Marvel and Disney canceled the popular Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes on the premise that it didn't appeal to children... were they wrong?
The internet has been raging for weeks as rumors (now confirmed) suggested that Marvel and Disney would replace the beloved Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes cartoons, currently more successful than the just-renewed Ultimate Spider-Man, with a new cartoon called Avengers Assemble. Along with this decision has come a media blitz of propaganda with the primary message that Marvel wants its cartoons to appeal to children, the implication being that turds like Ultimate Spider-Man do, while Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes doesn't. As mindless slaves to the media, we've all been forced to accept this as fact... until now.
This reporter was shocked and enlightened today when I noticed my two year old son, Holden Hawkeye (yes his middle name is really Hawkeye), singing the theme song to the show. I managed solicit a repeat performance on video, just to be sure I wasn't imagining things. I mean, all those times I've watched Avengers: EMH with all three of my young children (ages 2-6), I had assumed they were simply seeking my approval, bored, forced to watch a cartoon clearly aimed at adults and incomprehensible to their tiny child brains. However, this new evidence seems to suggest that, perhaps, Jeph Loeb and the Disney Animation goon squad were incorrect, and children actually DO appreciate quality storytelling over dumbed down gimmicks. Who knew?
Perhaps Marvel should reconsider their strategy of purposefully dumbing down cartoons to "appeal to children" and instead continue to create animation that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, accepting the premise that good entertainment is universal, and children are not stupid. They won't, but it would be nice.
Now enjoy my super cute son singing the song.
Source: Holden Hawkeye Terror
Written or Contributed by: Jude Terror