History Main / TooSmartForStrangers

21st Jun '17 10:18:46 AM StFan
Is there an issue? Send a Message





[[folder:New Media]]
* More than a few examples of these Very Special Episodes have been dug up by ''[[http://www.everythingisterrible.com/2009/06/there-are-so-many-ways-to-kidnap-kids.html Everything Is Terrible]]''.
* Referenced occasionally by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic. Justified as it's his job to smash the NostalgiaFilter of all this stuff, but you've got to wonder why his [[ParentalNeglect parents]] suddenly decided to care enough and make sure he knew about stranger danger.
* WebVideo/DVDRHell has covered a couple of these, including the trope namer. Brad's reaction to the song about molestation is a classic.
[[/folder]]



* The TropeNamer: the episode "Too Smart for Strangers" of ''Welcome to Pooh Corner'', a mid-'80s production where Franchise/WinnieThePooh and rest of the Hundred Acre Wood crew (of all people) teach children how to not get abducted and subsequently molested. It's actually pretty blunt, with repeated mentions of "private parts" and a (delicate) broaching of the subject of ejaculation. Particularly infamous for the scene that directly addresses child molestation and how to react to it. In ''song''.
** Despite being the TropeNamer, it's actually a slight subversion, as it does go into detail about how it can be people you know as well as strangers.

to:

* The TropeNamer: the episode "Too Smart for Strangers" of ''Welcome to Pooh Corner'', a mid-'80s production where Franchise/WinnieThePooh and rest of the Hundred Acre Wood crew (of all people) teach children how to not get abducted and subsequently molested. It's actually pretty blunt, with repeated mentions of "private parts" and a (delicate) broaching of the subject of ejaculation. Particularly infamous for the scene that directly addresses child molestation and how to react to it. In ''song''.
**
''song''. Despite being the TropeNamer, it's actually a slight subversion, as it does go into detail about how it can be people you know as well as strangers.



[[folder:Web Original]]
* More than a few examples of these Very Special Episodes have been dug up by ''[[http://www.everythingisterrible.com/2009/06/there-are-so-many-ways-to-kidnap-kids.html Everything Is Terrible]]''.
* Referenced occasionally by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic. Justified as it's his job to smash the NostalgiaFilter of all this stuff, but you've got to wonder why his [[ParentalNeglect parents]] suddenly decided to care enough and make sure he knew about stranger danger.
* ''WebVideo/DVDRHell'' has covered a couple of these, including the trope namer. Brad's reaction to the song about molestation is a classic.
[[/folder]]



* The TV version of ''TheBerenstainBears'' story is actually a bit more nuanced. The BumblingDad decides to ScareEmStraight, until Sister Bear is [[ParanoiaFuel reduced to a terrified wreck who doesn't want to leave the house]]. The CloserToEarth mother (as always) has to reassure Sister Bear that there are dangerous strangers out there, but you can't be paranoid like that. In some ways, the book made it creepier because the newspaper pictures were in black-and-white, and you had time to read the text and let it sink in. And to top it all off, you got to see Sister's wide-eyed expression at the same time.

to:

* The TV version of ''TheBerenstainBears'' ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'' story is actually a bit more nuanced. The BumblingDad decides to ScareEmStraight, until Sister Bear is [[ParanoiaFuel reduced to a terrified wreck who doesn't want to leave the house]]. The CloserToEarth mother (as always) has to reassure Sister Bear that there are dangerous strangers out there, but you can't be paranoid like that. In some ways, the book made it creepier because the newspaper pictures were in black-and-white, and you had time to read the text and let it sink in. And to top it all off, you got to see Sister's wide-eyed expression at the same time.



-->Kids, there's nothing more cool than being hugged by someone you like! But if someone tries to touch you in a place or in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, that's no good. It's your body; no one has the right to touch you if you don't want them to. So what do you do? First, you say 'No!' Then, you get outta there! Most important, you gotta tell someone you trust, like your parents, your teacher, a police officer.
* Less well-known, but no less awkward, is a [=PSA=] starring [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man]] and [[WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower She-Ra]] of all people. [[HarmfulToMinors It really brings the awkward]] when it acknowledges that kids are abused by people they know already.
** Interestingly enough, Melendy Britt revealed at a convention in the early 2010's that she remembered hearing about a little girl who revealed to an adult that she was being abused. [[TropesAreTools The girl revealed it because she learned from She-Ra and He-Man that it was okay to tell an adult and not feel shame]].

to:

-->Kids, -->'''Sonic:''' Kids, there's nothing more cool than being hugged by someone you like! But if someone tries to touch you in a place or in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, that's no good. It's your body; no one has the right to touch you if you don't want them to. So what do you do? First, you say 'No!' Then, you get outta there! Most important, you gotta tell someone you trust, like your parents, your teacher, a police officer.
* Less well-known, but no less awkward, is a [=PSA=] starring [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man]] and [[WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower She-Ra]] of all people. [[HarmfulToMinors It really brings the awkward]] when it acknowledges that kids are abused by people they know already.
**
already. Interestingly enough, Melendy Britt revealed at a convention in the early 2010's that she remembered hearing about a little girl who revealed to an adult that she was being abused. [[TropesAreTools The girl revealed it because she learned from She-Ra and He-Man that it was okay to tell an adult and not feel shame]].



* Parodied to hell and back no fewer than three times in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' during the Namek Saga, all three involving Gohan.
-->'''Gohan:''' ''[after insanely creepy comments]'' I need an adult...



--> '''Robin:''' Need a ride, cowboy?
--> '''Ted:''' Sorry, I don't get in vans with strangers.
--> '''Robin:''' Mmm, too bad. I've got candy.
--> '''Ted:''' ''[Very excitedly]'' Candy!
* A recurring sketch on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' during the 2013-14 season has a public service officer come to a classroom to teach about stranger danger but the kids misinterpret everything he says, making them want to find vans during recess because the people inside might have candy.

to:

--> '''Robin:''' -->'''Robin:''' Need a ride, cowboy?
-->
cowboy?\\
'''Ted:''' Sorry, I don't get in vans with strangers.
-->
strangers.\\
'''Robin:''' Mmm, too bad. I've got candy.
-->
candy.\\
'''Ted:''' ''[Very ''[very excitedly]'' Candy!
* A recurring sketch on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' during the 2013-14 season has a public service officer come to a classroom to teach about stranger danger danger, but the kids misinterpret everything he says, making them want to find vans during recess because the people inside might have candy.



[[folder:Web Original]]
* Parodied to hell and back no fewer than three times in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' during the Namek Saga, all three involving Gohan.
-->'''Gohan:''' ''(after insanely creepy comments)'' I need an adult...
[[/folder]]



--->'''Abe:''' Homer - you're dumb as a mule and twice as ugly. If a stranger offers you a free ride, I say take it!
--->'''Homer:''' [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood Lousy traumatic childhood!]]

to:

--->'''Abe:''' Homer - -- you're dumb as a mule and twice as ugly. If a stranger offers you a free ride, I say take it!
--->'''Homer:'''
it!\\
'''Homer:'''
[[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood Lousy traumatic childhood!]]



* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':



26th Apr '17 7:10:06 PM ironballs16
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Less well-known, but no less awkward, is a [=PSA=] starring [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man]] and [[WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower She-Ra]] of all people. It really brings the awkward when it acknowledges that kids are abused by people they know already.
** Interestingly enough, Melendy Britt revealed at a convention in the early 2010's that she remembered hearing about a little girl who revealed to an adult that she was being abused. The girl revealed it because she learned from She-Ra and He-Man that it was okay to tell an adult and not feel shame.

to:

* Less well-known, but no less awkward, is a [=PSA=] starring [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man]] and [[WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower She-Ra]] of all people. [[HarmfulToMinors It really brings the awkward awkward]] when it acknowledges that kids are abused by people they know already.
** Interestingly enough, Melendy Britt revealed at a convention in the early 2010's that she remembered hearing about a little girl who revealed to an adult that she was being abused. [[TropesAreTools The girl revealed it because she learned from She-Ra and He-Man that it was okay to tell an adult and not feel shame.shame]].
4th Apr '17 2:45:08 PM margdean56
Is there an issue? Send a Message


-->"Oh, honey, you're ''scared!'' Of ''me!'' You took a ride with someone you don't know and now you've gone and scared yourself half to death! Honey, it's okay, I'm not a serial killer, I don't have a knife in the glove compartment -- check if you want, and I really do have three children of my own. And see here, we are, safe at the airport, and I didn't even have to zigzag."\\

to:

-->"Oh, honey, you're ''scared!'' Of ''me!'' You took a ride with someone you don't know and now you've gone and scared yourself half to death! Honey, it's okay, I'm not a serial killer, I don't have a knife in the glove compartment -- check if you want, and I really do have three children of my own. And see here, see, here we are, safe at the airport, and I didn't even have to zigzag."\\
4th Apr '17 2:42:56 PM margdean56
Is there an issue? Send a Message


"O-oh, uhm..\\

to:

"O-oh, uhm..\\"\\
23rd Feb '17 2:53:27 PM Random888
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Often used as an {{Aesop}} in various retellings of ''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood.'' Don't stop and talk to strangers, kids, or [[ScareEmStraight you could be eaten by a wolf.]]

to:

* Often used as an {{Aesop}} in various retellings of ''Literature/LittleRedRidingHood.'' Don't stop and talk to strangers, kids, or [[ScareEmStraight you could be eaten by a wolf.]]]] One of these retellings is the Creator/CharlesPerrault version, which was written in the 17th century and thus makes this trope OlderThanSteam.
12th Jan '17 5:50:38 AM CaptainTedium
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The PSA at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Mask}}'' episode "The Ultimate Weapon" had Matt Trakker warn his son Scott that hitchhiking is dangerous because you'll never know who will pick you up. He even states that it's possible the person who picks up Scott's friend could be a child molester. Fortunately, Scott convinces his friend to walk with him and his dad.

to:

* The PSA at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Mask}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}'' episode "The Ultimate Weapon" had Matt Trakker warn his son Scott that hitchhiking is dangerous because you'll never know who will pick you up. He even states that it's possible the person who picks up Scott's friend could be a child molester. Fortunately, Scott convinces his friend to walk with him and his dad.
5th Jan '17 6:09:28 AM CaptainTedium
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The PSA at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/MASK'' episode "The Ultimate Weapon" had Matt Trakker warn his son Scott that hitchhiking is dangerous because you'll never know who will pick you up. He even states that it's possible the person who picks up Scott's friend could be a child molester. Fortunately, Scott convinces his friend to walk with him and his dad.

to:

* The PSA at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/MASK'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Mask}}'' episode "The Ultimate Weapon" had Matt Trakker warn his son Scott that hitchhiking is dangerous because you'll never know who will pick you up. He even states that it's possible the person who picks up Scott's friend could be a child molester. Fortunately, Scott convinces his friend to walk with him and his dad.
5th Jan '17 6:08:50 AM CaptainTedium
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The PSA at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/{[MASK}}'' episode "The Ultimate Weapon" had Matt Trakker warn his son Scott that hitchhiking is dangerous because you'll never know who will pick you up. He even states that it's possible the person who picks up Scott's friend could be a child molester. Fortunately, Scott convinces his friend to walk with him and his dad.


Added DiffLines:

* The PSA at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/MASK'' episode "The Ultimate Weapon" had Matt Trakker warn his son Scott that hitchhiking is dangerous because you'll never know who will pick you up. He even states that it's possible the person who picks up Scott's friend could be a child molester. Fortunately, Scott convinces his friend to walk with him and his dad.
5th Jan '17 6:07:16 AM CaptainTedium
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* The PSA at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/{[MASK}}'' episode "The Ultimate Weapon" had Matt Trakker warn his son Scott that hitchhiking is dangerous because you'll never know who will pick you up. He even states that it's possible the person who picks up Scott's friend could be a child molester. Fortunately, Scott convinces his friend to walk with him and his dad.
3rd Jan '17 12:16:24 AM Demetrios
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** In ''The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show'', Marge agrees on letting her kids roam around alone for a while in a shopping mall, under the condition that they be careful. Only they completely disregard her advice mere seconds later by leaving together with a total stranger... [[spoiler: Subversion! Turns out he was just a friendly marketing researcher, gathering children for a Itchy & Scratchy survey.]]

to:

** In ''The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show'', Marge agrees on letting her kids roam around alone for a while in a shopping mall, under the condition that they be careful. Only they completely disregard her advice mere seconds later by leaving together with a total stranger... [[spoiler: Subversion! Turns out he was just a friendly marketing researcher, gathering children for a Itchy & Scratchy survey. [[RichInDollarsPoorInSense Asking nicely apparently isn't Roger Meyer, Jr's strong suit]].]]
This list shows the last 10 events of 154. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.TooSmartForStrangers