As we have seen, Third Wave Animation was humorous animation that benefitted from the medium’s promotion from the sidelines towards a middle-ground acceptability. But in this alliance with confrontation, as a device, these developments exhibited a strangely contradictory impulse at its core. Evidently in thrall to US shows like The Simpsons and South Park, which had shown what could be achieved in this medium in terms of ratings and cultural importance, these UK TV shows functioned within a marketplace appreciably altered by deregulation which overtly courted the mainstream. Despite these texts’ supposedly challenging nature, these were narratives that were actually constructed with an eye towards accessibility and with an aim to achieve a more centralised position within network schedules.
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