Kids' cartoons have gone through different eras of what could and couldn't be shown on children's television. That said, it hasn't stopped writers, animators, background artists and creators from sneaking in some adult jokes every now and then. With the modern age of streaming and rereleases of classic cartoons, lots of adults get to go back and watch their favorite cartoons from when they were little.
Growing up, I was one of those "allowed to watch The Simpsons " kind of kids. I couldn't wrap my brain around why other kids my age weren't allowed to watch it. I guess Bart was a troublemaker, but he always learned his lesson in the end!
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Because of that, a lot of animators bury sexual innuendos, drug references, dirty one-liners or other adult-themed jokes within the spit-shined world of their shows. And there are more than you might think. The Powerpuff Girls explain to their new friend Robin that the Professor created them in a lab by accident, which prompts Robin to reveal that she came into existence under the same circumstances. You see where this is going.
Children never pick up on these as they are innocent, but adults, who are specifically looking for such things, find them hidden in the most unusual places. Like the penis on the face of an unsuspecting grandad type character. And thanks to the internet, and the postings of old cartoons on sites such as youtube, it is possible to search through this back catalogue of old cartoons and find the rude images.
This will not post anything on Facebook or anywhere else. Disney movies, Nickelodeon shows, and Cartoon Network specials sum up our entire childhood. But did you ever notice the hidden dirty jokes in some of the most popular cartoons?
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Do you ever go back and watch cartoons that you liked as a kid, only to discover a subtext or inappropriate moment you didn't understand when you were knee high to a grasshopper? Are you just now getting jokes your older siblings laughed at in your favorite show? If not, then get ready to have your mind blown by this list of pop culture moments and adult jokes in kid's shows that you didn't catch when you were growing up. A lot of the best cartoons of the '90s are actually full of adult humor.