Aug 09 2013
When I was a kid, I watched a lot of cartoons on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and the Disney channel. There were some that stood out because they felt out of place and bizarre. I never really knew why I found it so weird, but the feeling was always there. We all know that there are cartoons that have subliminal messages and it can be mind blowing. However, there are also some that are blatantly obvious and our innocence was the only thing that was stopping our brains from being corrupted.
What are some of the childhood cartoons that you thought was bizarre for little kids? Let us know in the comments.
1. Ren and Stimpy
This show was simply weird to begin with, but I don’t know why I kept watching it. You know you’ve regularly watched this show if ‘Happy, happy! Joy, joy!’ means something to you. It wasn’t explicit, but the themes were just too bizarre and messed up for children. My mind was blown when I saw this cartoon show in another show and there was nudity and smoking involved. Why did they even show this in Nickolodeon in the first place? I understand if they censored some parts, but a show that needs to be cleaned up clearly doesn’t belong to a children’s channel.
Now that I know that this show was rebranded, I’m not going to retract my claim about the original show. It had this aura that didn’t appear to be so innocent. In my opinion, Ren was abusive towards Stimpy and not in a funny ‘Tom and Jerry’ kind of way. While the show was loved, its reputation was mired with controversies regarding vulgar humor.
2. Rocko’s Modern Life
Aside from the numerous subliminal messages in this cartoon show, the theme seemed kind of odd as well. There were some memorable storylines that freaked me out. I remember one that had an appliance coming to life and it was doing crazy stuff. How about that episode where the gang thought that Mrs. Big Head was murdering her husband? I thought that was kind of dark for children to know about the concept of murder. I was also oblivious to the fact that there was an implication of Rocko working as a telephone operator for a sex hotline. There were also a number of controversies like Heffer finding pleasure with a milking machine among others.
3. Cow and Chicken
Parents who only have their lower body parts? Plus, a red devil who likes to walk around with no clothes on. Well, Cow and Chicken don’t wear clothes too. I also read an article on Crack about carpet munching lesbians in the show. I saw that episode and I didn’t even notice it. Heck, I didn’t even know what carpet munching meant until I read that recently. I’m not saying that being a lesbian is disturbing or anything. I’m just saying that this show isn’t a hundred percent innocent. However, this garnered the show a sizable amount of controversy that they had to replace this episode and I think it was only aired once. It was not only appropriate for children (not that they will ever notice it), people were outraged about how it stereotyped lesbians. After that though, I haven’t heard of any controversy since.
4. Powerpuff Girls
You might think this show is innocent, but you’re wrong. I guess we can start by naming one of the villains of the show- Him. I don’t even know what that thing is. His voice is way creepy too, and sometimes I get scared when I hear his voice. At least, Mojo Jojo sounds funny when he is mad at the Powerpuff girls. There’s also this villain named Sedusa who is like Medusa but she seduces people too. I didn’t even know what seduction was at that time. Powerpuff girls sounds like such an innocent cartoon show, but it has its subtleties. There was an episode when the Powerpuff girls or Professor Utonium told a little girl that the former was created through a lab accident. The girl then replies saying something along the lines of: “My parents say I’m an accident too.” I never noticed this when I was a kid, and I’ve watched almost every episode plus the movie. Now that I look back at it, the meaning was more than clear to me.
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