10 Cartoons You Shouldn’t Show To Kids

10 Cartoons You Shouldn't Show To Children – Simon checked NUMBER 10: WATERSHIP DOWN On paper, an animated film about a warren of rabbits should be ideal for children But 1978 classic ‘Watership Down’ is anything but… Instead of a cute film about bunnies hopping through flower-filled meadows, this movie is a traumatic, gruesome blood-fest

Rabbits are attacked by dogs, caught in snare traps, shot, and bloodied in gory fights Seriously, this film is not for the faint-hearted [show ‘the fields are covered with blood’ clip] In 2016 a British TV channel got into hot water over showing the traumatizing movie on Easter Sunday Dozens of people took to Twitter to complain about the ill-advised choice of showing it at half two in the afternoon

Similarly, the 1982 film ‘The Plague Dogs’ – also based on a book by Richard Adams, the writer of Watership Down – is not one you’d really want your kids to be watching The film follows the story of two plague-infected dogs who escape from a brutal animal testing lab and, well Not quite child-friendly NUMBER 9: SHIN CHAN It is well known that children are very easily influenced, and it is therefore important to monitor the type of behavior they see on their favorite TV shows It’s for this reason that Shin Chan, an immensely popular Japanese anime, found itself the target of numerous complaints

The show centered around 5-year-old Shin, a disobedient, rude and disrespectful child Shin regularly called his mother names, such as ‘fat’ and ‘old’, and exposed his butt to her Regulators from various countries decided to censor certain scenes, or – as was the case in India, South Korea and Vietnam – ban it all together Indonesian regulators described the main character’s antics as ‘borderline pornography’ and decided to show the program at a later time Clinical psychologist Rajat Mitra recommended that kids should only watch the program if they were accompanied by an adult who can explain to them the difference between right and wrong – and remind them not to echo Shin’s behavior

NUMBER 8: BIMBO’S INITIATION For the next entry on our list, we’ve reached deep into the animation archives and found an extremely disturbing kids cartoon from 1931 This cartoon was an animated short created by Fleischer Studios, which was Disney’s biggest rival in the 30s You might have heard of them as the creators of classic children’s cartoons Popeye and Betty Boop Bimbo’s Initiation is just, well, inexplicably twisted It follows the story of Bimbo the dog, who falls down a manhole and ends up being tortured by a strange race of candle-headed figures, who try to torment Bimbo into becoming a member

The torture of Bimbo includes him being stabbed, having razor blades dropped on top of him, and even being forced to ride some sort of sadistic spanking torture bike Then the whole thing wraps up with Bimbo being seduced by Betty Boop and the pair spanking each other Seriously, the whole thing’s just weird… definitely not one for kids NUMBER 7: DRAWN TOGETHER It’s perhaps not all that surprising that Comedy Central’s ‘Drawn Together’ isn’t really appropriate for kids, considering it ran with the tagline: ‘Find out what happens when cartoon characters stop being polite… and start making out in hot tubs’ The cartoon ran from 2004 to 2007, and revolved around a fictional reality TV show and the over-the-top characters that were taking part

Storylines featured topics that don’t tend to crop up very often in cartoons For example, Drawn Together discussed subjects such as masturbation, BDSM, rape, incest, pedophilia and necrophilia The majority of episodes tended to feature at least one death, with characters sometimes going on mass killing sprees It’s not too much of a shock, then, that Drawn Together’s outrageous comedy drew some criticism Reviews from Entertainment Weekly described the show as ‘taking offensiveness too far’ and accused it of normalizing racism and derogatory treatment of women

NUMBER 6: ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE Nickelodeon cartoon ‘Rocko’s Modern Life’ was created for an audience of children and young teenagers But it was peppered with so many inappropriate jokes that at least 20% of its regular audience were adults The show, which follows the life of Australian wallaby Rocko, is full of double entendres [on tondrah’s] and crude humor Throughout its 3-year run, it received hundreds of complaints for unsuitable content For example, there are not-so-subtle hints that Rocko worked as a phone sex operator in the episode ‘Canned’

In this scene, the poster on the wall behind him reads ‘remember: be hot, be naughty and be courteous’ Another episode – ‘The Good, the Bad and the Wallaby’ – contained an incredibly dubious scene where a character, how shall we put this… ‘finds pleasure’ from a milking machine The scene was cut before it was broadcast on American TV But some international versions of the episode still included it NUMBER 5: POKÉMON Ok, bear with us a moment here… we’re not saying you shouldn’t show any Pokémon episodes to children

We’re talking about one very specific episode The episode in question is called ""Dennō Senshi Porygon"" and was the 38th episode of the Pokémon anime’s first season The episode is infamous because of its use of repetitive flashing lights, which induced mass photosensitive epileptic seizures When it was broadcast in Japan on December 16th 1997, 685 young viewers had to be taken to hospital, with two of them remaining hospitalized for over two weeks Some people were even reported to have suffered seizures when parts of the scene were rebroadcast during news reports about the incident

For that reason, if you suffer from epilepsy or light sensitivity in any way, we strongly advise you skip to the timecode on screen now The scene responsible featured Pikachu using a Thunderbolt attack against some advancing missiles, resulting in rapid red and blue flashing lights After the incident, the show went into a four-month hiatus and the episode was prevented from being rebroadcast in other countries

NUMBER 4: INVADER ZIM The Nickelodeon series Invader Zim centered on an alien called Zim from the planet Irk, and his efforts to conquer Earth and enslave the human race A little bit of an apocalyptic premise, yes, but so far not so controversial But then, on watching some episodes of this alleged kids show, you start to realize that some of the storylines and humor are inexplicably dark For example, there’s the episode ‘Dark Harvest’ To help with his mission to take over the world, Zim wants to appear more human

In order to do this, the alien harvests his children’s organs to use for himself, leaving their corpses strewn about the cafeteria The show was directly mentioned at the 2006 trial of 16-year-old Scott Edgar Dyleski, who was convicted of bludgeoning his neighbor to death and sentenced to life imprisonment Dyleski testified that the Dark Harvest episode had contributed to his fascination with human body parts and the idea of what humans can and cannot live without NUMBER 3: REN & STIMPY Ren & Stimpy is one of Nickelodeon’s most controversial animated series Due to its off-color humor, sexual references, adult jokes and violence, many argued that it was completely unsuitable for the child audience it targeted

The show followed the adventures of Ren – an emotionally unstable chihuahua – and Stimpy – a good natured but fairly dumb cat Throughout its five-season run from 1991 to 1995, the producers at Ren & Stimpy had numerous altercations with Nickelodeon’s Standards and Practices department Fairly regularly, some segments of the show had to be amended to get rid of controversial references to religion, politics and alcohol For example, the episode ‘Powdered Toast Man’ originally featured a segment featuring the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights being set on fire But the most contentious episode of the series was ‘Man’s Best Friend’, which was banned for showing scenes of extreme violence

Creator and director of the show, John Kricfalusi, attributes this particular episode to him being fired from Nickelodeon NUMBER 2: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS He’s everyone’s favorite cartoon sea sponge, but should you really be letting kids watch SpongeBob SquarePants? According to Nickelodeon, SpongeBob is specifically targeted at an audience of 6 to 11-year-olds Yet, it regularly includes jokes that are clearly designed for a much more mature demographic For example, there’s this scene where SpongeBob blows up a balloon that is clearly a condom; this questionable prison rape joke [https://wwwyoutube

com/watch?v=sZFe0cE4v1s ]; or that time that Gary caught SpongeBob watching marine porn But the cartoon’s tendency for inappropriate jokes isn’t the main thing that qualifies SpongeBob for a spot on this list… A 2011 study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that watching the show negatively affects young children’s attention spans The study compared the ability of kids to concentrate on simple tasks after watching SpongeBob to that of youngsters who’d watched cartoons deemed ‘more realistic’ The control group kids were able to concentrate longer, and more effectively, than the SpongeBob group This has been attributed to the fast-paced, fantastical and bizarre content feature on SpongeBob

NUMBER 1: FRITZ THE CAT Released in 1972, ‘Fritz the Cat’ was the first animated feature film to receive an X-rating in the United States, meaning that it is entirely unsuitable for anyone under the age of 18 The film basically follows the story of an anthropomorphic cat called Fritz and his attempts to score drugs and sleep with loads of feline women Along his way, he encounters bomb-making terrorist radicals and heroin addict bikers There is frequent swearing and nudity, and the film was advertised as containing ‘90 minutes of violence, excitement and SEX’ However, when the film was released, this tagline led many to incorrectly believe that Fritz the Cat was a pornographic film and some cinemas were reluctant to show it

30 American newspapers also refused to display advertisements for it or give it editorial publicity Nevertheless, the movie gained a widespread cult following, managed to gross $90 million worldwide, and even spawned a sequel – ‘The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat’ So that’s been 10 Cartoons You Shouldn’t Show To Children Which one do you think was the most shocking? If you found this video interesting and want to see more, why not check out 10 Banned TV Shows, playing on screen now And, as always, don’t forget to give us a like and subscribe

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