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This Cartoon Rated E for Everyone

February 2, 2008

My kids are watching some old Popeye cartoons. The DVD was 50 cents at Wal-Mart. I figured, “What the hell?”

Blutto just punched Popeye in the face, knocked him off his feet and into a gigantic piano, and before Popeye fully lost consciousness, Blutto slammed a table into him, pinning him between the piano and the table. The force was such that the table bounced back, splitting in the middle like it was ready for a table leaf to be placed. Popeye passed out, and fell partially in the place where the leaf should go. Blutto slammed it on his neck, and nearly suffocated him. Fortunately, Popeye regained consciousness, and when Blutto least expected it, he punched him in the back of the head and knocked him through a concrete wall.

Ironic that the same people concerned about violence in video games grew up watching this, no?

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2008 10:30 am

    Probably one of the worst cartoons.

  2. February 2, 2008 10:51 am

    The Betty Boop racist cartoon was pretty bad too.

    It is an unfortunate circumstance created by a free society. If where you live truly can claim to be free you’ll likely see or hear something that you think is complete garbage. It will anger you but really it was your choice to watch it or not.

    Just as it was the persons choice to create it or not. If someone were to try to pass off a cartoon such as those today they wouldn’t have a job, unless of course the cartoon was independently created.

    The real issue at hand is where should you place your trust in regulating potentially offensive content in art and media? Government, independent organizations(ex: ESRB), or yourself/parents seem to be the only three options. Each has its pros and cons, there really isn’t any perfect solution because perfection doesn’t exist in a free society. It is my personal belief that Government regulation should be avoided at all times.

  3. jabberwookie permalink
    February 2, 2008 6:22 pm

    Heh, that reminds me of a recurring Tom and Jerry character. There was this little duckling who was always really depressed and there would be entire episodes where he would try to kill himself in a bunch of different ways. Even when I was a kid, I was like “Is this really okay?”

  4. February 4, 2008 1:50 am

    Yah, probably you should have a look at this Video http://www.gametrailers.com/player/usermovies/163925.html
    It’s about the x-box game Mass Effect. More than talking about violence they mention sex. I made a couple of posts about it in my blog.

  5. James Caskey permalink
    February 4, 2008 4:50 am

    @Ryoku
    That video is so ridiculous, I hope you aren’t endorsing it.

  6. Afello permalink
    February 4, 2008 5:21 am

    Yes, I agree it is awfully hypocritical! Just one of those other things the babyboom generation is ruining for our generation… And it is in other stuff too! Remember the scene in the original Willie Wonka movie where they step into the boat and everything gets pretty psychedelic and scary? A chickenhead is chopped off and Gene Wilder is reciting this hysterical dark poem? It scared me half to death as a child but nonetheless I could handle it pretty well! Now people are complaining about the Harry Potter movies getting so dark (and yet childfriendly decent in comparison).

    I would love to believe that it is a silly moment in time that will blow over. At one point people will get clever enough that it is to the people to deceit whether they watch or play something then to jump on their soapbox and spit their arrogant opinions all around them as if it was some sort of holy war (although back then it will probably happened too, but was the media not all over it). Maybe we should all sent them on a nostalgic vacation, let them watch this old stuff they grew up with and make them think about it?

    P.S. Although I do believe that there should be indicators on the boxes like the sex/drugs/swearing/violance symbols here in Europe. Just as information for the parents. And (some) videogame developers shouldn’t be so hypocritical to veil the violence just to get a 16+/18+ rating instead of the (commercially) feared 21+ rating…. If you bring us violence take your responsibility!

  7. February 4, 2008 8:41 pm

    @James Caskey
    If you want to know, take a look around my blog =)

  8. February 7, 2008 10:13 am

    @Afello: I do agree with you when talking about developers responsibility, if they want gore, then they must bow to the proper rating.

    I also agree on the “if something offends you, just ignore it” policy, but the real problem is the parental negligence over their children education.

    I think that back on the Popey’s and Betty Boop’s days parents were more present at home (specially the mothers), and thus they could control what children watched on television. I remember that my mom and my granny used to play their part pretty well.

    Nowadays most of the parents don’t have a clue on what their kids are watching on TV or playing on the computers/consoles. And even worse, when the kids ask for some product not rated for them the parents tend to give it in exchange for some affection.

    All in all, it’s all about responsibility.

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