|this show is quite good.|
Personally I think a lot of this style is like the new animé in the sense that you see it EVERYWHERE and 80% of it looks the same. With the advent and current widespread use of Flash, a vector-based animation program, this style isn't going away anytime soon -- plus it doesn't take a lot of illustration know-how to design some of the simpler characters. Like I was saying earlier, I took a stab at it last year and here are three quick Illustrator illustrations:
|I don't hate them but they look too clean to me.|
Also if you're curious as to what the elements were made for, they were made for a pitch for this J.C. Penney/Van Heusen football promotion. If you watch closely at the 5-second mark on the video embedded on the site, that was me making my national broadcast debut! You may also notice that none of the elements I worked on made it into the final product (although I did end up animating the whole thing).