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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, childrenís 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 mediumís 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 childrenís 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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Avatar: The Last Airbender
Avatar: The Last Airbender
American Dad!
American Dad!
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
Rick and Morty
Rick and Morty
The Legend of Korra
The Legend of Korra
Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs
Family Guy
Family Guy
The Simpsons
The Simpsons
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
The Annoying Orange
The Annoying Orange
Beyblade Burst
Beyblade Burst
My Hero Academia
My Hero Academia
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's
The Cyanide & Happiness Show
The Cyanide & Happiness Show
Dragon Ball GT
Dragon Ball GT
Batman: The Animated Series
Batman: The Animated Series
Animals.
Animals.
Cowboy Bebop
Cowboy Bebop
The Boondocks
The Boondocks
Steven Universe
Steven Universe
High School of the Dead
The Loud House
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir
South Park
Bob's Burgers
Gravity Falls
Daria
Bleach
Pinky Dinky Doo
Arthur
Robotech
Legends of Chamberlain Heights
Futurama
One Piece
Ultimate Spider-Man
The Amazing World of Gumball
Regular Show
Danny Phantom
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal
King Of The Hill
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Superman: The Animated Series
Babar
Ben 10: Alien Force
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Beavis and Butt-Head
Hey Arnold!
Max and Ruby
Yona of the Dawn
The Fairly Odd Parents
Mr. Pickles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)
Dragons: Riders of Berk
Adventure Time with Finn and Jake
Ben 10: Omniverse
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Total Drama Island
ThunderCats (1985)
Mortal Kombat: Legacy
Inuyasha
Kingdom
Little Bill
Spider-Man (1994)
Glitter Force
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Is This a Zombie?
Mighty Magiswords
The Looney Tunes Show
Brickleberry
Phineas and Ferb
Young Justice
Samurai Jack
Regal Academy
The Aquabats Super Show
Sanjay and Craig
Tangled: The series
Firebreather
Invader Zim
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
Fanboy and Chum Chum
Attack on Titan: Junior High
Marvel's Daredevil
Milo Murphy's Law
The Cleveland Show
The Yogi Bear Show
Curious George
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
Goosebumps
Toriko
We Bare Bears
Wolf's Rain
Jonny Quest
Squidbillies
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror
RWBY
Date A Live
Robot Chicken
Doraemon
Johnny Test
Barbie