History Anvilicious / WesternAnimation

11th Aug '16 5:19:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''APupNamedScoobyDoo'':

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* ''APupNamedScoobyDoo'':''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'':



* ''ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': The moral of one episode is that, if you want women to like you, you should listen to what they have to say. The villain is portrayed as immensely attractive for being a LovableRogue and treating the woman with disturbingly close smothering. The moral about listening repeated vigorously, much to the annoyance of Sheriff Stone. Subverted when the only thing Shaggy and Fred learn from this is that they can get earplugs and only pretend to listen to their female friends.

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* ''ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': The moral of one episode is that, if you want women to like you, you should listen to what they have to say. The villain is portrayed as immensely attractive for being a LovableRogue and treating the woman with disturbingly close smothering. The moral about listening repeated vigorously, much to the annoyance of Sheriff Stone. Subverted when the only thing Shaggy and Fred learn from this is that they can get earplugs and only pretend to listen to their female friends.



* The ''DonaldDuck'' episode "DerFuehrersFace": "Boy, am I glad to be a citizen of the [[{{Eagleland}} United States of America]]!"

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* The ''DonaldDuck'' ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' episode "DerFuehrersFace": "Disney/DerFuehrersFace": "Boy, am I glad to be a citizen of the [[{{Eagleland}} United States of America]]!"



* ''{{Duckman}}'' did this a few times. Unlike most other cartoons, though, it stayed funny while it did it; ''Duckman'' was really one of the first primetime animated shows that could be good ''and'' dramatic. A good example was the episode "America the Beautiful", where Duckman and Cornfed chase down a missing model named (of course) America, going through her ex-lovers, which represented the repressed '50s, the radically liberal '60s, the hedonistic, shallow '70s, and the greed-crazed '80s. Unable to find her, Duckman wallows in despair, represented by the cynical detachment of the '90s, before finding America in a dump, having given up all hope for a better tomorrow. Duckman finally convinces her that, although survival is difficult, they had to keep trying to make the world a better place, for the sake of their children.

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* ''{{Duckman}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'' did this a few times. Unlike most other cartoons, though, it stayed funny while it did it; ''Duckman'' was really one of the first primetime animated shows that could be good ''and'' dramatic. A good example was the episode "America the Beautiful", where Duckman and Cornfed chase down a missing model named (of course) America, going through her ex-lovers, which represented the repressed '50s, the radically liberal '60s, the hedonistic, shallow '70s, and the greed-crazed '80s. Unable to find her, Duckman wallows in despair, represented by the cynical detachment of the '90s, before finding America in a dump, having given up all hope for a better tomorrow. Duckman finally convinces her that, although survival is difficult, they had to keep trying to make the world a better place, for the sake of their children.
24th Jun '16 5:49:03 PM nombretomado
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* "One Beer", a [[ThreeShorts mini-episode]] of ''TinyToonAdventures'', does a send-up of heavy-handed CantGetAwayWithNuthin cartoons about the dangers of underage drinking. They have a bottle of beer. Hampton notes they usually wouldn't touch such a thing, but Buster [[LampshadeHanging replies]] that they have to [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption act out of character]] [[IdiotBall for the plot to work]]. The single bottle of beer (split between Buster, Hampton, and Plucky, which means each got about four ounces) puts them into a foggy dreamland, in which they eventually drive a car off a cliff and die. Not surprisingly, the executives eventually refused to re-air the episode, because they felt it was so heavy-handed that it came off as sarcastic. (Which was, in fact, the series writers' intent all along; in response to some attempted ExecutiveMeddling by some figures at Warner Bros. Television, who thought ''Tiny Toons'' needed to be more "educational", all three segments of that particular episode ("''Elephant Issues''") were deliberately written to come across as moral sledgehammers delivered as un-subtly as possible, in hopes that it would discourage the censors and network execs from asking them to do it again. It worked.)

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* "One Beer", a [[ThreeShorts mini-episode]] of ''TinyToonAdventures'', ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', does a send-up of heavy-handed CantGetAwayWithNuthin cartoons about the dangers of underage drinking. They have a bottle of beer. Hampton notes they usually wouldn't touch such a thing, but Buster [[LampshadeHanging replies]] that they have to [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption act out of character]] [[IdiotBall for the plot to work]]. The single bottle of beer (split between Buster, Hampton, and Plucky, which means each got about four ounces) puts them into a foggy dreamland, in which they eventually drive a car off a cliff and die. Not surprisingly, the executives eventually refused to re-air the episode, because they felt it was so heavy-handed that it came off as sarcastic. (Which was, in fact, the series writers' intent all along; in response to some attempted ExecutiveMeddling by some figures at Warner Bros. Television, who thought ''Tiny Toons'' needed to be more "educational", all three segments of that particular episode ("''Elephant Issues''") were deliberately written to come across as moral sledgehammers delivered as un-subtly as possible, in hopes that it would discourage the censors and network execs from asking them to do it again. It worked.)
23rd Jun '16 7:45:38 PM nombretomado
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* ''FernGully'': Humans suck, pollution is the devil and cutting down trees is pure evil because as any fairy will tell you they feel pain. The animated musical. Becomes a bit [[{{Irony}} ironic]] when you realize that the [[TimCurry spirit of]] [[EvilIsSexy pollution]] is the [[JustHereForGodzilla main reason most people watch the movie in the first place.]]

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* ''FernGully'': ''WesternAnimation/FerngullyTheLastRainforest'': Humans suck, pollution is the devil and cutting down trees is pure evil because as any fairy will tell you they feel pain. The animated musical. Becomes a bit [[{{Irony}} ironic]] when you realize that the [[TimCurry [[Creator/TimCurry spirit of]] [[EvilIsSexy pollution]] is the [[JustHereForGodzilla main reason most people watch the movie in the first place.]]
20th Jun '16 11:08:07 AM fobarimperius
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** In many cases, Cartman will play a Strawman for the sole purpose of the audience being shown the evils of the other opinion and thus presenting their message not as "Do this" but rather "''Don't be like Cartman''", or for the main cast to tear Cartman down for his behavior (even though he never learns). It's clear the creators are at least aware of this, as Cartman, for all his insane ramblings and totally ridiculous opinion, ''does'' occasionally make some sense.


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*** That being said, it promotes the idea that all German soldiers lived in muddy holes, survived on ridiculously small rations, were exploited in weapon factories, and swearing blind loyalty to Hitler that required them to salute every single picture of him that came by. When he wakes up in his comfy American home, in his comfy American bed, with his comfy American pajama's, it's clear which side the propoganda piece was written for.
16th May '16 2:15:26 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Practically every episode of ''TheProudFamily'', with its suburban upper-middle-class Black-American family learning [[AnAesop some lesson]], often concerning race relations.

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* Practically every episode of ''TheProudFamily'', ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'', with its suburban upper-middle-class Black-American family learning [[AnAesop some lesson]], often concerning race relations.
4th May '16 5:10:11 PM nombretomado
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* It could be said that the ''premise'' of ''CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' was anvilicious. A group of eco superheroes who command the powers of nature to fight evil polluters. Yup, [[ForTheEvulz bad guys who don't produce anything; just pollute]]. Though in its defense, if they had written it as a cyberpunk story about a bunch of eco-terrorists fighting against the overwhelming power of the corporate menace, it wouldn't exactly have been able to appeal to children now would it? That's the lesson here: if it's U.S. children's television, it must make use of anvilicious aesops. Removing them makes the show no longer acceptable for children!

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* It could be said that the ''premise'' of ''CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' was anvilicious. A group of eco superheroes who command the powers of nature to fight evil polluters. Yup, [[ForTheEvulz bad guys who don't produce anything; just pollute]]. Though in its defense, if they had written it as a cyberpunk story about a bunch of eco-terrorists fighting against the overwhelming power of the corporate menace, it wouldn't exactly have been able to appeal to children now would it? That's the lesson here: if it's U.S. children's television, it must make use of anvilicious aesops. Removing them makes the show no longer acceptable for children!
17th Apr '16 4:22:09 AM Andyroid
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** "The Chronicles of Meap: More Than Meaps The Eye" is so comically unsubtle in its moral of "don't judge a book by its cover" you have to wonder if they were doing it on purpose. In fact, one of the first scenes in the episode is Candace ''literally'' judging books by their covers.



--> '''Agent Lyla''': It's a heavy-handed metaphor for how we work together!

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--> ---> '''Agent Lyla''': It's a heavy-handed metaphor for how we work together!



*** This was made even worse by the fact that an earlier episode condemned robosexuality. Fry's Lucy Lu bot died in vain!

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*** This was made even worse by the fact that an earlier episode condemned robosexuality. Fry's Lucy Lu bot Liu-bot died in vain!
31st Jan '16 8:49:56 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Superfriends}}''. Almost every episode of the 1973/74 series had environmentalism as a major theme, with preaching against air and water pollution, encouraging energy conservation, etc.

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* ''{{Superfriends}}''.''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}''. Almost every episode of the 1973/74 series had environmentalism as a major theme, with preaching against air and water pollution, encouraging energy conservation, etc.
22nd Dec '15 7:39:01 PM otemple700
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** "Arthur's Big Hit": Never hit your younger sibling, even if they damage something you worked on for weeks. Otherwise you'll find yourself hated by all of your friends while said sibling [[KarmaHoudini get's away with no punishment scoot-free]].
2nd Dec '15 4:30:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''CartoonAllStarsToTheRescue'' uses healthy doses of {{Narm}} and horror to create a special so {{Anvilicious}} that it may very well be a form of brainwashing. The show put the drug addict kid through what can only be described as a Cartoon Carnival of Souls as part of their DrugsAreBad argument.

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* ''CartoonAllStarsToTheRescue'' ''WesternAnimation/CartoonAllStarsToTheRescue'' uses healthy doses of {{Narm}} and horror to create a special so {{Anvilicious}} that it may very well be a form of brainwashing. The show put the drug addict kid through what can only be described as a Cartoon Carnival of Souls as part of their DrugsAreBad argument.



* ''{{Freakazoid}}'': In one episode the story is interrupted by a member of the censor board. At the end she is hit with an anvil [[DontExplainTheJoke because censors are bad, geddit?]]
* ''GIJoe'' taught us all that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AjcDW7zIY8 knowing is half the battle]]. So now you know. The other half? Blowing shit up.
* In later years, ''{{Popeye}}'' cartoons were sometimes used as a way to get kids to eat their vegetables, particularly spinach, as the title character uses it as a SuperSerum. Sometimes, it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gL3WNqs5ZzA worked]].
* Back in the old SEGA Genesis days, ''AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' ended occasional episodes with a "Sonic Says" section which [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcrtkiLEGbE gave kids good advice]]. Which have been [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b5V3EFfPi0 completely]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EXEYP1U5xw and thoroughly]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy260D8rt2k&feature=related brutalized]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NscavzsaCgU&feature=related on Youtube]].

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* ''{{Freakazoid}}'': ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'': In one episode the story is interrupted by a member of the censor board. At the end she is hit with an anvil [[DontExplainTheJoke because censors are bad, geddit?]]
* ''GIJoe'' ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe'' taught us all that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AjcDW7zIY8 knowing is half the battle]]. So now you know. The other half? Blowing shit up.
* In later years, ''{{Popeye}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'' cartoons were sometimes used as a way to get kids to eat their vegetables, particularly spinach, as the title character uses it as a SuperSerum. Sometimes, it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gL3WNqs5ZzA worked]].
* Back in the old SEGA Genesis days, ''AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' ended occasional episodes with a "Sonic Says" section which [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcrtkiLEGbE gave kids good advice]]. Which have been [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b5V3EFfPi0 completely]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EXEYP1U5xw and thoroughly]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy260D8rt2k&feature=related brutalized]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NscavzsaCgU&feature=related on Youtube]].



** The episode "Grande Size Me" [[ExecutiveMeddling focused]] on how it's better eating healthy food than fast food. Cue a ''SuperSizeMe'' parody, Comicbook/IncredibleHulk transformation and BreakingTheFourthWall. Lampshaded and played for laughs at the end of the episode where Ron gives a speech to the viewer about [[FantasticAesop how mutating your DNA is bad, and you should never do it]]. Bonus points for ignoring the concept of portion control.
* ''ThePolarExpress'' makes sure that no one misses its religious message. The plot revolves around a boy who is tortured by doubts of Santa Claus, who is shown to be like a god to everyone at the North Pole. The boy is a stereotypical {{woobie}} just because "Christmas doesn't work for him." Everyone who doesn't believe in Santa is annoying, scary, or both and the most spiritual of the kids apparently is the best leader... yes, we got the message.

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** The episode "Grande Size Me" [[ExecutiveMeddling focused]] on how it's better eating healthy food than fast food. Cue a ''SuperSizeMe'' ''Film/SuperSizeMe'' parody, Comicbook/IncredibleHulk transformation and BreakingTheFourthWall. Lampshaded and played for laughs at the end of the episode where Ron gives a speech to the viewer about [[FantasticAesop how mutating your DNA is bad, and you should never do it]]. Bonus points for ignoring the concept of portion control.
* ''ThePolarExpress'' ''WesternAnimation/ThePolarExpress'' makes sure that no one misses its religious message. The plot revolves around a boy who is tortured by doubts of Santa Claus, who is shown to be like a god to everyone at the North Pole. The boy is a stereotypical {{woobie}} just because "Christmas doesn't work for him." Everyone who doesn't believe in Santa is annoying, scary, or both and the most spiritual of the kids apparently is the best leader... yes, we got the message.
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