Thursday, April 29, 2010

TIMES' TOP 10 CONTROVERSIAL CARTOONS recently selected what they felt to be the Top 10 controversial cartoons with the Boondocks coming in at #5, a surprise Disney theme making the cut and a few others.Toons have come a looooong way in the "offensive" category.

See the list after the jump!'s Top 10 Controversial Cartoons:

1. South Park and Muhammad
2. The Censored Eleven

3. The Simpsons - "The Simpsons Go to Brasil"

4. Song of the South

Its signature song, "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah," won a 1947 Academy Award, and the Br'er Rabbit animation sequences have been used in several TV spots and Disney specials over the years. But there's no denying the fact that by today's standards, the film is rather racist. Set in the post–Civil War South, the movie — in which a former slave named Uncle Remus regales children with amusing stories — depicts an offensively "idyllic" master-slave relationship, as the NAACP once described it. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. considered the feature's depictions of happy slaves an "insult to American minorities." Disney has declined to release the film on video in the U.S., fearing an outcry over the crude stereotypes.
5. The Boondocks

6. Family Guy
7. Pokemon Panic

On December 16, 1997, a mysterious plague swept through Japan: in a single evening, some 12,000 people reported symptoms ranging from nausea to seizures, and nearly 700 — mostly school kids — were rushed to the hospital. The reason: they had all viewed an episode of the popular anime cartoon Pokemon featuring about 5 seconds of flashing red and blue lights. The combination can trigger seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy.
8. Aladdin - "Arabian Nights"

9. South Park and Scientology
10. Speedy Gonzales
America's favorite fleet-footed, sombrero-clad, Mexican-accented Looney Tunes mouse — hit a road bump in 1999 when the Cartoon Network pulled him from the air. (The likely cause was ethnic stereotyping: Speedy's Mexican buddies are portrayed as lazy boozehounds.) Calling the popular rodent a positive role model, however, fans and lobbyists — including supporters of the League of United Latin American Citizens, the U.S.' oldest Hispanic-American rights organization — campaigned to resurrect him, and by 2002 he was zooming across the airwaves


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