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Cartoon that started out for kids, but grew up?

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Can anybody think of any cartoons (Not Anime) that started out being typical children's' shows but which got darker or more adult as the series went on. Or which started tackling more grown up topics.

For example, Kids Next Door, which gradually got older and darker as it went, until they had a movie movie that was largely about slavery and which commented heavily on the use of peer pressure and commercialism to push people into conforming to a fixed ideal of society.

Or The Raccoons, which suddenly brought in some pretty heavy emotional messages when it reached season 4 it started introducing characters with adult relationships, bullying, bad debts, and even had a character start smoking due to social pressures.

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Only two's I can think off (if they are seen as cartoons) are The Clone Wars and the new Star Wars Rebels. Slowly turning more darker the longer the war/rebellion dragged on.

Going from only destroying droids or knocking out stormtroopers, to killing named characters or execution of two imperial officials and bombing of a governors shuttle.

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3 hours ago, Megas75 said:

Avatar, both TLA and Korra(and Korra was already darker than TLA)

Definitely.

The Last Avatar kept it pretty light even in the times where it could have went much darker and Korra's first season kept it at about the same level even if it was aimed at a more adult audience. It was initially supposed to be a oneshot that simply told a short 1 season long tale of the world post TLA, explaining the relatively weak season. I'm glad it caught on enough and we got the other 3 seasons, those definitely got much darker than TLA ever did but the story was awesome. 

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If franchises overall count, then Transformers. G1 could get pretty goofy at times. Beast Wars, however, upped the game considerably, with long arcs, character development and death. Transformers: Animated introduced quite a bit of gray to the Autobot side. There's also the IDW comics and Prime.

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Adventure Time definitely

 

Steven Universe is intentionally structured this way, too. It's intended that things get more complicated and morally difficult as Steven grows up.

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4 hours ago, I'veBeenCalledE said:

Gravity Falls, the humor was always near the dark genre however it can balance it out. 

Up until the season finale, holy crap I'm 28 and I nearly pissed myself over.

I'm not entirely sure yet, but I think Phineas and Ferb was slowly going down that route. I've only watched the first two seasons of the show, but the synopsis for the final episodes seem to hint on some heavy subjects.

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