History DarkerAndEdgier / WesternAnimation

17th Jun '16 1:08:25 PM Josef5678
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* The pre-school claymation series ''WesternAnimation/{{Pingu}}'' includes an arguably [[OldShame shameful]] BannedEpisode that terrified many toddlers: "Pingu Runs Away". In this episode, Pingu misbehaves, runs way from home in the dark of night and comes across some scary ice sculptures (a skull, a dinosaur and a devil). The episode does have a happy ending, and is designed to teach young children about the dangers of running away, but it can easily make toddlers cry and/or give them nightmares. Even the scene of Pingu being punished at the beginning of the episode is pretty dark; Pingu actually gets ''spanked'' by his mother, with him crying in pain. This may be the darkest episode of a pre-school television series ever made.

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* The pre-school claymation series ''WesternAnimation/{{Pingu}}'' includes an arguably a [[OldShame shameful]] BannedEpisode that terrified many toddlers: "Pingu Runs Away". In this episode, Pingu misbehaves, runs way from home in the dark of night and comes across some scary ice sculptures (a skull, a dinosaur and a devil). The episode does have a happy ending, and is designed to teach young children about the dangers of running away, but it can easily make toddlers cry and/or give them nightmares. Even the scene of Pingu being punished at the beginning of the episode is pretty dark; Pingu actually gets ''spanked'' by his mother, with him crying in pain. This may be the darkest episode of a pre-school television series ever made.



** TheMovie. The consequences are really scarier, and the villain is arguably the worst of all villains that has appeared in the series.

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** TheMovie. The consequences are really scarier, and the villain is arguably one of the worst of all villains that has appeared in the series.
17th Jun '16 12:53:07 PM Josef5678
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* The Fleischer Studio's (which brought us cartoons such as Betty Boop, Popeye, and Superman) work was mostly lighthearted or at least DarkComedy- with the exception of ''Somewhere In Dreamland'' (1936), which takes a surprisingly sad glimpse at growing up in poverty.

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* The Fleischer Studio's works of Creator/{{Fleischer Studios}} (which brought us cartoons such as Betty Boop, Popeye, ''WesternAnimaiton/BettyBoop'', ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'', and Superman) work ''WesternAnimation/{{Superman|TheatricalCartoons}}'') was mostly lighthearted or at least most DarkComedy- with the exception of ''Somewhere In Dreamland'' (1936), which takes a surprisingly sad glimpse at growing up in poverty.
16th Jun '16 5:05:55 AM WhatArtThee
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** It started off as a light-hearted children's show (albeit with a heavy dose of [[ParentalBonus parental bonuses]], [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar subversive jokes]], and BlackComedy) but took a darker turn around the end of season 2, in which we are presented with a villain with absolutely no quirky or amusing characteristics [[OmnicidalManiac whose only goal is to end all life]]. Since then, we've seen the show openly deal with issues like death, mental illness, MindRape, suicide, despair, self-esteem, child abuse/abandonment, relationships and break-ups, age differences, bad communication in relationships, puberty, even dismemberment. The show is in its 6th season-a far cry from the candy-colored jelly beans shouting "Algebraic!" in the pilot so many moons ago.

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** It started off as a light-hearted children's show (albeit with a heavy dose of [[ParentalBonus parental bonuses]], [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar subversive jokes]], jokes]] and BlackComedy) but took a darker turn around the end of season 2, in which we are presented with a villain with absolutely no quirky or amusing characteristics [[OmnicidalManiac whose only goal is to end all life]]. Since then, we've seen the show openly deal with issues like death, mental illness, MindRape, suicide, despair, self-esteem, child abuse/abandonment, relationships and break-ups, age differences, bad communication in relationships, puberty, even dismemberment. The show is in its 6th season-a far cry from the candy-colored jelly beans shouting "Algebraic!" in the pilot so many moons ago.
14th Jun '16 6:24:41 PM ironicusername
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* The Fleischer Studio's (which brought us cartoons such as Betty Boop, Popeye, and Superman) work was mostly lighthearted or at least DarkComedy- with the exception of ''Somewhere In Dreamland'' (1936), which takes a surprisingly sad glimpse at growing up in poverty.
1st Jun '16 11:14:48 AM FridgeGuy2016
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** It started off as a light-hearted children's show (albeit with a heavy dose of [[ParentalBonus parental bonuses]], [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar subversive jokes, and black comedy]]) but took a darker turn around the end of season 2, in which we are presented with a villain with absolutely no quirky or amusing characteristics [[OmnicidalManiac whose only goal is to end all life]]. Since then, we've seen the show openly deal with issues like death, mental illness, MindRape, suicide, despair, self-esteem, child abuse/abandonment, relationships and break-ups, age differences, bad communication in relationships, puberty, even dismemberment. The show is in its 6th season-a far cry from the candy-colored jelly beans shouting "Algebraic!" in the pilot so many moons ago.

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** It started off as a light-hearted children's show (albeit with a heavy dose of [[ParentalBonus parental bonuses]], [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar subversive jokes, jokes]], and black comedy]]) BlackComedy) but took a darker turn around the end of season 2, in which we are presented with a villain with absolutely no quirky or amusing characteristics [[OmnicidalManiac whose only goal is to end all life]]. Since then, we've seen the show openly deal with issues like death, mental illness, MindRape, suicide, despair, self-esteem, child abuse/abandonment, relationships and break-ups, age differences, bad communication in relationships, puberty, even dismemberment. The show is in its 6th season-a far cry from the candy-colored jelly beans shouting "Algebraic!" in the pilot so many moons ago.
25th May '16 12:34:16 PM Josef5678
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie''. There is much more creepiness and seriousness than what was in the series. Plankton is much more evil and depraved than he usually was in the series, as he [[MoralEventHorizon enslaves all the citizens of Bikini Bottom and almost commits two murders on screen]] [[TheBadGuyWins and finally achieved all his objectives]] ([[NearVillainVictory although not for long]]). And this is the first time that we find [[VileVillainSaccharineShow really menacing villains]]: Dennis, a vicious mercenary hired by Plankton to kill Spongebob and Patrick and is very willing to do it, and the "Cyclops", who kidnaps sea creatures and has them subjected to painful methods to make knick-knacks out of them.
** In general, each of the show's first 7 seasons was darker and [[BlooderAndGorier occasionally more violent]] than the last, culminating in episodes like "One Coarse Meal", "Squidward in Clarinet Land" and "Earworm". [[LighterAndSofter This was]] [[SubvertedTrope dialled back a bit]] in Season 8, and especially the second half of Season 9.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie''. There is ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'':
** [[WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie The movie]] was
much more creepiness creepy and seriousness serious than what was in the series.series itself. Plankton is much more evil and depraved than he usually was in the series, as he [[MoralEventHorizon enslaves all the citizens of Bikini Bottom and almost commits two murders on screen]] [[TheBadGuyWins and finally achieved all his objectives]] ([[NearVillainVictory although not for long]]). And this is the first time that we find [[VileVillainSaccharineShow really menacing villains]]: Dennis, a vicious mercenary hired by Plankton to kill Spongebob and Patrick and is very willing to do it, and the "Cyclops", who kidnaps sea creatures and has them subjected to painful methods to make knick-knacks out of them.
** In general, each of the The show's first 7 seasons was were darker and [[BlooderAndGorier occasionally more violent]] violent than the last, culminating in episodes like "One Coarse Meal", "Squidward in Clarinet Land" and "Earworm". [[LighterAndSofter This was]] [[SubvertedTrope dialled back a bit]] bit in Season 8, and especially the second half of Season 9.
24th May '16 11:43:35 PM MegaTroper123456
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** In general, each of the show's first 7 seasons was darker and [[BlooderAndGorier occasionally more violent]] than the last, culminating in episodes like "One Coarse Meal", "Squidward in Clarinet Land" and "Earworm". [[LighterAndSofter This was]] [[SubvertedTrope dialled back a bit]] in Season 8, and especially the second half of Season 9.
9th May '16 12:09:18 PM Anicomicgeek
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIntruderII'' has taken this route and outdoes [[WesternAnimation/TheIntruder its predecessor]] in term of being a WhamEpisode. Whereas the original ''Intruder'' was perfectly content in killing TOM 1, this has seen that the Intruder has taken over TOM 1's body, [[spoiler: assimilate SARA's core, gloat about [[KilledOffscreen killing TOM 4]], TOM 5 rip off his own arm, and the ''Absolution'' is destroyed. There's also a touch of TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou thrown into the bumpers as they go from flashing "RED ALERT", to garbed text as SARA "dies", to error messages after the ''Absolution''[='=]s destruction. However, [[EarnYourHappyEnding things end on a positive note]], as TOM managed to back up SARA and upload her onto a ship he finds and she building him a new arm.]]

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* ** ''WesternAnimation/TheIntruderII'' has taken this route and outdoes [[WesternAnimation/TheIntruder its predecessor]] in term of being a WhamEpisode. Whereas the original ''Intruder'' was perfectly content in killing TOM 1, this has seen that the Intruder has taken over TOM 1's body, [[spoiler: assimilate SARA's core, gloat about [[KilledOffscreen killing TOM 4]], TOM 5 rip off his own arm, and the ''Absolution'' is destroyed. There's also a touch of TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou thrown into the bumpers as they go from flashing "RED ALERT", to garbed text as SARA "dies", to error messages after the ''Absolution''[='=]s destruction. However, [[EarnYourHappyEnding things end on a positive note]], as TOM managed to back up SARA and upload her onto a ship he finds and she building builds him a new arm.]]
9th May '16 12:08:16 PM Anicomicgeek
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIntruderII'' has taken this route and outdoes [[WesternAnimation/TheIntruder its predecessor]] in term of being a WhamEpisode. Whereas the original ''Intruder'' was perfectly content in killing TOM 1, this has seen that the Intruder has taken over TOM 1's body, [[spoiler: assimilate SARA's core, gloat about [[KilledOffscreen killing TOM 4]], TOM 5 rip off his own arm, and the ''Absolution''. There's also a touch of TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou thrown into the bumpers as they go from flashing "RED ALERT", to garbed text as SARA dies, to error messages after the ''Absolution''[='=]s destruction. However, [[EarnYourHappyEnding things end on a positive note]], as TOM managed to back up SARA and upload her onto a ship he finds and she building him a new arm.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIntruderII'' has taken this route and outdoes [[WesternAnimation/TheIntruder its predecessor]] in term of being a WhamEpisode. Whereas the original ''Intruder'' was perfectly content in killing TOM 1, this has seen that the Intruder has taken over TOM 1's body, [[spoiler: assimilate SARA's core, gloat about [[KilledOffscreen killing TOM 4]], TOM 5 rip off his own arm, and the ''Absolution''. ''Absolution'' is destroyed. There's also a touch of TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou thrown into the bumpers as they go from flashing "RED ALERT", to garbed text as SARA dies, "dies", to error messages after the ''Absolution''[='=]s destruction. destruction. However, [[EarnYourHappyEnding things end on a positive note]], as TOM managed to back up SARA and upload her onto a ship he finds and she building him a new arm.]]
16th Apr '16 3:25:29 AM Nepeta
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** The show in general is one of the darkest things Disney has produced in [[AvertedTrope modern]] [[ValuesDissonance times]] openly mentioning [[NeverSayDie death]] PlayedForDrama and PlayedForLaughs, sometimes at the same time. BlackComedy, blood, gore (although bloodless in this case), [[BigScrewedUpFamily horrible families]] and what has to be one of the biggest off-screen body counts in kids shows ever, and probably one of the highest on-screen too.

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** The show in general is one of the darkest things Disney has produced in [[AvertedTrope modern]] [[ValuesDissonance times]] openly mentioning [[NeverSayDie death]] PlayedForDrama and PlayedForLaughs, sometimes at the same time. BlackComedy, blood, gore (although bloodless in this case), [[BigScrewedUpFamily horrible families]] and what has to be one of the biggest off-screen body counts in kids shows ever, and [[UpToEleven probably one of the highest on-screen too.too]].
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