I could have swore that it was an anime. I also conider the first G.I. Joe, Tranformers, TMNT, and Thundercats as anime. If an animation has to be a Japanese only creation to be called an anime, than so be it. I'm not that much of a purist.
Well, even the Mysterious Cities of Gold was a French-Japanese animation, and some people consider it anime. XD But it's not. Having anime-like styles does not make something anime... No matter how many cliched and overdone sightgags are needlessly thrown in (coughcoughTeenTitanscough). It's a cartoon if it's western. That's pretty much it. G.I. Joe, Transformers, and TMNT look nothing like anime, so I don't see how you could consider them anime. ThunderCats at least had some of the animating team that would go on to form/join Studio Ghibli, but even that was a cartoon (and I love ThunderCats). Still, I'd rather a cartoon be incorrectly identified as anime than anime called a cartoon. XD
Those four titles had that distinct look. And the hyper kinectic feel to them is something I've generally seen in anime. Tranformers was a Japanese production before it was marketed to the U.S., like Macross/Robotech. If I know an artist is not Japanese, I may still regard theirs as manga or anime 'style'. One of my favorite illustrators is Adam Warren. I know there are those that don't like his style. He has improved so much over the years. I admire his style over Akira Toriyama's ( damn, I hear a lynch mob being formed. >: D . ) I was collecting different books and comics illustrated by Kenichi Sonada ( Gunsmith Cats is an awesome read ), Johji Manabe, Rumiko Takahashi, and others. I forget the name of the artist behind Blade of the Immortal. Those are just some of the Dark Horse titles. I understand the need to classify things like this, but in a hundred years, who shall care?
yeah Avatar, now I know again watching that on the tv as lil kid, good old times ^_^ you probably know that when you watch an Anime with more then 100 episodes you can't remember a person that you only saw in 1 episode, but now I know again, it was the girlfriend of zuko for 1 day