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About Animation & Cartoons

The success of film animation in the first third of the twentieth century inspired television programmers to tap into the genre later in the century as they developed new TV program forms. Like early film animation, early TV animation programming consisted mostly of short-form films aimed at children. In many cases, children's TV programs simply broadcast theatrical animated shorts, but after the mid-point of the century, animation produced specifically for television was common.

A drawback to the use of animation in a TV context, especially early in the medium's history, was the large amount of labor and time that was traditionally required to produce even an animated short. Theatrical shorts were usually produced over the course of several months, a turn-around time that was not generally feasible under the tighter deadlines required by TV programming. The solution to this problem was the development of animation styles that reduced the time and effort required to draw them; in these styles, large portions of drawings were reused from frame to frame, with only parts of the drawing that changed being redrawn for each successive frame. The resulting animation is typically considered to be of low quality, but many animated programs of the 1960s and 1970s used these time- and money-saving techniques.

By the 1980s, animated programs were a staple of children's TV programming, and many animated series were thinly veiled promotional platforms for toys and other products targeted at children. By the turn of the century, new directions in TV animation included the emergence of Japanese anime as a popular style even in the United States, the creation of cable networks devoted entirely to animation and the rising popularity of animated series aimed at adult audiences.

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Family Guy
Family Guy
Black Panther
Black Panther
Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Avatar: The Last Airbender
American Dad!
American Dad!
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia
The Boondocks
The Boondocks
South Park
South Park
Big Mouth
Big Mouth
The Loud House
The Loud House
Bob's Burgers
Bob's Burgers
Beyblade Burst
Beyblade Burst
Steven Universe
Steven Universe
FLCL
FLCL
Aggretsuko
Aggretsuko
Gravity Falls
Gravity Falls
Danny Phantom
Danny Phantom
Dragon Ball GT
Dragon Ball GT
Regal Academy
Regal Academy
Futurama
Futurama
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
Ultimate Spider-Man
Ultimate Spider-Man
The Legend of Korra
The Legend of Korra
One Piece
One Piece
The Amazing World of Gumball
The Amazing World of Gumball
Regular Show
Regular Show
SpongeBob Squarepants Specials
SpongeBob Squarepants Specials
Beavis and Butt-Head
Beavis and Butt-Head
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Young Justice
Young Justice
PJ Masks
PJ Masks
Fanboy and Chum Chum
Fanboy and Chum Chum
Dragons: Riders of Berk
Dragons: Riders of Berk
Unikitty
Unikitty
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)
Max and Ruby
Max and Ruby
Ben 10: Alien Force
Ben 10: Alien Force
Phineas and Ferb
Phineas and Ferb
King Of The Hill
King Of The Hill
The Cleveland Show
The Cleveland Show
The Fairly Odd Parents
The Fairly Odd Parents
Daria
Daria
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien
Invader Zim
Invader Zim
Curious George
Curious George
Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Bleach
Bleach
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Hey Arnold!
Hey Arnold!
Squidbillies
Squidbillies
AAAHH!!! Real Monsters
AAAHH!!! Real Monsters
Rocko's Modern Life
Rocko's Modern Life
Rugrats
Rugrats
Sunny Day
Sunny Day
CatDog
CatDog
The Wild Thornberrys
The Wild Thornberrys
Is This a Zombie?
Is This a Zombie?
ThunderCats (1985)
ThunderCats (1985)
Yona of the Dawn
Yona of the Dawn
Brickleberry
Brickleberry
Marvel's Avengers Assemble
Marvel's Avengers Assemble
Marvel's Spider-Man
Marvel's Spider-Man
The Adventures of Kid Danger
The Adventures of Kid Danger
Blue's Room
Blue's Room
Inuyasha
Inuyasha
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
Mr. Pickles
Mr. Pickles
The Jetsons
The Jetsons
Pinky Dinky Doo
Pinky Dinky Doo
Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon
Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon
Drawn Together
Drawn Together
My Life As A Teenage Robot
My Life As A Teenage Robot
Adventure Time with Finn and Jake
Adventure Time with Finn and Jake
All Grown Up
All Grown Up
Ugly Americans
Ugly Americans
Samurai Jack
Samurai Jack
We Bare Bears
We Bare Bears
Batman: The Animated Series
Batman: The Animated Series
Spider-Man (1994)
Spider-Man (1994)
Tangled: The Series
Tangled: The Series
Ben 10: Omniverse
Ben 10: Omniverse
Goosebumps
Goosebumps
Jonny Quest
Jonny Quest
The Annoying Orange
The Annoying Orange
Robot Chicken
Robot Chicken
The Mighty B!
The Mighty B!
Animals.
Animals.
WordGirl
WordGirl
Descendants: Wicked World
Descendants: Wicked World
Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs
Cowboy Bebop
Cowboy Bebop
Little Bill
Little Bill
Milo Murphy's Law
Milo Murphy's Law
Sonic Boom
Sonic Boom
Moral Orel
Moral Orel
A Little Curious
A Little Curious
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal