I wish I was parroting. I watch cartoons too; these are things I have observed directly.
There are several examples of CalArts style shows which are/have been done well, but there’s a particular pattern of red flags with things like Thundercats: Roar!, Teen Titans Go!, and even original IP’s like OK, K.O.!
It’s gotten to where a title with an onomatopoeia and an exclamation point is a sign that you’re probably in for a bad time, or one that’s okay but the network drops early.
Gravity Falls, Star Vs, and some of CN’s miniseries are CalArts shows which, despite varying flaws overall, are generally pretty good and manage to avoid some of the same traps Go! shows do, largely because they write their characters more consistently and with some sense of growth, instead of, “It’s another episode where the main hero on the team of grown-ups who shouldn’t have to learn this lesson doesn’t want to eat vegetables, or won’t clean their room, and one of the sidekicks has to treat them like a little kid, but it’s okay because it’s just comedy for kids, and there’s no way that perpetuating simplistic plots and one-dimensional characters who never learn from their mistakes from a past episode will turn out to be a bad influence on kids when they grow into adults who watch the same thing, but with live action actors, and think that’s how the world works.”
Now then, prepare for the inevitable onslaught of “Not /toy/-related, take it to /co/” messages from anons who’ve never had to watch that board get taken over by crayon-eating redditards who got all the fun discussions here banned for being “problematic.”