Cartoon Reboots Are Under Fire


Labeled for reuse by Creative Commons. A photo of the original Powerpuff girls from 1998.

Animated cartoons have been around since the beginning of the 1900s, and stories themselves have been told since the dawn of time.

It is no secret that there are some beautifully executed cartoons out there, with wonderful stories and animations. But why is there such a large portion of remade ones?

Take the Powerpuff Girls, for example. Created by Craig McCracken, the story was of three super-powered little girls born in a laboratory. To say the show had been a success is an understatement. The show and its loveable characters had taken the world’s heart, selling tons of merchandise and earning several awards. The show ran from November of 1998 until unfortunately ending in March of 2005 with 6 seasons aired and a movie.

Although the original show had come to a stop, the concept of it had not died down. There was an anime series created in 2006, a 3D animated short produced in 2014, and an entire remake of the show made in 2o16.

This 2016 reboot had taken the previous show’s idea and made it into something that was, in most opinions, less than great.

The remake had attempted to recreate the show’s original and unique art style to the point it felt awkward, and the once lovable and quirky characters had been seemingly over-saturated and became annoying. The new cartoon hadn’t even bothered to change the title in the slightest, overlapping the original and the remake.

It is cartoon reboots such as The Powerpuff Girls that support the claim that cartoons are remade solely for profit and hold no regard for the previous love of the show.

“I think the creators probably acknowledge that the fan base will be unhappy, but the profit that the reboot brings in probably outweighs the public’s opinion, in their minds,” stated Lily Saxerud, a senior at Air Academy.

Some argued that if done right, a reboot of a show can truly make a community happy, while others stated that this isn’t always the case and the remakes can ruin or dull the specialty of the original.

Senior Ben Haddad explains that some creators of rebooted cartoons were once fans of the originals who had their own visions in mind.

“Sometimes the audience hates this, while some love it,” Haddad said.

“It’s better to get input from your fan base before making changes,” said senior Liliana Silva.

“There has to be a couple of creators who loved the series and wanted to do it justice while bringing in a new generation of fans,” Saxerud added.

When it comes to creating anything, the limit is one’s imagination. If there are so many loveable cartoons to this date, who is to say there is not more to be made? It is an interesting thought that; in this year especially, it feels like more previous ideas have been reused rather than new ideas being brought into the light.

This has been largely shown with the vast amount of live-action remakes of Disney movies recently, rather than creating new ideas and storylines they have been putting their sole focus on going off of already existing movies.

It can be rather disappointing to see, knowing that the Disney conglomerate has the capability to continue creating new projects, yet chooses to stick to old ideas.

“Why fix something that isn’t broken when you could create something new?” said senior Emily Feldman.

In this day and age, we have the world at our fingertips, and the possibilities are endless. It’s a hope for the future that rather than recreating cartoons and movies, though they can indeed be fun and further the existing fictional universe, it would be refreshing to see what new and exciting worlds and stories can be created in the upcoming years.