Randomly saw this on the Internet, and I wanted to talk about it since it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything (sorry about that everyone! I’ve been super-busy trying to finish up grad school!) Anyways….
1. Wile E. Coyote is not a ’90s cartoon character. His first cartoon was in 1949 and his hey-day was in the ’50s and the ’60s.
2. The standards of what cartoons could get away with were different from Wile E. Coyote’s hey-day to the ’90s. More importantly, the targeted demographics weren’t as segregated back when as they were in the ’90s (or now), so there were overlapping age groups that Looney Tunes appealed to, especially because it never aspired to be a cartoon that’s “just for kids”.
3. In the ’90s, you actually DID have to tell kids not to try this shit at home. There was an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures where Elmyra ran out of a car into a busy highway and held a hot mug fresh out of a microwave with her bare hands. Both times, Buster literally stopped the cartoon to tell the audience that only idiot cartoon characters like Elmyra can do stuff like this and escape relatively unscathed. Do I even need to discuss Beavis and Butt-head’s controversy, which wasn’t even a cartoon targeted to kids?
Yeah yeah yeah, I came up in the ’90s too, so I share the fondness whoever made this has for cartoons in the ’90s and Looney Tunes, which I also discovered in the ’90s. But I have a problem with those of us that want to throw on the rose-colored glasses and look back at an idyllic past that didn’t actually exist just so they can bitch about “oh these kids today, they’re so lame, we were so much cooler, bla bla bla”. Seriously, get over yourself.
And this is coming from someone who isn’t a huge fan of what TV animation is doing these days.