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