So I did a little digging and found some funny (well I think its funny) examples of inappropriate images, dialogue, whatever you want to call it, that probably should not seen/heard by young eyes/ears.
1. The Little Mermaid, Disney 1989 - I know what you're thinking. What's wrong with the little Mermaid? Well nothing so much wrong with the cartoon itself, its all about the cover art for the VHS tape (for those of us old enough to know what vhs is!) Take a look for yourself? See anything????
How about a close up?? See anything fabulous?
|ARE YOU SERIOUS?|
What were they thinking?? Rumor has it that it was the work of a disgruntled employee who thought he was going to be laid off and he decided to pay Disney back by sticking a freaking penis in the drawing! Well it wasn't. The truth is much less tawdry. Really it was an artist (not hired by Disney) who worked countless hours and basically finished this artwork in the middle of the night and never even noticed that one of the towers looked like a pee-pee. It wasn't until the VHS was released to the public that he was made aware and eventually after some complaints, Disney re-released the cover art. Who doesn't love a good weenie in a Disney picture?
2. Spongebob Squarepants, Nickelodeon - Oh Spongebob. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways... Anyone who's watched Spongebob knows, they love to throw in a good adult joke here and there. Let's look at the facts: They live in Bikini Bottom, Mr. Krabs is a main character again in Bikini Bottom and there's a restaurant called The Krusty Krab (gross). Well, among all the adult humor, the below clip is one of my favorites. Our innocent little sponge friend was just watching a dancing sea anemone on TV to some saucy music, and what happens when his pet snail walks in? He immediately changes the channel!! Thus giving the innuendo that he was watching underwater PORN! The young ones probably have no clue all the innuendo they just threw our way, but its fun for us adults. Take a look for yourself and decide:
3. The Lion King, Disney 1994 - What a classic movie. I personally loved it until I heard a little rumor! Supposedly during one of the scenes, Simba lays down on a rock and some petals blow into the wind and it secretly spelled out the word SEX! Urban Legend? or Reality? Take a look at the picture and decide for yourself. Personally I don't think it was done on purpose, but who knows. It definitely is not as blatant as the "weenus" cover art.
4. To Grandmother's House We Go, ABC television 1992 - This cute made for tv movie starred the Olsen twins back when they were still adorable and not looking like something that crawled out of a hole. This particular scene has cause quite a stir and I'm asking my readers, Is it just me? or does this seem a little racist?? You decide.
5. Rocko's Modern Life, Nickelodeon 1993 - This show was on Nickelodeon/Nicktoons for 3 years and I remember it fondly. Back when I watched it, I was but a wee teenager completely oblivious to the fact that this show was completely full of sexual innuendo and adult humor. Rocko's favorite restaurant? The Chokey Chicken! They later changed it due to its double meaning of which I will not spell out for you. The show has actually pulled a number of scenes due to its adult themes but later put them back in the dvd release. Here's one of the all-time favorites scenes that has since been banned from the episode:
Now is it just me? But why does Disney hate parents? Did Walt grow up an orphan? Did he see his mother die or something? Let's look at the evidence as to why there is something wrong w/Disney Films:
The Lion King - They kill off Simba's dad
Cinderella - dead parents, she has to live with a bunch of bitches
Finding Nemo - They kill off mom right in the beginning!
Bambi - Hunter kills Bambi's mom
Beauty and the Beast - Belle lives with dad, no mention of mom
Ariel - lives with dad, no mom
Lilo and Stich - Big sis and little sis, no parents
Mowgli from Jungle book - orphaned boy living in the jungle
Tarzan - orphaned boy raised in the jungle
Good grief! I must admit, in researching this topic of adult themes/images with children's programming has peaked my interests to investigate further. One thing is for sure, it has gotten better over the years. If you look back in the early days of cartoons including disney films, there were soo many many racial undertones and adult themes such as smoking, drinking, etc that would not be allowed today. Perhaps I'll save those for another entry.
What do you think? Do you think some programming has gone too far? Personally I think its pretty funny, but maybe its just me...