There was a time when TV cartoons based on toys were pretty cheesy. Think about the Care Bears, My Little Pony, and Transformers cartoons of the '80s. The character styles were bloated and the dialogue came straight out of a children's book.
Now, however, some of the best cartoons on TV are reboots of those shows that were based on toy lines. Hasbro, in particular, has become masterful at working with networks and writers to craft great TV cartoons. From the dialogue, to the animation, to the overall messages, Hasbro and its creative partners know how to make a great TV cartoon.
On March 24, 2016, the Daytime Emmy Awards nominations were announced. It's no surprise that Hasbro Studios programming received four nominations, based on two of its most successful toy franchises.
Transformers Robots in Disguise (Cartoon Network) is nominated for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program.
Jeff Bennet as Mayor Luskey in Transformers Rescue Bots (Discovery Family) is nominated for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program.
Transformers Rescue Bots (Discovery Family) is nominated for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program.
My Little Pony Friendship is Magic (Discovery Family) is nominated for Outstanding Original Song, "The Magic Inside."
Other notable cartoons that were nominated (although they are not based on toys) were All Hail King Julien, Dragons: Race to the Edge, The Adventures of Puss in Boots, The Fairly OddParents, and The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show. All of these cartoons are original to Netflix, with the exception of The Fairly OddParents, which is a Nickelodeon cartoon.
The Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony will be held Sunday, May 1.
Nancy Basile has been writing about TV cartoons since 1999. She has written for About.com, Media Medusa, and FlipSidePA. See a review for Transformers Prime.