The Gene Deitch years

Christopher Robinson
Christopher Robinson

Where these the worst Tom and Jerry cartoons?

Robert Bennett
Robert Bennett

I never thought Tom and Jerry was very good to begin with.

Brandon Jones
Brandon Jones

I liked the aesthetic in these ones actually.

Henry White
Henry White

I am not gonna lie, the recent one with the fucking awful flash animation is far worse than the Gene Deitch shit.
Not liking Tom and Jerry
How?

Christian Phillips
Christian Phillips

DICKY MOOOOEEEEEEEEE

Bentley Russell
Bentley Russell

All cartoons suffered in quality during those years. Popeye took the bigger hit let us compare this

Charles Brown
Charles Brown

To this

Aaron Rivera
Aaron Rivera

The Tom and Jerry Cartoon Kit
Calypso cat
Carmen Get it
Dicky Moe
That one winter one made in the same style
the worst

Nicholas Ramirez
Nicholas Ramirez

also tall in the trap

Jayden King
Jayden King

Wasn't this animated by some Mexicans?

Dylan Collins
Dylan Collins

Czechs.

Lincoln Gutierrez
Lincoln Gutierrez

Interesting, were they able to get some agreement with the Soviets to do this?

Henry Nelson
Henry Nelson

I don't know why, but I fucking hated Chuck Jones's artstyle back when I was a kid. In fact, when I finally got internet and read on the T&J history, I automatically assumed those were the Gene Deitch shorts everyone hates. Also I recently binge-watched all the original Hanna-Barbera cartoons, and found one thing that bugged me - for some reason, at the end of their run, they decided that it's a good idea to remake some of the earlier shorts, except with shittier production values. I mean, what's the point?

Well, it was made before 1968, so Soviets had less of a hold on them.

This was a downfall of Tom and Jerry. It was all about slapstick and visual humor, limited animation of Dark Age was just not working for it, and, as much as I like Krtek, neither was Czech-style animation.

Nicholas Brooks
Nicholas Brooks

Not Hannah Barbera remake on the 70s
Where they killed off the premise of Tom and Jerry being enemies.
At least Filmation kept the tradition of Tom vs Jerry.

Jack Edwards
Jack Edwards

What the fuck happened?

Julian Brooks
Julian Brooks

TV happened.

Lincoln Sanders
Lincoln Sanders

Did you motherfuckers even see the Tom And Jerry movie?
THEY HAD CANES AND SANG ABOUT BEING FRIENDS TO THE END

In some ways the 90's were as much a Dark Age for animation as the 70's were.

Logan Lee
Logan Lee

Did you forget? They dragged out Tom and Jerry's dessicated corpses to do a half-assed shot-for-shot remake of Willy Wonka.

Grayson Gray
Grayson Gray

Dark Age of Animation only applied to American animated shorts. Feature Films went into decline later.

Lucas Carter
Lucas Carter

They've been doing that with other fairy tales and stories for a while now.
On another note, remember Tom and Jerry Kids?

Bentley King
Bentley King

It's been a long time since I've watched Tom and Jerry Kids (everything got a kids/babies version back then, didn't it?) but I don't remember it ever being as bad as the direct-to-video animated movies.

Josiah Ortiz
Josiah Ortiz

I remember this intro rather vividly but not the show at all.

Brayden Phillips
Brayden Phillips

I don't remember anything about it aside from the intro. But even if it was bad, it was probably nowhere near as bad as some of the other kids/babies spinoffs there were.

Nolan Hill
Nolan Hill

THAT DOG
Pugsy was like the bastard offspring of Poochie from The Simpsons, and the rapping dog from Titanic.

Dylan Roberts
Dylan Roberts

Why post that 1957 shit and not 1936's Popeye meets Sinbad? Fun fact, the first cartoon with 3D rendered backgrounds was, well, this. Go to the 6 minute mark and pay attention to the background while the giant bird takes off.

Popeye was still making technological firsts well into the 1980s. His 1983 Nintendo arcade game was the first to employ high definition graphics (a 512x448 sprite layer for the character sprites.)

Luis Rivera
Luis Rivera

Muppet Babies was good and Tom and Jerry Kids wasn't all that bad for what it was. It was at least closer to the cartoon slapstick of the originals than the straight to video movies where they talk and sing and get into weird, oddly human-focused movies.

Can't really think of any Kids/Babies spin-offs that were noteworthy or remotely good, though.

Cameron Lopez
Cameron Lopez

Can't really think of any Kids/Babies spin-offs that were noteworthy or remotely good, though.

<Good:

Muppet Babies
Tiny Toon Adventures
Tom & Jerry Kids
A Pup Named Scooby_doo
The Flintstone Kids
Pink Panther and Sons

<Bad:
James Bond Jr.
The New Archies
Yo Yogi
Baby Looney Toons
Popeye & Son

Luis Smith
Luis Smith

Forgot to list The Oz Kids in the bad category.

Charles Foster
Charles Foster

Are those claymation backgrounds?

Leo Watson
Leo Watson

Still the best Popeye

Aiden Green
Aiden Green

Where these the worst Tom and Jerry cartoons?
You have to see Filmation Tom & Jerry

Austin Cooper
Austin Cooper

Never watched Pink Panther and Sons, but the rest of your list is definitely true.

Levi Davis
Levi Davis

I think Muppet Babies was the show everyone else was copying when they did "younger" reboots.

The rest just used it as a way of recycling a series, but Muppet Babies was actually a bit different to The Muppet Show.

James Rogers
James Rogers

So much in their first appearance they were a just a fantasy sequence

William Reyes
William Reyes

Pink Panther and Sons
You dodged a bullet then, it was the Pink Panther but no Panther only three bears and the humor was watered down to the dumbest, what's more unusual is that it had the same exact artstyle.

There's another Popeye short where he builds a bridge and used the same effect for the construction background..

Jonathan Hughes
Jonathan Hughes

I honestly think animation like this was due to companies realizing they had a dedicated fanbase of kids and saying "fuck it, they'll watch it no matter how cheap"

Owen Foster
Owen Foster

I think it was because thanks to TV, demand exceeded the supply, so they had to find a way to churn out as many cartoons as possible.

Ian Martin
Ian Martin

You know, I just realized something. The whole Dark Age of Animation mirrors the current situation with anime. Think of it:
low production values
"quantity over quality" is the rule of industry
all shows are now catering to one fanbase that is the most easy to please (kids/otaku)
every successful concept gets copied to no end (Scooby-Doo/SAO)
shoehorned real-life fads (rock-n-roll/idoru shit)

Nathan Thomas
Nathan Thomas

Really makes you think.

Jordan James
Jordan James

I think so.

Aiden Turner
Aiden Turner

LWA flies in the face of everything you've just said

Xavier Evans
Xavier Evans

Yeah, and they had to go through insane lengths to get the funding. Anyway, I know there are some good series, and so what? Industry on the whole is still fucked, and entire seasons can go by without a single decent japanimation to watch.

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