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I just finished watching the cartoon-movie Madagascar. I have three grandchildren and I like to preview what they will see. I don't always succeed, but I do try. I was entertained by this movie overall, and there were many exceptionally funny moments. For the parents and grandparents, particularly those who were exposed to much of the entertainment of the past, there were quick reminiscences that would bring a smile to their face.

Animation was nice, characterizations were great, and the story itself was fun.

Yet, I deleted the movie from my computer and will not share it with my grandkids. Why not?

Because of all the toilet humor, a truly excessive amount that went just a little too far for me. And why was there a scene where the Lion gets kicked in the private parts and his voice goes up? For the parents and grandparents?

So I'd say Madagascar is too childish for an average adult and too crude for an average child. I certainly have places I'd like to see my kids' minds go, and none of them is spelled T-O-I-L-E-T.

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MegL wrote on November 23, 2017, 11:16 AM

I have watched Madagascar and really loved it. I don't actually recall the part you describe but I do know that children are fascinated by "toilet" humour. One of my grandchildren today was playing with the toy farms and said, "I wish you had some brown playdough (playdoh?) so I could make some stuff for the stable hand to shovel up!". Her mother said that when playdough colours get mixed together it goes brown anyway but that wasn't the same for her. :)

Kasman wrote on November 23, 2017, 3:24 PM

Toilet-type humour seems to be the new go-to of many childrens' movies most of which aren't produced solely for kids and, as MegL says, children are fascinated with biological functions anyway although I have a suspicion this is something they pick up from adults' reactions to such since adults find toilet functions at least slightly embarrassing and kids are sharp as tacks when it comes to picking up nuances of adult reactions to 'dodgy' or 'forbidden' subjects which are not generally discussed around the dinner table in so-called polite society. Some movies (cartoons and live action) do overdo the toilet humour which makes it not funny at all. On a different but related subject the amount of violence in movies today is often excessive and I would be more concerned about my grandchildren watching violent action movies (including cartoons) than anything else.

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VinceSummers wrote on November 23, 2017, 4:07 PM

I agree, although I find some violence more objectionable than other violence. For instance, I find Tom & Jerry cartoons infinitely more offensive than Roadrunner cartoons. How to define the difference? That might take an article to explain.

MegL wrote on November 23, 2017, 4:12 PM

I never saw Tom and Jerry cartoons until I was about 19 or 20 and went away to university. They used to make me wince, seeing Tom get all his teeth knocked out by a cannonball, or a huge lump from being hit by a mallet, etc. But I also winced when I saw Wile E Coyote get flattened by a boulder meant for the road runner. After a while, I became hardened or inured to the violence and I found that just as worrying! Do children think that if you drop a boulder on someone, they can just get up and run about again?

MegL wrote on November 23, 2017, 4:13 PM

Have you seen the movie "up" from Pixar?

VinceSummers wrote on November 23, 2017, 4:42 PM

I have. I need to watch it again. I primarily remember the deep attachment of the man for the woman (and, of course, vice versa). I'm suspecting there was a lot of violence among the animals?

MegL wrote on November 24, 2017, 8:48 AM

I really couldn't say. When I watch films, it's usually while I am child minding and if they are entertained by the film, I do housework, so I seldom if ever watch a film the whole way through. In fact when I read the synopsis on Wikipedia, I found there was a whole section of it that I didn't remember - probably washing dishes! It is a Disney film, so I expect those children's films to be relatively violence free.

VinceSummers wrote on November 24, 2017, 1:28 PM

Certainly during the days of Walt himself. Although I can't vouch for the others who inherit or buy out the business.

lookatdesktop wrote on November 24, 2017, 10:09 PM

Yep. Lost of toilet talk . Taking it down a notch I guess. But I am glad you got in a few giggles from it. LOL

Secre wrote on December 5, 2017, 4:53 AM

Children by their very nature find toilet humour funny, it is part of the developmental process and is something they will grow out of. Film producers are merely working from an interest that is already there. I find adult movies that are preoccupied with the same kind of humour far more annoying.

VinceSummers wrote on December 5, 2017, 7:20 AM

Here's the rub for me: movie producers could entertain kids endless hours without its inclusion. But not only to they use a little of that kind of humor, they feature it as a special guest star. And some of it borders on sick adult humor. I call it adult, but much called mature is not. Some of the things sold should read Rated: I for immature.

Secre wrote on December 5, 2017, 7:53 AM

Hah, yes, I definitely agree with the adult versus mature label meaning very different things nowadays. A lot of 'adult' movies/shows like Inbetweeners should have that particular rating!