I'm still harboring very strong feelings about one of my favorite childhood TV shows, more than a decade after it officially ended.
They ruined the music.The show's creator, Jim Jenkins, really wanted the music on Doug to be different from the type of music you would find on any other cartoon show. And I think they succeeded in that goal. Some of the most memorable things about Doug are the little riffs that would accompany each character, the theme song, and the music of The Beets (a play off the Beatles). Disney obviously missed the memo. The first thing they did was change the awesome original theme song, composed by Fred Newman...
They ruined the characters.One of the best things about Doug was that every character on the show was fully developed. Patti Mayonnaise wasn't just the girl he was crushing on — she was a tomboy, the daughter of a single parent, and living with a father who had a disability. All these things made Patti more interesting than just generic, cute girl next door. And you could say the same for every character on the original show. But when Doug moved to Disney, the new network decided that almost every character needed some kind of change. One of the most glaring examples: Connie Benge was a fun secondary character on the Nickelodeon show who hung out with Patti and Beebe. She was also fantastic because she didn't have the same body as every other cartoon girl on the show. Connie wasn't skinny; she had curves. They never made her body central to her storyline, but it was still part of who she was.
They even made it part of the plot that Connie went to a "beauty farm" with her mom over the summer. How freaking awful is that?