Animation that has aged well

The Overlord

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I started a thread about animation that hasn't aged well, so I thought I started a thread about the opposite of the past, animation from the past, that aged well. There is a whole trope about this:


I am not going to say X-Men the animated series is perfect, but it did talk about bigotry in an interesting way.

Magneto became a villain due to persecution. Graydon Creed is presented as a Neo-Nazi-like figure, where his bigotry has some motivation, being abused by his father Sabretooth, but he is still presented as a vile, bigoted, unsympathetic, genocidal villain who deserves nothing but contempt, with Creed deserving the fate he gets by the end of the series. There is also an episode where some X-Men travel back to the 1950s and have to deal with racial discrimination.
 

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Let me be honest. There is only ONE animated series from back in the day that I have ever seen that has aged perfectly. What I mean by that is there is only one show that is exactly as awesome now as it was when it first aired.

Justice League Unlimited is the only animated show I have seen that has been off the air for over ten years exactly as awesome today as it was when it aired.*

You look at The Simpsons, Ren And Stimpy, DuckTales, Gargoyles, X-Men TAS, Batman TAS all of those shows have parts in them that now majorly bug me in hindsight. The only cartoon I can think of where this isn't true is JLU. Its sensibility feels entirely current and modern, mostly because as far as writing clever stories, characters, and dialogue goes, Dwayne McDuffie was far ahead of his time. And unlike Joss Whedon, there are very few objectionable moments you could ever point out (which is another point in his favor),

JLU being relevant is definitely unusual for an animated show. But I also want to put into your head that most older live-action shows don't actually pass that test either. Which is another thing that impresses me about JLU.

*Yes, fans, of Avatar: The Last Airbender, I am aware you exist. But until I get around to seeing that show, my opinion remains what it is.
 

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I’ll use some 2010’s examples. Regular Show I think aged well. It takes place in the present but it features 80’s and 90’s technology with a few VHS stores still around though it’s used intentionally as there is also newer technology prevalent. Having older technology used intentionally I think is more effective rather than unintentionally referencing and parodying current tech and trends like We Bare Bears does. Besides that a lot of the humor and plots are still very effective aging better than most other comedies, I found it to be one of the most binge worthy shows out there.

Another recent show that aged well is Harvey Beaks. Aside from it having some of the best visuals, sound, writing, and characterization that Nick ever had it had some of the best executed, valuable morals I’ve seen in any media period therefore the messages can continue to be relevant generations down the line.
 

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Let me be honest. There is only ONE animated series from back in the day that I have ever seen that has aged perfectly. What I mean by that is there is only one show that is exactly as awesome now as it was when it first aired.

Justice League Unlimited is the only animated show I have seen that has been off the air for over ten years exactly as awesome today as it was when it aired.*

You look at The Simpsons, Ren And Stimpy, DuckTales, Gargoyles, X-Men TAS, Batman TAS all of those shows have parts in them that now majorly bug me in hindsight. The only cartoon I can think of where this isn't true is JLU. Its sensibility feels entirely current and modern, mostly because as far as writing clever stories, characters, and dialogue goes, Dwayne McDuffie was far ahead of his time. And unlike Joss Whedon, there are very few objectionable moments you could ever point out (which is another point in his favor),

JLU being relevant is definitely unusual for an animated show. But I also want to put into your head that most older live-action shows don't actually pass that test either. Which is another thing that impresses me about JLU.

*Yes, fans, of Avatar: The Last Airbender, I am aware you exist. But until I get around to seeing that show, my opinion remains what it is.

Both Justice League and Justice League:U. Not only have they aged well, I look back at them with a sense of longing: will we ever see a series as good as that again? I mean I like Young Justice, but it is clearly customized for a young, hip, teen audience ("Are you feelin' the aster?"), which annoys me slightly. I don't care for it quite as much as the JL series.
 

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