All of us who are already an age remember Bambi's mother's death. And it is not the only animated film that made us understand, brutally and emotionally deeply, that we all die, that our loved ones will leave, that we will raise mallows sooner or later.
This comes to mind because adults, for the sake of preserving the innocence of childhood, are very concerned about preventing children from watching adult movies, generating complex codes of censorship by age, but forgetting that cartoons can be equally traumatic. And we must not refer only that on TV, at all times, they broadcast things like Family Guy, where you talk about pedophilia with humor. In all kinds of cartoons there are, in fact, highest number of deaths than in real image movies for adults. It is what suggests, at least, a curious British study about it published in the British Medical Journal.
Assumption of death via cartoon
At the age of 10, most children have developed a complete understanding of death as irreversible, permanent and inevitable. Before this age, however, many children may have only partial knowledge of death, since they lack the cognitive maturity to understand this concept. Faced with this situation, it seems understandable that many parents try to prevent their children from watching movies in which there is an exposure to death.
Exposure to death and violence on the screen can be scary for young children and can have intense and lasting effects. This can be especially problematic when children have not prepared, through frank discussion with parents or trusted adults, to address these issues. However, as infant mortality rates have declined over the past centuries, death It has become an almost taboo subject.
However, children seem to be exposed to the death of their characters in a more continuous way than adults. To prove it, in the marras experiment they were visualized 45 animated films with the highest gross box office earnings of all time. Release dates ranged from 1937 (Snow White) and 2013 (Frozen). Films in which the main characters were neither human nor animal (for example, cars, robots, toys) were excluded.
Such animated films were compared with other films for premieres on similar dates, including: The exorcism of Emily Rose, What the truth hides, Pulp Fiction, Infiltrates or The Black Swan. All films quite hard and not recommended for minors. All films where, by eye, we are able to count dozens of deaths.
After comparing the deaths of main characters, the conclusions were as follows: two thirds of the children's animated films contained a death on the screen of an important character compared to half of the comparison films. That is, the risk of death on the screen of important characters it was higher in animated films for children than in comparison films for adults.
The most common causes of death in animated films for children include animal attacks and falls (intentional or not), while in the comparison films the most common causes of death were gunshots, motor vehicle crashes and diseases. Enter the notable early deaths on screen include Nemo's mother at 4 minutes and 3 seconds of Finding Nemo or Tarzan's parents being killed by a leopard at 4 minutes and 8 seconds after Tarzan.
Too the risk of screen murder of important characters was greater in animated films for children than in comparison films for adults.
All this could be a focus of concern for many children, who not only consume many hours of cartoons, but also watch the same movie over and over again. Some children may develop fears of certain circumstances that generate death (such as certain animals) or even encourage the moral idea that "the bad deserve to die." However, it is also possible that such continued exposure to deaths could have a positive impact on the adjustment and understanding of children's death, if treated properly.