The Weird History of Adult Animation - Wisecrack Edition

15 janv. 2020
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We tend to think of adult animation as a relatively new phenomenon. But the truth is, cartoons have been naughty for nearly their entire existence. Let’s dive into the weird, lesser-known history of depraved cartoons in this Wisecrack Edition on The Shocking Origins of Adult Animation

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Written by: Amanda Scherker
Hosted by: Helen Floersh
Directed by: Michael Luxemburg
Motion Graphics by: Jackson Maher
Editing by: Mark Potts
Produced by: Evan Yee

Works Cited
Booker, M. Keith. Drawn to Television: Prime-time Animation from the Flintstones to Family Guy, 2006.
Christopher Cook as quoted by Stephen Dowling, "How The Simpsons Changed TV.” BBC, 2014.
Cohen, Karl. Forbidden Animation: Censored Cartoons and Blacklisted Animators in America, 2013.
Dobson, Nichola. Historical Dictionary of Animation and Cartoon, 2009.
Goodman, Martin. “Dr. Toon: Going Swimmingly?” Animation World Network, 2005.
Mullen, Megan. “The Simpsons and Hanna-Barbera’s Animation Legacy.” Leaving Springfield: The Simpsons and the Possibility of Oppositional Culture, 2004.
Raphael Bob-Waksberg as quoted by Mike Bloom. “From 'BoJack Horseman' to
'Rick and Morty': Inside the Rise of Animated Comedy.” Hollywood Reporter, 2018.
Robinson, Chris. “CTW and MTV: Shorts of Influence.” Animation World Magazine, 1997.
“The Motion Picture Production Code”, 1930.
Wells, Paul. “Adult Swim.” The Television Genre Book, 2015.

© 2019 Wisecrack / Omnia Media, Inc.

  • Failed to mention the golden era of CARTOON NETWORK ( Johnny Bravo, Dexter's Laboratory, 2 stupid dogs)

    Goran HrastovikGoran HrastovikIl y a 19 heures
  • This woman here is so beautiful. Quite so, she is model material. How admirable❗💞

    Kid From 21 Jump StreetKid From 21 Jump StreetIl y a 5 jours
  • 4:30 yall ever hear of the rapper *GHOSTEMANE!?!?*

    Kid From 21 Jump StreetKid From 21 Jump StreetIl y a 5 jours
  • Such vague memories of obscure adult cartoons fron earlier 2000's man. So many visuals I have & I'll legit never put the puzzle together. Ill be lucky to match 1 image to 1 show.

    Kid From 21 Jump StreetKid From 21 Jump StreetIl y a 5 jours
  • I decided to watch the buried treasure thing and that shit was fucking hilarious.

    SCP 096SCP 096Il y a 7 jours
  • Where's Mr. Bill?

    TisbearATisbearAIl y a 11 jours
  • The Flintstones the Jetsons

    Jose GuandiqueJose GuandiqueIl y a 13 jours
  • Evolution of adult animation

    Jose GuandiqueJose GuandiqueIl y a 14 jours
  • So many weebs in the comments, I hate modern anime. To me something like Elfen Lied is edgelord bullshit and AToT feels edgy for edgy sake too, I also hate how it looks, too much CGI and I even hate the look of digital paint. God, I miss Cel Animated Space Operas and Meccha, but they're a product of the past and you only get the joy of discovery once. I'm saving Gundam and Macross like it's Champagne.

    commodore256commodore256Il y a 20 jours
  • Why do you look like hermoine

    shuvro basakshuvro basakIl y a 21 jour
  • Anyone remember rocko's modern life

    Aname YouknowAname YouknowIl y a 22 jours
  • Wisecrack is a meme because they often extrapolate abject nihilism.

    Luigi Mario 1997Luigi Mario 1997Il y a 24 jours
  • I can't believe you didn't mention Xavier: Renegade Angel, out of everybody else I'd expect you to cover the superior precedent of Rick and Morty.

    Tainted BloodTainted BloodIl y a mois
  • Excellent mini-doc

    Free_H2ōFree_H2ōIl y a mois
  • They just cancelled Venture Bros =(

    Mick JacksonMick JacksonIl y a mois

    Roy BeckerRoy BeckerIl y a mois
  • No Monty Python?

    Arvin BuenaaguaArvin BuenaaguaIl y a mois
  • Betty boop was a dog in the beginning and then they made her into human woman and also anime is adult animation I don’t know why they didn’t mention that

    Theresa ChercoTheresa ChercoIl y a mois
  • Pearl Jam's Do the evolution in 80's MTV? Before the Tracy Ullman show? Before the Simpsons? WTF

    TheDrakeliciousTheDrakeliciousIl y a mois
  • How did you not include Dtawn Together? It is THE effigy of offensive animation.

    Saint Y8SSaint Y8SIl y a mois
  • Heavy metal movie

    Robert PalumboRobert PalumboIl y a mois
  • "This is the best time to be alive for lovers of adult animation!" Me, watching this the day after learning Venture Bros was cancelled: "eh"

    The ExegeteThe ExegeteIl y a mois
  • "'The Simpsons' brought prime-time animation back to American TV for the first time since the '60s." "Wait Till Your Father Gets Home" (a 1972-74 Hanna-Barbera sitcom): "Am I a JOKE to ya?!?"

    NoParking BerryNoParking BerryIl y a mois
  • I can't believe you didn't mention Don Bluth. Or the animated movies of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Or Wizards. Or American Pop. Or Heavy Metal. Or Pink Floyds The Wall.. But you spent seven minutes on Disney..

    Twyla CastanedaTwyla CastanedaIl y a mois
  • Before our current time many consideres cartoons as childish. Laughs in anime xd

    s ds dIl y a mois
  • As a fan of animation my whole life. I think one reason animation is successful is that it is more aesthetically phenomenal than even some of the best FX and props on tv shows/movies. Like animating cartman getting probed probably cost a hell of a lot less than someone who woul need to assemble a set, costumes, actors etc. With animation you can literally creat the most wildest and zany ideas, while also touching on the sociopolitical silence of today. Most of the sat morning cartoons of the 80s were pretty much propaganda to the youthful masses.

    Z IdunnoZ IdunnoIl y a mois
  • America: "Japanese cartoons are disgusting! There's so much sexual content! We would *NEVER* put anything like that in our cartoons! Would we, 1930s America?" 1930s America: *Nervous sweating*

    fireazafireazaIl y a mois
  • Meanwhile in Japan they had anime which were violent way back then and were successful

    bashenga the black mantabashenga the black mantaIl y a mois
  • Hold up! I don't think she mentioned aqua teen hunger force!!!!!!

    bmx51nx2bmx51nx2Il y a mois
  • I just clicked this for Rick and Morty tbh

    Foxii Fox27Foxii Fox27Il y a mois
  • I was waiting for them to talk about Japanese animation history and BOOM! the episode is over! NANI KORE!!!?

    Wolf BeyondChaosWolf BeyondChaosIl y a mois
  • she was a dog too

    beau gearingbeau gearingIl y a 2 mois
  • Nothing against Helen, but american women's voices drive me nuts.

    Scott Lee ClaytonScott Lee ClaytonIl y a 2 mois
  • Great video toward the end! I would have included more about Daria because I am a huge fan, but I also would have included this about Betty Boop. She was one of the only female characters that was not just a female version of her male counterpart. She also started out as a dog, but the animators transitioned her character into looking more human once she was more popular. For more information I would check out Lindsay Ellis talking about Minnie the Moocher here:

    Hannah ThompsonHannah ThompsonIl y a 2 mois
  • SEALAB 2021!!!!!

    hiroponhiroponIl y a 2 mois
  • "adult animation was not reused until the late eighties" Gerard Scarfe and PINK FLOYD: ARE WE A JOKE TO YOU.

    Harry SatterlyHarry SatterlyIl y a 3 mois
  • Did you not mention Drawn Together? That show was raunchy as hell.

    ZP - The StormZP - The StormIl y a 3 mois
  • Is it just me or the episode where Bojack underwater hit hard... Sorry I haven’t seen all the seasons yet don’t spoil it

    SubHeroHDSubHeroHDIl y a 3 mois
  • Am I the only one who remembers when the Spike & Mike Sick & Twisted Festival would make the rounds of indie theaters? Lupo the Butcher? Beavis & Butthead in “Frog Baseball”? No “King of the Hill”?

    Ricardo RodriguezRicardo RodriguezIl y a 3 mois
  • Completely ignoring racism in cartoons history smh

    Xavier PenagosXavier PenagosIl y a 3 mois
  • Why is Helen so beautiful?

    Duke VangDuke VangIl y a 4 mois
  • 5:06 Betty Boop was originally a dog

    Vivian LeeVivian LeeIl y a 4 mois
  • One (downright) bizarre thing in adult animation was the Paradise PD episode "The Father, the Son and the Post-it Note" where Stanley Hopson was wearing only his underwear and a dog leash while being in dog-like poses.

    Bryce CherryBryce CherryIl y a 4 mois
  • They forgot Tarzan and rated is G on Netflix though it is inappropriate and sexist says critics

    Trek ReckTrek ReckIl y a 4 mois
  • You forgot about the pjs

    Tiana CastroTiana CastroIl y a 4 mois
  • My teachers: "You can't make a job out of making cartoons, they're for kids!" Me, thinking about felix the cat killing himself with a gas pipe: "Yeah... but kids are awesome." *tries not to argue*

    striker shivstriker shivIl y a 4 mois
  • You didn’t mention foreign adult animation

    Disneyfan1999Disneyfan1999Il y a 4 mois
  • They are definitely going to do a anime info vid now

    TRU7HTRU7HIl y a 4 mois
  • Hmm and I just noticed the mickey mouse cameo in the snow white cut.....

    Envy TalentEnvy TalentIl y a 4 mois
  • To be fair*lk voice* Betty boop was originaly drawn as a dog o.o

    Envy TalentEnvy TalentIl y a 4 mois
  • Do you think it's a fucking joke, Morty?! It's.. it's, I swear, Morty, this is the last fucking time I take you to a comment section, Morty! Fuck you, Morty!

    sirius4ksirius4kIl y a 4 mois
  • I think the rise of adult animation will have less to do with the medium itself and more to do with practicality from studios. No more having to build sets or find locations, no more pricey actors as voice actors are typically more affordable, no more concern with actor aging or wanting out as animation never has to change and it's not terribly difficult to replace someone typically, and effect such as explosions or wide sweeping scenes of cities or planets or fantastical creatures and places are much easier drawn then filmed or realistically CG'd. In the end, though still difficult, it often will beat the price of real life. A show could go forever... for better or worse.

    Chris RamseyChris RamseyIl y a 5 mois
  • Rick is just better at being pathetic than Jerry lol

    badassjack86badassjack86Il y a 5 mois
  • Came here to see if anyone else from the UK was wondering if Monkey Dusk would be mentioned.... Wait, just me? Well I suppose anime came first Sad face I'll get my coat.

    blackvixencryptblackvixencryptIl y a 5 mois
  • I think one aspect of current adult animation boom that wasn't touched much is the fact that many viewers less than 30 or 40 grew up with the Saturday morning cartoon. As such animation was a part of our young years, and as we grew we still wanted to watch animation, but the animated themes would also change with us as we became adults.

    Brendan KelleyBrendan KelleyIl y a 5 mois
  • “[including] a larger diversity of the kind of things we would call adult animation” a la The Midnight Gospel

    Tori FarrellTori FarrellIl y a 5 mois
  • it would've been nice to see more of japan´s animation scene

    Cesar VillegasCesar VillegasIl y a 5 mois
  • I just want to say this is my first time seeing her do this show and she is impressing me. I could watch more of these

    Too HammToo HammIl y a 5 mois
  • You really should have talked more about Ralph Balkshi. His films weren't that good but they helped paved the way for adult animation today especially in the film industry.

    WolfMan831WolfMan831Il y a 5 mois
  • I think we're seeing a lot of adult animation in the west because Japanese animation having never got to the point where they viewed it just for kids. So, with the advent of the internet, we were all suddenly exposed to the wealth of content being made around the world that often catered specifically to adults. I think there's almost this form of jealousy regarding Japanese animation, in America especially, where the adult animation is currently most prolific. On top of that, the social costs of producing graphic scenes of violence or sex in animation are quite different than in live action. Drawing those things creates a sort of added barrier to our suspension of disbelief, where we don't have to think about a real person experiencing what we're seeing on the other side of our screens. So, alongside that jealousy is this ever-increasing desire to be taken seriously within the animation medium be depicting more and more of what most would be uncomfortable with in live action.

    Dante WilcoxDante WilcoxIl y a 5 mois
  • Monty Python animation hasnt made the list?! Oh please

    Waffling BogWaffling BogIl y a 5 mois
  • I guess because of the stereotype that animation is for children, when edgy and adult content is depicted its made all the more resonant by subverting audience expectations. It also makes so much sense that animation is such an expressive art form, as its lucid nature of not comforting to reality and our perception of it makes it a perfect place for artistic expression. (Some, anyway.)

    James HowlettJames HowlettIl y a 5 mois
  • Something in this video gave me a boner, but I can't figure out what...

    South Park EpisodesSouth Park EpisodesIl y a 5 mois
  • I am not an expert in the subject. It just feel like an alien description of reality to me. Family guy more twisted than south park. OK, define twisted.

    Christian GingrasChristian GingrasIl y a 5 mois
  • Hellen is a great host. More Helen please.

    Falco ProudneckFalco ProudneckIl y a 5 mois
  • Family Guy: What Went Wrong?

    Aza SmithAza SmithIl y a 6 mois
  • 😍😍😍

    Alex StorrAlex StorrIl y a 6 mois
  • i mean.... betty boop started out as a dog (a poodle) constantly getting into trouble that her love interest "Bimbo" would save her from. No bestiality there. The clip you showed wasn't poorly drawn, it properly depicts the love of both the animals......

    jn jnjn jnIl y a 6 mois
  • I like how this video got by mainly ignoring them elephant in the room’ of ‘mature audience animation’ not having been done in Japan for decades prior or the more ‘art house’ vibe historically in Europe - ‘ The wild planet’ in French anyone?.

    AepistemicAepistemicIl y a 6 mois
  • If you can do a similar video regarding anime and its influence on America would be really interesting and fun ^.^

    K.A.R.M. ProductionsK.A.R.M. ProductionsIl y a 6 mois
  • Well, my country's broadcasters could not tell (or did not care) that the Simpsons was for adults and aired it on Saturday and Sunday mornings, right after Digimon/Pokemon and such. I was watching it since I was like seven, and so did all the kids of my generation. Of course, no one really understood the show at that age, all kids got out of it was that the characters were mean and disrespectful to each other, and that is, apparently, funny and cool thing to do.

    rin55rin55Il y a 6 mois
  • you should call this video two Fing minuets on skillshare

    Alon KendlerAlon KendlerIl y a 6 mois
  • The lost generation, the greatest generation and boomers had it rough with their uppity standards on animation. Millennials got it easy.

    ghostman zimoghostman zimoIl y a 6 mois
  • There should be a mention of Terry Gilliam's animations from Monty Python's Flying Circus. Some of those were down right pornographic. They aired a cartoon in which the whole plot was a man getting frustrated he could get a good view of stripper puss, and this was in the 60's!

    Dr Moon RatDr Moon RatIl y a 6 mois
  • 2:30 for video beginning

    ElOtroJuanjoElOtroJuanjoIl y a 6 mois
  • Hey Wisecrackers, what do you think of Avatar: the last airbender and the legend of Korra? This Franchise probably has everything you like.

    KastanielKastanielIl y a 6 mois
  • Her looks and voice both deserve a hats off

    Anand kumarAnand kumarIl y a 7 mois
  • I like Jared better

    Osmar HernandezOsmar HernandezIl y a 7 mois
  • doesn’t she kinda look like emma watson haha

    Natalie BellNatalie BellIl y a 7 mois
  • Wait... so animation got better because with censorship, they actually had to make good and engaging stories rather than cartoon porn???

    TheDeathmailTheDeathmailIl y a 7 mois
  • Wisecrack please do Aeon Flux the animated series not the shitty movie the seties is very sci fi philosophical and it was made in 1991 long before all others adult animated shows. its very deadpan and very drama rather than comedy and darker look on sci fi and totalitarianism. Aeon Flux is an satire(with no comedy) against totalitarian dystopia and action movies or the spy fictions of James Bond

    long w lenguyenlong w lenguyenIl y a 7 mois
  • Y'all out here talking bout anime like cave paintings didn't have anything to do with that!

    x gx gIl y a 7 mois
  • can we get a video on Moral Orel?

    Burnt_Ramen 9Burnt_Ramen 9Il y a 7 mois
  • hentai gang

    Burnt_Ramen 9Burnt_Ramen 9Il y a 7 mois
  • When are you going to do a video on MST3K?

    Sean SmithSean SmithIl y a 7 mois
  • Most def glossed over Japanese cartoons, so I guess this is The Weird History of "American" Adult Animation. Which is still very interesting

    Kyle TatumKyle TatumIl y a 7 mois
  • It's pretty easy to start on low budget if you're just a beauty ;)

    DerZynikerDerZynikerIl y a 7 mois
  • So we're just going to ignore how most of the old adult animations were derived from minstrels

    nolo cupnolo cupIl y a 7 mois
  • If you were to ask me to sketch what an 'animation scholar' looked like it would be pretty close to M. Keith Booker. I'd probably even name it something like R. Craig Boozer.

    japhygatojaphygatoIl y a 7 mois
  • You skip over batman the animated series

    Joku SekouJoku SekouIl y a 7 mois
  • No wonder I got bored of Archer: the writer still thinks it’s only funny cuz the jokes are done animated (IMO)

    J LupusJ LupusIl y a 7 mois
  • I want tuca and birdie back

    Citlali ZertucheCitlali ZertucheIl y a 7 mois
  • I believe millennials were the 1st generation of children who grew up w/ 24 hr cartoon programs. In other words, we didnt hav 2 wait for saturday to watch cartoons. We grew up with cartoons and never grew out of them.

    Agyeiwaa QuashieAgyeiwaa QuashieIl y a 7 mois
  • what the hell was up the one with Felix the cat (?) pulling down the young girl’s bloomers??? also “... more pruder time” *prudish did I miss Futurama? King of the Hill?

    Brenda PaduchBrenda PaduchIl y a 7 mois
  • Remember the Vsauce2 guy? I think this woman is a female version of him. Rule 63.

    Kirill AzarovKirill AzarovIl y a 7 mois
  • Hmmm not even a single anime mention... 😕

    Pablo Martín VintimillaPablo Martín VintimillaIl y a 8 mois
  • How did you dare to leave "The Venture Brothers" outside your mentions?

    Maxima SantanaMaxima SantanaIl y a 8 mois
  • Do the Avatar: The Last Airbender!!! Do the Avatar: The Last Airbender!!! Do the Avatar: The Last Airbender!!!

    Filipe Lourenço AffonsoFilipe Lourenço AffonsoIl y a 8 mois
  • Nick Park used to do the MTV claymations too? is he just the only person that exists who does it? He just does it all...I thought he was doing quaint British things like Morph :) Not bloody mtv.

    GazmusGazmusIl y a 8 mois