Making programming that is appealing to multiple audiences is a difficult task, but it is one that Warner Brothers has attempted for decades. That is because when it is done correctly, it engages adults with content that would otherwise be considered out of its demographic target. Keeping adults and children entertained with the same program requires excellent writing, or at the very least, the knowledge of your audience’s sense of humor.
In order to bridge this gap between these audiences, show writers must keep their adult references above the level of understanding of the children also tuning in. Sometimes, they are subtle references designed to hit their mark and at other times they can be blatantly sexual or lewd. It is a technique that the animators and writers at Warner Brothers have been creating since the 1930's.
Tastes may have changed significantly since the early days of when Porky Pig and Daffy Duck dominated the airwaves. However, Warner Brothers cartoons continue to entertain generations of viewers. You may not see Elmer Fudd chasing Bugs Bunny with a shotgun, but they paved the way for Space Jam and The Animaniacs. Without the classics, Pinky and the Brain may never have attempted to take over the world. What you may have missed however, as a child or adult, are some of the jokes and gags that were hilariously inappropriate for children. Here are twelve of those.
12 Animaniacs - Beethoven’s Occupation
11 Tiny Tune Adventures - One Beer
10 Animaniacs - Madonna
9 Justice League - Hawk Girl Owns the Flash
8 The Animaniacs - Pinky and Dolly Parton
7 Looney Tunes - Yosemite Sam Prison Joke
6 Tiny Tunes - Fifi La Fume Jiggling Gigolo
5 Animaniacs - Hello Nurse Running Gag
4 Animaniacs - Conjugate
3 Tiny Tunes - Name Game Omits Plucky
2 Space Jam - Patrick's Problem
1 Animaniacs - Fingerprints?
Animaniacs was always a plentiful source of adult references that were littered through the trio’s hijinks. Yakko and Wakko were almost constantly making lewd references and shouting “Hello Nurse”, at every turn. But what was perhaps the most overtly sexual reference came from Dot. When the crew were investigating the scene of a crime, Yakko asks Dot to find fingerprints, only for Dot to return bearing a certain Minnesotan musician famous for wearing purple. Fingerprints? Finger Prince? Good Night Everybody!
Sources: youtube.com, screenrant.com
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