Yesterday's post highlighted some ridiculous rules a cartoonist, Nick Confalone, was required to abide by, thanks to the lawyers at his network -- things like, "Children riding the T-Rex MUST WEAR HELMETS."
This inspired a couple of comments that deserve some chewing on. (Caution: Do not ACTUALLY CHEW your electronic device.)
Newer cartoons are horrible. Whether it is educational or modeling
good social skills or being responsible, it seems like every show has
to have a larger purpose than entertainment. Kids can't just have fun
...it’s just common sense not to drive into an active volcano. Come
on, let’s give [kids] a little more credit.
My kids love the Stooges! Plenty of imitation but no hospital visits so far.
The point is that at some stage of the game, the lawyers and the "teachable moments" folks took over. They enshrined three huge non-truths.
1) That kids have zero common sense and therefore every precaution is necessary to keep them safe.
2) That they are so fragile, any dangers they face are MORTAL ones. And
3) That lawsuits are so abundant and outlandish that protecting against them requires being equally outlandish.
Together, these amount to a vote against humanity -- and reality. We all know for a fact that you can watch Looney Tunes your entire childhood and NOT grow up to drop pianos on your pursuers.
So discuss, please:
Which cartoons make you ill with the way they treat their viewers as fragile idiots in constant need of instruction / protection? - L.