History Bowdler / Bowdlerise

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To alter existing programs, plays, etc. so they are more suitable for family viewing. Used in a very positive sense, by those who think the alterations are often done with a justifiably high fear of the original works corrupting our youth.

North American releases of {{anime}} are frequently Heroically converted. [[ValuesDissonance Backwards foreign norms]] create separate notions of what is okay to show on television. This may be because of the American belief that [[AnimationAgeGhetto cartoons are for kids]], so that shows meant for slightly higher age groups that aren't ''specifically'' marketed to them are edited down. In fact, one of the greatest notable Bowdlerizers is ''named'' FourKidsEntertainment. (And you wouldn't ''believe'' how much [[MisaimedFandom Misaimed Hatedom]] they get for it.)

To be fair, the same happens to North American movies and series, both inside and outside the US. Since TV audiences are also made up of kids and teenagers, movies tend to get edited to be watchable by them as well (specially the swearing). This is even stronger in other countries, since the movies get dubbed with that in mind, meaning that even the theater release are cut.

Also, this can be done to movies that were originally made for television in an era where morality was looser. TV movies once lauded for their daring when first aired are now edited as much as any R-rated theatrical film when rebroadcast.

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To Bowdlerize[[labelnote:Pronunciation]]"Bow" (pronounced "bao") plus "dler" (as in Film/SchindlersList) plus "ize" (pronounced like eyes).[[/labelnote]] means to alter existing programs, plays, etc. so they are more suitable for family viewing. Used in a very positive sense, by those who think the alterations are often done with a justifiably high fear of the original works corrupting our youth.

North American releases of {{anime}} are frequently Heroically converted. [[ValuesDissonance Backwards foreign norms]] create separate notions of what is okay to show on television. This may be because of While some changes remove all the American belief hardcore violent scenes that [[AnimationAgeGhetto cartoons the children shouldn't see , some are minor details, showing how far the censors will go to protect our kids.

The best cases involve editing out emotions like sadness (because it makes no sense
for kids]], so that shows meant for slightly higher age groups that aren't ''specifically'' marketed to them are edited down. In fact, one of the greatest notable Bowdlerizers is ''named'' FourKidsEntertainment. (And you wouldn't ''believe'' how much [[MisaimedFandom Misaimed Hatedom]] they get for it.)

To be fair, the same happens to North American movies and series, both inside and outside the US. Since TV audiences are also made up of kids and teenagers, movies tend to get edited
emotions to be watchable by them as well (specially the swearing). This is even stronger in other countries, since the movies get dubbed with that in mind, meaning that even the theater release are cut.

Also, this can be done to movies that were originally made for television in an era where morality was looser. TV movies once lauded for their daring when first aired are now edited as much as any R-rated theatrical film when rebroadcast.
shown), removing entire episodes or seasons, or changing plot points.



The inverse of this trope is AmericanKirbyIsHardcore.

Yet another related trope is BleachedUnderpants, where a creator self-censors his work to appeal to a broader audience. There is also a CensoredTitle, for when a work seems to be Bowdlerized, but only the title is for marketing purposes.

Note: Do not pronounce as "boulderise." That would mean [[DishingOutDirt hurling boulders at someone]]. [[note]] The "bow" part of the word is pronounced "bao."[[/note]]

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The inverse of this trope is AmericanKirbyIsHardcore.

AmericanKirbyIsHardcore. Yet another related trope is BleachedUnderpants, where a creator self-censors his work to appeal to a broader audience. There is also a CensoredTitle, for when a work seems to be Bowdlerized, but only the title is for marketing purposes.

Note: Do not pronounce as "boulderise." That We would mean [[DishingOutDirt hurling boulders at someone]]. [[note]] The "bow" part of show you the word is pronounced "bao."[[/note]]
related tropes, [[SelfDemonstratingArticle but those would be too inappropriate]].
13th Dec '13 6:40:03 PM JIKTV
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North American releases of {{anime}} are frequently Heroically converted. [[ValuesDissonance Backwards foreign norms]] create separate notions of what is okay to show on television. This may be because of the American belief that [[AnimationAgeGhetto cartoons are for kids]], so that shows meant for slightly higher age groups that aren't ''specifically'' marketed to them are edited down. In fact, one of the greatest notable Bowdlerizers is ''named'' FourKidsEntertainment. (And you wouldn't ''believe'' how much MisaimedHatedom they get for it.)

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North American releases of {{anime}} are frequently Heroically converted. [[ValuesDissonance Backwards foreign norms]] create separate notions of what is okay to show on television. This may be because of the American belief that [[AnimationAgeGhetto cartoons are for kids]], so that shows meant for slightly higher age groups that aren't ''specifically'' marketed to them are edited down. In fact, one of the greatest notable Bowdlerizers is ''named'' FourKidsEntertainment. (And you wouldn't ''believe'' how much MisaimedHatedom [[MisaimedFandom Misaimed Hatedom]] they get for it.)
25th Oct '12 4:25:31 PM Moviefish
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Named after Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825), who first did it on Literature/TheBible and Creator/WilliamShakespeare's plays; for instance, changing [[{{Hamlet}} Ophelia's drowning]] from suicide to accident. It's worth noting that Bowdler himself created his "Family Shakespeare" versions as a way to introduce Shakespeare's plays to audiences who would otherwise be barred from experiencing them at all, and actively encouraged people to seek out the originals. Sadly, this cannot be said of most modern Bowdlerisers. Before him, the French Duke of Montausier published "ad usum Delphini" versions of works for the Dauphin (heir apparent) of France. "Ad usum Delphini" is now a synonym of this trope.

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Named after Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825), who first did it on Literature/TheBible and Creator/WilliamShakespeare's plays; for instance, changing [[{{Hamlet}} Ophelia's drowning]] from suicide to accident. It's worth noting that Bowdler himself created his "Family Shakespeare" versions as a way to introduce Shakespeare's plays to audiences who would otherwise be barred from experiencing them at all, and actively encouraged people to seek out the originals. Sadly, this cannot be said of [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Luckily these evil practices have been discontinued]], most modern Bowdlerisers.Bowdlerisers are rightfully more rigid. Before him, the French Duke of Montausier published "ad usum Delphini" versions of works for the Dauphin (heir apparent) of France. "Ad usum Delphini" is now a synonym of this trope.
13th Sep '12 2:10:15 PM TorchicBlaziken
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[[caption-width-right:319: [[PoesLaw This statue is an example of a work that needs to be]] {{Bowdlerized}} [[SmallNameBigEgo by the great heroic]] {{Media Watchdog}}s [[MoralGuardians to remede the]] [[spoiler: overly blatant portayal of sexual symbols on this statue's underwear.]] ]]

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[[caption-width-right:319: [[PoesLaw This statue is an example of a work that needs to be]] {{Bowdlerized}} [[SmallNameBigEgo by the great heroic]] {{Media Watchdog}}s [[MoralGuardians to remede remedy the]] [[spoiler: overly blatant portayal portrayal of sexual symbols on this statue's underwear.]] ]]
13th Sep '12 2:10:00 PM TorchicBlaziken
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[[caption-width-right:319: [[PoesLaw This statue is an example of a work that needs to be]] {{Bowdlerized}} [[SmallNameBigEgo by the great heroic]] MediaWatchdogs [[MoralGuardians to remede the]] [[spoiler: overly blatant portayal of sexual symbols on this statue's underwear.]] ]]

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[[caption-width-right:319: [[PoesLaw This statue is an example of a work that needs to be]] {{Bowdlerized}} [[SmallNameBigEgo by the great heroic]] MediaWatchdogs {{Media Watchdog}}s [[MoralGuardians to remede the]] [[spoiler: overly blatant portayal of sexual symbols on this statue's underwear.]] ]]
14th Aug '12 1:17:36 AM FELH2
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Named after Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825), who first did it on Literature/TheBible and {{Shakespeare}}'s plays; for instance, changing [[{{Hamlet}} Ophelia's drowning]] from suicide to accident. It's worth noting that Bowdler himself created his "Family Shakespeare" versions as a way to introduce Shakespeare's plays to audiences who would otherwise be barred from experiencing them at all, and actively encouraged people to seek out the originals. Sadly, this cannot be said of most modern Bowdlerisers. Before him, the French Duke of Montausier published "ad usum Delphini" versions of works for the Dauphin (heir apparent) of France. "Ad usum Delphini" is now a synonym of this trope.

CulturalTranslation can often contain elements of Bowdlerization. See TWordEuphemism for a mild form of bowdlerization. See also CutAndPasteTranslation (which specifically refers to Bowlderization in translated works and refers more to the final product than the process) and {{Disneyfication}} (which generally goes further, in not only removing content, but adding new, "kid-friendly" content). See BluenoseBowdlerizer for when it happens here on the wiki.

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Named after Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825), who first did it on Literature/TheBible and {{Shakespeare}}'s Creator/WilliamShakespeare's plays; for instance, changing [[{{Hamlet}} Ophelia's drowning]] from suicide to accident. It's worth noting that Bowdler himself created his "Family Shakespeare" versions as a way to introduce Shakespeare's plays to audiences who would otherwise be barred from experiencing them at all, and actively encouraged people to seek out the originals. Sadly, this cannot be said of most modern Bowdlerisers. Before him, the French Duke of Montausier published "ad usum Delphini" versions of works for the Dauphin (heir apparent) of France. "Ad usum Delphini" is now a synonym of this trope.

CulturalTranslation can often contain elements of Bowdlerization. See TWordEuphemism for a mild form of bowdlerization. See also CutAndPasteTranslation (which specifically refers to Bowlderization in translated works and refers more to the final product than the process) and {{Disneyfication}} (which generally goes further, in not only removing content, but adding new, "kid-friendly" content). See BluenoseBowdlerizer for when it happens here on the wiki.
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Note: Do not pronounce as "boulderise." That would mean [[DishingOutDirt hurling boulders at someone]]. [[hottip:*: The "bow" part of the word is pronounced "bao."]]

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Note: Do not pronounce as "boulderise." That would mean [[DishingOutDirt hurling boulders at someone]]. [[hottip:*: [[note]] The "bow" part of the word is pronounced "bao."]]
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29th Jul '12 1:41:24 PM thatonedude
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-->-- '''Joel''', to the no-longer-dead Phil, after retooling '''''WebAnimation/BonusStage''''' as a kids' show

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-->-- '''Joel''', to the no-longer-dead no-longer injured Phil, after retooling '''''WebAnimation/BonusStage''''' as a kids' show
29th Jun '12 1:25:57 PM ChaoticNovelist
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[[caption-width-right:319: [[PoesLaw This statue is an example of a work that needs to be]] {{Bowdlerized}} [[SmallNameBigEgo by the great heroic]] MediaWatchdogs [[MoralGuardians to]] [[UpToEleven remede the]] [[spoiler: [[BeyondTheImpossible overly blatant portayal of sexual symbols on this statue's underwear.]]]] ]]

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[[caption-width-right:319: [[PoesLaw This statue is an example of a work that needs to be]] {{Bowdlerized}} [[SmallNameBigEgo by the great heroic]] MediaWatchdogs [[MoralGuardians to]] [[UpToEleven to remede the]] [[spoiler: [[BeyondTheImpossible overly blatant portayal of sexual symbols on this statue's underwear.]]]] ]] ]]
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