The Year of the Cartoon Boom

Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue
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Back in the day, children would wait for the cartoon shows that came on during the weekend. Now, cartoon television shows are everywhere. There are even adult cartoon shows. “In 2018, the global animation market was worth 259 billion U.S. dollars, and is expected to grow to 270 billion by 2020” (Navarro, 2021).

So, what is causing the rise in the desire for animated television shows? Well, according to an article in Entertainment Weekly, during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, many movie sets and television sets were closed down, leaving room for animated shows to dominate the viewing platform (Romano, 2021). People still wanted to be entertained while they were quarantining inside with their loved ones, and since animated shows were still able to be created and aired, they embraced them.

Now, animated television shows are on the rise and are expected to expand. “Animation is one of the only sectors in the entertainment industry that hasn’t been forced to shut down during the pandemic, leading to a boom for a format that was already on the upswing” (Herman, 2020).

This boom can be a great thing for both creators and cartoon lovers. Now, the television industry may have a form of entertainment that can survive through a major shutdown, and avid cartoon watchers will get the extra entertainment that they crave.


Herman, Alison. (2020). TV’s Future Will Be More Animated. The Ringer. Retrieved October 4, 2021, from

Navarro, Jose Gabriel. (2021). Size of the animation market worldwide from 2017 to 2020. Statista. Retrieved October 4, 2021, from

Romano, Nick. (2021). The pandemic animation boom: How cartoons became king in the time of COVID. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 4, 2021, from


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