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Monday, October 3, 2016

Death In Kid's Shows

Is it appropriate to have death scenes in kid's shows? Maybe. We were all exposed to them as children, sometimes without even knowing it. You know the popular little girl's rhyme "Ring Around the Rosie"? I used to play that with my friends when I was a kid, we'd all hold hands, forming a circle, and run around in that circle while singing that song, and then at the end where it says "We all fall down" we'd all hit the pavement. Well, most people don't know it, but that song was actually based on the deaths during the days of the European black plague period. The "ring around the rosie" was the boils that developed on the skin of infected victims. "Pocket full of posies" was how they used to mask the fowl odor coming from those boils. "Ashes, ashes, we all fall down" was when the victim died, they would be burned to ashes.

I guess having death represented in kid's shows is not so much a bad thing. Death is a reality after all. Though it is sad when it happens. But who knows what happens afterwords? Is it really a bad thing? I used to think it was the worst thing that could happen to a person. I guess if you're dying of a disease or something, and you'd been suffering, it's not so bad. At least in death you would be out of pain. I know my pa is now out of pain. But he was ready to go. I miss him. But I know he is in Heaven now, and happy to be with our LORD. Now, being murdered is something else. Like my Michael. Murder victims did not choose to die, most of them were not ready. It just happened because they came upon a maniac at that time in their lives. A lot of deaths have been portrayed in kid's movies and TV shows. Some were sad, some we watched and said "they deserved it!" Some we may have even been indifferent to. These are some that I remember and I have opinions of...

Bambi (1942)

Probably the saddest death I can remember in cartoon history. I remember seeing this when I was in 2nd grade and thinking it was so sad, it actually got me started crying! Not only that, but I had terrible nightmares after watching this the first time. I heard the real reason Disney had Bambi's mother get killed off in this movie was because he was still sad over the death of his own mother years before. His own mom was killed in an unfortunate explosion. Anyways, here is the scene.



Sesame Street - Goodbye Mr. Hooper (1983)

I still remember when this was first aired. It was Thanksgiving Day of 1983. I remember that because we were kids and we didn't go to school that day. Instead, we went to grandma's for Thanksgiving dinner. Grandma had just moved to our state from Louisiana, so it was the first time we spent the holidays with her. I'd heard for months prior to this that Mr. Hooper had died and they were going to announce it on Sesame Street, but I didn't know when or how. I guess they chose to air this episode on Thanksgiving Day because they knew all the kids would be home and able to watch the show. When each person (and bird) talks, you can hear their voice breaking. It's a very sad episode.


In addition, there have been several times Mr. Hooper has been mentioned and remembered throughout the years. Such as this episode from 1997.


The Land Before Time (1988)

I saw this movie when I was a little bit older and more able to understand the concept of death. I think I was 19 when I saw this movie for the first time, I had it on video. I had just gotten into dinosaurs because of Jurassic Park and my sis told me about this movie, so I wanted to see it. It was so sad seeing Littlefoot, the Apatosaur cub (whatever you'd call a baby dinosaur), lying next to his dying mother. It kinda gives a bit of the same vibe as Bambi's mom's death scene; it's raining and he's alone searching for his mom, the only difference is there is no father involved, and the movie actually has him by his mother's side as she's dying. Here's the scene.


Jurassic Park (1993)

Speaking of dinosaurs, I don't know if this qualifies as a "kid's show", but I do remember seeing an awful lot of children attending this movie when it was in the theaters. Kids love dinosaurs, after all. But I am not sure how many of them still loved dinosaurs after seeing a scene like this. This was the first killing made in that movie, and it was the scene where the Tyrannosaur attacks that lawyer after he ran into the bathroom, leaving the kids in the car unattended. Who among us saw this and said "that guy got what he deserved"? Or who saw this and said "Aww, he turned out to be a good guy in the end. He didn't deserve to die that way"? Anyways, here is the scene.


The Little Mermaid (1989)

Disney movies are full of death scenes. Some are not deserved, like Bambi losing his mom. But some are very satisfactory, like the death of Ursula in The Little Mermaid. Ursula takes on the original image of someone who really wants to help Ariel get her prince. But for what? She makes her pay with her voice! When that is why Eric, the prince, wanted to find her in the first place. She should have gone to her father first. Yeah he got mad at her the first time she brought it up, and he was kindof an asshole about it. But he eventually gave in once he realized she was seriously in love with Eric. Anyways, here is her death scene.


Tarzan (1999)

This one would piss off the catfags and pantherfags, but this movie has several death scenes. In the opening scene of the movie, there's this family of gorillas with a baby, and the baby meets Sabor, the leopard, who kills the baby. It's a scene that just breaks your heart! The baby gorilla did not deserve to die that way. Although that is nature's way, still it was a very sad scene!


But this is also how Tarzan came into the lives of these gorillas. And years later, he meets up with the leopard that terrorized his gorilla family, and kills him. This scene would piss off the pantherfags! LOL! But I say Sabor got exactly what he deserved! It was a good fight to the finish!


Well, that's my take on some death scenes in kid's shows. What do you think about scenes like these being in kid's shows? Do you think kids should be exposed to it? I dunno, with the way the world is, being too politically correct, I think it's a good idea to let kids know how the world really works! With all the political correctness people want to push on society today, kids will grow up thinking everything in life has to be fair. But it's just not. That's why I do not believe in political correctness. If we're going to be anything with our children, we might as well be honest. Life isn't fair! Never has been and never will be. We must learn to deal with it. Or else we will have many more generations full of nothing but wussies and fags.
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