In recent days you’ve likely seen the viral #RIPCartoonNetwork trend that’s been taking over X. I’m here to report that as of right now, your childhood is still somewhat intact – Cartoon Network is still alive (for now) – but there’s an important message behind this collective lamenting over the ‘death’ of the TV animation icon.

The animation industry has taken a hit post-pandemic due to scrapped projects and mass staff layoffs, leading to a slump of unemployment for talented creatives. While it’s been a wonderful nostalgia trip to see Cartoon Network fans sharing their favourite shows from the studio’s golden days, it highlights a deeper concern about the future of the studio and the wider animation industry as a whole.