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New Art Show Depicts Realistic Consequences of Cartoon Violence

Artist Shows True Consequences of Brutal Bugs Cartoons

Ah, Saturday morning. That blissful time formerly devoted exclusively to cartoons, though what happened? Cartoon Network, did you have to ruin everything? Even though Bugs, Daffy, and their pals might not be standard pancake breakfast companions anymore, given this new less-than-appetizing art show at London's Aquarium gallery, that might be a good thing.

You know how Elmer Fudd was always hunting ducks, and Daffy's bill was constantly getting blown to the back of his head? Artist James Cauty does — and he's re-imagined all of the faux-cartoon violence, with realistic gory consequences. The artist says, "People have been saying since the 60's that cartoons should show the consequences of violence, or kids will get the wrong idea. It's very difficult to shock kids these days — you have cartoon characters being shot in the head and walking off cliffs, so we have decided to replace them with something more realistic."

That realism includes a work showing the cat Sylvester having taken a bite out of Tweety, with a generous amount of blood, and Tom the cat chopping Jerry the mouse into small pieces in a pool of . . . Jerry's insides. Is this appropriate for kids? To see what the artist says,


The idea for the show came from just such a kid — his own son. He says, "The idea actually came from my 15-year-old son, who suggested I do some artwork showing what cartoons are really like by showing their real consequences." In his estimation, it's fine for kids: "I'm a parent myself, and if I saw pictures like that I would think of something kids would really love, because it's no-holds-barred violence." The gallery owner says so far kids have gone bananas over it. "Kids were very excited by it all, which is interesting because art is never normally aimed at children. It should be a very successful show, and will raise lots of questions about violence in the media and in our culture."

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kellster kellster 8 years
jeez. honestly it's all up to the parents. if they want to let their kids see these things then they do. parents aren't there half the time because they're all working, and do you really think that 100% if nannies and baby-sitters actually care? seriously I'm tired of hearing this...stuff...that it's the media, well it's only the media because WE the public let them get away with it. so if you want them to change their ways then stand up and say no, bring your friends freaking protest! don't be so passive-aggressive it's A-N-N-O-Y-I-N-G just like it's annoying for me to spell that out....OK I'm calmer, anyways what you really truly need to do is actually do something about it. i think that the drawings are a good idea, if the parent's let the kids see it, then you need to look at the parents, not the kids.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
The cartoons are pretty violent but whatever.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
1. Thank god my computer is on mute so I didn't have to listen to whatever song is playing :) 2. I played it at least twice wondering where the "realistic gory consequences" were. 3. This guy is doing it for the shock value.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that a lot of parents feel like their kids should see the other side of things, but i feel like this is just taking things to the wrong level. i understand that we need to make sure that kids realize that the cartoons are making violence seem like it's not so bad, but this just scares people and the fact that there are some kids that just love that stuff, you're not getting your point across. knowing that a 15 year old wanted the makes you realize that it's not the 7 year olds that will really react well.
MrsJamesTKirk MrsJamesTKirk 8 years
Btw, Heidi, your picture is HOTNESS!
MrsJamesTKirk MrsJamesTKirk 8 years
Dude. I grew up watching Looney Toons and the like, and I'm not a serial killer. So stupid. Honestly, any kid who thinks that stuff is real obviously has some other issues that need to be dealt with.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Same, YY. I thought the video was going to be about the art.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
i think its a great idea, for an ADULT art exhibit. the whole "kids need to know consequences" stuff is BS, and i'm sure he just tacked that on after the fact to make himself look like less of a sociopath. i love the concept of taking something that's very familiar and looking at it from another angle. on an unrelated note - i kept watching the embedded video thinking that i was going to see some of the art, but i didn't, and i ended up having to listen to that entire smash mouth song. i'm kind of mad about that. i never wanted to hear that song again. ever. ugh. im afraid if i look in the mirror im going to have bleached tips, a goatee, and a puka shell necklace. BLECH
liliblu liliblu 8 years
I agree with you Heidi. I watched all those cartoons growing up but I never thought they were real. Neither did anyone else I else I know. Rabbits and ducks don't talk in real life. This guy just wanted to do something shocking.
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
I am positive there was no altruism and higher meaning ascribed to his work. I am fairly certain that this is a guy who just wanted to make gruesome, realistic portrayals of what really happens to someone when you drop dynamite on them for his own sake, not to "raise questions about violence." I find this ironic because, by asking children to look at his art, isn't he undermining his own message? Doesn't his artwork contain a high degree of violence? An R-rated highly violent war film probably contains the level of graphic violence displayed in the piece that I saw in the link. Weird.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Is this really necessary? Did the vast majority of American children become mass murderers? Adults know what really happens when real people do the things that happen in these cartoons. Why make it graphically accurate and disgusting?
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