Sorry, Tom & Jerry, Cartoon Violence Doesn't Reel In Kids, Study Finds

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Sorry, Tom & Jerry, Cartoon Violence Doesn't Reel In Kids, Study Finds
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Sun, 05-29-2011 - 8:18am
So, the Road Runner regularly blows up Wile E. Coyote with Acme explosives. And Tom? He's always taking a fryingpan to the face from that rascal Jerry. As for the hijinks that go on between Itchy and Scratchy from "The Simpsons," well, kids just find those literal slashes and burns downright hysterical.

Maybe not. A new study in the journal Media Psychology finds violence injected into TV shows and movies aimed at kids doesn't actually make children enjoy the offerings any more. "Violence isn't the attractive component in these cartoons, which producers seem to think it is," Andrew J. Weaver, assistant professor of telecommunications at Indiana University, says in a press release from the school. "It's more other things that are often associated with the violence. It's possible to have those other components, such as action specifically, in non-violent ways."



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I don't think the Three Stooges was really aimed at children when it was made but IMO it is harmless comedy that appeals to them. Have your kids ever seen the old black and white Little Rascals shows?

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Well, I have to say, if they took out the violence from the Three Stooges, my son wouldn't want to watch it. My daughter wouldn't care.

Which makes me wonder....what was the gender make up of this study? My oldest son is more of the "nerd" stereotype - into science, observing, but not social stuff. My youngest son is very typical "boy". All Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and that stuff. Fun for him is a light saber battle (with pool noodles) and lots of fighting. Yes, the adventure and daring is part of it, as is danger...but the fighting, blowing stuff up, sword fights, that is where it is for him. Let him and his sister watch "The Princess Bride" and she is all about the romance and rescue. My son is all about the sword fighting and reacts the same way as the kid in the movie when the happy couple kisses at the end.

With Road Runner, I have to say that some appeal for both sons is the Rub Goldburg type of inventions. But Three Stooges....all about the slapstick. But then, were those really made aimed at children? Early BB has some very adult stuff in it that I didn't get until I was an adult.
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I still love Little House on the Prairie and watch the reruns on Hallmark with Nathaniel.
I have pondered the same thoughts when watching Bewitched, very true. It very much represented that 'ideal American Housewife.' Another favorite of mine was 'I Dream of Jeanie'
I really miss the older sitcoms like Full House, Growing Pains and The Cosby Show. To me that was when TV was family TV. Now all of the sitcoms are not appropriate for kids IMO. The only thing we can really watch as a family that is current is AFV.

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Yep, the Flintstones were up there for me.

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I, like you, never cared for those cartoons as a child. I much more preferred The Jetsons or The Flinstones. Now my son loves the road runner and tom and jerry, but they were never favs. of mine.

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I've always disliked slapstick - even as a child.