cartoon link of the day
My local paper had a roundup of new cartoons aimed at a
mature male audience.
A nasty rodent lawyer, a sex kitten superhero and a dog and cat awash in a spray of bodily waste in "Ren & Stimpy's Adult Party Cartoon" are definitely not for the "Rugrats" set -- save perhaps for the latter's familiarity with bodily fluids. The Strip, which premiered June 26, offers the newest of a growing number of late-night cable cartoons aimed at an adult audience, which shouldn't automatically be confused with a mature one.
The reconstituted TNN, which would have been virile Spike TV by now if not for a lawsuit, is throwing the cartoon kitchen sink at the young men it hopes to attract.
"Men like sexy, funny, gross-out, clever, dark humor," TNN executive vice president Kevin Kay says. [Ed: Sign me up for all of the above except "gross-out."]
Later hours allow more freedom to push the envelope, without forfeiting the chance to snag a sizable cable audience. Cartoon Network's Adult Swim (Sunday-Thursday, 10 p.m.), a three-hour mix of comedy and Japanese adventure anime, has scored big teen and young-adult ratings, especially with young men. In the May sweeps, it drew more men 18 to 34 than David Letterman.
The article mentions a new animated version of "Spider-Man" to appear on MTV Fridays at 9 p.m. It follows the adventures of Peter Parker/Spider-Man is in college; the article cites episodes to touch on drinking, hazing and unrequited love. Actually, since Spider-Man really did deal with issues like that -- and employed a recurring theme of unrequites -- the new version sounds interesting, and the evening MTV audience seems appropriate.
I can remember when MTV actually showed music videos most of the time. I suppose that's what VH-1 is for now...