History Bowdlerise / WesternAnimation

24th Sep '17 10:03:46 PM Assassin-sensei
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cybersix}}'' aired uncut in Canada on Teletoon during children's time slots, but was heavily chopped during its brief Saturday morning run on Fox Kids. Any slower or darker scene was re-edited to be faster-paced and less intense/frightening for younger viewers. Fight scenes ended up being heavily edited both for any shots of direct impact and to make room for more commercials. Episode 4 was skipped entirely for unknown reasons. Some have hypothesized it was because of the racially stereotypical designs of Japanese supporting characters in the episode; however, the episode was aired in Canada uncut without controversy.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cybersix}}'' aired uncut in Canada on Teletoon during children's time slots, but was heavily chopped during its brief Saturday morning run on Fox Kids.
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Any slower or darker scene was re-edited to be faster-paced and less intense/frightening for younger viewers. Fight scenes ended up being heavily edited both for any shots of direct impact and to make room for more commercials.
** Random shots of Cybersix changing into her costume were edited from some episodes, perhaps because Fox Kids found them too suggestive.
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Episode 4 was skipped entirely for unknown reasons. Some have hypothesized it was because of the racially stereotypical designs of Japanese supporting characters in the episode; however, the episode was aired in Canada uncut without controversy.
24th Sep '17 10:02:31 PM Assassin-sensei
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** ''Total Drama'' suffered this a bit in America, mostly in the first season before Creator/CartoonNetwork's standards loosened up (moreso than usual). Most of the cuts were for content, while others were just edits to get rid of the Canadian slang and colloquialisms (which would be considered localization instead of bowdlerization). Examples can be seen [[http://totaldrama.wikia.com/wiki/Cartoon_Network_edits here.]]

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** ''Total Drama'' suffered this a bit in America, mostly in the first season before Creator/CartoonNetwork's standards loosened up (moreso than usual). Most of the cuts were for content, while others were just edits to get rid of the Canadian slang and colloquialisms (which would be considered localization instead of bowdlerization). Examples can be seen [[http://totaldrama.wikia.com/wiki/Cartoon_Network_edits here.]]]] The edits that stand out the most are the ones redubbing words like "heck", "stupid", "shut up", and "hot", which shows on Cartoon Network that were rated TV-Y7 had been getting away with for years.


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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cybersix}}'' aired uncut in Canada on Teletoon during children's time slots, but was heavily chopped during its brief Saturday morning run on Fox Kids. Any slower or darker scene was re-edited to be faster-paced and less intense/frightening for younger viewers. Fight scenes ended up being heavily edited both for any shots of direct impact and to make room for more commercials. Episode 4 was skipped entirely for unknown reasons. Some have hypothesized it was because of the racially stereotypical designs of Japanese supporting characters in the episode; however, the episode was aired in Canada uncut without controversy.
19th Sep '17 12:38:48 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' was hit with this hard after MTV received complaints about the content from a mom who accused the show of driving her son into setting fire to their trailer (even though the family had no cable TV) and another incident where a teenager dropped a bowling ball off a bridge onto a baby carriage, killing an infant inside. Lampshaded in a later episode, wherein Beavis began chanting "Water! Water!" in a similar manner to his previous "Fire! Fire!" upon viewing a video with a swimming pool in it, and "Fryer! Fryer!" when using the deep fryer at Burger World. Also lampshaded in the earlier episodes that had warnings on it, like "Unless you're a cartoon character, swallowing a rubber filled with drugs can kill you," (from "Way Down Mexico Way") or "Inhaling paint thinner is very dangerous. Just look at what it did to Beavis and Butthead" (from "Home Improvement", as detailed below).

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* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'':
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was hit with this hard after MTV received complaints about the content from a mom who accused the show of driving her son into setting fire to their trailer (even though the family had no cable TV) and another incident where a teenager dropped a bowling ball off a bridge onto a baby carriage, killing an infant inside. Lampshaded in a later episode, wherein Beavis began chanting "Water! Water!" in a similar manner to his previous "Fire! Fire!" upon viewing a video with a swimming pool in it, and "Fryer! Fryer!" when using the deep fryer at Burger World. Also lampshaded in the earlier episodes that had warnings on it, like "Unless you're a cartoon character, swallowing a rubber filled with drugs can kill you," (from "Way Down Mexico Way") or "Inhaling paint thinner is very dangerous. Just look at what it did to Beavis and Butthead" (from "Home Improvement", as detailed below).



* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' did away Deathstroke's codename and simply called him Slade (his real name), and removed his sexual relationship with Tara Markov, AKA Terra.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' did away Deathstroke's codename and simply called him Slade (his real name), and name) due to NeverSayDie, though many fans consider this a positive as it sounds more intimidating. It also removed his sexual relationship with Tara Markov, AKA the 16-year old (or possibly younger in the cartoon) Terra.
13th Aug '17 11:46:37 AM PhantomDusclops92
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** In "Broken Ear", two thugs ''know'' Tintin is on the ship with them and that he is in disguise, but they don't know who. In the comic, Tintin is actually wearing blackface. The Nelvana adaptation actually changes this to {{Foreshadowing}} - Tintin in this version wears a fake moustache and a wig, and is shown earlier so it is ''much'' more obvious that it's him.

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** In "Broken Ear", two thugs ''know'' Tintin is on the ship with them and that he is in disguise, but they don't know who. In the comic, Tintin is actually wearing blackface. The Nelvana adaptation actually changes this to {{Foreshadowing}} - Tintin in this version wears a fake moustache and a wig, and is shown earlier so it is ''much'' more obvious that it's him. Even more obvious when you notice it's the same fake moustache and wig he wears as a disguise in "The Calculus Affair", which in the cartoon is just two episodes before this one.
10th Aug '17 10:51:42 PM Nicoaln
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* The Nelvana adaptation for ''ComicBook/TheAdventuresOfTintin'' actually changed a few things, but this actually ''didn't'' affect the work negatively:
** In "Broken Ear", two thugs ''know'' Tintin is on the ship with them and that he is in disguise, but they don't know who. In the comic, Tintin is actually wearing blackface. The Nelvana adaptation actually changes this to {{Foreshadowing}} - Tintin in this version wears a fake moustache and a wig, and is shown earlier so it is ''much'' more obvious that it's him.
** In "The Red Sea Sharks", the newspaper clip revealing the human trafficking was [[PragmaticAdaptation removed for time constraints]], and to avoid any references to religion, they instead changed the cargo hold full of Africans being trafficked to refugees seeking asylum in America. In a way, this makes it even ''darker'' than what the comic depicted.
28th Jun '17 7:35:28 PM ElSquibbonator
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* Early WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts couldn't show Clarabelle Cow's bare udders.

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* Early WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts couldn't show Clarabelle Cow's bare udders. The rationale was that, since she was a FunnyAnimal, her udders could be seen as the equivalent of human breasts and were therefore not allowed to be shown.
23rd May '17 4:17:13 PM jormis29
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** Back when the show was a series of shorts on ''TheTraceyUllmanShow'', the short "Babysitting Maggie" was edited after the first couple showings to remove a scene where she electrocutes herself by sticking a fork in the outlet because the FOX censors didn't want little kids and idiot viewers thinking that this was a good thing to do.

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** Back when the show was a series of shorts on ''TheTraceyUllmanShow'', ''Series/TheTraceyUllmanShow'', the short "Babysitting Maggie" was edited after the first couple showings to remove a scene where she electrocutes herself by sticking a fork in the outlet because the FOX censors didn't want little kids and idiot viewers thinking that this was a good thing to do.
13th May '17 1:28:15 PM nombretomado
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* Back in the 1980s and 1990s (around the time that MargaretThatcher was Prime Minister), Great Britain has shown a sensitivity to the depiction of the {{ninja}}, stating that assassins shouldn't be glamorized. For example; the 80s ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' was called ''Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles'' (although this was repealed with the live action films and the 2003 cartoon). Likewise, Michelangelo's nunchucks were changed to grappling hooks, although Leonardo was allowed to keep his swords. The reason for this bit of farce was due to the fact that at the time, nunchucks were even more illegal than a gun in England. Eventually he was given nunchucks, but they were just there for show.

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* Back in the 1980s and 1990s (around the time that MargaretThatcher UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher was Prime Minister), Great Britain has shown a sensitivity to the depiction of the {{ninja}}, stating that assassins shouldn't be glamorized. For example; the 80s ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' was called ''Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles'' (although this was repealed with the live action films and the 2003 cartoon). Likewise, Michelangelo's nunchucks were changed to grappling hooks, although Leonardo was allowed to keep his swords. The reason for this bit of farce was due to the fact that at the time, nunchucks were even more illegal than a gun in England. Eventually he was given nunchucks, but they were just there for show.
11th May '17 1:47:02 PM BulletproofLlama
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** Channel 4 in the UK airs an edited version of ''Family Guy'' at Sunday lunchtimes. One edit is the cutaway gag in "Mind Over Murder" where Peter swears in court. The "I do...you bastard" was changed to just "I do" (which kills the joke about Peter's claim that sometimes it's okay to swear).

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** Channel 4 in the UK airs once aired an edited version of ''Family Guy'' at Sunday lunchtimes. One edit is the cutaway gag in "Mind Over Murder" where Peter swears in court. The "I do...you bastard" was changed to just "I do" (which kills the joke about Peter's claim that sometimes it's okay to swear).
11th May '17 1:46:19 PM BulletproofLlama
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** The Arabic and Turkish adaptations of the show, in order to satisfy those countries' extremely strict Islamic broadcast standards, skip every episode that contains a parallel to a Christian holiday ("Luna Eclipsed", "Hearth's Warming Eve", "Hearts and Hooves Day"), as well as a few other episodes here and there. In the episode "Green Isn't Your Color", the scene where Spike admits he has a crush on Rarity is changed to him thinking she's getting fat.

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** The Arabic and Turkish adaptations of the show, in order to satisfy those countries' extremely strict Islamic broadcast standards, skip every episode that contains a parallel to a Christian holiday ("Luna Eclipsed", "Hearth's Warming Eve", "Hearts and Hooves Day"), as well as a few other episodes here and there. Many Arab and Turkish fans were not happy, since those particular episodes featured important character development.
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In the episode "Green Isn't Your Color", the scene where Spike admits he has a crush on Rarity is changed to him thinking she's getting fat.
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