I can't really get *into* Nicktoons but I guess I am too old (yeah right...lol).
<---who can't get out of the ole' Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry phase. :-P
Can't say anything will ever replace Bugs and Daffy, and Roadrunner, and Flintstones, and Tom and Jerry....but the new stuff, on Adult Swim (SeaLab, AquaTeens, Harvey Birdman, etc.) is GREAT....:)
bill, thinking a Family Guy ride, or better yet, Futurama ride, would be the shizznit!1! LOL, guess I still need that "over-18 only" park built
Remember how insanely popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were? Can you imagine how outdated a ride themed to those charatcers would seem today? Same for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
Seems to me that in 10 years Paramount is going to have a lot of expensive retheming on their hands when kids are asking "Dora-who?" "Sponge-what?"
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is back. As is Transformers, GI Joe, He-Man, Justice League, Voltron, Scooby Doo (who never really left), Carebears, Strawberry Shortcake, and many others that I can't think of at the moment.
I personally believe that some of the Nicktoons, even if I'm not crazy about some of them, will have longevity. Look at how long Rugrats has been going on. And Jimmy Neutron is recieving a lot of critical success for it's use of computer animation on a regular basis.
Some of the stuff they're talking about doing may not last but I wouldn't be so sure that they'll have a major retheme project in 10 years.
But then again, I'm not exactly in the Nickelodeon target audience anymore. ;)
I think it's nice that Paramount has decided to start theming rides again. I'm sure they have some nice concepts involving Spongebob.
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I do miss Rocko, could take or leave Ren and Stimpy, hated Doug with a passion.
Oh, and Trutles are back.
I would like to see a ride based on Rugrats, Jimmy, or Sponge Bob. But if you theme an area to just them, you'll have Wayne's World part 3;).
I think they should just stick with the middle ground of Nick Central.
I haven't really watched the spin-off where they are teenagers. But it seems like an interesting direction to take the show.
I think Spongbob kind of reflects back to the older Nicktoons with it's humor. I think it will be popular for some time.
I LOVED the Spongebob attraction at PKI. :-D
But, compared to what a lot of us grew up with, (Tom & Jerry, Droopy, Roadrunner & Wiley, G.I. Joe, Transformers,ect.), todays cartoons are just plain WEAK!! One of my friends says todays cartoons are created for kids with ADD.
As far as rides are concerned, I'd go for a Jimmy Neutron themed indoor coaster, kinda like an alien attack theme, slightly dark, maybe using blacklighted characters, and effects. Maybe even employ "some" of the technology like used in the "Mummy" coasters. I know, I'm dreaming, but isn't that side-effect of watching cartoons?
The best Nicktoon ever was AAUGH Real Monsters though ;) Probably the shortest running, but easily, hands down, #1 my favorite modern kiddie cartoon (you'll never beat Bullwinkle or Looney Tunes, and Futurama and Family Guy don't count). I guess I liked the Nicktoons with a little older "edge" to them, but that's probably what killed them off so early. Guess I was only a couple of years ahead of the target audience when they were just getting off the ground.
I believe it's on weekdays at 8:30 am, 3 & 3:30 pm and 10:30 pm - not positive of the times. No idea on the weekend schedule.
In fact, most of those older and cancelled Nick shows (Real Monsters, Rocko, Kablam!, Pelswick, CatDog, Angry Beavers, Doug, Rocket Power, Invader ZIM and even Tiny Toons & Animaniacs) are played on Nicktoons.
I find myself watching the old Nickelodeon game shows that were on when I was a teen now playing on Nick's Games and Sports channel - the original Double Dare, Guts!, Legend Of The Hidden Temple, Nick Arcade, Get The Picture, Finders Keepers, etc - good stuff.
Of course, I like most of the other adults here think nothing touches the old Warner Bros stuff. (I don't seem to hate Spongebob as much as the consensus - I actually dig it) Unfortunately, our kids will never know the genius of Bugs, Daffy, Wile E Coyote and the bunch. Once the cartoon network got hold of them they edited out most of the violence and anything even remotely "offensive" and they sucked. Now you can't even find them on TV. They killed Tom & Jerry too.
Luckily, you can score Warner Bros. cartoons on DVD - two 4 disc series so far.
If my kids (3 & 7) are any indication, then Nickelodeon is the center of the cartoon universe for kids these days. My daughter used to watch Cartoon Network a lot when the Powerpuff Girls were hot (also into Courage The Cowardly Dog, Jahnny Bravo, etc) - but even those seem to be long gone these days.
I had forgotten about Real Monsters! That was a great show. I hated Doug, but loved Rugrats, Rocko, and Real Monsters.
Legends of the hidden temple. That brings back memories. Best. Game show. EVAH!
I can remember when the first Nick section was added to PKI. That year was my first trip there, and they had an attraction with a Legends of the hidden temple name. I was so excited...till I got there and saw it was just a corny game stall:(.
Now that temple would have made an excellent attraction at a Paramount Park. They should bring back that show.
Now all Nick's shows are so toned down and dumbed up.
Are you Afraid of the dark was great as well. I wish they'd push all those shows over to Noggin (kinda like teen Nick, owned by same company), since it already has one of the best shows ever- My So Called Life.
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