Worst cases of cartoons being screwed over
Cartoons are amazing, no doubt. But you know what the worst thing about cartoons is? When an amazing cartoon with huge potential gets screwed over by the network! I’ve seen it way too many times like many of you have! So today, I will be sharing with you guys the worst cases of cartoons being screwed over! Here you go!
10. OK KO: Let’s Be Heroes!
Cartoon Network’s treatment of this show really shows how innovation has been getting killed in cartoons as of late. While it started off receiving decent treatment, it all changed eventually halfway through its second season. Out of nowhere, the show gets moved to Sunday afternoon with absolutely no promotion. There were also barely any reruns of the series. All of these factors put together led to the series being canceled without the creator’s consent.
OK KO! Let’s Be Heroes takes place in the distant future in an alternate universe version of Maryland. It revolves around Kaio Kincaid also known as K.O. who has the goal of becoming the world’s greatest hero. He works at a store known as Gar’s Hero Supply & Bodega which sells a variety of items including hero supplies and many others. He works alongside Radicles (an alien from Planet X) and Enid (a female employee at Gar's Hero Supply & Bodega). The crew often have to fight off Boxmore, a store that sells equipment to supervillains. OK KO: Let’s Be Heroes! provides us with a great concept, unique artstyle and characters that all have very interesting personalities. OK KO! Let’s Be Heroes is definitely an amazing series that deserved better. You can watch OK KO! Let’s be Heroes on HBO Max or Hulu!
9. Wander Over Yonder
Ugh…a show with a very optimistic and positive main character. This is what the world needs right now. All we ask is for the show to not get screwed over. Well guess what? It got screwed over hard. In September 2013, Disney started regularly airing Wander Over Yonder, and it was performing decently well. However, in January 2014, it was suddenly taken off the schedule only to return to Disney XD in July 2014. So does that mean the series can finally prosper? Well no, because Disney XD is usually where Disney cartoons go to die, AND they took it off again in February 2015 with 3 episodes of season 1 left unaired. The show returned in August 2015, only to be canceled in 2016 because Disney thought that the amount of episodes they had was “enough” despite the series ending on somewhat of a cliffhanger. This whole situation makes me wonder how the show would’ve performed if Disney did not move it to Disney XD or just entirely remove it from their network multiple times. I would assume it’d have performed well.
Wander Over Yonder is about Wander, a Nomad who goes around to different galaxies to spread positivity and to encourage people from different planets to have fun alongside his friend Sylvia the Zbornak. However, as every story needs conflict, the journey isn’t as easy as he’d like it to be as one of the most powerful villains in the galaxy, Lord Hater often gets infuriated with him while on his quest for galactic domination. I love this show. Some of my favorite aspects of the show are the positive messages, the vibrant designs and of course the fun characters. This show is truly an amazing show that makes me smile whenever I watch it. You can watch Wander Over Yonder on Disney+!
8. Teen Titans
I’m sure we all know about this one. That dreaded cliffhanger hurt us all. Now Teen Titans cancellation was interesting. It was a series that was based off a huge franchise. It was loved by many, and it had DVDs, toys, comics and much more merchandise. So what happened? Well, according to creator, David Slack’s Twitter, he said that season 6 was an on again off again thing. The executives of Cartoon Network would say it would happen, they say it wouldn’t. However, it seems that the people working on the series thought that season 6 would happen, but it never did. It seems another factor that played a hand in the show’s cancellation was that Mattel did not own the licensing for toys, and they wanted to own the rights to manufacture the toys for all Cartoon Network shows. Whatever the reason may be, the outcome is still sad. And Cartoon Network has killed the legacy of Teen Titans more with Teen Titans Go, a show which while I don’t think is as bad as others say, it is definitely a step down from the original.
Teen Titans revolved around a group of 5 heroes known as the Teen Titans. The team consists of the leader Robin, a hero with the power to morph into animals named Beast Boy, an alien princess named Starfire, a cyborg named Cyborg (creativity at its peak hahah) and a goth girl with telekinesis named Raven. The series goes through multiple arcs with each arc focusing on a different character. I love the voice acting, the awesome soundtrack and the fast-paced action. Teen Titans definitely deserved better. You can watch Teen Titans on iTunes.
7. Sym-bionic Titan
Sym-bionic Titan’s cancellation was strange to me. You’d think that Cartoon Network would treat it well seeing how it was made by Genndy Tartakovsky, the guy that made some of Cartoon Network’s most successful programs like Powerpuff Girls and Dexter’s Laboratory. However, even when the team has a great history, Cartoon Network doesn’t seem to put faith in them. The true reason for cancellation is pretty in the dust, but Cartoon Network’s scheduling did not help. It was firstly moved to a Wednesday evening slot which was an awkward time already, but after that with no notice, moved to Saturday morning at 9:30, and let’s be honest: who wakes up that early on a Saturday. This likely caused the show’s viewership to drop, which was one factor to the cancellation, but rumors were all in the air. Another rumor was that toy manufacturers refused to make toys of a show with a female lead, but even that is a bit strange because Young Justice had toys made for it. Either way, the scheduling definitely impeded Sym-bionic Titan from becoming a hit.
Sym-bionic Titan was centered around three beings named Lance, Ilana and Octus from the planet Galaluna who flee their planet to come to earth. Their planet is war-struck, and consumed by creatures named Mutraddi. The leader of the Mutraddi has the goal of killing the rightful heir of Galaluna, Ilana. The three blend in on Earth to avoid being caught by the evil leader. When in grave danger, the three can combine and form the Sym-Bionic Titan. Off the top of my head, I love the character designs this show provides, the writing and darker themes. It was definitely a great show that deserved better, and I wholeheartedly recommend it. You can watch Sym-Bionic Titan on iTunes!
6. Harvey Beaks
I believe the creator himself said that if it doesn’t get the ratings that SpongeBob did, it gets canceled. Harvey Beaks was a series that was definitely treated unfairly. Harvey Beaks suffered a few hiatuses in between, and was even pulled off of Nickelodeon’s schedule at one point. After one of the hiatuses, a block was dedicated to new episodes of Harvey Beaks on Fridays, but even that was pulled out after two weeks. New episodes were aired months after, but with minimal promotion, and the series had no reruns. Eventually, it was banished to NickToons and was canceled without the creator’s knowledge.
Harvey Beaks was about Harvey, a blue bird who alongside his friends, Fee and Foo go through many different adventures in their wild habitat. While it is a pretty basic concept, there is still so much to love about it such as the wholesomeness, the characters and the unique artstyle. Harvey Beaks is the perfect example of taking a basic concept and making it feel unique and refreshing. It was amazing to see a show like this at a time where gross out humor was so prevalent at Nickelodeon. You can watch Harvey Beaks on Paramount Plus!
5. Glitch Techs
Oh wow, a new innovative cartoon with awesome concepts that haven’t been tackled before and very fresh and colorful character designs? I’m sure this will be a hit! Well…it could’ve been. Guess what? Nickelodeon gave this show off to Netflix in early 2020. Half of the first season released, and eventually the second half was, but marketed as a second season, when in reality, it was just the second half of the first season. It was a shame because the series was amazing, and had potential to continue.
Glitch Techs is about two teenagers, Hector and Miko who stop these video game characters that come to life from wreaking havoc across the real life world. I really loved it - the characters along with their designs made it super enjoyable for me, and the premise alone was very intriguing. I’d highly recommend it. You can watch Glitch Techs on Netflix!
4. The Owl House
Another one of the more recent cartoons to be added to the “successful but mistreated” category: The Owl House. The Owl House’s cancellation was really strange in my eyes: Firstly, Disney put out a promo for the show containing information that the series creator Dana Terrace did not want out. This is not really what led to its ultimate cancellation, but it is worth nothing as it shows how Disney treated it from the start. Furthermore, Disney cut the series short for no reason other than it not matching with their brand. Again, it is really strange as the series is widely acclaimed and one of the shows talked about the most in recent months.
The Owl House is about a girl named Luz who ends up finding a portal which takes her to a new world known as Boiling Isles, where she befriends a witch named Eda. She essentially practices becoming a witch with the help of Eda and her demon sidekick King. It was a great series, and the highlights for me were the animation, the LGBTQ representation and the characters who all were very vibrant and unique. You can watch The Owl House on Disney+ or Disney Now!
3. Infinity Train
Most of us who have been involved with recent cartoons know about this one…the show with no “child entry point.” Infinity Train was treated pretty terribly from the start with the pilot airing at 6:00 AM. However, it did get support from the viewers which led to it being picked up as a series. And again, even with lots of love, it was screwed over. Infinity Train was unfortunately canceled after its fourth season due to lacking a “child entry point.” A pretty lame excuse if you ask me. Especially since it was performing well already.
Infinity Train is about a train that picks up passengers that have unresolved trauma, and they travel through the train’s cars to resolve their trauma. This series was truly amazing, and it’s obvious why anybody would be mad about its cancellation. I loved the amazing concept, how it is easily able to capture the viewer’s emotions and the morals that the series teaches. It was an amazing series, and I would definitely recommend it. You can watch Infinity Train on HBO Max!
I probably brought back a forgotten memory. Why is it forgotten you may ask? Because of how Disney barely gave it any screen time! It was barely around, and it probably feels like a fever dream. Motorcity started off with being moved around in terms of timeslot constantly, and at one point was moved to a late night time slot. Alongside that, episodes would get leaked which would affect viewership, and unnecessary hiatuses would keep occurring. All this with minimal advertising. It truly is a shame that a great show had to go down with such sloppy treatment.
Motorcity takes place in a futuristic version of Detroit where an evil capitalist billionaire named Abraham Kane has taken over. However, he does have one threat: a group of rebels known as the Burners. The Burners consist of Mike (the leader), Julie (an insider gathering information from Abraham), Chuck (the tech guy), Dutch (the smart one), Texas (the muscle) and Jacob (the old aged mentor). The crew work to stop Abraham from taking over Motorcity, a small part of Detroit that has not been capitalized by him yet. There is so much to love about this show. Specifically, I like the interesting characters, the well thought out plotline and the fact that the series can often be thought provoking. Motorcity was a great show that deserved better. You can watch Motorcity on iTunes!
Let’s be honest: this show has been screwed over so terribly that it isn’t even that well known because of how tampered it was. Detentionaire was a Canadian Teletoon series which was quite successful in Canada and other countries it aired in such as Australia. Unfortunately though, like most shows, Detentionaire needed a US audience to succeed, and this is where it went downhill. Cartoon Network did purchase the show, but they messed with it a LOT. Firstly, they hid it on their app which barely anyone already used. And by hiding, I mean they made it so people would have to do extra digging to find it. Not only did they do that, but they scrambled the episodes so anybody who did watch it would be confused since it is a story-driven show. Also, only 20 of the 53 episodes were actually on the app. The rest never even made it to the US. It was also only on the app for a short period of time which gave it absolutely no time to gain an audience. This low performance in the US resulted in the show being canceled due to the production company being massively disappointed with the show’s low performance in the US. Being Canadian, Detentionaire was one of my favorite cartoons, and still is. Every time I think of its cancellation, I can’t help but think that it deserved much much better. It makes it even worse that nobody knows the true story of Detentionaire. Detentionaire’s case was one of the worst cases of cartoons being screwed over if not the worst.
Detentionaire revolves around a high schooler named Lee who gets framed for the biggest prank in high school history, and gets a year of detention. He sets out to find out who framed him, but as he goes deeper into the mystery, he starts to discover secrets hidden deep beneath the school that could change the entire world as he knows it. As we get closer to finding out what is truly going on, Lee realizes he has a huge role to play in all of this. This series is truly amazing, and it is criminally underrated. My favorite thing about this series has to be the lore and how it gets increasingly more intense with each episode. Alongside that, I love the characters as they each feel like someone you would encounter in a regular high school, and I love the overall mystery. Detentionaire was an amazing series, and had it been given the right treatment, it would’ve been a hit. You can watch Detentionaire on the YouTube channel Retro Rerun, or on Tubi!
These were definitely the worst cases of cartoons being screwed over to me, but I am sure there are lots more like Detentionaire and Motorcity where they were screwed over to the point where they got swept under the radar and that I didn't even know about them. Which of these cartoons do you agree with? Which do you disagree with? Did I miss any? Did you discover any new ones? Feel free to discuss with me in the comments! And feel free to follow my Tumblr page as I post weekly blogs on cartoons!
So hear me out. Sam dressed up as a guy was pure gold. Like she looked hot.
I mean, when genderbend Sam comes up in our minds, it's usually this:
And hats off to @amethystocean-adr for creating THE perfect fanart of Danny Phantom that I keep going back to her channel to get my daily DP dose.
Anyway, there were two episodes where we got to see Sam in drag and mind you, this works for me.
Look at her. The confidence she exudes!
This, paired with...
All of this is suave and hot. Imagine Danny seeing her like this. Oh wait. He did!
Give the guy some time to admire his girlfriend wearing his shirt, will ya! In a moment of crisis, with him RUNNING FOR HIS LIFE. He stops and goes:
-Is that my shirt?
Yes, Danny. You're girlfriend borrowed your shirt. You're never getting it back. She stole it from your room in Girl's Night Out and kept it at her place. For keepsake? Who knows, right?
Anyway, the best part no doubt about her look is probably here.
Look. At. That. Smirk!
She looks amazing and I want no objections on this one.