There's a lot to be said for the quality and economics of cartoon animation in that a normal cartoon playing on Disney or the Cartoon Network is generally sent over-seas, where once it was created in-house. Animated shows like South Park are created within a week before it airs (that includes both creation of the plot, storyboard, voice acting and animation, and subsequent distribution). In the past, cartoons would be created months, if not years, in advance and the quality was usually rough and whenever possible they would reuse old images/footage to shorten the amount of work needed to be done. But nowadays, an animated cartoon can be done in two or three days without a single frame being recycled. Here's just a few examples (actually there full episodes, but nonetheless):
Betty Boop from the 1950s: Betty Boop Dizzy Dishes
Bugs Bunny from the 1960s: Bugs Bunny in Wakiki Wabbit
X-Men from the 1990s: Ep 1 Night of the Sentinels
Kim Possible from the 2000s: Kim Possible: the Crush
I haven't posted in a while, but when I came across this I knew I had to post something. Today I came across possibly the most racist cartoon to ever be created. Sure we like to think that these cartoons are naive, but really this just disgusting. For starters, the 'pygmies' are overly-racialized with stereotypical 'big lips, overly dark complexion, barbarian/hedon-esque qualities'. And to top it all off, there's the minute details added like the watermelon as bait. Wow..just wow, you have to see it to really understand how bad this is.