Children’s Cartoons Become Disinhibited Through Art

Simply imagine Sylvester if he actually ate Tweety, if Tom really did dismember Jerry, if Bugs really did blow Daffy’s brains out.

The Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry have been two of the most prominent cartoon series in the lives of children since the 1950’s. Stars like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety, Tom, and Jerry have been instilled in American popular culture for decades, lighting up the screen with their slapstick humor. Through these characters lies a bridge between generations and their personal connections with the animated superstars.

These classic cartoons that many of us have come to know and love featured a mass amount of violence for the sake of comedy. Because they are cartoons, however, their acts of violence are overlooked by their intended audience and passed on as comedic antics.

Think about the violence that is in the media. The media has saturated our lives with violence to the point where we are desensitized towards it. We tend to forget that violence is all around us, specifically in children’s cartoons.

Artists jCauty&Son (James and Harry Cauty) take these beloved childhood characters and disinhibit them from their normal cartoon violence. They take a critical look at the violence that has been exposed to viewers for generations, and present these cultural icons in a manner that is so shocking, that viewers cannot help but examine the amount of violence in the media today.

I think that their work is worthy of merit. They take these cartoons and bring them to a heightened sense of reality that the public has never seen before. On top of that, they do a great job executing these timeless figures in grotesque but beautiful sculptures and cells.

jCauty&SON are currently holding their exhibit, entitled Splatter, at The Aquarium in London. If anyone who reads this is in the area, I suggest you drop by. Doors close on November 8th.

Visit jCauty & SON

Images from The Aquarium and jCauty&SON

{ Justin Gonzaga/webmaster }


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