This post is brought to you by John Kricfalusi. You may know him as the creator of Ren and Stimpy. He has this great blog where he breaks down cartoons, good design and generally bitches about things. In his latest post he references this NYT article that craps on everything good about cartoons. To make it more relevant to Andrew. Imagine a horrible re-invention of Batman. Okay, now that you have Batman and Robin in your mind, you know what I am talking about.
Some of it sounds horribly thought out: "Warner Brothers hopes to “reinvigorate and reimagine” Bugs Bunny and Scooby-Doo through a new virtual world on the Internet." Wow, what vision! The internet! Welcome to 1996!
What really hurts me is this: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will [be revived] next year in new video games where they will have more muscles and less attitude." Yes. Please. Make this generic. I like bland, watered down characters that all look and act the same. I would like a generic punch-'em-up where the characters can be interchanged with any other character. More muscles and less attitude! What!? And they will be surprised when it doesn't catch on. I would not be surprised if one exec recommended, "What if we used people instead of turtles." I imagine that the developers next door are working on a new X-men, but without the "X-" prefix because it won't connect with kids. And let's take away the mutant powers, that could be to hard for a kid to relate to.
Also, the term "fruit-forward" was mentioned too many times in that article... Or not enough!