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Re: The Tone of Arthur
« on: November 08, 2013, 10:03:24 pm »
Ehhh... I really don't follow that too well... you can't really blame it on the show being passed around from company to company (although that DOES play a factor, like when ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS got passed from Ruby-Spears to Fred Wolf, then later to DiC) when it pretty much lies with the creative staff: sure, it's been animated by different studios, but it's still the same writers and producers and such, but over the years, writers come and writers go, and some writers seem to be able to tap into the characters and capture their personalities better than others. It also depends on what direction the producers want to take the show, and overtime, the longer a show runs, you kind of HAVE to go in different directions, even if they're not the best directions, like how M*A*S*H went from being a sitcom with dramatic undertones to a full-on dark and depressing preachfest.

Plus, you have to keep in mind, another contributing factor is having to compete with other kid shows out there that compete to gain kids' attention... SESAME STREET starting having those kinds of the problems in the 90s (and yes, it too has had an adult fanbase, even since the 70s): not only did the show slowly start losing its original creative staff, but Barney came into the picture, and suddenly, all these higher ups decided SESAME STREEET needed a makeover, so the street lost its original inner city/urban grit and was cleaned up and brightened up, a bunch of different new characters were added, they started merchandising out the wazoo...
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