Think of the Children! : Banned Animation

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Taught by J.R. Pepper

JR Pepper is a lecturer, photographer and self described 'professional eccentric'. She holds both a BA and an MA in art history specializing in Surrealism and spirit photography. Her artwork has been seen in various gallery shows and publications including Haunted America: FAQ by Dave Thompson, and Musee Magazine. She has spoken at New York Anime Festival, New York Comic Con, Tokyo in Tulsa, The Morbid Anatomy Museum, The Odd Salon, The Dead Ladies Show and is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College. She currently works as digital imaging specialist at The Burns Archive and is a tour guide at Green-wood Cemetery. Her book Buried Boston: America's Revolutionary Necropolis, documenting Boston's burying ground and cemeteries is due out in 2024.

image credit: Bill Wadman

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For years, animators have hidden adult jokes and references in even the most innocent of animation properties. However, certain jokes go a bit too far for some people, and cartoons get banned. In other cases, the content can be too risqué or too controversial when shown in a different country. So, what does it take to be a banned cartoon? Sex, violence, German dictators, racism and Prince jokes come to mind. 

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