If you have Directv, then you’ve probably seen that a bunch of remakes of popular children’s shows have been popping up all over the place. You have a couple recent remakes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT), there’s a remake of Transformers written by the same dudes who worked on the hit sci-fi series Fringe, and there’s now a more adult-oriented My Little Pony floating around.
What these remakes all have in common is that they are all much darker – more violent – than their predecessors and this has a lot of parents concerned.
Some people believe that a lot of this has to do with the growing changes in attitude with regards to the youth. In many ways, for children growing up in this particular generation, the veil of safety and complacency has been torn by things like the war on terror, and the youth are much more aware of the adult horrors they will inevitably have to face like death and struggle and conflict.
Many of these remakes feature on-screen deaths of main characters and more than a few shown at prime time have included some minor curse words. Whatever the actual reason is for this trend, it’s no secret that these remakes of kid’s cartoons are only barely safe for kids, and only time will tell whether this trend fades or picks up steam.