ WB: That’s All Folks? Things looked rosier over at Kids’ WB, thanks mostly to the ongoing success of Pokemon, the resources of Warner Bros. Animation, and the general oversight of WB Network boss Jamie […]

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