It’s incredibly rare when a television network can hone in on the entire sensibility of an entire generation and immediately click with it’s audience. The MTV generation was transitioned towards the Cartoon Network’s generation with Adult Swim. The evolution of this animation empire is all thanks to American media mogul and philanthropist Ted Turner. In 1992, he launched the Cartoon Network, a channel with no original programming, that was built on the back of the MGM cartoon library. It was a Hanna-Barbera cartoon re-runs channel. With time, the first original program that came out was Space Ghost: Coast to Coast. Mike Lazzo not only helped create this first animated late-night talk show, but he also went on as head for Adult Swim. By having access to vintage cartoons, the recreation of Space Ghost was conceptualized. Repurposing animation from the 1960’s was required because the show was an all volunteer production department with no budget for the first four years. This unique lack of funding look and the indie feel gave the show a very different edge with it’s competitors during that time.
Thinking of heavy weight musicians such as MF Doom, Danger Mouse, and Killer Mike, they all used Adult Swim to grow their experimental audience. Not forgetting to revive Family Guy & Futurama, and skyrocketing an adult-oriented anime audience we can’t help to say – Thank you Adult Swim. Having Cowboy Bebop and even the Boondocks assisted in laying the foundation for such a massive audience. Shown above is a well thought out production courtesy of YouTube channel kaptainkristian, which offers a wealth of knowledge on film, television, comics, and all facets of pop culture.