Anime is special and drawn in a japenese style, while cartoon does not look as realistic, and sometimes easier to draw! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Typically in the concept. While both may appeal to audiences of all ages, cartoons will usually adopt a non-serious mood. However, the attitude of anime might become quite dismal, depending on varying circumstances. Anime also have a tendency to extend plots in chronological order, lesser so than cartoons typically would.
It's the way the story and animation is presented. American cartoons are more simplisticly drawn and relate more to current events. Amine is drawn with immense attention to detail and the story reflects the Japanese mentality - They use their traditions and even everyday life in exaggeration to express different philosophies (especially morality). Awesome on both parts
While anime may seem different from cartoons, aside from being called different things, they aren't. They're just different names for the same thing; Televised animation, hand-drawn or otherwise.
The style, writing and other such things doesn't matter, as cartoons/anime can be terrible or good regardless of where they came from.
Cartoon isn't an insult. Calling anime a cartoon isn't wrong. Anime is just Japanese cartoons.