Dealing with the theme of gun safety is usually a tightrope walk. Gargoyles, unfortunately, fell in their episode “Deadly Force.” It was pulled from rotation when a woman was killed and you can see her full body lying on the ground in a pool of blood. However, later, the episode was allowed to air when they edited her death to remove the blood and just show a close-up of her face.
Ren and Stimpy never shied away from pushing the envelope, but apparently “Man’s Best Friend” was too much for Nickelodeon to handle; it never aired on the network. It even ended up getting the creator, John Kricfalusi, fired from the studio. Nickelodeon specifically didn’t like the violence portrayed by Ren. He repeatedly hit his owner over the head and there were several references to tobacco.
Clearly, Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies has an ugly past with several racist cartoons. Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs are arguably one of the worst. The title alone speaks for itself. Like the other cartoons, it features several racial stereotypes of African Americans and was banned by United Artists in the ’60s.
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