FX has given a pilot greenlight to Bigfoot, an animated comedy series based on Graham Roumieu’s faux Bigfoot autobiography graphic novels In Me Own Words, Me Write Book, And I Not Dead. Written by Matt McKenna (American Dad) and executive produced by Seth Rogen, the FX Prods-produced project revolves around Bigfoot, everyone’s favorite crypto-zoological hominid, as a modern-day everyman. ...
The conglomerates have stumbled onto the fact that
A) Lots of people watch cartoons on the TV.
B) Cartoons travel well (mostly).
C) Cartoons are relatively inexpensive to produce.
I think all these things enter into the equation of making or not making new animated product. And animation has a looong shelf life. What 1961 prime time sitcoms -- besides The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Flintstones -- are still in circulation half a century later? Not many.
And there's a lot more toy store merchandise sold with Fred, Barney and Wilma than Rob and Laura Petrie, trust me.