I'm probably wrong, but it seems like ever since John K. started a blog, there's been a lot of feuds and dicussions on the internet about the state of cartoons, which is the "right" way to make them, and what exactly makes a good cartoon, and so on. After seeing many arguments, I felt like I should state what I feel on the matter, even though I'm sure none of you care.
To fill things in to people who don't know what the hell i'm talking about, there seems to be two sides on the subject. There are people who think animation is the most important thing in making a cartoon, no matter how much sense the story doesn't make. This is where you get your shows like Ren and Stimpy and Cow and Chicken. Then there's people who put story in front of animation, and want something well-structured and deep as well as funny, and it's these shows where the animation takes a toll. Here's where you have your Simpsons and South Parks and etc. There also seems to be a sort of third ground (which isn't really referred to int he comic), where there's something written badly but funny, and animated when neccesary, such as Family guy, Drawn Together and most of the adult swim lineup.
Myself, I'm a fan of all these types of cartoons, and I don't really see a need for one type to dominate over others. When I watch a cartoon, I tend to know before hand what kind of cartoon I'm watching. I don't turn on South Park thinking " Oh man, I can't wait to see some dynamic visuals and brilliant animation!" And it's the same for when I watch a Bugs Bunny cartoon, which I dont watch with"oh, here's something that'll make me laugh AND think!" going through my mind. So why do other people seem to be doing this? Who the hell sees Aqua Teen Hunger Force for it's animation? I think there's two extremes, and one can live fine with the other.
But does that mean we all have to agree? Hell no! We need our John K's as much as we need our Seth MacFarlene's to keep a balance, to show how flexible the medium of animation is. Granted, things have been going towards the badly animated side in recent years, especially recent cartoon network crap, (for both kids and adults, so don't blame different age demographics), so we do need SOMETHING to balance things out. But I don't feel one thing should dominate. We need people who want crazy and surreal drawing in their work as much as people who won't start storyboards without a perfect script. And it's that balance that I think will keep people watching, no matter what kind of cartoon they're looking for.
As for what I want to get into, I'm a big fan of animated sitcoms, and of course I'd love to make my own. And if that doesn't make me a cartoonist in some people's eyes, than that's just how it is. But don't think for a second that I don't ever chill out in front Ren and Stimpy or Looney Tunes and laugh my ass off.
As for you, what do you want to make?
Update: I also want to bring up real quickly my thoughts on 3D animation vs 2D animation while I have your attention. My conclusion: apples and oranges, you can't compare the two. Its like comparing a sculpture to a painting, or claymation to 2D animation, they're just two different mediums in which to make art in. 3D's being overused now, but I still don't think 3D animation is a bad thing, just take a look at any pixar movie, they know what they're doing. And c'mon, there's been plenty of shitty 2D animated movies (remember Rock-a-Doodle? Once upon a Forest? Home on the Range?), so don't think this is a NEW thing here! I see 3D animation as just another medium, what people do with it is their own problem.
Bugs Bunny is (c) Warner Brothers
Eric Cartman is (c) Comedy Central