Essential Seven Cartoons Based on “R” Rated Movies

A weird thing started happening with cartoons in the ’80s. Studios began producing cartoons based on “R” rated films. Movies that kids aren’t allowed to see suddenly showed up on Saturday mornings in toon form. Why? Well I assume the thinking that if the concept works for adults, tone down the language, violence, and nudity and you have an instant kid classic! Take the film Friday. The film revolves around Craig Jones (Ice Cube) and Smokey (Chris Tucker), who must pay a drug dealer $200 by Friday night. Wow, that sounds like a show kids should see! With a big giant face palm to the face, here are the Essential Seven Cartoons Based on “R” Rated Movies:


7) Kid N Play

The cartoon version of Kid ‘n Play featured the duo as teenagers who still made music. The real Kid ‘n Play hosted live-action wraparounds of the cartoons, stressing to the kids that they should be positive role models. Kids learned how to get along with others, and how to stay out of trouble. No out of control house parties to be found.


6) Conan The Adventurer

A tame version of the films, the cartoon focused on a Conan that had strong morals. Conan does what is right and is very respectable to everybody. The film / comic version of Conan is a womanizer and killer. Good Stuff! Just because the good guy sword fighter worked for He-Man, doesn’t mean that kids will accept it.


5) Toxic Crusaders

The Toxic Avenger films featured strong sexual situations and intensive violence, something perfect for a kids film. Toxie, led a trio of misfits combatting pollution. I always got a kick out of the films. They were stupid, but that is why I liked them. For me, the cartoon ruined the underground quality of the films.

4) Clerks

Clerks is different from the others on the list, because it was not really intended for children. Kevin Smith put together a more outrageous version of the Clerks movie that I found more enjoyable than the original film. Who else but Kevin Smith would use Judge Reinhold to play the character  the honarable Judge Reinhold! “One of us, One of us!”


3) Rambo: The Force of Freedom

Unlike, the book and the films, Rambo: The Force of Freedom didn’t focus on the John Rambo who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after a tour in Vietnam. The cartoon Rambo led a team fighting, but not killing, terrorists around the world.


2) RoboCop: The Animated Series

RoboCop was originally rated “X” for graphic violence until they toned down the violence for an “R” rating. That makes RoboCop: The Animated Series a really disturbing idea. The cartoon version was obviously less violent, and more futuristic looking. Detroit was also cleaned up a bit. “I’ll buy that for a dollar!”

1) Police Academy: the Animated Series

The dirty adult oriented comedy was turned into a lame animated version. Mahoney led the group of  House, Tackleberry, Jones, Callahan (whose boobs were not a focus), and Lassard fighting crime. When not doing police work, they made life miserable for Captain Harris and his sidekick Procter. Each episode ended with safety tip for kids.


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