Violent Cartoons

Should The Lion King be rated PG? A new study urges parents to monitor kids' animated videos

First, a disclaimer: No adorable cartoon critters were harmed in the writing of this column. Unfortunately, certain characters in the G-rated animated films many of our children watch are not so lucky. Fistfights, swordplay, falls from great heights, insults leading to injury and (my favorite) "squishings" increasingly dominate many of the movies we let our kids watch, leading to the inevitable--an earnest Harvard study. Normally, I'd rather have the Roadrunner drop an anvil on my head than endure another research paper on violence permeating the media--especially one that views with alarm Tigger's playful bowling over of Winnie the Pooh. But as...

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