Top 10 Pieces of Animation that Would Never Be Made TodayIt takes a special kind of something to make animation very wacky. But this might never be allowed again in our present day. From racism to offensive stereotypes to violent endings, we have forms of media that may never be repeated. Hi I'm Pnut, and today I'll be telling you the Top 10 Pieces of Animation That Would Never Be Made Today.
Even though they are children's cartoons, there are a total of 11 censored cartoons from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. Originally being produced by Warner Brothers, these eleven shorts were withheld from syndication, and they were pulled because of racial stereotypes presented in these shorts. One of these shorts is "Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs". All of the characters are black, and they all speak in rhyme. The short also takes place during World War II, the music is replaced with hot jazz, and not surprisingly, it's a parody of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" It would eventually be banned, but it was announced in 2010 that the following year a DVD would be available to see the uncut versions of all the shorts. But it has not been released at all.
Yeah, these are better off gone.
I talked about this in my last list and how it faced controversy. I'm doing it again because I love yall. It was known as a mixture of live action and animation and the plot revolved around Johnny who is visiting his grandmother's plantation for an extended stay. He would end up befriending Uncle Remus and he would tell stories about 3 adventures of different animals. Even though it was very successful around the time of its release, it received a massive amount of controversy, mainly for its depictions African-Americans happily working on this plantation, but it isn't clear to the audience that they are not slaves.
American Cartoonist Robert Crumb always had a weird way of depictions of women. And they would most of the time be controversial. But in 1972, this came to life in a feature length film Fritz the Cat. This film was based off of a comic strip made by Crumb and it was directed by Ralph Bakshi. The film is about a cat named Fritz who lives in excess in New York during the 1960s, and he would make fun of everything, from race relations to politics. It shocked audiences when they first watched it due to its violence, racism, explicit content, and many more.
Man, this was just downright dark. Released in 1944, the episode was about Bugs Bunny who is chased by a dog with a russian accent. Ok then. Eventually he ends up tormenting the dog and hyjinx ensues, with at one point him dressing up as Elmer Fudd, his rival. But, there were two endings made for this short. In the first ending, Bugs Bunny fakes his death and the dog feels very guilty so he... shoots himself. W-what? The second ending is no better. In the end, Bugs Bunny takes out a gun and shoots the dog right in the mouth. Yes. If this was made today, it would be way too violent to be aired on Children's Television. And even though they would eventually be banned, it would probably be banned from ever airing due to both of the endings.
Wow, those endings though. They could've made the ending be less dark to let it be aired though.
Ren and Stimpy is probably known as one of Nickelodeon's most popular cartoons on their network. Despite it's popularity though, it's gross out humor, adult jokes, and small bans of episodes have put the show in hot water. It revolved around two animals named Ren and Stimpy who would go on hyjinx and whatever they do in the show, I don't know. During its run, it had several innuendos and adult jokes while also being marketed as a kid's show. People also united over episodes that covered topics such as the burning of The United States Constitution and the The Bill of Rights. I'm not sure if this would be a good submission but I'm going for it anyway.
This was actually going to be rebooted but Robyn Byrd said it was shelved. However, Billy West, the original voice actor for Stimpy, said that he believes the reboot is still happening.
First being released in 1943, this film made by Walt Disney Productions and would be released by RKO Pictures. The purpose of the cartoon was suppose to be encouraging Americans to buy war bonds so the country could help fund the effort of the war. Even though it isn't that surprising that Disney would want to try to get the message out there, it literally has Donald Duck depicted as a Nazi. You know... for kids! If I had to think if this was made again today, they would probably keep the anti-fascist message, but probably not suit up Ol' Donald in a Nazi Uniform.
Blame it on Lisa was known as a episode from The Simpsons. Due to it's controversy, even the cretors wish it was never made. The plot is about visiting Rio De Janeiro in the country of Brazil so she can find a orphan who is her sponsor. It gained much controversy in Brazil due to its offensive stereotypes that was applied to their culture. This also include incorrect elements that were countries outside of Brazil.
Yeah not surprising
What do you get when a cartoon for kids (Sort of) makes smoking references? Well, you get this. Since tobacco companies are banned today to advertise their products on TV due to it causing cancer and heart diseases, it wouldn't be allowed today. But in 1971, before the ban, a company by the name of RJ Reynolds not only sponsored the show of The Flintstones, but also made a episode centered around advertising cigarettes from the brand Winston. When the baby character Pebbles was introduced though, they stopped advertising and halted their involvement with The Flintstones.
The donkey part, right?
Deadly Force was an episode of a kids cartoon called Gargoyles that aired on Disney from 1994-1997. The episode was considered so hard-hitting that the chances of something similar to it would probably never be made again in a kids show. In the episode, a gargoyle accidently shoots Elisa, a human character. She was shown motionless and even blood was coming out of her. While it was praised for the episode tackling gun violence, many people thought it was too far. Especially for a kids show.
Because of gun violence
Mickey Mouse in Vietnam was a 1 minute short made by Disney during the Vietnam War. It showed Mickey Mouse entering in the war for the Vietnam War. It shows him seeing a sign for it, then deciding to walk over to this signup place thingy and would then be shown in a war uniform getting ready. He would eventually arrive in the location of the war before eventually being shot. It shows his final moments where he's smiling but then frowns. This was shown once, but it became lost media after never being seen again, but it was eventually found. Due to the topic of war and with it involving Mickey Mouse, it would probably be made today.
Today, it would be called "degrading to women", that's why the Looney Tunes Show changed her into a crazy but lovable person instead of a dumb eye candy for furries.
A film so politically incorrect and satire that with how politically correct modern Hollywood is, definitely wouldn't have gotten past the development stages without an NC-17 rating slapped in the face.
Weirdmageddon is one of the most frightening episodes of all time. Something like this would not be made today.
How is it frightening?
Why was the Popeye movie shelled for the Emoji Movie?! WHY?! It would be like shelling Tom and Jerry: The Movie for Open Season or Foodfight!
Back in the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s, the angry chef trope was a popular trope in entertainment; it was glamorized and seen as normal for head chefs to behave aggressively towards other chefs (especially trainee chefs). Pixar's Ratatouille has several characters that epitomize the trope and it is played for laughs. For more: check out the TV Tropes page.
Due to cultural changes in attitudes towards bullying and mental health, the angry chef is now being called into question with works such as FX's The Bear playing it for drama and real-life angry chefs either being forced to leave the profession or having to change their behavior to fit into the modern world (even Gordon Ramsay has admitted to these recent changes). Because of this, Pixar's Ratatouille would not be made today as it would be normalizing bullying to impressionable children and would be glamorizing toxic workplaces.