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Things that piss you off, the TV edition


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kalemklub
Joined: Oct 06 2014
PostPosted: Oct 10 2014 07:02 am Reply with quote Back to top

Something else that bugs me: How much the survival of certain cartoons depend on merchandising. Not that I have any hard numbers that back me up or anything, but I feel like for every success story like the TMNT or Transformers franchise, there are others who mercilessly got the axe for failing to come up with toys that pandered to kids and, specifically, their parents' wallets.

Sym-bionic Titan was cancelled because, as rumor would have it, the marketing people couldn't figure out how to develop a toy line for it. And it was a show about aliens, monsters, and robots that combined to form an even bigger robot. Another example: Swat Kats was canned after two seasons because they couldn't get the toys out on time. (And also, supposedly, because the head of Warner "felt weird" when he'd see the female anthropomorphic cats onscreen.)
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Methid Man
Title: Spawn of Billy Mays
Joined: Nov 23 2010
Location: Hackensack, NJ
PostPosted: Oct 10 2014 09:04 am Reply with quote Back to top

kalemklub wrote:
Something else that bugs me: How much the survival of certain cartoons depend on merchandising. Not that I have any hard numbers that back me up or anything, but I feel like for every success story like the TMNT or Transformers franchise, there are others who mercilessly got the axe for failing to come up with toys that pandered to kids and, specifically, their parents' wallets.

Sym-bionic Titan was cancelled because, as rumor would have it, the marketing people couldn't figure out how to develop a toy line for it. And it was a show about aliens, monsters, and robots that combined to form an even bigger robot. Another example: Swat Kats was canned after two seasons because they couldn't get the toys out on time. (And also, supposedly, because the head of Warner "felt weird" when he'd see the female anthropomorphic cats onscreen.)

What's sad is that many western cartoons are little more than half-hour long commercials. Their prime purpose is to sell toys/merchandise. If they can't serve that purpose, out they go even if they happen to be awesome... The 2002 He-Man cartoon, despite winning an Emmy award and being superior to the 80's series in some ways, didn't last as long as it could have because of the mishandling of the toyline.

jprime wrote:
Why is the forum named "Littlest RPG"? Does that stand for something other than "Role-Playing Game" or "Rocket-Propelled Grenade"?

No idea. I didn't create the forum.
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kalemklub
Joined: Oct 06 2014
PostPosted: Oct 13 2014 01:56 am Reply with quote Back to top

Methid Man wrote:
Their prime purpose is to sell toys/merchandise. If they can't serve that purpose, out they go even if they happen to be awesome... The 2002 He-Man cartoon, despite winning an Emmy award and being superior to the 80's series in some ways, didn't last as long as it could have because of the mishandling of the toyline.


That's why the new He-Man series was cancelled? Crap. That sucks. I thought maybe ratings weren't great in spite of the quality, or the time slot was not ideal, or something.

All this said, again, I'm not bashing the idea of cartoon-toyline tie-ups. It's not like you're selling out when you have a toyline; the new TMNT show is great, and so were the accompanying toys.
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