Cartoons are often stigmatized as media made exclusively for children, and rejected by many adults who don’t realize that cartoons are for everyone. To this end, many parents often put up any random animations for the kids to keep them entertained. They often fail to realize that the creators of many animated shows have managed to slip into their extreme sense of humor.
Obviously, this kind of humor, while getting over children’s heads, has an effect on both adults they might get along with and children they’ve grown up with and revisited. Although not obvious, these little touches reframe many moments to make them more entertaining.
The little sea sponge that lives in a pineapple under the sea is known for its healthy and carefree fun. But he’s no stranger to chaos-reducing humor. In the episode “My Pretty Seahorse,” SpongeBob relates the mystery of an adopted seahorse outside the Krusty Krab while he is on the job.
Two fish find a mystery, mistake it for a baby ride, and give it a try. But when one of them apparently finds a “coin slot,” the camera cuts off, the audience hears an excruciating scream, a kick, and the fish is flying through the air.
“Ed, Ed, it’s Eddie”
This Cartoon Network icon follows boys who share the same name who live in a dead-end neighborhood. The series was rather crude in style and humor, which spilled over into the behavior of the characters. In the episode “The Luck of the Ed,” Double D and Eddy go under the latter’s bed to see some of his things.
The items under the bed are cans of soda, a magazine with the name “Jiggy Jiggy” and a box full of napkins. In the case of magazines, it’s a gift from Eddie’s older brother, which in the series finale is confirmed to be a bad influence.
The Warner Brothers (and the wary sister, Dot) is so involved in humor that the characters even knew they hovered over the audience’s heads. Perhaps there was no notorious example in the short “Hercule-Yakko,” where Yakko plays a detective investigating a necklace stolen on a cruise ship.
As he continues, Yakko asks Dot to go and look for prints. She came back with the music star Prince in her arms. When Yakko made it clear that he wanted fingerprints, Prince looked at Dot with a smile, perhaps too eagerly. Put a chuckle and replies, “I don’t think so.”
The Justice League was not loved by many audiences for its sophisticated storytelling and its mature view of the characters, nor was it above the occasional allusion. The Flash was a frequent example, flaunting his success with the ladies.
Of course, this led to one of the most brutal grilling acts in animation history in the episode “Injustice to All”. When he mentioned it was the quickest thing alive, Hawkgirl said, “Maybe that’s why you can’t have a date.” Flash beings before Batman interrupts to continue the story.
Another classic Cartoon Network game that follows a young genius boy who tries to come up with brilliant inventions, but often falls victim to the antics of his older sister Dee Dee. In the episode “Dee Dee and the Man”, he finally gets tired of her behavior and shoots her.
Then, looking for a replacement, he chooses a beautiful woman with a rather graceful figure named Candy. To fill the void left by Dee Dexter, Dexter asks Candy to dance, to which she responds, “Okay, but that would be an extra $50.” Dexter simply wanted a new lab assistant, but this woman is clearly more accustomed to a more mature field of work.
‘The Powerpuff Girls’
Three girls are created when a lab experiment goes wrong and they become Townsville’s favorite superheroes. The Powerpuff Girls series. This series is loved by many who have grown up with it, even if certain moments have flown over their heads. “Superfriends” is about girls trying to reconcile fighting crime and making a new friendship with a girl named Robin.
When she spoke to their father’s character, Professor Utonium, Bubbles told her how she and her sisters were created by chance, to which Robin replied, “It’s okay Professor, I had an accident too.” Understandably, the Professor is shocked by this young girl who casually revealed that she was an unwanted pregnancy.
“Rocco Modern Life”
This Nickelodeon stronghold has probably managed to sneak more adult jokes onto (and sometimes over) the radar than any other series on the network. When Rocko stumbles into a job search in the “Canned” episode, finding a service is what the newspaper ad describes as a “specialized telephone operator.”
Apparently unaware of what kind of work he’s doing, he says baffled, “Oh my love, my love, my love,” as the pointed descriptions hanging on the wall next to him make it clear that this is a different kind of hotline. He goes even further when it is revealed that his client on the other end of the line is Mrs. Bighead.
“Superman: The Animated Series”
One of the most dangerous jokes from the world of DC animation was seen in the third episode of Superman’s opening story “The Last Son of Krypton”. When looking at photos of Superman for the first time, the editorial staff of the Daily Planet looks on in bewilderment.
In a moment that underscores her city-smart nature compared to Clark Kent’s character, Lois Lane made a clear comment, saying, “Nice S.” One might assume it means the letter S on his uniform. However, those who follow her eye line may recognize that she has noticed a specific area of her anatomy.
The Teen Titans They faced many enemies who took advantage of their weaknesses and insecurities of the teenagers. But sometimes, they might read too much into it. In the episode “Switched”, the Titans receive a package delivered to them (unidentified) by a villain named “The Puppet King”.
Inside there are many replicas of the collection’s wooden dolls. Robin and Beast Boy look at their doll, and Robin makes a note of how accurate the toys are. Then the Beast Boy raises his game pants, looks down, and simply replies, “Speak for yourself.”
“Avatar: The Last Airbender”
This was a hilarious moment in the dangerous episode “The Southern Raiders”, which deals with Zuko’s travels with Katara to avenge her mother’s killer. Zuko goes to Sokka’s tent to try to talk to her, and bumps into Suki, who quickly rushes away.
Zuko opens the tent to find it is full of candles, Suko is lying with his legs twisted and a rose in his mouth. Sokka quickly eats the rose, then after an emotional scene in which he reveals the truth about Katara’s mother, he desperately yearns to get Zuko out so he and Suki can have some… alone time.
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