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That's all, folks: Death and mayhem in children's cartoons

That's all, folks: Death and mayhem in children's cartoons

Think there's nothing more wholesome than a tub of popcorn and a classic children's animated film? Guess again, say Canadian researchers. When it comes to big-screen murder and mayhem, kids' animated films pack the deadliest wallop of all top-grossing films, according to a statistical survival analysis published Tuesday in the journal BMJ. "Rather than being the innocuous form of entertainment they are assumed to be, children's animated films are rife with on-screen death and murder," wrote lead study author Ian Colman, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Ottawa, and his colleagues. Among other findings, Colman and his...

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