Pros: Often funny, has unforgettable characters
Cons: Often uses a lot of violence; the new season
I can clearly remember that as soon as we got our cable TV hooked up, my sister and I wanted to watch every show on Cartoon Network. We started with a certain show named "Dexters Laboratory".
I thought that the show was a great thing; it had great characters (such as the all-too-serious Dexter and his energetic, not-so-intelligent sister DeeDee), and it often had wonderful plots (Ex. Dexter meets Mandark, a new rival, and tries to outsmart him). The backgrounds blended in perfectly with the characters, and the animation was very well done.
However, I started to get second thoughts when my little brother (now 7) discovered it by watching the movie "Ego Trip". It quickly became his favorite show, which I thought was okay, since I liked it myself--but then I noticed that it had some bad effects.
First, he began thinking that girls couldn't do much but serve as the "Damsels in distress", and thus whenever playing with Legos or what treated the boys like adventurous, rugged men and made the girls into stereotypes. All I could think about this was...well, bleah.
Second, he began to get more into violence. This was a big highlight for me--although Dexter's Laboratory was funny and often witty, it had a TON of violence. Too often monsters were blown to smithereens, violent fights often took place, and every surrounding thing was reduced to rubble. I knew enough that violence wasn't the answer, but my little brother...er...yeah.
Nonetheless, as the effects lessened, I began to watch the show to my liking again. I was suddenly jolted by the new season...the worst thing ever to happen, I require.
Okay, okay, so the plots of the new season were often good (I loved the "Dad and Mandark Cartoons"), but sometimes very far fetched. They involved a lot more violence, and the backgrounds changed from bright and cheery to something you'd expect to find in an old fashioned movie. This wasn't exactly a pleasant surprise for me. And the looks of the characters were changed BIG TIME. Not only that, it was CHOCKFUL of continuity errors.
But what annoyed me most was Dexter's new voice. In the old episodes, Dexter's voice was actually kind of fun to listen to--that funny European accent and all. However--no offense--his new voice is just plain ANNOYING. I often turn the TV off whenever a new episode comes on. My little brother begs to differ, but I am an easily annoyed person, and I don't like that sort of thing.
The old episodes were great, but the new ones...ack. I hope you have found this a good help, ladies and gents...