SK had other problems. It was a lot less accessible than Pokemon IMO– no cute cuddly creatures, and the plot actually moved (Pokemon with few exceptions can be enjoyed quite fine completely out of order)
Yu-Gi-Oh is exactly the same. Shaman King, despite having a disappointing Anime adaption and a sawed-off ending to the manga, is a superior shounen manga to YGO.
I thought Home on the Range killed Disney's animation…
Home on the Range was simply Disney's last 2D film; it was cheap and it was cracky. Disney coughed out HotR without much adversiting because they were still reeling from Treasure Planet, which was a huge investment for the company and was heavily advertised. Disney even had to restart their quarterly earnings after TP tanked. Brother Bear was another disposable show, but it actually made a profit and helped heal the damage from TP. However, when TP bombed at the box office, Disney decided that children today do not really care about traditionally animated features, and as such, they started the Disney 3D division that supplemented Pixar.
Sorry, thanks for playing.
Dragonball Z had a poor dub, but it also had the advantadge of being very early in the dub game. It was one of the first series that was imported to the west as "it's anime and we all know it is anime", as opposed to being "it's cheaper to redub an anime and pass it off inside a line of western series." It also arrived in a relatively barren era for western series; I recall watching DBZ shortly after the end of Gargoyles and before the rise of Beast Wars.
People's expectations have changed, significantly. We have far higher quality dubs on the market to compare to.
I disagree. I distinctly remember Moltar on Toonami circa 1997 stating that he was importing "the latest in Japanimation". At that time, Toonami was boasting Voltron, Battle of the Planets (which I knew as "G-Force", something I think was called "Night of the Vampire Robots" which scared me half to death simply by watching the commercials, Thundercats (which isn't Anime), The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest (which was a nice series), and Robotech.
The issue with Dragonball is that it didn't look entirely foreign or Japanese, unlike Sailor Moon and Pokemon (wow, those three shows look oddly complementary in a sentence together). I was attracted to it because it was intense and people could shoot lasers out of their hands, sense power levels and such. The "Saiyan Armour" looked cool, as did the scouters and tails. Then, of course, there were the Dragonballs and the red-eyed Shenron, not to mention the various dinosaurs, talking animals and oozaru rampaging all over the place. Ahh…the memories!
Then I started watching DBZ in Japanese alongside The Irresponsible Captain Tylor on the International Channel circa Sundays at seven. Oh, oh, oh…I miss those bygone days.