Sunday, 15 January 2017

Is Disney XD the New Cartoon Network?

...Of course not! The whole reason for all of Cartoon Network's stupid decisions is that animation alone doesn't get ratings, or at least, it won't get the same ratings as Nickelodeon or Disney Channel. But screw the both of them. If there's one thing I learned from covering television its that quality programming is more important than having a high-rated show, especially since Netflix doesn't worry too much about streaming numbers when deciding to renew a show.

Ratings doesn't matter if your show sucks ass!

But I digress, as far as animation goes, Disney XD might as well be the new Cartoon Network. I've already talked about how they've really turned themselves around as far as anime goes. I'll take the localized version of Doraemon over the poor treatment they gave Naruto Shippudden anyday of the week.

Though, in hindsight, maybe it was for the best if cable networks left that show alone. At least Part I's adaption had the excuse of waiting on the next story arc to finish for its unnecessarily long block of filler episodes at the end. Shippudden has no excuse. Its recent novel adaptions are nothing more than a deliberate attempt to pad out the show, cheapening a once decent adaption of the manga to levels on par with Pokemon's anime.

But I'm going off topic again.

Of course we know the success of Gravity Falls and Star Wars Rebels, the first and foremost reasons for anyone to watch Disney XD, has inspired the network to become more creative with their cartoons. Shows like Star and the Forces of Evil are great in their own right and have gained a fanbase beyond their target audience. Then again, Disney XD is aimed at preteen boys, whereas Nick is aimed at children and Cartoon Network has become a vector for shows that only the network likes or gets high-enough ratings.

Hence, Disney XD can be blamed for Counterfeit Cat and Atomic Puppet, aka the best shows Teletoon has put out in a LONG time and Everyone is looking for to the reboot of DuckTales and a new animated series inspired by Big Hero 6.

But the two shows that I'm keeping my eye on are Marvel's Spider-Man and Man of Action's new Mega Man show. Not much is known about the new Spider-Man series, except that it won't be a continuation of Ultimate Spider-Man and it will feature Spider-Gwen, Miles Morales, and Venom.

In contrast, Man of Action, who were also responsible for US-M, gave too much information about their new Mega Man show. It's aimed at 6 year olds, it's got "over-the-top humor", he goes to school, and he has a new sidekick named "Mega Mini". ...Good thing I'm more of Crash Bandicoot fan.

Ultimately, it's the improvement's made to their live-action slate that's really got me impressed. Those cookie-cutter sitcoms are finally in the background where they belong, and in their place are shows that do things a little differently. Kirby Buckets is yet another attempt at making a live-action/2D animated hybrid show that, predictably, has both fans and detractors. In contrast, Mech-X4 has took all the action and darker elements from comedies like Lab Rats and Mighty Med and turned it into a giant robot show. Both shows are a wonderful change of pace regardless of critical reception, and I look forward to Disney XD doing more shows like this in the future.

With a strong slate of both live-action and animated series, Disney XD might not have more viewers than Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network, but it sure as hell blows the water out of the both of them. The best part is that, because it's been overshadowed by its once boy-slanted knock-off, Disney Channel is trying their best to produce more decent programming from now on. ...Trying, they still suck ass, but at least they're trying.

That's all I can ask for.

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