What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that most of this movie consists of animated short films that are more than fifty years old. As such, there are characters who smoke, puffing furiously; there's one scene in which a drunken man staggers out of a bar; and while the action is definitely fake, animated, and designed for humor, it consists of crashes, axe-wielding bad guys, explosions, treacherous falls, and electric buzzers sending shockwaves through opponents. Hair stands on end; heads sizzle; and dynamite is a weapon of choice. There are monsters from beginning to end, but they're drawn for humor and are not threatening.
- Families can talk about how our awareness about cartoon violence has changed over the years since these films were made. How are the animated films for children different today? Are these cartoons scarier or less scary?
- Most of these short films were made before television was in every home. They were used in theatres before the feature film presentation. What do you think the artists were trying to achieve? Were they trying to be funny or were they trying to frighten their audience?
- Can you tell the difference between the old cartoons in this movie and the cartoon segments created in 1988, when this movie was released? What are some of the changes you see?