In 1989, the fledgling Fox network struck gold with The Simpsons
, which needs no introduction. At the time, though, it was groundbreaking - un-slick, un-corporate in its feel, very different from any other cartoon on the air at the time. It paved the way in challenging the notion that animation was just for kids, for it had intelligence and a cynical sense of humor, and it wasn't a product of any of the cartoon mills that churned out cartoons like commodities.
A few years later, one of the aforementioned cartoon mills, the once-mighty Hanna-Barbera, developed a cartoon based on the comic Fish Police
and sold it to CBS. H-B was experiencing creative doldrums at the time - the studio was coming off of the ill-fated Yo Yogi!
, a failed attempt to update several of the studio's classic characters for the '90s that ended up dinging their commercial viability badly. The studio hadn't developed a hit cartoon since The Smurfs
, which was based on a property the studio didn't even create or own. For a studio that was once a hitmaker (e.g. Huckleberry Hound
, Quick Draw McGraw
, The Flintstones
, Yogi Bear
, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
), this was a sad turn of events. Fish Police
is an infamous flop, and I'm here to see if it's really that bad.