Dude. You don't even like cartoons.
Says who? Unlike anybody else here, I've been directly involved in the production of three series. I've partied at Titmouse twice. My voice is in animation with something like 30 million Youtube views.
Why are you getting so riled up over whether animators spend more effort on plot or artstyle.
...animators spend zero effort on plot. That's what writers do. What's got me riled up is the notion that anybody who cares what something looks like is an idiotic fanboi that needs to STFU because obviously if things are devolving past the Blue Meanies of 1967 it's because art is in motion or some shit.