There's whollopin' good reading (as always) on CARTOON BREW, particularly over a post covering a dust-up between John K and fans of UPA. I made a pretty long-winded post in the comments but just to add a finer point on top of that: I don't hate stylization per se. Go to CARTOON RETRO and check out Shane's amazing posts of Latin American cartoonists--one guy in particular "Cotta" was drawing much wilder, flatter stylized figures than you will ever see in a UPA short--and doing it long before GERALD McBOING BOING was born. They are absolutely brilliant and tons of cartoony fun. The point is such artists were doing it for laffs in cheap gag rags without salivating after critical praise like UPA did. When UPA and their imitators did adapt such art they tended to water it down (again, check Shane's site), but somehow got credit for inventing it in the process! WTF? I don't know John K and won't pretend to read his mind but I think that is what he is getting at.
Also as I mentioned on CB when he and I were kids UPA was an absolute sacred cow and you were ordered to love it or else by people who hated Bugs, Popeye and even Disney. Later in the 70's intelligent authors like Joe Adamson, Leonard Maltin and John Canemaker started covering the other side of the story and the playing field evened up, maybe to the point of overcompensation. Now it seems like Amid Amidi's excellent book CARTOON MODERN is almost overdue.
Like everyone else in this fracas, I like to think my taste is more ecclectic than this lets on. I never have or had any problem with people who sincerely like films I hated--dissent is something i respect. My beef was always with academic phonies who jump on the established cannon bandwagon in hopes of looking cool and smart. No posers in the small room!