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stum

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« Reply #200 on: 11-09-2013 14:28 »

That... wasn't what I meant at all. confused
TheMadCapper

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« Reply #201 on: 11-09-2013 20:53 »

OK, maybe I was in a bad mood when I typed that post and took what you said the wrong way. Sorry.

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stum

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« Reply #202 on: 11-09-2013 21:53 »

OK.
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« Reply #203 on: 11-10-2013 03:50 »

Back OT, I thought 'Fun on a Bun,' was pretty PG rated. I can't remember all of it so prove me wrong if there's anything bad in there.
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« Reply #204 on: 11-10-2013 03:53 »

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that "Love's Labours Lost in Space" and "Spanish Fry" seem pretty appropriate for children.
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« Reply #205 on: 11-10-2013 04:02 »

Yeah, I think they're appropriate enough, of course people have different opinions on what is considered appropriate or not. But, I agree with you on those ones.  smile
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« Reply #206 on: 11-10-2013 04:13 »

Back OT, I thought 'Fun on a Bun,' was pretty PG rated. I can't remember all of it so prove me wrong if there's anything bad in there.
Zapp had a few seuxual innuendos "This time I'm the one judging the sausage" and probably a few more, I'd say it's ok for a 10 year old but not for much younger.

Viva Mars Vegas & The Inhuman Torch seem pretty good for a young kid.
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« Reply #207 on: 11-10-2013 05:48 »

I'd need to rewatch it, but according to my memory, 'Torch' was safe. The story would be very easy to follow for kids, and things such as the high voice gags would be humorous to them. Viva Mars Vegas had a few iffy jokes, but they were very minor, so I'd say that one would be safe as well. 'Fun on a Bun' though is definitely not appropriate. It had innuendos galore, making it unsuitable.
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« Reply #208 on: 11-10-2013 05:55 »

Yea, like I said I can't remember all of it.
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« Reply #209 on: 11-10-2013 06:39 »

Some parents might not like Zoidberg's line about hell in The Inhuman Torch, bit I'd say most parents would be fine with it.
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« Reply #210 on: 11-10-2013 06:41 »

Well, the line is minor enough to be ignored easily, in my opinion. Plus, some people may find it to be funny I a 'Did he just say that?!' sort of way.
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« Reply #211 on: 11-10-2013 06:48 »
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Yeah, but I've seen parents of my cousins who won't let their 5 year olds watch a movie because of one uttering of the word damn, but then again they let them listen to "Blurred Lines" a pretty misogynistic song, so....   roll eyes
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« Reply #212 on: 11-10-2013 07:14 »

My cousins couldn't say crap, but they could say crapola.  hmpf
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« Reply #213 on: 11-10-2013 07:29 »

Presumably when they wanted granola, right? wink
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« Reply #214 on: 11-10-2013 14:50 »

 That's great.  smile I'm gonna have to ask my cousins if they would like some crapola now.  tongue
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« Reply #215 on: 01-28-2014 18:49 »
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Bendin' in the Wind was a very tame one. The bong at the start will completely fly over their heads, and most kids at that age will literally think it's a device to speed up and slow down time. :P There's also some language, but it's commonplace Futurama stuff. The plot may not interest them too much, since it's about folk singing rather than fighting aliens or visiting distant planets, but it wouldn't be too inappropriate to show.

Despite the fairly graphic splattering of Fry at the end, Meanwhile is possibly the tamest Futurama episode sex and language-wise, and if it wasn't for that scene, I'd heavily recommend it.

I'd also recommend Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles, it has a very simple and fun plot with lots of slapstick, like the Zoidberg transformations, and despite a few iffy gags, like Farnsworth's aside about "ultra-porn", most kids would enjoy it a lot. Maybe Pazuzu at the end could creep them out though...
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« Reply #216 on: 01-28-2014 22:08 »

I would say Meanwhile is too violent for kids, but I'll agree with Leelas Hurdles.
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« Reply #217 on: 01-29-2014 06:04 »

Meanwhile does have the list of places where Fry & Leela have had sex, but that's all I can think of.
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« Reply #218 on: 04-16-2015 04:29 »
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I am pleased to have found this thread. Mr. Laser and I were discussing when we would possibly have to start filtering what Baby Laser is watching. We didn't think Futurama was honestly that bad. Most of the innuendo will probably go over her head for quite some time, and the cartoon violence isn't much worse than what was on some of the cartoons we watched growing up. Plus, when she was screaming her head off yesterday and nothing (Not even the boob!) would soothe her, she stopped crying the minute the Futurama theme song came on.
I never thought I would be one for plopping my child in front of the television, but hey, the girl has great taste.
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« Reply #219 on: 04-16-2015 04:58 »

Just be sure to raise your child on a steady diet of Futurama, Stargate, Game of Thrones, and 80s cartoons, and she'll turn out to be the right kind of people.
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« Reply #220 on: 04-16-2015 05:14 »

Just be sure to raise your child on a steady diet of Futurama, Stargate, Game of Thrones, and 80s cartoons, and she'll turn out to be the right kind of people.

Sounds like a good recipe for a genius/awesome child to me.
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« Reply #221 on: 04-16-2015 06:25 »


Q: What if Futurama started making TV-G episodes on Nick?

Yoinked this from the Q&A thread because I thought it was an interesting idea.

I think the best way to do this would be a separate series, featuring the orphan kids, maybe Cubert/Dwight. They would interact frequently with the PE crew of course, because it's not Futurama without the gang. Maybe the beginning and end of each episode would have the PE crew heading off on/returning from a delivery por ejemplo, as my people say. And the kids would go off and have their own adventures while the grownups were away. Perhaps Zoidberg could be the incompetent babysitter, so we don't have to deal with the question of why the grownups leave the kids alone all day. For a younger audience, Zoidberg's whooping, weird anatomy, voracious appetite, and ink spray might make him a popular character.

Oddly enough, during its original run Futurama was advertised toward children. Nickelodeon magazine actually had a cover featuring Futurama on it.
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« Reply #222 on: 04-18-2015 15:25 »

I seem to recall some DVD commentary (probably from Season 1) wherein David and friends were talking about how, early on, Fox kept treating the show as a family-friendly cartoon even though it was never meant to air before 8pm (when children are more likely to watch it).

I also seem to recall some DVD commentary (probably also from Season 1) wherein David and friends were talking about which episodes might be suitable for children and which episodes one of them allows their 4-(or-so)-year-old kid to watch.
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« Reply #223 on: 04-21-2015 02:20 »

I think Fox were likely trying to gear it to children because they thought the robots/aliens/etc. wouldn't appeal to adults or something.

But yeah, I remember that conversation. If I recall, one of them basically said he covered his children's ears whenever Mom was on screen. tongue
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« Reply #224 on: 04-21-2015 03:24 »

Shove a bastard in it, you crap!
Tachyon

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« Reply #225 on: 04-21-2015 08:54 »


Tress makes me laugh every time smile

Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #226 on: 06-23-2015 01:17 »

 In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela should be aired on Nick Junior.
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« Reply #227 on: 06-23-2015 01:48 »

APPROVED FOR ALL AUDIENCES!
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« Reply #228 on: 06-24-2015 06:24 »

V-GINY? I'm sure that won't ring a bell.
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« Reply #229 on: 06-25-2015 16:18 »

In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela should be aired on Nick Junior.

In a side-by-side special with Spanish Fry.  wink
 
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« Reply #230 on: 06-25-2015 17:10 »


Yes, that should end well... big grin

"Mommy, mommy!"

"What is it, dear?"

"I had a dream that aliens were trying to cut off my lower horn!"

"?????"

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« Reply #231 on: 06-26-2015 02:48 »

In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela should be aired on Nick Junior.

In a side-by-side special with Spanish Fry.  wink
 

And Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?
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« Reply #232 on: 06-26-2015 07:32 »

Don't forget Neutopia!

You know, I'm surprised this thread's still going. I'm pretty sure every episode has been mentioned, whether it's appropriate for three-year-olds or not. tongue
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« Reply #233 on: 06-26-2015 16:52 »


You know, I'm surprised this thread's still going.

I very much agree tongue it's been forever since I've been here and every episode has to have been mentioned in that time tongue
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« Reply #234 on: 06-26-2015 20:48 »

In-A-Gadda-Da-Leela should be aired on Nick Junior.

In a side-by-side special with Spanish Fry.  wink
 

And Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?

And they can just have a twenty four hour marathon of all three episodes, so nobody misses it.
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« Reply #235 on: 06-27-2015 16:33 »

Don't forget Neutopia!

You know, I'm surprised this thread's still going. I'm pretty sure every episode has been mentioned, whether it's appropriate for three-year-olds or not. tongue

The lesson is: Nobody should have children. The end.
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« Reply #236 on: 06-27-2015 17:37 »


Mission: accomplished!

Also, I wonder how much of a lasting influence cartoons may have on kids of that age, even though they might not retain memories of any specific dialogue.

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« Reply #237 on: 06-28-2015 04:12 »

Well, if a toddler tells you they're going to some "charity BS for knocked-up teenage sluts", then you'll know the reason. smile
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« Reply #238 on: 06-28-2015 04:19 »

Well, if a toddler tells you they're going to some "charity BS for knocked-up teenage sluts", then you'll know the reason. smile

Because they want to help the underprivileged teenage sluts, duh.
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« Reply #239 on: 06-28-2015 21:02 »

I wonder how much of a lasting influence cartoons may have on kids of that age, even though they might not retain memories of any specific dialogue.

Most kids start to notice the difference between boys and girls when they're around 3. Showing them sexist humor or sexually explicit scenes might influence their ideas of sexuality later on. Maybe.

Insults and profanity could make someone an asshole, but if you're a parent who's cautious enough to wonder whether or not a TV show is appropriate, hopefully you also know to censor your kid when they start calling people snot-eating bastards.

Most of the dialogue-based sex jokes in Futurama are fine for kids that young. They won't even register that it's a joke, and I'd bet most would attribute any laughing on an adult's part to fluency in Grown-Up Talk. It might be problematic if the characters emphasize something inappropriate like in "Spanish Fry", since then the kid will know there's something they're not getting.

I'd be more concerned about violence and rudeness in Futurama than sexual content, since people are generally more likely to apply attitudes and behaviors if they understand them.
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