Visiting WB Animation this A.M., I got a chance to see the new Warners theatrical shorts featuring the classic Warners characters. They run along the lines of the recent Coyote and Roadrunner 3-D cartoons that hit theaters over the past year.
And to let you know, this new crop is excellently done and very funny. But of course they have ... how do I put this delicately? ... a lot of creative Warner Bros. violence. (When you have heavy kitchen implements and large pianos falling from high places, what can you expect?)
After I got through laughing and wiping the moisture from my eyes, I fell into a conversation with a staffer about how it's nice that a large conglomerate can allow Termite Terrace style mayhem to occur on the silver screen in this day and age. (I asked: "Were these things focus grouped? Tested?" The answer was "No.")
And that led to what is and isn't politically correct in 2011, and how good old-fashioned cartoon socking and knocking is often balm for the soul. And then later in the afternoon I saw this:
The Parents Television Council fired another volley today at one of its favorite targets: adult-themed cartoons that also attract kids. ... "Our data demonstrates that today’s norm is profanity-laden storylines involving everything from rape and cocaine to STDs and crystal meth."
Storylines involving cocaine and crystal meth? The Council says that like it's a bad thing.
But I have a solution for the prudish, priggish and faint-hearted: If parents think Family Guy and American Dad are polluting little Johnny's and Tiffany's minds, maybe they should monitor what their children are watching. Or better yet, turn the flat screen off.
See, television isn't the end-all and be all. There are these great new things called books that force children to use their imaginations. And the great thing is, you can sit down with them anywhere. (Oh, wait. I guess you can do that with the teevee, as well.)