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Old 06-03-03, 12:17 AM
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Animatrix parental warning, helpfull or pointless?


In case you can't read it due to poor imaging it says
"Parental warning: Not intended for younger viewers. This animated program is based on the R rated motion picture "the Matrix". It contains violent images and mature themes that parents may not find sutible for viewers under the age of 17. (isn't that a bit strong) and that may be particularly disturbing to younger viewers including intense and graphic images of violence, brief adult language, and themes and images of an apparent teen suicide. Parental discresion is strongly advised"

I personaly think its a bit much of a warning. Granted I haven't seen all of the shorts yet, but I think warner went a little far with this one.

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Old 06-03-03, 12:24 AM
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Watch the Second Rennaisance and you'll see why.
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Re: Animatrix parental warning, helpfull or pointless?

Originally posted by Rypro 525
I personaly think its a bit much of a warning. Granted I haven't seen all of the shorts yet, but I think warner went a little far with this one.
Believe me, there is probably some parent out there, who if they didn't see a warning on there, and picked it up for their kid because its animated, that parent would be screaming holy hell.
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I don't see what's "pointless" about it. It's better for Warner to give fair warning than to have angry parents.

Anyway, you're 18 now, aren't you Rypro? Your parents should have no objections.
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Originally posted by caiman
I don't see what's "pointless" about it. It's better for Warner to give fair warning than to have angry parents.

Anyway, you're 18 now, aren't you Rypro? Your parents should have no objections.
Well yeah, but having never seen any of the shorts, I guess, I'll have to wait. (is this teen suicide thing disturbing since thats one thing that can get to me, so I was just wondering on that one)
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I'm sure it's a way to protect the studios from lawsuits since lawyers have been using the "Matrix defense" (e.g. blaming a particular movie for violent behavior) in recent murder cases.
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Everything has to have a label on it. I am just surprised that it doesn't have a label saying "Throwing DVDs like frisbees could lead to putting an eye out kid."
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Old 06-03-03, 01:19 AM
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it does feature animated gore and brief nudity... dont know about language.
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It's not pointless. A lot of people are just clueless when it comes to animation. They think if it's a 'cartoon' it must be okay for the kids to watch. This sort of thinking leads to things like Wal-Mart shelving Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (a very dark, bloody and violent anime title) in the 'Family' section of the DVDs -something I actually saw at my local Wal-Mart.
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The message and images in The Second Rennaisance Part 1 and 2 are more than enough to give it a R rating. The Parental Warning is justified. It's always better to put a warning out in full view than having some over protective parents who are sue happy.
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The other shorts contain some graphic stuff.


Kid's story doesn't contain much of a "suicide scene" but it does boarder that.

Matriculated is pretty graphic and is a sort of acid trip if you ask me. contains plenty gore and I assume you could call it nudity in a VR type sense. In short, this warning label is not pointless. it offers some help to the parents. that's always decent to cover your arse from a lawsuit.

The stripping in the final flight of the osris alone warrents atleast a warning to parents about it all.

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Old 06-03-03, 03:09 AM
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As a parent with a very curious 4 year old son, I'm glad they have this warning. I wasn't sure just how intense this would be (although I assumed it wouldn't exactly be kiddy material), and now I know for sure that this will be one for a late night viewing.

If I didn't have kids I probaly wouldn't care so much, but now I applaud labeling like this.
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The Matrix toys (which are for sale at toys r us) say on them "Recommened for the Mature Collector" and "Not for children under 17"
Partly due toa big bruhaha over the fact that there are action figures for r rated movies and m rated video games, some parents would rather censor the world then actually do some parenting but i digress
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That's what we get for living in a "protect me because I'm a dumbass parent" world.
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Originally posted by DVD Polizei
That's what we get for living in a "protect me because I'm a dumbass parent" world.
So parents are dumb for not knowing the exact content of the Animatrix DVD?
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Originally posted by jarofclay73
I'm sure it's a way to protect the studios from lawsuits since lawyers have been using the "Matrix defense" (e.g. blaming a particular movie for violent behavior) in recent murder cases.
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Originally posted by duz
The Matrix toys (which are for sale at toys r us) say on them "Recommened for the Mature Collector" and "Not for children under 17"
Partly due toa big bruhaha over the fact that there are action figures for r rated movies and m rated video games, some parents would rather censor the world then actually do some parenting but i digress
Th games are actually rated teen
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Originally posted by DVD Polizei
That's what we get for living in a "protect me because I'm a dumbass parent" world.
That's just a bit of an overrstatement, don't you think? It's a warning on the package, a sharing of info. It's not like the film has been censored or banned.
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Originally posted by DVD Polizei
That's what we get for living in a "protect me because I'm a dumbass parent" world.
More like, "We've got to cover our own asses because of the dumbass, lawsuit-crazy Americans."
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Originally posted by Morf
More like, "We've got to cover our own asses because of the dumbass, lawsuit-crazy Americans."
Yeah I think that's a better statement. Although DVD Polizei said it pretty well too. The logic applies to more than just this DVD.
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So parents are dumb for not knowing the exact content of the Animatrix DVD?
No, the parents are dumb for instantly assuming that a cartoon is suitable for kids. The parents are dumb for not doing a little research on the subject matter before plopping it in the DVD player.

Dude, it says it right there in the title ANIME-matrix. Anime=not always suitable for kids. (Of course often to most US citizens, anime=pokemon` and ninja samurai demon tentacle schoolgirl rape cartoons)
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THis will definily make kids want it more when they read that. It would have made me want ti more
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Not to sound redundant to what was already said, but the text is there for American parents because most of them equate "cartoons" and "animation" with "kids" or "family friendly". WB is just covering their butts.

EDIT: But having said that, Anime usually has suitability ratings so this is nothing new to regular Anime watchers.

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What darqleo said. People are undoubtedly going to pick this up for their children without having any idea what it is and thinking it's going to be suitable for them just because it's animation. Their covering their butts, there's nothing wrong with that.
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It's no different than the warnings that Cartoon Network puts on before "Adult Swim" or Comedy Central puts on before "South Park" or MTV put on before "Beavis and Butthead"...

It's just a heads-up to the ignorant parents out there that think that 'animated' automatically equals 'OK for kids'. The warning doesn't do any harm and may actually prevent a careless parent from picking this up for a 6-year-old instead of Jungle Book 2.

It's a good call, in my book. Especially for a DVD that is seeing such a wide release.
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