June 29, 2015
Millenials, like me may appreciate for many reasons this video’s trivia about cartoon episodes shelved or pulled for apolitical reasons â€“ such as the 1997 incident, when bright, flashing colors in an episode of Pokemon induced seizures in hundreds of Japanese children.
But that’s not the main reason we’re running this YouTube video.
Of particular interest is YouTube user, blameitonjorge’s explanation of how media conglomerates would pull children’s cartoons out of sensitivity to the victims of terrorist attacks, or even out of concern that the episodes would “incite paranoia.”
Following 9/11, Toon Disney pulled an episode of â€œThe Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehogâ€ because its antagonist, Dr. Robotnik, had planted bombs along a transportation system.
Disney has also pulled several episodes of the seemingly innocuous â€œBuzz Lightyear of Star Commandâ€ due to their involving terrorist attacks. One episode was actually entitled “Inside Job.”
The reasons cited were that the plot lines involved terrorist attacks. A scene in the â€œ101 Dalmations: The Seriesâ€ episode, â€œAlive ‘n Chickenâ€ caused a similar corporate response â€“ just because a cartoon dog flew an airplane into a windmill…
(Seems more like Disney had decided to pull re-runs of overly-obvious predictive programming!)