The Associated Press ran an article today on a possible increase in violence in G-rated children’s films. Almost all the examples in the story are of animated films. The story highlights particularly violent scenes in Disney’s new “Chicken Little,” printing quotes from various parents’ groups, but lacks solid statistical evidence. Strangely, none of the parents’ groups blame the MPAA for its perceived inconsistency, instead urging individual parents to be more conscientious in what they allow their children to watch.
The story also points out that golden-age cartoons featured exaggerated violence as well. As MPAA President Dan Glickman puts it, “We like to think that things are more violent today, and it may be. But 30 or 40 years ago, there were a lot of things falling on heads and dropping off cliffs.”