I've noticed lately that lots of "animators" don't seem to know much about animation history. Or if they do, it doesn't extend back much past the mid-90's (Lion King, Toy Story).
Personally, I think animation history is full of amazing stories and interesting people, not to mention inspiring work that was made way before many of us were born. I'm perplexed as to why lots of folks in the business today seem to care little (if at all) about early works like the Fleischer's Superman series or classic Hanna Barbera Tom & Jerry cartoons.
So what's your take? Does what came before what's in the cineplex today matter to you or not? If so, why, and if not, why not?