Why did the show got cancelled?

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    sonysunu

    [1]Jul 7, 2006
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    Hi Everyone,

               What are the reasons for the cancellation for the show? I wish to hear it from everyone.

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    McRazor

    [2]Jul 7, 2006
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    There are lot of reasons, but none of them were official. There is the one, that it was canceled, because of the violence. What violence? OK, there were characters who got killed, but there was no blood, nor it was shown onscreen. The most violent scene I can remember at the moment is Catscratch's murder in The Metallikats, and Morbulus who was turning into bacteria in Giant Bacteria.

    The other possible reason is that the show wasn't profitable. There was toy line, which wasn't exactly success, but the cartoon itself was a huge success, so there was no need for the toys, if you ask me.

    And ,for me, the most logical explanation, I heard is that CN and Hb were in financial crissis at the time, and you'll notice that all the shows from that time (Swat Kats, Two Stupid Dogs, Pirates of the Dark Water...) were canceled very quickly.

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    lightning_kf

    [3]Jul 7, 2006
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    Yeah, I'm with you. What violence? Even if there wasn't much, it's not enough to start a parental riot. Keep in mind, most things that die are normally mutant creatures or Dark Kat's creeplings or the Metallikats. It's very rare to see a cat die on-screen.

    You forgot to mention the same bacteria actually swallowing a cow, a farmer (off-screen) and a whole subway train whole. And that train was filled with passengers. Matter of fact, whenever Dr. Viper was around, someone always or sometimes wine up on one of his monster's main menus, so that could be a main reason.

    You're right though, they may be more reasons why they would cancelled it short, but I think the financial part is the real reason to me. I mean, a lot of classics have been removed because of greedy cartoon executives.
    Edited on 07/07/2006 10:17pm
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    McRazor

    [4]Jul 8, 2006
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    Exactly! Unfortunately, it still hasn't change. There are still lot of new shows, which were popular, but canceled very quickly like Megas XLR, or new He-Man cartoon. They were canceled because CN apparently, didn't knew where to put them in their schedule when they got new shows. That is the stupidest excuse I've ever heard! CN gets at least 5 new shows in a year, and 85% of them are crap! They were canceling cool shows to air what? Juniper Lee? PuffyAmiYumi? Morons! I'm pissed! I want new SK cartoon! I want it now!
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    lightning_kf

    [5]Jul 10, 2006
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    McRazor wrote:
    Exactly! Unfortunately, it still hasn't change. There are still lot of new shows, which were popular, but canceled very quickly like Megas XLR, or new He-Man cartoon. They were canceled because CN apparently, didn't knew where to put them in their schedule when they got new shows. That is the stupidest excuse I've ever heard! CN gets at least 5 new shows in a year, and 85% of them are crap! They were canceling cool shows to air what? Juniper Lee? PuffyAmiYumi? Morons! I'm pissed! I want new SK cartoon! I want it now!


    Oh please.  No spot to put them on the schedule?  Gimme a break.
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    McRazor

    [6]Jul 10, 2006
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    No, seriously! That's what I heard!
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    lightning_kf

    [7]Jul 10, 2006
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    I am too. Cartoons of the 80s and 90s were the greatest era of animation ever. Now they're being killed by Cartoon Network and all greedy executives for other shows like.....


    • Puffy AmiYumi (was okay but it got dull)
    • Winx Club (don't get me started)
    • My Partner's a Gym Monkey (just the name is enough for me)
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    elpaquilloloco

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    lightning_kf wrote:

    I am too. Cartoons of the 80s and 90s were the greatest era of animation ever. Now they're being killed by Cartoon Network and all greedy executives for other shows like.....


    • Puffy AmiYumi (was okay but it got dull)
    • Winx Club (don't get me started)
    • My Partner's a Gym Monkey (just the name is enough for me)
    I agree with you guys. What are they thinking?
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    lightning_kf

    [9]Jul 17, 2006
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    elpaquilloloco wrote:
    I agree with you guys. What are they thinking?

    Answer: nothing at all.
    Edited on 07/17/2006 3:17pm
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    sonysunu

    [10]Jul 18, 2006
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    Hi Everyone,

                  Here is what I think of the cancellation of the show.

    I think the show got cancelled, because of Ted Turner. Ted Turner thought the show was too violent. As you know, Turner owned Hanna Barbera Productions during the time of SWAT Kats.

    Here is one evidence. Here is an article that was released in early 1995.

    From "Entertainment Weekly" (early 1995), entitled "Ted's Excellent Speaking Engagement" concerning cartoon violence:

    "We have more cartoons than anybody: The Flintstones, The Jetsons, the Smurfs, Scooby-Doo. They're nonviolent. We don't have to worry that we're encouraging kids to kill each other - like SOME of the other cartoon programs do".

    Back to the Subject. As you all know, SWAT Kats was doing really well in the ratings. Due to high ratings, SWAT Kats became the no.1 syndicated animated show of 1994. The results were approved by Nielsen Television Index (NTI) and Nielsen Syndication Service (NSS).

    Due to the success, Hanna Barbera Productions promised fans that they are releasing new episodes and new merchandise in 1995. They even released ads about this subject. Here is one.

    http://casandro.dyndns.org/swatkats/...ER/POSTER1.JPG

    This ad was published in October/November (1994) issue of Animation Magazine. But not even a single new episode was released in 1995. I will post the next evidence in next post.

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    sonysunu

    [11]Jul 18, 2006
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    Due to the success, Toon Magazine released a huge article about SWAT Kats in Fall 1994. Here is the article (Down). Along with this article, Toon Magazine also released copies of modelsheets of characters and a huge episode guide of the show.

    source: _Toon_ Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 5, Fall 1994

    Hanna-Barbera's SWAT Kats: The Best New Action-Adventure Series To Come From Hanna-Barbera In Years!

    by Michael Swanigan

    Hanna-Barbera's _SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron_ already has proven to be a bonafide hit. Arriving nationally in syndication and on TBS Superstation
    in September of '93, the thrills and tactics have put Hanna-Barbera
    squarely back at the forefront of action-adventure genre they pioneered in
    the 1960's with _Jonny Quest_.

    The crew at Hanna-Barbera wanted to create a cartoon pulsing with
    sensory overload. SWAT Kats takes passengers into the thingypit with two
    feline daredevils and their jet as they rip through skyscraper canyons and
    dash across the skies of Megakat City in pursuit of the world's baddest
    kats.

    Replete with nonstop video-game action, high-tech laser gadgetry,
    heart-stopping danger, daring rescues and a driving soundtrack, the all-kat
    world of SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron arrived on television. Two
    ex-pilots have assumed secret identities and taken to the skies in their
    incredible Turbokat jet.

    Creators and executive producers, Yvon and Christian Tremblay,
    wanted a world infused with vibrant colors and roaring action. "SWAT Kats
    leap to life in comic book style taking viewers along for the ride, solving
    crime like no other superheroes ever have," said Christian Tremblay.
    Each episode finds the heroes, Jake and Chance, challenged by one
    of the myriad of unique villains who inhabit the huge city populated only
    by cats. Jake and Chance transform themselves into the SWAT Kats, Razor
    and T-Bone, who battle Dark Kat, overlord of crime; the Pastmaster, a
    time-traveling evil creature; the Metallikats, a bionic clawing couple, and
    other larger-than-life foes.

    This super-team distinguish themselves from other heroes with two
    qualities: inventiveness and speed. Instead of weapons, the SWAT Kats
    have developed a stock of devices that assist them in capturing criminals.
    New gadgets play a major role in the action and include the crook-catching
    Octopus Missile, Glovatrix and Cyclotron, among others.
    "Our Kats use their wits and ingenuity in settling the score. They
    use gadgets that stop villains rather than go after crime with brawn and
    armor," says Christian Tremblay. "Ultimately their schemes and devices
    find more excitement and adventure than mere fighting would."

    As the world's foremost expert fighter pilots, Jake and Chance
    bring determination, flair and skills to the skies. They met during
    Enforcer training and flew many combat missions together. An unlikely
    looking pair, they established a friendship in the thingypit, where it was
    camaraderie at first flight.

    Together, they were their own "Radical Squadron." But they
    disdained all the rules and regulations that Commander Feral and the
    Megakat Force laid on them. Feral, in turn, hated them for their
    independence, stubbornness and superior skills. On one fateful day,
    Commander Feral cut them off when they were in pursuit of Dark Kat.
    Feral's reckless move clipped the tail of Chance and Jake's jet which
    crashed into Enforcer Headquarters, almost destroying it. Afterwards Feral
    destroyed their careers, drumming them out of the service and relegated
    them to pay off their societal debt by running the Megakat City Salvage
    Yard.
    The two mechanics eventually invented crime-fighting mechanisms
    from the junk surrounding them, and built their own one-of-a-kind Turbokat
    jet. Now they combat villains on their own terms.
    Music helps set the tone for the SWAT Kats' mighty feats.
    According to Christian Tremblay, "How better to rev up the adrenaline than
    with a score that captivates the mood and accentuates the action."
    The music selection relies on Queen (the rock band) influences and
    adds effects that may be heard emanating from a neighborhood arcade. Since the SWAT Kats' escapades speed along at video-game pace, the sound effects of the Kats' missions could be mistaken as edits from the latest Nintendo craze.

    Long regarded as the expert in animation sound effects (from the
    scrambling of Fred Flintstone's feet to Jerry's pulling of Tom's whiskers),
    Hanna-Barbera continues its tradition with the soaring, roaring, dashing,
    crashing audio antics for the SWAT Kats' series.

    CHANCE/T-BONE
    Big-framed, burly Chance springs into action as a leap-before-you-look
    daredevil who loves danger and daring-do. The riskier the enterprise, the
    happier he is. As pilot of the Turbokat, he jettisons the plane to heights
    never before imagined. His hard-core ways contrast his partner Jake's
    naturally cautious bent. Secure and thingyy, Chance likes to ignore Jake's
    warnings. He fancies himself a ladies man, but generally has more success
    in a maniac in the [skies].

    JAKE/RAZOR
    As co-pilot, navigator, gadgets expert and idea kat, Jake has designed most
    of the special unique firepower the Turbokat carries. More comfortable
    around technical wizardry, Jake gets nervous around a pretty girl. Further
    clashing with Chance's style, the smaller Jake conducts business in more
    laconic manner. But when confronted with danger and villains, Jake bursts
    into the situation, as agile as his partner.

    COMMANDER FERAL
    A lean, tough, by-the-book police veteran, Commander Feral displays his
    militant, power-hungry way to prevent anyone from going around him.
    However, the SWAT Kats go around, up and over him. Furious that the SWAT
    Kats always end up doing his job, Feral boils over seeing his Enforcers
    look bad against Megakat City's villains.

    MAYOR MANX
    Always ready to come up with an excuse for getting out of a prickly
    situation, Mayor Manx happily leaves all the dirty chores to Callie Briggs.
    Despite his coward, he remains in office largely because the SWAT Kats
    always manage to bring Megakat City back from total catastrophe and
    destruction.

    CALLIE BRIGGS
    The fearless, strong-willed right-hand woman to do-nothing Mayor Manx,
    Callico (Callie) Briggs pounces on any situation that may put her beloved
    Megakat City in danger. Callie often becomes the trouble shooter who gets
    sent into dangerous situations so the Mayor can get information without
    endangering his life. Though she does not know the true identity of the
    SWAT Kats, Callie has a 'hot line' that can summon them when trouble
    arises.
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    elpaquilloloco

    [12]Jul 19, 2006
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    Oh yeah! I heard that Ted Turner had something to do with the cancellation! That rich bastard!
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    lightning_kf

    [13]Jul 19, 2006
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    I told you the best shows on TV are being cancelled by greedy executives.  Did I not?
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    sonysunu

    [14]Jul 19, 2006
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    You can blame Ted Turner.  But you cannot blame HB Executive Buzz Potamkin. He was one of the people who tried the best to bring back the show, because the show gave high profits for Hanna Barbera Productions.

     Here is another evidence. You can also get this article from Kristensk's SWAT Kats links.

    From Toon Magazine, Fall 1994.
    Mr. McNeil, who did a three tier breakdown of the Best, Pretty Good, and Awful toons of the fall, rated Swat Kats (the second season) in the Happy Happy Joy Joy (Best) Section:

    SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron

    While not done in Japan to my knowledge, it looks so good and moves so well, you'd swear it was. It also has one of the few vocal casts that isn't chockful of 'slumming' celebrities or north-of-the-borders, these actors can act. My only gripe: Hanna-Barbera made only ten of these rather than a full second season 13 episode pick-up. That's three segments less of Swat Kats for us to enjoy, darn it all. *

    ( * Article by Mr. McNeil of Toon Magazine)

     

     

     

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    elpaquilloloco

    [15]Jul 19, 2006
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    lightning_kf wrote:
    I told you the best shows on TV are being cancelled by greedy executives. Did I not?
    Yes, you did. Those bastards!!
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    lightning_kf

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    elpaquilloloco wrote:

    lightning_kf wrote:
    I told you the best shows on TV are being cancelled by greedy executives. Did I not?
    Yes, you did. Those bastards!!

    Oh.  Just wanted to be sure.
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    Black_Oracle

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    I too think that Swat Kats was cancelled much too early! The show was doing so well. It's so disheartening to hear all these lame reasons of 'too-violent' for the sudden end of the show. I just hope against the odds that maybe, just maybe, one day we will hear from the Swat Kats again.
    Edited on 07/25/2006 4:26pm
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    mort_07

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    here here!
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    McRazor

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    Oh ,we will! Don't you worry about that! If we got new He-Man and TMNT, then it's only a matter of time when somebody smart in CN or in WB will remember Teeb and Raze.
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    Black_Oracle

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    McRazor wrote:
    Oh ,we will! Don't you worry about that! If we got new He-Man and TMNT, then it's only a matter of time when somebody smart in CN or in WB will remember Teeb and Raze.

    TMNT and He-man were well-known figures from the 1980s and there seems to have been a revival of 80s animation thing going on in recent times, but i don't know what they'd think about the Swat kats which started in the 90s? I hope what you say comes true tho' McRazor! It would be so very cool to see T-bone and Razor back again on our screens!

    I have a feeling tho' that we may have to see how well the show 'Loonatics Unleashed' plays out before they consider the idea of more anthropomorhic animal heroes for kids' TV any time soon. Yvon and Christian Tremblay (was that their names?), who created the Swat Kats i believe, is working on Loonatics now, so hopefully their character designs are well-received.    

    Edited on 07/26/2006 12:24pm
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