Just because it's a cartoon doesn't mean it's for kids

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How often do we see advertising, products and games specifically aimed at young kids these days? 

It's become so commonplace that we rarely question whether anything marked 'for children' is legitimately age-appropriate. 

Movies and television are no exception. 

Even with all ages or PG restrictions, some scenes may really be upsetting for children (and even some adults). 

Take the much beloved The Lion King for instance, rated with a G (all ages) back in 1994. The killing of Mufasa scene? Traumatising much? 

Or the more recent Moana (PG) and the super creepy Te Ka. Is it just me or does the lava monster look more like something out of the Lord of the Rings trilogy? 

The 2009 stop-motion PG rated Coraline (based on the children's novel of the same name), features severed rat heads, partial nudity, and a hand made of needles, among other disturbing visuals.

Who okayed this? 

On the other hand, only a parent is privy to their child's sensitivities, but knowing exactly what certain films and series contain is the best guide in determining what you expose your child to (regardless of age restrictions, animated or not). 

Here are some additional examples:

Rick and Morty

Loosely based on the feature film Back to the Future, Rick and Morty follows the zany adventures of mad scientist, Rick, and grandson Morty. 

This series is rated TV-14 which means that it contains inappropriate language, sexual content and violence.

Watership Down

Since its release in 1978, the animated adaption of the fantasy novel Watership Down has been cast in constant confusion as to the story's intended audience.   

Author Richard Adams originally crafted the stories for his daughters while on family road trips, and was turned down several times prior to the 1972 publication. 

The cartoon was punted as a children's film, and given a 'U' certificate (all ages), despite gory and bloody scenes. 

Parents be warned: just because it features rabbits does not mean it's warm and fuzzy. 

Adventure Time

You'd assume a show called Adventure Time featuring characters named Princess Bubblegum and Cinnamon Bun would be okay, right? 

Not exactly. Set in the nuclear devasted Land of Ooo, this cartoon series could be mistaken for Sesame Street on acid, and boasts a rather large adult following. 

Aimed at children aged 2-11, the show has been flagged for sexually inappropriate jokes, mild violence and depressive elements. 

It may not be the worst thing but a see-for-yourself approach couldn't hurt before letting your child watch this. 

Family Guy

Another harmless looking cartoon but you really don't want your kid watching this. 

Contratry to what the title may suggest, the show is far from family friendly. 

It's not intended for children in any way, and the offensive humour ranges from innappropriate, to possible hate speech. 

To help decide whether a film or series is suitable for your child, try IMBd's Parent guide, you'll find very specific details about whether a movie contains sexual or violent content, inappropriate language, the inclusion of a drug of any kind and how scary certain scenes are. 

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What animated movies or television shows have you banned in your home? Leave a comment below. 

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