Monday, February 25, 2013

A Movie Originally Banned from TV is now on Netflix for Kids!

A flying ship, Huck Finn, a stop motion adventure . . .
    Sounds like a great movie, right?
    And it really is except for one scene that left parents and critics balking.
    As a child, I watched this before it was banned from TV. Over the years I didn't retain much about the plot, just a vivid picture painted from the bit about Adam and Eve.
    But as an adult, one scene really shocked me. 
    Now my own children have a chance to watch this movie through instant streaming on Netflix for children.  Although, I'm a big fan of claymation, I doubt I'll let my kids watch this.

What do you think about this scene?
Are you surprised it's on Netflix?
Do you think it was rightfully banned from TV in the mid-80s?


  1. It was a bit morbid and strange, and I would not let my kids watch it, but banning anything from TV is something I don't agree with. I think it is up to me as a parent to decide what my kids can and can not watch. To me these bans should instead be disclaimers for the parents and only prove that people with more money and more power than us like to decide what we should and should not see.

  2. There's far worse on Netflix. This doesn't bother me, kids are tougher than we give them credit for. Heck, the part that most disturbs me is the lifeless eyes of the claymation characters. :)

  3. I remember this from years and years ago. It creeped our kids out, and we didn't watch any more of it. It is too mature and abstract for children. Scary.

  4. Yeah it is way too creepy, but there are worse and if the parent thinks their kid can handle it then let em watch, if not, don't. Many just use the tv as a babysitter and then whine later.

  5. It's VERY weird--but I hate censorship!!

  6. That's weird and creepy. I don't think it's appropriate for adults or children, but like fishducky, I hate censorship. It demonstrates that parents have to remain vigilant about what their children watch.


  7. Bloody weird indeed and not something I would like my grandchildren to watch they don't need to see such scary weird stuff........

  8. I think it's more strange and abstract than anything that should be in the children's section. Not something I'd let them watch.

  9. Dude...that is seriously effed up. Were they high on LSD when they made that? My son is six and he would be traumatized for pretty much the next 10 years if he saw that. In fact, I think I myself might be traumatized for the next ten years from watching that. Ah, to bed to dream of satanic claymation freaks....

  10. Not to sound like a broken record, but I suppose it depends on the child and you know what's best for your children more than anybody else. Both from my own experience of being a kid and knowing friends' kids now, it's strange how sometimes the "scary stuff" doesn't scare kids at all, while sometimes the most innocent seeming things completely freak them out. Although I suppose if they're not already startled by the creepy claymation by that point of the film, it might not frighten them.

    As far as the philosophy goes, I think it will either go over most kids heads or they won't read too deep into it. Meaning that you probably don't have to worry about your kids going into the woods at night and sacrificing cats.

    Still...that's one strange acid trip. And I'd take the advice of a single twenty-something (a.k.a me) with a grain of salt.

  11. I think it's quite dark and could disturb some children more than others. As others have said, it depends on the child. There are, indeed, much worse things our kids see and I think most of them would take this in their stride.

  12. I can see why it was banned in the 80's. Nowadays? Almost anything goes, sadly. I wonder how they pitched this to producers. Why did they think they had to produce this for children? Who actually did?

  13. I pretty much agree with Andrew.
    I wouldn't let little kids watch it, but it's not *that* bad. A 15 certificate, maybe, though I'm sure I've seen more disturbing things on a 12.
    I don't quite understand anyone saying it's not even appropriate for adults. It's creepy and weird, but there's an entire genre built around the fact that plenty of people like creepy and weird. Or do you want to see every horror film ever banned?

  14. Dear Elisa, as everyone has said, this is creepy. Is it meant to show a god who can bring figures made of clay to life and cause great earthquakes and destroy people? Is this a retelling of the Book of Genesis? And what does Mark Twain have to do with it? I'm confused. I'm not at all sure how the children I know would react/respond to it. Peace.