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Are songs important for a cartoon? 

48%
163 deviants said Yes
44%
150 deviants said I watch the cartoon for the content and story mostly
8%
29 deviants said No

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dscented4 Featured By Owner Edited 1 day ago
I think the songs are more to keep the attention of kids on longer(kids of all ages). I remember when I was a kid, I would always fast-forward to the songs. It always kept my attention, and the words didn't felt like I was listening to my parents.
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tigreanpony Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I watch cartoons for the story they weave and to admire the animation.
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xexpert2 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Songs are not important but background music is.
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lonewolf82084 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Writer
Depends on the cartoon
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ndedwards224 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
agreed 
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Music is very important to cartoons, songs not as much. Though i do know what youre talking about, only 5 new songs in MLP season 7. I do enjoy the songs in MLP, though they arent always gems. I'll take quality over quantity any day
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SaturnStar14 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think if the story is awesome then the songs don't have to be there.
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
I can agree with that, though i personally do enjoy them. The catchy songs are what really got me into the show in the first place
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SaturnStar14 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True, but they don't necessarily make the show more fun. It's not like if you would remove them that the show would be boring.
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Undertaker972 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Well no, they can do fine on story alone. I just like the songs
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kitsychan Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Song and dance numbers, especially during montages are kind of nice.  Remember though, first view people have of a cartoon or anime though is its theme song.  Often if that is a total flop, it will have a hard time attracting fans.

Next is the internal music.  As i said Song and Dance numbers can be really nice,  and they don't have to be first person.   Lots of animated movies use 3ed person songs sung while the characters are doing something.   Dragon riders of berk has great musical score for flying for example. 

From there it depends on the type of series.   Some series and movies, music is an integral part of the and storyline.   HappyFeet, songs are part of their society, and are used for the plot.   My little ponies, again songs and music could be looked at as cultural for the ponies.   Alpha and Omega had the same issue,  with "howls"  being used as musical songs, and needed to be well done to carry the story.     Then of course you have macross, where songs are actually a weapon. 

Some cartoons and anime don't need songs but still need good internal scores, starship troopers, exosquad, ghost in the shell, all had really haunting scores during death scenes, and really good scores during combat to set the moods.   Music can really change the feel of a show if used properly - Buffy the vampire slayer, Once More, with Feelings an example of how songs can change and carry a show, especially with the song "drawn to the fire".  
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SaturnStar14 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Will you lose interest in MLP season 7 because it only has 5 songs?
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kitsychan Featured By Owner 5 days ago
oh heck no,  it could make the songs more impact.   As long as used properly,  5 songs could be massive over 24 eps.   it doesn't NEED a song every episode. 
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GuyverLord Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Specifically referring to musical numbers where the characters of the show are singing... 
Are they important?  I've never thought so.

Can they work in the context of the show and be entertaining?  Yes.

Though I find most musical numbers in cartoons to be cringe inducing.  That's what the mute button is for.
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AduroTri Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional Writer
Depends on the Cartoon/Show.
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SuperSonicHeroes2 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Depends on what style cartoon it is.  I don't expect any show tunes from cartoons with a serious setting like something involving the Justice League or Avengers, but in other settings they can be entertaining.
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Pokebreeder25 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
depends if the song is good
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ejWilliam Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Songs are important to entertainment. What would 'Guardians of the Galaxy' be like without it's sound track?
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Pokebreeder25 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
i thought they meant sing alongs. but yes background songs and music are the best part
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diverseinterests47 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
I feel that if the song either A) Furthers the plot or B) Is entertaining then they are important.  But it really boils down to what kind of show.  A show like MLP uses its songs to give insight into the characters' mind-sets or to move the story along, therefore they are important.  However, in a show like Transformers: Prime, a musical number would be completely out of place given that the tone of the show is very much a military drama with some humor to break up the tension every now and then.  So, I guess it really just depends on the show.  In a Slice of Life comedy like MLP it works fine.
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SaturnStar14 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What do you think about the fact that the new season only has 5 songs? Will the show lose interest to you?
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diverseinterests47 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Probably not.  I still enjoy the show.  It may be a little odd, but it does happen.
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Yanie-The-Brown-Pone Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
They aren't really important, since there are such thing as good cartoon that don't really have songs
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