Hitler admired Disney cartoons. He was delighted when Joseph Goebbels gifted him eighteen Mickey Mouse films as a Christmas present in 1937.
An episode of Peppa Pig had to be banned in Australia because it showed Peppa being friendly to spiders, which was not considered safe for kids due to the toxicity of many Australian species.
In a span of 40 years Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies cartoons were sold by Warner Bros. to Associated Artists Productions, which was sold to United Artists, which was sold to MGM, which was sold to Turner Broadcasting, which was sold to …Time Warner, bringing the cartoons full circle.
Humans have an instinctual biochemical reaction to baby features in animals – big eyes, proportionately big heads, etc. – that produces maternalistic emotions. Disney has exploited this instinct in every movie.
The Looney Toons Golden Collection DVD’s have a disclaimer explaining racial stereotypes in some cartoon shorts, airing them unedited “because to do otherwise would be the same as to claim these prejudices never existed”.
Nimrod is the name of a great hunter mentioned in the Bible. However, when Bugs Bunny sarcastically referred to Elmer Fudd as Nimrod in a 1932 cartoon, its meaning quickly changed to the one we use today.
Phil Hartman, you may remember him in such roles as Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz, was set to be the voice actor of Zap Brannigan in Futurama but was murdered by his wife before recording began. They named the lead character, Phillip J. Fry, in his honor.
In 1970, Mississippi lawmakers banned “Sesame Street” from being broadcast statewide simply due to the racial diversity of the human cast members.
Speedy Gonzales was fully removed from Cartoon Network due to racial stereotypes until fans–including large Hispanic organizations–demanded he return.