Friday, March 4, 2016

5 Streaming Video on Demand Offerings I'd Like to See in 2016: Cartoons--LOTS of cartoons

Next up in my series of posts explaining my ideas for new SVOD offerings: Cartoon Time. Or Toon Fiesta. Or Animated World. Or Drawring-a-palooza. Whatever. I just want a decent service devoted to classic cartoons.

You can find a lot of cartoons on Netflix, Hulu, etc., but most of them are relatively modern television shows. Finding the old theatrical classics is a different story unless they are public domain (or they are Disney, some of which are on Netflix). Heck, finding the old theatrical classics anywhere is becoming more difficult. Even Boomerang, which is a clear afterthought in the Warner family, has abandoned most of the old-school animation.

Speaking of the Warner family, the fact that it already HAS a niche SVOD service, Warner Archive Instant, that it has virtually abandoned doesn't inspire one with confidence that it will make another one, let alone one worth a subscription. But think about it: With the animation libraries scattered among the big companies, Warner Brothers is the one entity that controls enough product to make an attractive channel.

How much would you pay for access to uncut and uncensored (and even unrestored, but that would be fine as long as they were there) Looney Tunes, Merry Melodies, Tom and Jerry, Popeye, Tex Avery, and more? Then you throw in the television properties Warner controls: Scooby Doo, Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Super Friends...

There may be existing deals that would preclude some of these libraries showing up on Cartoon Kingdom, but you'd think that Warner could put together a great service quickly without licensing any outside content. If it got ambitious, though, it's not like anyone's doing a whole lot with Woody Woodpecker, Terrytoons...or anything else.

Back when Warner Archive Instant still added new content, it would rotate in stuff like "Marine Boy" or the Filmation "Aquaman" toons. Is it too much to ask that the company at least put some effort into a cartoon-only channel? Yeah, it probably is. But, oh, what a streaming service it COULD put together.

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