Top 10 TV Episodes Affected by 9/119/11 is probably one of the biggest tragedies in the US. Over 2,000 people lost their lives, and the entire country was shook. In the Cartoon World some of the episodes were banned because of this single event.
Even though I don't watch the show, Pokémon may be one of the most popular children's shows in recent times. But, did you know there was an episode that was banned because of 9/11, twice? Just like Mass Transit Trouble from the Adventures of Sonic The Hedgehog, this episode was banned twice. First for 9/11, and 2nd for Hurricane Katrina. The episode is about Ash and his friends trying to get rid of this type of pokemon called tentacool. But after something happens one of them to evolve into a giant tentacruel, and it starts destroying the city. The reason it was banned was because of the destruction of the towers that the tentacruel destroys.
Hey wasn't a little bit of this episode in the intro? So was it really?
I wonder, how was this not on the list yet Gary Takes A Bath was?
Instead of an episode, it's a deleted scene. In the season... was it 2 or 3? I don't remember. Anyways, in this episode, SpongeBob tries to get Squidward to eat a Krabby Patty, which Squidward secretly likes. After rushing to the Krusty Krab to get into the Patty Vault, there is a scene where Squidward ends up in a trap and gets gas dumped on his head with a torching being dropped in the gas and Squidward blowing up and catching fire... twice. Immediately after its first airing, the scene was cut due to not only referencing it, but also because it aired less than a month after 9/11. It also could be possible that this was cut because it could've posted a threat to very young children.
You may remember the 1960s film 101 Dalmatians. Well, it actually had a TV show called 101 Dalmatians: The Series. A segment of an 1997 episode called "Alive N' Chicken" was banned in the US. The episode goes like this. The family's chicken becomes convinced that they are trying to kill him. So the pups treat her to a day living with Gusto and conquer one of her fears: flying. They make a small plane for her and she starts flying away. The reason for it being banned was due to a scene where the chicken crashes into a windmill and lands in flour, which closely resembles to smoke. It's too bad that it was banned since it actually had an uplifting message about living every day with passion and courage.
In the 33rd season premiere titled "Elmo Visits the Firehouse", Elmo goes to Hooper's store, but him and Maria have to leave when Hooper's store catches on fire. Elmo, who is now traumatized of what just happened, meets a firefighter which he takes Elmo to visit the firehouse. They say to Elmo that firefighters are always there to help and they are always ready for an emergency. Not surprisingly, the episode was banned due to it airing a few months after 9/11, despite the fact that it was meant to help kids walk through scary and mysterious events.
The popular series on Nickelodeon was intended for kids with a slightly older demographic for the show. The Season 1 episode Door to Door was the first episode to be aired on the show right after the attacks. In it, Zim takes part in a candy selling drive competition. When no one wants a candy bar at all, he forces virtual reality headsets onto customers to show them a world wide devastation that will happen if they didn't buy his candy. This included the implied destruction of the city of New York, with the Statue of Liberty being sunken in the ocean. The entire remainder of the season was pushed back 6 months just for this scene. It was reworked and the scene was recut.
This cartoon aired on Disney Channel and it was about the adventures of Baloo the Bear who is a pilot for a fright business. The final episode of the show only aired once (at least on Disney Channel), and this is the reason why. The episode revolves around Baloo delivering a present to a leader of a neighboring country, but actually contains a bomb inside by weapon manufacturers so they could provoke a war. The episode was immediately pulled due to the theme of terrorism, but it continued to air on Disney XD which might've been a mistake and on other small outlets.
Airing in November of 1993, this season one episode was banned due to some people concerning of its content in the episode and was not only banned once, but twice, with the first time being in 1995 in the Oklahoma City bombings with the 2nd being 9/11. The episode is about Dr. Robotnik planting bombs at transportation centers in Sonic's planet, Mobius. This episode was banned due to the episode raising the profile of terrorist attacks. After being back in the lineup, it was immediately pulled right after the attacks of 9/11. The episode can still be seen on YouTube.
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command was a cartoon show on Disney that was based of the character of the Toy Story franchise. There were one episode that rarely ever aired and was then banned. The reasons for its small amount of appearances were because of the episodes both being about terrorist attacks, just like 9/11.
Between February and November of 2001, the Power Rangers show titled Power Rangers: Time Force aired 40 episodes between the span. Since the show had a lot of fighting, causing massive destruction around the areas. This required a huge amount of editing in the show. The most famous edit was the censored episode "Ransik Lives". In the episode, there was a scene where the villain Ransik delivering what sounds like a terrorist message to the Power Rangers with some showings of towers blowing up. The edit was that the entire speech was cut out and instead of towers, it was mountains that blew up.
This cartoon was the first incarnation of the franchise to be done in Japan. Due to having many problems with the show, it only lasted for around 6 months. Perhaps one of the main reason is because of an episode being redubbed many times because of 9/11. The 4th episode titled Spychangers to the Rescue had several scenes cut with scenes of people fleeing from destruction and a truck exploding after being hit with a weapon. The original english version only aired once.
This episode had a lot of controversial moments, but I heard that the suicide bombing joke was not well received after 9/11.