9 Inappropriate Saturday Morning Cartoons

Since the humble beginnings of the entertainment industry there’s been one consistent trend. If something makes money milk it until it’s bone dry. We’ve seen this time and time again with popular books, comics, video games and cartoons. Eventually, a movie studio will make a feature length film adaptation. However, it’s also the same scenario when a film becomes a part of pop culture. For example, Fox will be airing an animated version of the indie hit Napoleon Dynamite in 2012, which will include the original members of the cast. While I never particularly cared for Napoleon Dynamite, alright I downright hated it, I believe that it could transfer into the world of animation smoothly. Just like animated versions of Beetlejuice, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future and anything from Disney. Then again, there’s the animated versions of films that still make me scratch my head. I guess America had balls back then. Or perhaps corporate executives weren’t as sneaky about their intentions. You’ll know what I’m talking about after you check out the following nine animated series based off of movies.

9. The Mask/Ace Ventura/Dumb and Dumber




In the mid-90’s there wasn’t a movie star more popular than Jim Carey. He was an absolute cash cow. With numerous successful films it was only a matter of time before the animated Carey actually became animated. In 1995, three of his most popular films were turned into Saturday morning cartoons. While none of these movies were rated R they still contained humor that was a bit too mature for kids. The Mask was a hound dog. Ace Ventura made out with a dolphin-stealing-psycho-who-used-to-be-a-man. Dumb and Dumber was written and directed by the raunchy Farrelly Brothers. To make matters worse the folks behind The Mask animated series included an episode where the Mayor’s lover strips down to nothing and threatens to blow herself up.

8. Kid ‘n Play


In 1990, Kid ‘n Play unveiled House Party and a Saturday morning cartoon. While not exactly tied to each other, it’s still curious that someone believed that the House Party stars deserved a cartoon, since the film contains sex, guns, and of course, house partying.

7. Little Shop


There are two things that probably should never be included in a Saturday morning cartoon. Anything that has to do with Roger Corman and a human-eating Venus flytrap.

6. Police Academy: The Series


Sure, we all loved the hi-jinks of Mahoney, Hightower, Tackleberry and company on film, but those cheap laughs were never intended for kids.

5. Highlander: The Animated Series


Highlander is one of the greatest movies ever. Period. But, seriously, is decapitation something that parents want their kids to witness on a weekly basis?

4. Conan the Adventurer


The character of Conan has been around since the 1930’s, but, it wasn’t until Arnold brought him to life that he became a manly man’s hero. To capitalize on Conan’s success an animated series debuted in 1992. A questionable move? Yes. However, it did create perhaps the most manliest cartoon intro ever.

3. Toxic Crusaders


This 1991 series was based off of the 1984 cult classic The Toxic Avenger. If you’ve seen the movie then you have to ask yourself, “Why the hell did they turn this into a kid’s morning cartoon?” If you haven’t, shame on you, but here’s a rundown. Wimp becomes mutated and violently kills all the bad guys in town.

2. RoboCop: The Animated Series


Did the animators even try to tone down the violence? Nope. Even the intro to this 1988 cartoon mentions that Murphy was “mortally” wounded, and, even shows the scumbags shooting at him just like in the film. Nothing said Saturday mornings like Frosted Flakes and violence in the 80’s.

1. Rambo: The Force of Freedom


Rambo is one of the greatest American heroes ever, but this burnt out Vietnam Vet, and his blade, is the furthest thing that kid’s should be exposed to, unless you want them to learn how to take out everything from Sheriff’s departments to an actual military.

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  1. Al Harron says:

    “The character of Conan has been around since the 1930′s, but, it wasn’t until Arnold brought him to life that he became a manly man’s hero.”

    You say that as if the original Conan wasn’t a manly man’s hero. Not to mention the fact that the paperback collections of the original Conan stories were a publishing phenomenon in the 1960s, and the Marvel comic one of the biggest sellers of the 1970s. Conan was big long before Arnold came on the scene.