I'll watch anything animated once. But I suspect that it'll be no more than once for the increasingly awful-sounding Father of the Pride
. The concept of the entire thing has been dead in the water since Roy was horribly mauled, but it still potentially could have been saved by decent writing.
On a recent visit to DreamWorks, a reporter was shown laugh-provoking snippets of the show, which hopes to capture advertiser-favored 18-to-49-year-old viewers rather than youngsters.
When Larry and Kate confront their teenage daughter after finding drugs -- catnip -- in her room, she claims innocence and snaps angrily: "Maybe it's Siegfried and Roy's. That would definitely explain the outfits."
We need a new primetime animation boom, like in the salad days of 1999; The Simpsons
is all that's left on the networks since Doomsville
bit the dust. And as wonderful as Cartoon Network is, it's not available in Canada. Teletoon
is a poor substitute; Canadian content regulations force filling 60% of the daily schedule with utter garbage
, and what decent shows they pick up from CN and elsewhere seem to be bought in tiny, tiny packages (only S1 of ATHF
, and up until recently only S1-3 of Family Guy
) and repeated endlessly in the 10-11 slot.
I also suppose I've been spoiled, growing up during what in retrospect was an uncharacteristically creative, prolific and skillful period in the animation industry. There have been extended droughts before
, and we seem to have entered another one now.
True, I'm always eager to see network enthusiasm for animation. But not this
*Why is it that all Dreamworks/PDI human characters have to have the same bizarre slightly squashed features? Siegfried and Roy look like Tulio and Miguel. Considering the ever-so-enduring popularity of those two as a profitable merchandising franchise, I don't think the similarity is going to be a help.