Controversial Film and Television Cartoons Throughout History

There is nothing like a TV cartoon for some good, harmless fun.

Eh, apart from all the racist, sexist disgusting stuff that goes on. What do you mean you never noticed? The following are some of the most controversial film and television cartoons ever made.   

South Park

Controversial Film and Television Cartoons

Of course, South Park is a cartoon that sets out to shock and offend. It does a good job and regularly gets righteous folks up in arms and foaming at the mouth. There is even a Wikipedia page for South Park Controversies, with interesting sections covering Racism, Vulgarity, Mexican Flag and Scientology. Mexicans and scientologists might not agree but the show´s biggest controversy was probably triggered by their depiction of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

Bugs Bunny

Controversial Film and Television Cartoons

From South Park to Bugs Bunny is a mighty leap but how could our loveable buck toothed rabbit buddy possibly have upset anyone other than Elmer Fudd? Perhaps the most famously controversial episode was Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips, in which the racist rabbit insults Japanese soldiers before killing them in hilariously comedic ways. There is also a group of Loony Tunes and Merrie Melodies episodes known as the Censored Eleven which includes All This And Rabbit Stew. This episode is banned because of its racial stereotyping of an African American hunter outwitted by Bugs.   

Coal White and de Sebben Dwarfs

Controversial Film and Television Cartoons

Another controversial cartoon on the Censored Eleven list is this weird jazz version of Snow White. Some critics think that it is a classic while others are deeply offended at what they see as racist undertones. The long term controversy means that relatively few people have seen it.

Donald Duck

Controversial Film and Television Cartoons

How the Donald Duck can this be controversial when you can´t understand a bloody word he says? Well, the episode called Der Fuhrer´s Face did a good job of upsetting a lot of people. It features the cheeky duck making fun of Hitler but also featured racial stereotyping of the Japanese and a bit of gay-bashing. Der Fuhrer´s Face has been voted as one of the best cartoons of all time but it is definitely one that splits opinions. 

Ren and Stimpy

Controversial Film and Television Cartoons

Perhaps the most blatant and disturbing act of cartoon violence came in the infamous boat oar beating episode of Ren and Stimpy. The violence on show in the episode was so brutal and over the top that the bastions of decency at Nickelodeon refused to air it and sacked the sick dude who created it. 

Song of the South

Controversial Film and Television Cartoons

You almost certainly know the song zip-a-dee-doo-dah. Feel free to sing it merrily for a few seconds while I gently tap my fingers on the keyboard. Ok, now that´s out of your system let´s ponder why you are probably a sick racist beast for singing it. Song of the South was probably Disney´s most controversial film, with a ridiculously stereotyped and casually racist approach to the question of slavery. It has never been aired on television and that is unlikely to chance any time soon.

Scooby Doo

Controversial Film and Television Cartoons

Sure, those Scooby snacks look like drugs to me but that´s not the controversy in question today. Instead, we will look at how the delightful Daphne was cursed into becoming a – gasp! – size 8. This happens in the Frankencreepy episode which I assume takes place in an abandoned fairground or spooky castle. The fat shaming scandal it caused has overshadowed the real controversy about Scooby Doo; who the Hell ever thought that adding Scrappy Doo was a good idea?

6 Movies and TV Villains That Are More Likeable Than the Heroes

Why is it that so many movies and TV series want us to believe in a black and white world where the evil characters have no redeeming features?

The truth is that many famous villains are actually more likeable than the heroes if you take the time to understand them. 

The Wicked Witch of the West – Wizard of Oz

The Wicked Witch of the West – Wizard of Oz

This poor lady is probably one of the most misunderstood film characters in history. She is portrayed as such sort of cackling, hideous fiend. Yet, all she is trying to do in the Wizard of Oz is reclaim a family possession. You see, the evil Dorothy kills her sister, The Wicked Witch of the East. She does this through the unconventional murdering technique of landing a house on her. The brazen little hussy from Kansas then steals the dearly departed witch´s ruby slippers. Our friend the witch just wants to claim her inheritance.   

Wile E. Coyote – Roadrunner Cartoons

Wile E. Coyote – Roadrunner Cartoons

Is it just me or does anyone else sit there willing the coyote to finally win the battle and stuff that horrible roadrunner into his Acme Corporation microwave? The poor little dude lives in a barren desert and his only chance of staving off potentially life threatening hunger is to act like the predator he is. Despite his creative genius and admirable work ethic, the coyote is usually let down by his ingenious traps. 

Frankenstein´s Monster – Frankenstein

Frankenstein´s Monster – Frankenstein

Who do you think is the villain in the Frankenstein movies? It surely couldn´t be the hapless sap who got stitched together out of dead people and then finds that the whole world hates him because he´s ugly and walks funny. To be fair, the original book makes it clear that the monster is a decent chap who just happens to be a terrifying look freak. If there is a real villain it is the mentally unstable, unethical scientist who brings him to life.   

Scar – The Lion King

Scar – The Lion King

If they had just given him half a chance then Scar would have been a far better ruler than stupid old Musafa and that young wiper snapper lion. Cleverly, he realized that the circle of life has to involve more than just lions, while his despotic predecessor kicked out the hyenas in a strangely racist forced migration policy. 

The Matrix – The Matrix Series

The Matrix – The Matrix Series

Are the humans the good guys in the Matrix or the evil yet nattily attired ones? If you are human then you probably think that your fellow species is in the right in this movie series. Having said that, how does this whole sorry situation develop in the first place? What´s that; the sons of Adam made robots and then basically enslaved them so that they did all the naff stuff that people were too good for? Hmm, and following their righteous uprising the robots very kindly left the homo sapiens in a delightful fantasy world?

Shere Khan- Jungle Book

Shere Khan- Jungle Book

Let´s face it; this geezer was one shrewd operator. Clearly the ravenous, carnivorous part of him just wanted to eat some human flesh. That´s, like, what carnivores do. If Disney was run by cows then you would be the villain for popping that juicy big hamburger onto your grill every day. The other impressive aspect of Shere Khan is that he realized that the arrival of a man-cub would inevitably upset the delicate jungle eco-system. Mowgli was probably already planning to chop down hundreds of tree and drill for oil. Even if he wasn´t, the boy has no place in the jungle but the tiger does.

12 Emotional Scenes from the War Horse Movie

War Horse is a movie who tries to combine the atrocities people are forced to face during war with a happy ending and it certainly does a good job at that. The movie has had mixed reviews since it was first released but you have to watch it to give an opinion of your own.

Many people claim that War Horse is pure Oscar material and that that’s what Steven Spielberg, the producer of the film was actually after so they have given low rating to the movie. However, many other critics and average viewers think that the movie War Horse is actually a very good movie even though it has a happy ending.

War Horse Movie

Warning: Spoilers ahead

By following the storyline you find out that the War Horse’s name is actually Joey and he was raised by Albert Narracott as a plowing horse and his best friend. All of this changes after Joey is sold to the military, since the movie is set to take place during the World War II. The movie then follows Joey’s journey through being a war horse for the English army, a pet for an orphan girl and her grandfather, a military horse for the German army to finally being reunited with Albert.

In the following, you will find the War Horse movie summary through a list of 12 emotional scenes that can be found while watching the movie.

1. “You are mine now, Joey”

War Horse Movie

The first time Joey and Albert bonded was when Albert named his horse and told him that from now on, Joey is his.

2. “That’s how the Indians used to summon their horses.”

War Horse Movie

Albert makes Joey understand what he needs him to do so he teaches him to come whenever Albert whistles.

3. “We’ll show you dad. You’ll see.”

War Horse Movie

In the minute Ted Narracott finds out he might lose the farm if Joey will not be able to plow the land, he tries to shoot the horse but Albert stands between his father’s gun and the horse and he promises his dad that Joey will eventually be able to plow.

4. “C’mon Albie, push him through.”

War Horse Movie

The moment mister Lyons drives away and Albert’s father starts to tear up after Joey finally manages to plow the land. There is nothing more pure compared to the love between a man and his animal.

5. “I’ll get you money. I’ll work for it.”

War Horse Movie

Joey has just been sold to the cavalry and Albert feels like the whole world is against him. However, the commander who buys Joey promises Albert that he will look after the horse as well as he possibly can.

6. “Who do you think you are?”

War Horse Movie

Nicholls, the commander who purchased Joey is killed during a charge on a German encampment and major Jamie Stewart admits his defeat by throwing his sword on the ground.

7. “War takes everything from everyone.”

War Horse Movie

Emilie, an orphan girl is filled with joy when he finds Joey and his friend horse, Topthorn and considers them presents from God. However, when the German military takes them away to pull military machines, Emilie’s heart is broken.

8. “As you can see sir, this one is stronger.”

War Horse Movie

Joey saves his friend’s life by volunteering to carry the heavy gun. Who knew horses are capable of such strong bonding?

9. “Please get up.”

War Horse Movie

Not only people have to suffer from the atrocities of war, but animals as well. Joey refuses to leave Topthorn’s side even though he is not alive anymore.

10. “War horse.”

War Horse Movie

In the end, we are all human and an animal in distress can do a pretty good job on uniting people who otherwise have nothing in common besides just being human. Joey is saved by Colin, an English soldier and Peter, a French soldier after getting stuck in barb wire.

11. “See, sir? He’s no random horse at all.”

War Horse Movie

Albie, who is now Private Albert Narracott is reunited with his beloved Joey after he responds to Albert’s whistle. Although Albert cannot currently see because of an injury he sustained while at war, he is able to offer a complete description of Joey so everyone agrees that the horse found tangled in barb wire is Joey, the horse raised by Albert Narracott.

12. “You may have this. And this.”

War Horse Movie

Emilie’s grandfather comes to the auction where Joey was about to be sold and buys Joey. This breaks Albert’s heart but after the grandfather realizes that Joey actually belongs with Albert, he decides to give it to him.

These were our top 12 emotional scenes of the War Horse the movie. If you are interested in War Horse the theatre play, you can find tickets here.

Useful links:

War Horse full movie online free

War Horse movie cast list

War Horse movie review on Rotten Tomatoes

War Horse official trailer on Youtube

 

The Amazing Disney Facts You Never Knew

We all love to settle down with some popcorn and by entertained by singing fish and evil witches, don´t we?

Disney films have given pleasure to millions over the decades but what amazing Disney facts are you not yet aware of? Maybe these ones.

The Alternative Dwarfs

Disney facts you never knew

We all know and love those 7 dwarfs but how would you have liked them if they can been given crappy names like Burpy, Chesty, Tubby, Hickey, Deafy, Wheezy and Awful? These were the name Walt Disney was originally going to give them. In fact, they weren´t given names at all in the original Brothers Grimm tale and in other versions of Snow White they have been called all sorts of stupid names.

The Hidden Characters

Disney movie facts you never knew

The folks at Disney love to hide unexpected characters in their films. For example, in King Triton´s concert at the start of the Little Mermaid the audience includes Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and Goofy. In The Hunchback of Notre Dame song Out There you can see Belle, Pumbaa and even Aladdin´s magic carpet. 

The Fewest Words Spoken by Characters

Disney facts

The only Disney main character to be completely word-less for the whole movie is Dumbo. Next in line is Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, who only had around 18 lines in the whole movie. On the other hand, the first Disney character to speak was Mickey Mouse and his enigmatic first words were “Hot dog”.

The Facial Hair Issue

Disney facts you never knew

While staff at Disneyland were barred from growing facial hair for a long time, it is even stranger to think that guests with facial hair were banned when it first opened. Any dude with long hair was also declared persona non grata.

The Disneyland Workers

Disney facts you never knew

A good number of Disneyland workers have gone to fame and fortune, while some even grew a beard as soon as they stopped working there. Among the future stars to work with Mickey and the gang were Steve Martin, Kevin Costner and Michelle Pfeiffer. Some rumours suggest that Robin Williams worked there as a tour guide.

More Hidden Stuff

Disney movie facts you never knew

So, did the dust kicked up in The Lion King really form the word “sex” in the sky? If you look really hard it does appear to be true. The official response from the people behind the film is that it says “SFX” as a sort of signature. Less debate is needed around the hidden nude image in The Rescuers. Disney admitted that a naked woman appears in the background as our intrepid heroes fly on a sardine tin. A recall of the video (yeah, this happened a while ago now that you mention it) was ordered.

Snow White Struggled for Work

Disney facts you never knew

The actress who voiced Snow White in the classic film was called Adriana Caselotti. She was paid just $970 for her work, although in today´s money that works out as a more impressive $16,000 or so. She was under contract to Disney but was blocked from taking on more work in order to avoid spoiling the illusion of Snow White. Her voice pops up briefly on The Wizard of Oz and It´s a Wonderful Life but you´ll struggle to find her featured on any other film.   

Famous Last Words

Disney facts

Walt Disney left us with some of the most intriguing last words ever. Rather than speaking them he wrote them on a piece of paper. So what did he write that day in 1966 when he passed away? “Kurt Russell”. No one knows why he wrote the then child actor´s name down.

10 Best Scenes from Game of Thrones Season 4

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Whether you watch the Game of Thrones series on HBO, DVD or you’re streaming it online for free (naughty, naughty) this show, beloved by most, has some of the most memorable scenes in the history of television. It’s mostly because of the amazing cast but also because the writing is exceptional and the places where the action takes places are beautiful. The series can put you in a great mood even though some of the characters are hated by all; it’s that powerful. If you are an old fan of Game of Thrones, all the seasons are amazing and most of us demand more from the show. However, if you didn’t watch Game of Thrones until now, it’s time to do so. Stream it, buy it on blu ray or DVD, make it appear right out of thin air into your home, do something. You will most likely ask yourself how you didn’t watch this amazing show until now.

This is our list of our favorite 10 best scenes from Game of Thrones season 4. In our opinion, season 4 was one of the best seasons so far with many memorable scenes worthy of going back to.

1. Every chicken in the room

The season premiere of the Game of Thrones show was really impressive. The Hound and Arya started the fourth season from Game of Thrones with a huge appetite for roasted chickens. What followed is proof without any lack of certainty that it’s a great day in Westeros when you kill an army of Lannister soldiers and afterwards you eat all their food.

2. White Walkers

This is one of the most awesome and coolest surprises we got this past season of Game of Thrones. We got to see something in the likes of a council of White Walkers transforming a baby donated from Craster into their kind with the use of magic.

This was the first time we saw the White Walkers assemble as well as their transforming magic. Also, that horned White Walker may be the king. We finally got to see what they do with the babies.

3. Purple Wedding

If Game of Thrones has taught us something is that everybody dies. And what a way to start the season with a death as important as this one.  Joffrey, the king of the realm, married the “love of his life” just so he could gruesomely die right after. Joffrey died the way he lived. Surrounded by numerous people who hated his very being who more than a few times dreamt about his demise.

This has been called by fans of the Game of Thrones show “The Purple Wedding” as the color purple is associated with royalty. Also, it was the color of his skin while he was choking.

4. Tyrion’s trial

Tyrion got the shortest end of the stick this season when he was pushed to stand trial for the murder of Joffrey only to be betrayed by all witnesses. By the end of the trial he really couldn’t stand it and gave everyone an amazing and long overdue speech.

“I wish I had enough poison for the whole pack of you” he said, basically coming to condemn himself for death right there and then. This was a very therapeutic scene for both the viewers and Tyrion. The only way in which this speech could have been better is if Tyrion would have addressed it to George R. R. Martin.

5. Jorah gets banished from Meereen

This was the ultimate friendzone. The season 4 of Game of Thrones brought many eras to an end but none was as time tested as Jorah and Daenerys. Jorah initially came close to Daenerys because he was spying on behalf of King Robert. However, he gave up being a spy the moment he discovered that Daenerys was a beautiful, invulnerable woman who had the power of waking up dragons from dead eggs.

However, his past eventually caught up with Jorah when Tywin sent a pardon note to Meereen. Tywin deprived Daenerys of Jorah, her trusted consultant, by doing so. Jorah was sent very far away from Daenerys, the woman he loved so much.

6. Brienne versus The Hound

After the perfect scene of Oberyn versus The Mountain, most of us were sure we would never get a scene as amazing as that one. However, the writers decided to ignore the book and top the battle in three episodes. Brienne versus The Hound did not only become the most amazing battle but also became one of the most awesome modifications from the book ever done on the show.

Brienne and The Hound fought with rocks, swords and their bare fists. Brienne really had to go all in to beat The Hound’s fury. But by knocking over Sandor Clegane over a very steep mound, optimism managed to triumph over pessimism in this very short moment.

7. Mag the Mighty

The episode 9 from Game of Thrones called “The Watchers on the Wall” was full of amazing moments. However, destructions and a lot of deaths were also present as the warriors of Mance Rayder tried with all their might to conquer Night’s Watch by climbing on The Wall.

We chose as our favorite moment the time the soldiers and Grenn started to say their oath while being charge by Mag the Mighty. This moment had us in tears even though we didn’t really know Grenn all that well. Although it is very easy to mock the pledge of protecting the continent from threats no one else but them seems to care or know about, it’s these kinds of moments that make us very proud.

8. Oberyn Martell battles Gregor Clegance

This is one of the best and most action packed battle scenes in the history of the Game of Thrones series. Oberyn battled Ser Gregor to not let Tyrion die. Oberyn, however was not only fighting for Tyrion as he had another reason of his own for fighting Gregor. A reason that made him take his eyes off the prize for a small moment and the one that cause him to lose those eyes.

This scene when Clegance squeezes Oberyn’s head was the most unexpected moment the non-book readers have received this year. While it wasn’t as upsetting as the Red Wedding, the moment really took everyone by surprise. And this is just another proof that revenge doesn’t really go well in the Game of Thrones universe.

9. Tywin death scene

After being granted freedom, Tyrion felt he needed to have one last moment with his dear father. And, lucky, he found his cruel father in probably one of the most vulnerable places a man could find himself into, on the toilet with his pants down.

Tywin really tried to save himself but without any success. This wasn’t what Tyrion wanted or needed to hear from him. Therefore, Tyrion killed his father right on the toilet with a couple of extremely well placed crossbow arrows. This was truly the kind of “Iron Throne” Tywin deserved.

10. Arya and The Hound

Arya was really all in this year. Almost every scene of hers with The Hound ended up being very satisfying.  And her look in the finale was cutting through our very soul.

The Hound was trying to make her kill him, like Arya promised to him last season of the show. Arya, however, learned that the world was a very unforgiving and cruel world from her mentor. She also learned that death inflicted by her own hands sometimes isn’t the best kind of revenge and also that she was really out of any mercy.

The release date for the new season is set on 5 April 2015 so be sure to clear your schedule on that day.