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