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"Richard J. Leskosky" <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 21 Feb 1996 15:16:37 -0600
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>Does anyone know where I can obtain a copy of  _Tranformers The Movie_? I am
>looking at violence in animated features and television cartoons. I believe
>Transformers was the first PG rated animated film due to violent content.
Sorry, can't help with finding a copy of TRANSFORMERS.
BUT it was NOT the first animated feature rated PG for violence.
TRANSFORMERS was released in 1986.  WATERSHIP DOWN in 1978 received a PG
because of the vicious behavior of some of its rabbit characters.  LORD OF
THE RINGS, also 1978, received a PG, presumably for violence. Ralph
Bakshi's WIZARDS in 1977 received a PG probably for violence--though there
is a scantily clad fairy princess in it and I don't recall how strong the
language may have been.  [FRITZ THE CAT (1972) and THE NINE LIVES OF FRITZ
THE CAT (1974) received X and R ratings respectively, but in both cases it
was only partly for violence.  Ditto for COONSKIN (aka STREETFIGHT) in 1975
with its R rating, HEAVY TRAFFIC in 1973 with its X, HEAVY METAL and
AMERICAN POP, both in 1981 and both R.]
--Richard J. Leskosky
Richard J. Leskosky                     office phone: (217) 244-2704
Assistant Director                      FAX: (217) 244-2223
Unit for Cinema Studies                 University of Illinois
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