Interesting: Warner Bros. vs. The Simpsons


[American Cartoon: A Documentary Short] (Viewer #10,625)

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  1. This looks like a college class project. Granted, if I would have thought about turning a statistics project into a cartoon watching marathon then I would have jumped at the chance.

    Credit where it’s due.

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  2. From the video:

    “Bugs Bunny was supposed to be Jewish.”

    First time I have ever heard that.

    The statistical approach was interesting, and you can learn a lot by seeing how the stats change over time, for instance.

    But you lose much fundamental and information — and information that would be highly relevant to such a study — if you tally instances of violence in an episode of The Simpsons (especially): If the episode happens to include an episode of “Itchy and Scratchy,” it will of course skew the violent-instance count; but, far more important, it is a qualitatively different form of violence because it is quantitatively different — it is a parody, a satire, a comment on violence — that is a different genre from any violence that may be used in the course of an ordinary episode. And numbers don’t capture that.

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  3. They seem to make the third classical mistake. “Redeeming Social Values” have to be gauged by the values dominant at the time of creation. I am shocked, shocked I say that the views on ethnic groups in the 1940’s is different from those on the 1990’s! All the points of comparison the authors make fail because of that. What is the point? Are cartoons more “socially conscious” today than before? NO, what they are is representative of the dominant social consciousness which may be better, or may be worse, dependent not only on your point of view but also on when you view it. So smoking was not deemed to be bad in 1940? Egads they still had DOCTORS promoting its use? I fail to see the point of this endeavor other than making the authors feel morally superior to a previous generation of animators.

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