Chapter Seven – Commercialtoons
At this point in the narrative I grow weary of his repetition and just focus on specific cartoons and insanity.
In talking about certain cartoons that are merely adverts for toys, he uses an example of the process in reverse with Rubik’s Cube. Great example of a short-lived, idiotic show. Rubik, the Amazing Cube shared an hour block with Pac-Man on ABC’s Saturday morning lineup during the 1983-1984 broadcast year. Thirteen ridiculous episodes where Rubik the Cube comes alive after he has been solved (source: Wikipedia). Moving right along.
Some of the “occult” messages on these shows he lists have origins in Eastern religions; those evil Buddhists are at it again!
Black Star – has not just alien demons, but glow-in-the-dark alien demons! This is not his description, just what’s found on the box. I do not remember this series, but I know how to research things, something Phil Phillips does not. BlackStar (no space, eejit) was a cartoon produced by Filmation, the same people behind He-Man/Masters of the Universe, which proceeded BlackStar. Three years after the show was cancelled, Galoob brought out a line of toys, the ones I presume Phillips refers to, in an effort to hang on to He-Man’s coattails. (source: – Wikipedia). You can see a very dated commercial here. No mention is made of the alien demons in any form, though.
(Advanced) Dungeons & Dragons (the TV series) – naturally, magic and sorcery are the main culprits; isn’t that repetitive, though? Sixty-seven acts of violence per half-hour cartoon – where did you get this number? Methinks you watch it at night, in secret, and yank the ol’ chain every time! In all seriousness, however, the show was actually considered controversial at the time, for it was thought to be too violent for children; one episode was almost shelved due to Standards and Practices finding it objectionable (source: Michael Reaves blog).
He-Man/Masters of the Universe – blasphemous, for he is known as Master of the Universe, a title reserved for God. And of course, sorcery and fighting, blah bling blah. We’ll talk more about He-Man later, as he devotes an entire chapter just to that particular show.
Smurfs – full of occultism from beginning to end.
Care Bears – they look innocent, but they are stuffed; not with love, but with Humanistic principles!
Transformers – he includes Voltron and GoBots in this category. Voltron has occult references. Robotech has sexual innuendo.
Also unsuitable for anyone are Scooby Doo (I would agree, but on stupidity alone), Speed Racer, and G.I. Joe.
Many children have died pretending to fly like Superman, but he cannot tell us a single one. Let’s go Googling! My first relevant “hit” is this, The AFU and Urban Legends Archive: which appears to have one of the earliest sources of this phenomenon. Next up, the Lakeland, FL Ledger from February 3, 1979 reports a story out of New York, where a four-year-old boy fell from a window ledge after seeing the Superman movie; “the family told police they believed the boy was trying to fly (pg. 4). Charles Green died ten days later, and in a statement quoted in the Rome, GA News-Tribune, his mother believed that his watching the movie didn’t have anything to do with his fall (pg. 2). From the February 21, 1989 San Jose, CA Mercury News, a three-year-old dove out the window after watching Superman, but was uninjured because “he took his pillow with him.” Ookay; glad he wasn’t hurt! My quick and dirty conclusion: there have been documented cases of kids attempting to fly like Superman, but not as many as you’d think.
Phillips does cite a reference regarding a child that hanged himself after watching a scene in Scooby-Doo, but the note only says “National Federation for Decency,” which tells me nothing. Searching over twenty years of newspaper archives sheds even less light on this subject.
To add insult to his Christian injury, he copies a Moral Majority report bewailing the advent of same-sex couples in cartoons. Just wait until you see Ren and Stimpy!