In the cartoon, All Dogs Go to Heaven, the main character, a dog, dies. When he arrives in heaven, he receives a watch that allows him to return to earth. After viewing this scene, Matthew, a five-year old boy, asked his mother when his dog would get her watch. Matthew's dog passed away over a year ago, but because Matthew, as well as other children, is unable to separate real life from fiction; he believed that his dog would receive a watch and return to him.
Many types of violence are viewed in cartoons and because they are centered on the interest of children, children are at great risk of mimicking the actions and attitudes the characters portray.
"Children spend more time learning about life through media than in
any other manner. The average child spends approximately twenty-eight hours a week watching television, which is twice as much time as they spend in school" (Baby Bag Online).
In analyzing the cartoons, "Tom and Jerry," "The Lion King," "Gargoyles," and "Pokemon," concerned people will see that the types of violence range from emotional abuse such as name calling, yelling, and put downs, to physical abuse such as bullying, pushing, punching, and kicking which is more violence than kids need to witness. Many different cartoons influence young minds towards violence, and with this in mind, we will give a detailed look at our findings.
Our first example, "The Tom and Jerry Show," moves so quickly that a person does not have time to really think about what they have just seen. The characters, Tom and Jerry, are in constant search from what will hurt the other the most. For example, Jerry, the mouse, throws a brick at Tom, the cat. Following this is Tom hitting Jerry with a huge rubber mallet. In one scene amidst the slapping and tripping of one another, Jerry takes a pair of scissors to Tom and before you know it, both the characters are bald and laughing about what they have just done. Viewing these scenes through the eyes of a child gives the idea that it is all right and even humorous to hurt one another. If a child has a dispute with someone, the proper way to handle it is to talk it out, not inflict pain and retaliate his or her anger with more violence.
Next is "The Lion King, " a Disney cartoon, which shows intense graphic fighting between Simba and his uncle Scar. The plot of this cartoon is to stop Scar from taking over the kingdom. Simba returns from running away after the death of his father, King Mufasa, to learn that his uncle has taken control of the kingdom. In his effort to take the control back, Scar reveals that he is the one who killed King Mufasa, not Simba. Outraged in anger Simba puts Scar into exile. However, Scar does not want to leave, but instead fights Simba for the thrown. It seems this...