Sylvester Stallone is Forever “Infuriated” at Rambo Animated Series for Making Kids Think PTSD is Cool

Sylvester Stallone wasn't a fan of his 1986 cartoon series ‘Rambo: The Force Of Freedom’.

Sylvester Stallone is Forever "Infuriated" at Rambo Animated Series for Making Kids Think PTSD is Cool

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  • Following the success of Sylvester Stallone's hit, R-rated Rambo movies, his traumatized Vietnam veteran character was turned into a children’s cartoon.
  • In 1986, an unlikely cartoon series was made out of Sylvester Stallone's titular Rambo character, which narrated his R-rated adventures followed by his war PTSD.
  • Revealing that he had no control over the licensing rights for the Rambo toys, Stallone admitted to being “infuriated” with the whole thing.
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Based on Sylvester Stallone’s hit, R-rated Rambo movies, an unlikely cartoon hero was carved out of the titular character for a 1986 cartoon series Rambo: The Force Of Freedom. Voiced by Neil Ross, the cartoon series saw Rambo being recruited by Colonel Trautman to lead his group of soldiers against a terrorist clan called S.A.V.A.G.E.

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Further, even a toy lineup was introduced for Rambo, as producers saw value in the character, given how successful G.I. Joe was doing in the market at that time. But quite shockingly, as Sylvester Stallone shared his opinion on the spin-off, he revealed how he was neither a fan of the cartoon series nor the toys.

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Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo Was Turned Into a Cartoon Series 

Gaining worldwide fame with his starring role as Rocky Balboa in the smash hit sports drama Rocky (1976), Sylvester Stallone turned into Hollywood’s one of the most bankable stars. Thereafter, the actor appeared in several critically acclaimed projects, among which he was highly renowned for his Rambo films. 

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Sylvester Stallone in his R-rated Rambo movies

Both Rocky and Rambo movies turned Sylvester Stallone’s career trajectory for good. Further, the films even bagged millions of dollars at the box office and later turned into cult classic films. Not just that, Stallone’s Rambo movies turned into such popular action flicks based on David Morrell’s bleak 1972 novel about a badly traumatized Vietnam veteran, that they even got turned into a cartoon series, Rambo: The Force Of Freedom.

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Rambo: The Force Of Freedom (1986)

In 1986, an unlikely cartoon series was made out of Sylvester Stallone’s titular Rambo character, which narrated his R-rated adventures followed by his war PTSD. Producers created a cartoon and toy lineup out of Stallone’s traumatized war veteran, which was fed to children every week. With Neil Ross giving his voice for Rambo, the cartoon turned into a popular spinoff. But, the actor wasn’t quite happy about it. 

Sylvester Stallone Wasn’t a Fan of the Spinoff Cartoon Series 

Following the success of the uber-popular character G.I. Joe in the market, producers considered it a bankable move to turn Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo into a cartoon character. While the producers were positive about its success, the actor certainly didn’t appreciate the cartoon series Rambo: The Force Of Freedom (1986). Further, Stallone admitted that he wasn’t a fan of the toy lineup either. 

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Stallone wasn’t a fan of Rambo: The Force Of Freedom (1986) spinoff

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Speaking with the Chicago Tribute to promote Cobra, Sylvester Stallone opened up about his honest opinion on the cartoon series. Revealing that he had no control over the licensing rights for the Rambo toys, Stallone admitted being “infuriated” with the whole thing. Although he made a small share of the profit, the actor had reasons for not appreciating the show. 

It’s not for kids. The movie was not supposed to be for little kids, and I wouldn’t let my own children play with those toys.” 

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Stallone admitted that the traumatized character of John Rambo wasn’t fit for children

Admitting that although his R-rated franchise wasn’t particularly violent, Sylvester Stallone found it bizarre to base a children’s cartoon around an inherently bloody series. Discussing how the movies featured PTSD and intense trauma, Stallone claimed that it was highly controversial of the producer to even turn the films into cartoons. Therefore, following his interview and the controversies plaguing the series, Rambo: The Force Of Freedom failed to last after one season. 

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