Over 31,000 Reblogs/Likes Thanks, But A Bit of an Addendum

People read that article? People LIKED that article? 

That’s madness. Lot of folks did, and I thank you

A few didn’t, mostly because they felt the Malibu Stacy metaphor didn’t really fit the practices of Cartoon Network’s handling of the Powerpuff Girls special in light of the internet blowing up after hearing DC Animated Universe co-creator Paul Dini’s experiences with the network telling him the reason those shows get cancelled is because girls don’t buy things and they’re watching those action properties more than the intended young boys demographics who buy the toys.

Perhaps it isn’t the right metaphor, but it’s the only one that I could think of at that moment, but there are a few things to point out:

  • I did acknowledge that Cartoon Network announced that Powerpuff Girls special earlier in the year. Like, WAY earlier in the year, on January 28, 2013. The initial press release stated that it would come on later in the year, as in later in 2013, not 2014. And it was complete when they initially announced it. It took about a year to make, from script to finished special. There are rumors that it took five years to make, which is untrue. If it did take that long, Craig MacCracken would have had involvement on the special since he was still at Cartoon Network, and he’s not involved here at all.  
  • Cartoon Network usually doesn’t work on social media on Sundays, mostly because there’s no news on a Sunday. They barely work on Saturdays on social media as well, but when the fans complain, they’d usually send a tweet or something way later in the day to address anything. Like this gem from October 13, 2012. I’m not saying that they weren’t going to start to finally place the PPG special before the reaction to the Paul Dini interview hit the internet, but you do have to wonder if that was the case.
  • Certainly they wouldn’t be plugging something that’ll come on a month after the PPG special would air, would they? That wouldn’t make much sense. 

There were a few dates that Cartoon Network could have scheduled the special.

  1. Labor Day could have been a great day for an end-of-the-summer present for the viewers. Yes, they had Uncle Grandpa premiere that night, but imagine the ratings that would have been if a one-time PPG special aired before Uncle Grandpa's premiere. And don't say they don't air dual premieres on one day. On Labor Day 2010, Regular Show and MAD debuted. Labor Day 2011 had multiple premieres, highlighted by Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake. 2009 had a Ben 10 marathon while 2008 had a Pokemon marathon. Labor Day tends to be one of those end-of-summer event days, and they tend to have a marathon topped off by a premiere by the end of the night.
  2. Another day that could premiered the Powerpuff Girls special was the day before Thanksgiving. In 2011, they premiered Journey to the Center of the Earth, Level Up, and a new episode of Adventure Time. In 2010, they premiered the Speed Racer live-action movie followed by FireBreather, which was one of the highest-rated debuts in network history. In 2009, they aired the  second live-action Ben 10 movie, Alien Swarm. Two years earlier, they aired the first live-action Ben 10 movie, Race Against Time. In 2006, they aired the first Men in Black movie the day before Thanksgiving and the Foster’s special Good Wilt Hunting on Thanksgiving. This year, they gave the Thanksgiving eve slot to the third part of Lego Yoda Chronicles specials, Attack of the Jedi. Must be nice for Disney to have one of their biggest competitors choose a toyetic version of one of their biggest acquisitions in such a prime slot instead of a Powerpuff Girls special that reunites the cast in a new adventure. 
  3. Or they could have picked an arbitrary date across the year. Green Lantern’s first two episodes premiered on November 11, 2011 (11/11/11). Re-Animated debuted on December 8, 2006. No special significance at all. A Ben 10 animated special, the computer-animated Destroy All Aliens, debuted on March 24, 2012. 

The sad part is that Cartoon Network had a legitimate reason to air it in 2013 and didn’t choose to do it. And that reason was The Powerpuff Girls premiered 15 years ago on November 18, 1998. Guess what day that occurred this year? Monday. You know what aired that Monday? 

An unfinished episode of Regular Show. Regular Show made the top of the worldwide trends on Twitter for the wrong reasons (people complained about the harsh colors, jagged character outlines, and weird backgrounds, even creator J.G. Quintel complained about what went wrong), and that was quite unfortunate. It was a pretty good episode. Still, at least for that night, Cartoon Network could have adjusted the lineup and aired the Powerpuff Girls special that night easily:

  • 7 PM: Adventure Time
  • 7:15 PM: Steven Universe
  • 7:30 PM: The Powerpuff Girls Special: 
  • 8:30 PM: Regular Show
  • 8:45 PM: MAD

Note, I don’t know how long the special is, but I’m putting it on for an hour for the safe side, but that’s a completely respectable lineup, and it’s probably not all that different from what they’ll do on January 20, 2014 when it does air. It was a half-hour special, 

This isn’t the first time a Powerpuff Girls anniversary special was scheduled after the actual anniversary. The Powerpuff Girls Rule! debuted on November 21, 2008 in the Asian and European markets, a few days after the anniversary. It made its American debut months later on January 19, 2009, so the American debut of both anniversary specials are five years and a day apart. Maybe this was the plan all along, but still, one can’t help to ignore the fact that Cartoon Network had many opportunities to air the special throughout the year and only announced it within hours after a major children’s entertainment producer more or less proclaimed the network were borderline misogynists, which they aren’t. 

That’s a heck of a coincidence, but sometimes a hat is just a hat.

And besides. The Girls will be back in 2016 as a new series, so, the hat must’ve worked.



^Appreciation Post For These, & Many More, Great Animated TV Shows That Have, Since, Been Cancelled.^

The modern state of DC Animation on television, folks:

One’s in heavy rotation on Boomerang (Teen Titans).

Another is in edited form on Saturday mornings on The CW (Justice League Unlimited).

One is currently in permanent rerun mode on Cartoon Network until its replacement is ready to air (Green Lantern).

The rest aren’t seen anywhere else on American television at all. Warner Bros. Animation tend to act like The Batman never happened save for the sporadic airings of The Batman vs. Dracula. Heck, one episode of one of these shows (Batman: The Brave and the Bold’s The Mask of Matches Malone!) never aired stateside at all.  

Meanwhile, Batman, Superman, and Batman Beyond air daily on The Hub, and that’s awesome.

hommequipense asked:

This may be a multi-part question. I know the community (and perhaps these are somewhat overlapping but distinct communities to which I refer) has been great utilizing Twitter to get AS to recognize Toonami's fan base. They also tried the same method to get CN to reconsider not renewing YJ and GL. But, wasn't one of CN's major gripes about YJ and GL that they didn't sell enough merchandise? Therefore, wouldn't it be more effective to take to the stores early on to show interest in those shows?


But then again, in regards to Green Lantern, there was no actual merchandise from the series, but rather clearance-rack remnants left behind from the bombtastic film version. And while you could get a Hal Jordan or a Kilowog action figure, you couldn’t find anything, be it a T-shirt, an action figure, anything beyond the soundtrack, the tie-in comic, or later DVD release of the series, you were out of luck. Young Justice, you had better luck with, They had action figures and a boys-only kids’ meal premium (none of the female characters were included in the two McDonald’s tie-ins) as well as the tie-in comic and DVDs. 

The “pro-cott” probably would have been more successful if Mattel didn’t scrap the Young Justice toy line back in April 2012 (the only products really being sold outside of the comic tie-in and the DVD releases which were scattered at best) and if there were actual products from the Green Lantern animated series instead of just the movie products on the marketplace. 

Can’t really fault the fans for not buying a virtually nonexistent product.

Unless you’re a network proving to make a point by using lack of sales to justify cancelling two of your highest-rated series.

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rage at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night.
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
And you, my father, there on the sad height, Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray. Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
- Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night, 
Old age should burn and rage at close of day; 
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right, 
Because their words had forked no lightning they 
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright 
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, 
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, 
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, 
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight 
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, 
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height, 
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray. 
Do not go gentle into that good night. 
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

- Dylan Thomas


Dang, so Young Justice really was going an extra mile or two by introducing a more diverse cast of nonexistent characters and going out of the way to insert fresh ones as well. Most impressive. I knew I liked it for a good reason!

Oh, a lot of those characters existed. Bumblebee and Mal Duncan were the among first Black superheros at DC Comics back in the 70s, and the “runaways” were pastiches of Super Friends characters (as were Marvin White and Wendy Harris) , while Static, representing the Black Vulcan of the group, was already preexisting.

I do love the fact they put Static (even though that name was never said, everybody knew that’s who he was), Rocket, and Icon on the series, introducing those Milestone characters to an audience who would never know about them in the first place. 

That’s the one thing I hated about the New 52. Even though they claimed to be a more diverse universe (pointing at Cyborg’s inclusion in Justice League and the Batwing, Static Shock, and Voodoo books as further proof), a lot of the original universe’s diverse characters were completely purged, including the fairly new versions of Azrael, The Question, and Aqualad.

I’m still ticked this is the last time we’ll see Wally West in anything for quite a while. 

But I’ve digressed long enough.

Just a note, Miss Martian does exist (only referenced in a background cameo) and Tim Drake was never Robin III (Dick Grayson was Robin I, Jason Todd was Robin II, Tim Drake was/is Red Robin, and Damian Wayne was Robin IV). But, hey, close.

Re: Miss Martian - I’ll allow it, though for all we know, it could have been Martian Manhunter in disguise. He is one to shapeshift to female forms from time to time.

Re: Robin III - Well, in the main comics continuity, yes, but on the series, Tim Drake was the third Robin. The second Robin, Jason Todd, was seen in a memorial hologram beneath the Hall of Justice. He died in battle in an fight unseen by the masses.

Additionally, Arsenal, but he had a debatable position on the teams.

Red Arrow was on the Justice League, not the nameless sidekick team, and his clone Arsenal also wasn’t on the team. But yes, the original Roy Harper still exists in the New 52 DC Universe. 

As It Stands After 3/16 

Want to see adventures of your favorite Young Justice heroes after the show and comics end? Well, you’re in luck. DC Comics will likely not have anything featuring the characters you’ve enjoyed since the series premiered.

(I didn’t say you were in GOOD luck)

If you’re looking for the “classic lineup,” only Dick Grayson and Superboy (Connor Kent) are alive and existing in the current DC Comics “New 52” Universe. As for the others:

Wally West (Kid Flash): Doesn’t exist.

Miss Martian: Aside from a few possible cameos, hasn’t been seen in action in any regular series since 2011.

Artemis Crock: Dead. Her death was a motivator for the other heroes to be inspired to fight. Yep. Fridged.

Kaldur’ahm (Aqualad): The Powers-That-Be promised he’d be in the new Teen Titans book, but that was almost two years ago, and no sign, so … he currently doesn’t exist. 

As for the members of the team after the five-year jump, you’ll have better luck.  Cassie Sandmark (Wonder Girl), Barbara Gordon (Batgirl), Tim Drake (Robin III, yes, Robin III), Garfield Logan (Beast Boy), Bart Allen (Impluse), Jaime Reyes (Blue Beetle), and Zatanna Zatara in the mainline DC books.

Raquel Erwin (Rocket) is in the New 52 continuity of DC Comics as is “runaway” member Virgil Hawkins (Static), but aren’t in the books at this time due to DC not really giving a damn about the Milestone characters in the first place unknown reasons between Milestone Media (owners of the characters) and DC Comics (publishers of the characters). La’Gann (Lagoon Boy), Mal Duncan (Guardian II)  and Karen Beecher (Bumblebee) don’t exist in the New 52 DCU. 

The “runaways” (Tye Longshadow [Apache Chief], Asami “Sam” Koizuni [Samurai], and Eduardo “Ed” Dorado Jr.[El Dorado]) aren’t in the New 52 DCU either.

Still going to miss Young Justice. Such diversity and great characters.