I wouldn’t blame Gravity Falls for the sudden switch of all cable/streaming animation from cartoons for grade-school kids after school to LGBT-struck HS and college fangirls—
If you want to dig up the roots, it may have first started with the My Little Pony “Bronies”, who decided to make a big pink-rainbow social (and basically industry-condescending) hoo-hah about the fact that they were watching afternoon “kiddy” cartoons, and wouldn’t let the girls play.*
It wasn’t even the first “Lite-Lez” toon to catch on with fangirls, if you want to go all the way back to Nick’s “Legend of Korra” that hooked all the Avatar: Last Airbender fans.
Heck, if you want to go ALL the way back, and try to find what sent cartoons off the rails in the first place–ie.,, when they stopped having actual jokes in them, and just became excuses for animators to make in-joke animation for other animators about how old cartoons in their past embarrassed them, and how much fun it was to have the job as adults that they dreamed of when they were slobbish fart-obsessed 10 yo.’s–that would be John Kricfalusi.
No, not “Ren & Stimpy”, but his first breakout job on “New Adventures of Mighty Mouse”, where he FIRST discovered the joys of mean payback jokes at his old job of working for Hanna-Barbera.
*- I remember the early days of anime, when we got to watch subtitled VHS Japanese episodes of Sailor Moon that hadn’t aired in the US afternoon dub yet, and we tried to convince people it was a better show than it looked.
Did WE make a big Rainbow-Sparkle magilla out of it? No…We just knew our stuff, and when we found out little 7-yo. girls liked the afternoon show too, we just shrugged and said, “Good for them…They got taste.”
Everything is all Japanimatjon now. Time to ban that filth and only allow American animation.
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