Cartoons, for the most of us, bring back fond memories of cereal and Saturday mornings. They made us laugh and took us on amazing adventures. Most cartoons are tailor-made to be appropriate for all audiences. However, every now and then, a cartoon is so offensive that a studio bans it from airing on television or releasing on home video. Here are 25 Banned Cartoons You Won’t Believe Were Made.
Pokemon - "Electric Solider Porygon"
Pokemon was at the height of its popularity when it released the episode “Electric Soldier Porygon.” The episode’s story was harmless, but that wasn’t what the problem was. Sounding like a bad creepypasta, during one of the scenes with Ash and Pikachu, a sudden strobing of red and blue lights hit the screen to create a certain effect. It had the unintended consequence of sending 700 children to the hospital. Their symptoms varied from blurred vision to nausea and, in some extreme cases, temporary blindness. Many were also diagnosed with epilepsy after watching. Needless to say, it was pulled from television programming and never aired again.
Goldilocks and the Jivin' Bears
Written by Tedd Pierce and directed by Fred Freleng, Goldilocks and the Jivin’ Bears was initially released by Warner Bros. under their Merrie Melodies cartoon series. It was later banned due to the racist stereotypes of African Americans portrayed by the three bears.
Tiny Toons Adventures - "One Beer"
The popular 90’s cartoon Tiny Toon Adventures also fell prey to pushing the envelope a little too far. In their episode, “One Beer,” Buster and his friends decide to steal a beer out of their parent’s fridge and proceed to goad each other into drinking it. The explicit content was deemed too inappropriate for kids; the episode was banned from airing on television. However, they did include it in the DVD release.
Uncle Tom's Bungalow
Another banned Merrie Melody cartoon by Warner Bros., Uncle Tom’s Bungalow is a parody of the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin, featuring awful racist stereotypes of African Americans. It’s included in what many call the “Censored 11,” a list of banned cartoons due to insensitive material.
Peppa Pig - "Mr. Skinnylegs"
A show beloved by toddlers everywhere, Peppa Pig once found itself in hot water after talking about spiders. Yes, spiders. A complainant in Australia quickly called the ABC network to tell them the episode “Mr. Skinnylegs” told children that spiders are not to be feared. Australia has some of the most poisonous spiders in the world. The network quickly apologized and pulled the episode from its programming schedule.
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