Kids' cartoons, adult humor
When we’re young, a lot of things go over our heads. Which makes perfect sense. As kids, we’re not expected to understand half the things going on around us, whether it’s because it’s a complicated subject we haven’t learned about yet or because it’s an adult theme we’re not supposed to know about. Innocence is bliss, right?
So what’s the deal with all the dirty jokes and adult humor hidden in movies, TV shows, games, and other materials that are specifically made for and targeted at kids?
Did writers and animators do this to give the bored parents in the audience something to laugh at, or did they just slip in these subtle jokes because they were going crazy, being forced to entertain children for the rest of their lives? We may never know, but now that we’re older, the result is both hysterical and disturbing.
It’s no secret that the hippie culture of the ’60s and ’70s heavily influenced Scooby-Doo, especially when it comes to the character of Shaggy. Even in the live-action movies from the early 2000s, Shaggy’s character seems perpetually stuck in the past. So, are we really surprised that he falls for a girl named Mary Jane on the plane?
Of course, if you were young or innocent enough when this came out, you wouldn’t have thought twice about it.
When you live in a house as crowded as the Tanners’, you can bet that people are bound to get on your nerves. But when Stephanie dropped this insult back in the day, was it warranted? Did you even catch it?
Definitely going to use it from now on!
Animaniacs had its fair share of subtle adult humor—those Warner siblings were WILD. But how this joke ever managed to slip past the censors is pretty unbelievable. We’re glad it did, though!
How about an innocent show like Rugrats? Certainly that had to be free of dirty jokes, right?
Wrong. Keep reading!