QueenSimia wrote:And, as Tarnish mentioned, these were all cartoons with proven track records.
Did the Swat Kats have a proven track record though? It aired for two seasons and fizzled out.
That's kinda the opposite of what I was saying. What I meant to imply was that the three rebooted shows I cited—DuckTales, Samurai Jack, and Powerpuff Girls—were already set up for success since they had proven track records (in the form of long original runs and thousands of dedicated fans with fond memories), and yet only one of them could be said to have had a successful reboot. Thus it's really hard to reboot a series successfully even when
your chances of landing a hit are really good. In SWAT Kats' case, the deck's already stacked against it, so a real stab at a reboot would be extremely risky.
The question of who to market the show to is an interesting one and illustrates part of the difficulty in bring the show into 2018. (2019? 2020? Let's just say 20XX, Mega Man style.
) In its inception it may have been intended as a vehicle to sell toys to sugar-addled eight year olds, but today it could be repurposed to other audiences. Maybe the show could mature in a way it previously couldn't. Or maybe in today's climate it doesn't have to sell toys to be successful. Could the show succeed if it were allowed to just be itself, and not be modified in any way to target a particular audience?
Therein lies the question. I don't know if I'd really like a "mature" update for this show, for the same reason I put "clever banter" in scare quotes in my first post re: DuckTales. While I do like peeks into characters' lives, I don't like when a show that started out as action/adventure starts prioritizing talking head character deep dives over plot. Part of what I like so much about SK is that it goes straight from point A to B, all acceleration and no brakes until we've hit our allotted 22 minutes. The old Disney Afternoon standbys and other cartoons of the '80s and '90s did the same (though not quite at SK's breakneck pace).
Today's shows are much slower, with much more focus on dialogue and character interaction. Action shows have fallen by the wayside, largely replaced by anime (which has its own pacing issues, i.e. "are they still on Namek?" I tried watching Hunter x Hunter recently and gave up after literally three episodes of super-powered characters sitting around waiting and doing nothing). While I love Steven Universe and its softer take on identity and relationships, I don't want everything
to be Steven Universe.
Mikazo wrote:Anyone remember Sam and Max? It was a comic book that also got a video game adaptation.
Also a cartoon! RIP FOX Kids.
Mikazo wrote:Fans of the series got their revival about fifteen years later in the form of another series of video games made by a completely different company. ... It seemed overall like the new series made the mark it was looking for and didn't clash with the older material too much. I wouldn't rule out Swat Kats being able to do the same thing.
Sam & Max benefits from having a very specific brand of humor, and as long as that's intact, it shines. Tackling an action show is a totally different beast, one that I'd argue is much more difficult. Plus, so much of American animation gets redirected toward humor, so much so that I can't think of any adult-targeted animated shows in the past decade that weren't at least partly billed as a comedy. I like jokes too, but c'mon, can't we just have a story or some 'splosions once in a while?
That's what I'm afraid of if SK were rebooted now. It'd be a hard sell in today's animation climate since it doesn't really fit into any predictably profitable slots, which scares away producers. Animation overall still faces huge editorial roadblocks because it's so work-intensive, and therefore a not-insignificant investment. Humor's easy, you can excuse a lot with jokes, and everyone loves to laugh. Irony's in right now. But if you want to do purely plot- or action-driven shows, hope you've got plenty of morals-of-the-day ready and a direct line to BS&P. I think it's more than likely that what we'd get would be SWAT Kats Lite at best, with less advertising and a confused reception this time around.