We all loved cartoons when we were younger. To us, they were simply colorful, beautiful animations with interesting characters. Have you ever re-watched these shows as an adult? If that’s the case, you’ve probably realized that your favorite children’s cartoons contain some very sexual stuff. It isn’t only about “inappropriate” statements. We’re talking about quips and locations that are aimed squarely at the grownups in the audience. It’s difficult to imagine how some of these made it past the censors. Let’s go down the rabbit hole and look at 5 adult jokes masterfully buried in your favorite children’s movies and shows.
1. A Little Accident in The Neighborhood – Powerpuff Girls, Cartoon Network
The Powerpuff Girls appeared to be a massively popular show from the late 1990s to the early 2000s. This was about a squad of a trio of young girls who were trying to balance their normal lives with their crime-fighting duties. After a mishap, Professor Utonium created them in a lab. Later, they meet a new neighbor girl named Robin and show her around their house, explaining how they were created in a lab by accident. While it appears to be innocent, Robin concludes, “Don’t worry, I was also an accident.” When parents heard the remark, they averted their eyes since they didn’t like the humor about the accidental pregnancy.
2. WARNING! “Don’t Touch Yourself” – Ed, Edd n Eddy
Did the censor miss it because the animators of Ed, Edd, and Eddy felt forced to put a Post-it note on the bathroom wall that said, “Don’t touch yourself?” Or did they let it slide in order to get the adults to laugh? It did not come with a warning in any case.
3. Shaggy, The Stoner – Scooby-Doo
Given that this is a Scooby-Doo movie, it’s clear that it was aimed mostly at children. On a flight, Shaggy meets a woman and they become friends thanks to their mutual love of Scooby Snacks. When he inquires about her name, she responds, Mary Jane. Shaggy immediately responds by claiming that Mary Jane is his favorite name. Shaggy embodies many of the qualities of a typical stoner, thus it’s no wonder that his preferred female nickname is also a marijuana euphemism.
4. The “Gay Humor” – Freakazoid
In one episode, the lead character of the show “Freakazoid” asks his cop buddy how he’s never married. Cosgrove responds by declaring that he enjoys meat far too much, implying that flesh is used for, well, you know what! Unfortunately, this was written before gay marriage was permitted, so we believe he was correct in some aspects.
5. Grandpa’s love for adult movies – Rugrats
Rugrats was one of the most successful kids’ tv shows of all time. The Nickelodeon series aired for nine years and featured around 200 episodes. The characters and themes in the program were excellent. It’s a dangerous farce as Grandpa raises the children and buys them a few DVDs. He didn’t care for the Reptar brand, so he rented one to use “after the kids have gone to bed.” The film chosen was Lonely Space Vixens, a sci-fi sex film. It was hidden in the DVD rental store’s dungeon, so it was hard to overlook.