Thread: Could an old show do well on modern mainstream American TV?

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    I was wondering. Is it possible for a truly retro show to be a hit with the new generation of Americans if advertised as a new series in a country that has never heard of it? I don't mean advertised as a retro series, but as the new thing.

    For example, if a Russian animated series from 1976 was to be remastered and dubbed into English in 2013 and to be aired later that year, could it be considered the "cool new thing" among the younger viewers (say perhaps 10-25 age range)?

    I know that there have been 80's anime series (City Hunter and Ranma 1/2) being a hit with 2000's Italian viewers of MTV (yes I said MTV) and the 1979 Gundam did OK on Toonami in 2001 (it was removed due to the 9/11 attacks), but could it work with mainstream American audiences as of 2012?
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      Hard to say. TV is custom tailored to a generation. So if a TV audience brought up on computer generated cartoons is suddenly presented with a traditional hand drawn show, they might not like it.
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        Quote by vkimo
        Hard to say. TV is custom tailored to a generation. So if a TV audience brought up on computer generated cartoons is suddenly presented with a traditional hand drawn show, they might not like it.


        Still, heavily remastered versions of hand-drawn cartoons tend to look like they have been computer generated to a degree, or at least computer-inked.
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          Older TV shows tend to be dated and have certain cliches that give them a vibe. For example freezing the frame just before the break or switching scenes is 70s signature. Clothing and decor, as well a certain expressions (jargon) are also a giveaway. Young people are smart enough to realize that a TV show isn't from the present. There is so much integrated into young people's culture and without their culture integrated into the show its appeal would be limited. Now younger children may enjoy such an attempt.
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            Given the constraints of your set-up question, I think it's possible as long as we're talking "mainstream TV". There are so many different ways to get TV now that the qualifier "do well" is difficult to nail down. We no longer have that mass audience that used to indicate a hit show.
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              Quote by randomuser2349
              Still, heavily remastered versions of hand-drawn cartoons tend to look like they have been computer generated to a degree, or at least computer-inked.



              Anime has a very strong art style that is consistent over long periods. Most people in the west don't like anime. Internet would make it very hard to fool anyone regardless.
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                Quote by randomuser2349
                Still, heavily remastered versions of hand-drawn cartoons tend to look like they have been computer generated to a degree, or at least computer-inked.



                Anime has a very strong art style that is consistent over long periods. Most people in the west don't like anime. Internet would make it very hard to fool anyone regardless.


                I'm not just talking specifically about anime. It could be from any country with an evergreen theme, such as medieval times.
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                  My point was that anime from 20-30 years ago could look like new anime far more easily than not anime cartoons from 20-30 years ago could look like new cartoons.
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