Some of the greatest moments for most kids that grew up in the 80s and 90s is waking up early on Saturday morning for cartoons. These cartoons became iconic for generations with their catchy theme songs, memorable moments and the fact that they were watched over and over again, never once getting less enjoyable. In recent years some of these beloved cartoons got a remake and were re-released on T.V. for newer audiences. Yes, some of the cartoons enjoyed decades ago were also remakes, but, not quite to the extent of these new ones. The new remakes, for whatever reason was chosen, have decided to play more with proportions and modernization of these cartoons. Below are seven serious changes that have been created.
1. Scooby Doo
Scooby-Doo is an american icon, that has been around since Hanna-Barbera Productions created it in 1969. The characters have always been drawn relatively the same and composed of the same five stars. For some reason, in 2015, Scooby-Doo redid the series, for their twelfth animated series, “Be Cool Scooby-Doo.” Personally, I feel like this remake is creepier than any monster they have ever encountered; also, I feel like they kind of went with a Family Guy look for their characters.
2. Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes is another American icon that shouldn’t have been touched. They were originally created and aired during the “Golden Age of American Animation,” but that is far from true now. The series kept the same characters, thankfully, but, added some new ones; and definitely changing their lovable characteristics. Lola Bunny freaked me out the most with this change, She has come a long way since the sexy vixen tearing up the basketball court in the nostalgic “Space Jam.” Now she looks like a Roger Rabbit reject.
3. Teen Titans
Teen Titans was originally a DC Comic created by Bpb Haney and Bruno Premiani, in the 1960s. In 2003, Cartoon Network picked up the series based on the 1980s version of the comic; featuring: Robin, Starfire, Raven, Cyborg and Beast Boy. The series had characters that resembled teenagers physically, and, also dealt with their teenage issues, as well as, their super hero issues.
In 2013, Cartoon Network picked up the newer drawn Characters for a new series “Teen Titans Go!” The characters look more comical, and directed towards children. The characters are voiced by the same actors which is great, however, they dropped the super-hero-in-training aspect of their show, strictly focusing on teenage issues, which is a bit distracting.
4. My Little Pony
My Little Pony was every girl’s dream when Hasbro first released the tiny pony dolls with the long flowing hair, in the early 1980s. The franchise was extremely successful, selling multiple generations and products for decades. In 2010, My Little Pony had an extremely dramatic remake; going from whimsical, majestic ponies with beautiful hair and accessories to Cartoony, big-eyed horses, with different voices and personalities. The stranger part of this remake is that the demographic, which was intended for little girls, actually grew a cult-following of adult males, who call themselves “bronies.”
5. Muppets (Kermit’s Girlfriend)
This one isn’t exactly a remake of a series, however, it is a dramatic shift to the dynamic of the show. Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy are characters on The Muppets, that have been together for 38 years. However, in late 2015, Sesame Street decided to bring in a younger female pig character for kermit to start dating – I don’t know his deal with pigs, either. This new woman in his life, named Denise, is younger, thinner and created with more sex appeal.
6. Bob the Builder
Many people remember Bob’s catchphrase, “Can we fix it? Yes we can!” Bob the Builder is a problem solving construction worker that is targeted at toddlers. The show was originally created on BBC then quickly crossed over to Nick Jr. The show was a great success, resulting in several spin-offs and other merchandising. In 2015, The show decided to make a dramatic make over, stepping away from the preschool animations and making the claymation looking titular character into a more realtistic person. The morals are the same, the style has just grown up a little.
7. Dora the Explorer
Dora the Explorer is a Hispanic American girl who embarks on quests with her anthropomorphic companions, including: a Monkey named boots, a talking map and a talking backpack. Dora’s premise was to educate children on math, problem solving, English and even some basic Spanish.
In 2009, Mattel and Nickelodeon introduced a preteen Dora and a whole new set of preteen friends called “Explorer Girls.” This new Dora, was made to target an older audience while still educating children and enjoying adventures.