Why Flash Animation Ruined Cartoons and Anime

I'm a big fan of the Golden Age of cartoons. You know, like Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes, etc. This era pumped out some of the best animations the world has ever seen. Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, Mel Blanc, they were all pioneers. It was a playground where animators had full authority and creativity. Characters could stretch out someone's tongue, let it go, and it would whip back and slap the other person in the face. The music was vibrant Big Band & Swing that made you excited and put you in a good mood.

All of the cartoons and anime I enjoy most are early 2000's or earlier. Ed Edd 'n' Eddy is one of my favorite cartoons. It used cel animation from beginning to end, even while other animators were transitioning to Flash. Yu Yu Hakusho is one of my favorite animes, which was hand-drawn like all other animes were at the time.

The emergence of Flash has ruined animation. I understand that it is fast, simple, easy, and allows people to create 10 cartoons in the time it used to take 1. But this should not be what mainstream, popular cartoons use. It should be used for quick animations, presentations, indie productions, etc. The fact that when I turn on Cartoon Network and all I see is Flash is truly insulting to the skill of the real talented artists.

Flash destroys all the magic. All the perfectly straight lines, the perfect color values, the lazy motion tweens. It ruins it. I like my cartoons hand-drawn. They are much more interesting and inconsistent. Cartoons and animes done in Flash look boring and literally put me to sleep. The animators think they are being cutting edge and clever, but really all the excessive shading and perfections make my eyes glaze over and get bored. Also, there is an extremely poor choice of music or a complete lack of it in cartoons and animes now. The time that goes into making a cartoon or anime by hand is tremendous, but in the end it is worth it because it looks a million times better and is actually appealing to watch. The comparison is night and day.


I also do not like animes that are overly-done to try and look similar to Flash. To me, that defeats the entire purpose. Observe the differences.


I get it. Flash is just a different style. The same way claymations and CGI's are just a different style too, which I have no problem with. But Flash should not dominate the cartoon world. It should dominate the hobbyist and corporate presentation worlds.

The standards of animation today have deteriorated, and that's a shame. No more good music, good drawings, or good plots (because kids are apparently soooo sensitive now).