Back in the ’80s, the WWE was becoming more and more cartoony and it ended up at a place in the ’90s where there were more trash men, Repo Men, clowns and Gobbly Gookers than actual legitimate wrestlers. Honestly, that started with the superheroics of Hulk Hogan and was amplified with the WWE Saturday morning cartoon that starred Hulk Hogan, Hillbilly Jim, Captain Lou and more in madcap juvenile adventures.
As a kid, I loved it. When I became an adult, I turned it off and spent my money on the NWA and WCW. It wasn’t until the Attitude Era that I tuned back in to the WWE.
Now, the WWE is putting out PG-rated television – and there is a good reason for it. By eliminating the sexual situations, the blood and the excessive violence, they have almost tripled their advertising income and last I heard, it was up to well over $20 million a year thanks to the PG-rating.
The TV shows are still pretty good and they have not gone the way of cartoon characters – yet – but when I heard the WWE was planning another animated series based on their characters, I couldn’t help but flash back to the Rock ‘n’ Wrestling connection.
Imagine my shock when the new animated WWE webseries – Camp WWE – is described as an adult-themed series, compared to The Simpsons and King of the Hill. The WWE is even partnering with Film Roman, the animated company who has worked on The Simpsons and King of the Hill.
The show will be about the WWE Camp, where parents send their misbehaving kids to learn how to be model citizens under the watch of feared camp counselor Mr. McMahon.
The Camp WWE webisodes will be about three minutes each and there will be 13 of them in the season. Mike Benson (Entourage) has scripted the webseries. Is Camp WWE something you might be interested in checking out? Will it actually be any good? Chime in below with your thoughts.