as a certified western cartoon stan i keep on thinking abt the legend of vox machina being an adult cartoon. like most adult cartoons today r your stereotypical ‘adult humor and ugly artstyle and that’s it’ (which is fine if that’s your thing but my point is) they’re doing absolutely nothing to push the medium meanwhile shows like infinity train that want to focus on darker themes and have an adult protagonist for a season in an anthology series get axed because there’s no ‘entry point for kids’.
there’s such a barrier when it comes to western animation because most adults view it as ‘for kids’ and will only watch ‘adult’ shows while simultaneously disregarding the teenage and adult audiences that enjoy animation and want heavier plot and darker themes and the kids themselves and how what they consume doesn’t matter because it’s ‘just for kids’ as if kids are stupid or people do not carry our childhood tv shows and movies with us into adulthood.
the success of a plot-driven, darker, western animated series aimed at adults (and hopefully reaching a non-critter, teenaged audience), in my eyes, could be what starts to tear down this stigma around animation being just for kids in the eyes of executives for good.
(also,,, any critters reading this should go watch infinity train i feel like you all will like it ashley johnson and robbie daymond are in it and i was not joking when i said it gets dark ok that’s all)
(and any non-critters look out for the legend of vox machina oKAY THATS IT)