Megamind vs. Saw 3D: A Brief History of Kids Accidentally Seeing the Worst Things Imaginable
Ah, yes: The old, "We took our kids to see one movie, and then they were showed something much, much worse" news story. It's the type of almost yearly occurrence that warms the hearts of those people who like laughing at the absurd (non)misfortunes of others. In this case, a group of 7-year-old children in Massachusetts went to see Megamind 3D with a couple of parents, only to be shown Saw 3D instead. As one child told his parents, the mere site of the violent images witnessed by his young eyes were enough to make him not want to see another movie ever again.
Of course, this isn't the first time the young minds of America were subjected to something awful. (Well, you know, besides any time they've actually stumbled upon the news; or the Internet.) We all remember a similar theater snafu in 2007, when patrons of The Last Mimzy were shown The Hills Have Eyes 2 instead. As NME points out, that film begins with a "chained naked woman giving birth to a deformed baby." Who wants more popcorn?
Anyway it's with this latest mix-up in mind that Movieline now takes you through the brief history of the seedy underbelly of children's entertainment. Enjoy!
· The Little Mermaid
Nothing says phallic like The Little Mermaid. Not only did the cover of the Disney film VHS tape feature what looked like a penis (an apparent unintentional mistake), but the film also featured an erection, which you can spy above. Or maybe it's a bent knee. You be the judge.
· Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
More like "who framed this still of Jessica Rabbit's ladyparts," amirite? Not even the most attuned child could have noticed this. Also -- and correct me if I'm wrong -- but wasn't Roger Rabbit actually not for kids? It wasn't Cool World, but it's not The Lion King, either. Speaking of which...
· The Lion King
Hey, remember when a swirling dust cloud formed the letters "s-e-x" in The Lion King? Me neither! But those poor children!
· Brooklyn School Shows Porn Instead of Camp Rock
If only there was a joke or play on words to be made about P.S. 17 in Brooklyn showing an assembly of students hardcore pornography instead of Camp Rock. It'll come to me. "My son told his friend he saw a naked lady at school," said Rona Easton, whose 6-year-old son saw the porn. "I thought he was just being silly. It's appalling." So is Camp Rock, Rona. So is Camp Rock
· This Teacher's Sex Tape
2009 was a fertile year for wrecking young minds. Must be because Obama's president. Anyway, here's the headline from the 2009 CBS story about a teacher's faux pas in California: "Oops: Teacher Accidentally Gave Self-Made Sex Tape to 5th Graders."
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