Just because a show is “a kid show” doesn’t give it the excuse to be cheesy, obvious, and ill-timed.
With a lot of cheesy and just straight bad entertainment media, I see a lot of people use “yeah, but it’s a kid show” as an excuse that somehow makes it ok (Specifically, I’m talking about the new Star Wars animated shows that are — well, I won’t get into it right now). The movies and TV shows that really stuck with me growing up, and that I still love today, didn’t treat me like a kid. At least I didn’t feel like I was being treated that way. What kid wants that, anyway?
I remember the awesome shows of my childhood in the 80’s and 90’s. Batman, Beast Wars, Star Wars (the original trilogy). They gave me a good story and great characters to follow.
Actually, Star Wars had a good thing going with the Star Wars: Clone Wars cartoon (from 2003?) that lead into the episode 3 movie. It had a cool story, great action, great characters, and was paced really well. But then they replaced it with a cringe-worthy computer animated show and made General Grievous a total wimp.
But I’m getting away from the point…
I recently read an interview with Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland that summarized my thoughts on the issue. When answering questions about season two of their show Rick and Morty, Dan Harmon said:
The inspiration that we share on the writing staff comes from places like Willy Wonka and Dr Seuss and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and things that seemed to respect us as children as though we were adults, that had a hint of cynicism and allowed us to actually overcome stuff that we were going to grapple with in adulthood.
I don’t think kid shows are kid shows because of bad pacing, poor dialog, and obvious heroes and villains. They are kid shows because adults generally aren’t interested in the subject matter (which is changing with all these adults now going to superhero movies). Kid shows should give children the respect they deserve as intelligent human beings and not block them into a corner and say, “this is what you like and understand”.