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Re: The 90s Are All That
« Reply #315 on: March 09, 2016, 03:29:11 PM »
I'm home, and I decided to watch the block a little tonight, and kept it on for a few CatDog episodes.

Still not very good. Cat can be a jerk, but more often than not, he just wants to do his own thing, which more often than not is blocked by everyone else. And the show wants us to relate with Dog, who's an obnoxious shrill. Blah.
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Re: The 90s Are All That
« Reply #316 on: July 06, 2016, 04:52:21 PM »
In honor of the upcoming 25th anniversary of Nicktoons, Klickstein released this extra series of oral discussion about the first 3. A majority of the key players get into detail here and talk plenty about these shows. You even see some of the talent involved throughout admit that there were certain series that they never liked.

It's a nice read, and really makes me want to finally pick up a copy of Slimed! I do hope that they at least talk about Rocko in the book, though, since as I recall, Klickstein didn't want to go that far forward when he started his work.

Edit: Straight from Vanessa Coffey- "My idea of creating this block was like creating a meal. Your broccoli was Doug. Rugrats was Spaghetti-O’s. And then dessert was Ren & Stimpy." Damn. :P
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Re: The 90s Are All That
« Reply #317 on: August 03, 2016, 05:01:26 PM »
So Nick is getting into the Loot Crate business.

$50 is kind of pricey, but I think I'm actually doing this one. The first box was available at SDCC, and I was impressed. A Spunky plush! Chuckie's shirt and glasses! A Stimpy mug! Rugrats coasters! I'm down.
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Re: The 90s Are All That
« Reply #318 on: August 09, 2016, 01:14:02 PM »
This is a good article, explaining how 1996 was a pivotal year for Nickelodeon.

I think it's interesting that the network was changing its content around this time, and that I somehow must have noticed, since I started watching the network increasingly less at this point.
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Re: The 90s Are All That
« Reply #319 on: August 09, 2016, 03:32:57 PM »
Well, that explains that. I had a feeling there was something happening behind the scenes before Nick started to turn.

It eventually slid into what it is now, which is easily 180 degrees from where it started from.
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Re: The 90s Are All That
« Reply #320 on: August 10, 2016, 10:44:51 AM »
You know, I did still watch plenty of Nickelodeon in 96. I was still loyal to Rugrats (which was releasing some specials around this point, before its proper fourth season started), All That, and Alex Mack, and I ate up Hey Arnold!, Kenan & Kel, and Kablam! And while I was getting a little too old for them, on occasion, I would enjoy Blues Clues and the Dr. Seuss show, as well. I didn't really stop paying as much attention to Nick until the next year or so, around when CN started getting more originals and the Powerhouse era was starting.

But the era of overly-corporate Nickelodeon makes sense. Not to say that Nick wasn't always corporate, but there was definitely some change going on here. But it especially makes sense for Nick, since for nearly a decade, their biggest hit was an import that they couldn't technically claim. The early, experimental years of the network had a unique way of letting its audience in, and that's why it still endures to those who grew up with it, and it must have came as no surprise that the network was becoming hugely successful. I don't think this feeling of connection lasted, but enough of the shows were hits where that didn't really matter anymore.

And yeah, they were able to market many of these hits. Say what you will about the later Rugrats episodes, but they milked that show for everything it was worth, and they also made bank off of Arnold and even CatDog. Of course there was SpongeBob, and they also did well with FOP before it became apparent that no one really knew what to do with that anymore, as well as Jimmy Neutron and even Avatar, even though lightning didn't strike twice with TLOK.
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Re: The 90s Are All That
« Reply #321 on: August 10, 2016, 12:52:38 PM »
Oh, and it's funny, Cartoon Network's commercialization period came by much earlier for it, but until recently, they've always seemed to struggle at it.

I'd say that started around 99-00 for CN, right when CCF started and when DBZ became a serious competitor. Granted, they didn't have too many Nickelodeon-level hits, but they had a couple that came close. Of course there's Powerpuff Girls, which focused too far on one particular side of marketing and let go of the fact that it was a megahit for everyone. Ed, Edd n' Eddy really brought huge numbers in as well, but I always felt like they never really knew what to do with that series. And there's Ben 10, but that's basically just a toyline. Scooby has always done well for them, even today, but at this point, it's a brand above all else.

In recent years, they've learned to do better with their shows it feels. Adventure Time is the biggest example, but Regular Show, Steven Universe, and Gumball, as well. And Teen Titans Go! if you want to count it.
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Re: The 90s Are All That
« Reply #322 on: October 30, 2016, 04:15:54 AM »