Whether it’s an outing to the cinema or gathered in the living room, films are a great way to spend time as a family at Christmas. If children are involved, the choice of title will often be made with them in mind. Reservoir Dogs might be shelved in favour of Shrek, perhaps. We tend to assume that films aimed at children are less likely to involve complex, frightening or upsetting themes, such as death. Not so, according to a recent study published in the British Medical Journal which found two and a half times more death in children’s cartoons than grown-up films. Khalil Thirlaway talks to James Kirkbride from University College London to find out more.
What's complex or frightening about death? Life is complex, frightening, and frequently upsetting. Death fixes all that, for ever. The only problem is that if children aren't brought up to fear death, they may turn into jihadists (adding to the fear and complexity of other people's lives) or atheists (bad for business).
Did you not see the Reaper Madness episode?
You spoiler! I've just been given the Simpsons compendium of all the plots for the first 20 series, but you seem to be ahead of me (or possibly deeper into the addiction).
Well, it's sad, but starting from early January 2015, cartoons are even deadlier than suggested, both literally and metaphorically. Charlie will be remembered by all who want to express their ideas freely and I'm sure scientists are among those who benefit most from that freedom and help to maintain it for future generations. GeVe, Sun, 11th Jan 2015