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(io9)   Walt Disney, 1930: "Why don't you do a continuity of Mickey trying to commit suicide? I think you could get a lot of funny stuff out of that"   ( divider line
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2012-06-23 03:35:23 AM  
2 votes:
I like that the opium was hidden in bath salt.
2012-06-24 11:16:56 AM  
1 vote:

way south: BroVinny: [ image 490x714]

Is it okay to think that this was funny?

Not really.

/Most studios grew out of playing racial stereotypes for laughs in the fifties.

It's a studio thing, then?

Coming to America, which had Eddie Murphy in the splendid whiteface make-up I pictured above, was released by Paramount in 1988.

Soul Man, a humorous take on 1964's Black Like Me, was distributed by New World Studios in 1986.

Tropic Thunder was distribured by DreamWorks Pictures in 2008.

2004's White Chicks was distributed by Columbia Pictures.

These are just a few instances that play on black and white stereotypes. The list would become quite large if we included Asian, Middle Eastern and American Indian ones as well. I really don't think there was a phenomenon of the studios "growing out" of anything. There was more likely a change of paradigm as to what audiences thought was funny, moving away from laughing at the use of stereotypes as direct ridicule towards a more self-aware laughing at the stereotypes themselves. The studios follow suit because they want to make money, not because they've undergone some moral evolution.
2012-06-23 07:45:27 AM  
1 vote:
In Paranoia Agent, there is a small group of trying to commit suicide, but each of their attempts fails rather a grim sort of fashion.

First, the building they try to give themselves CO poisoning is demolished and they run out. Then when they try to jump in front of a train, someone else had the same idea and beat them to the punch, leaving them in shock. Finally, the rope breaks on a noose.

It's a pretty dark series to begin with.
2012-06-23 06:49:22 AM  
1 vote:
In other news: Things that were funny in 1930 aren't funny today.
2012-06-23 02:16:54 AM  
1 vote:
God, I love this stuff. Now I'm gonna spend another hour checking out the links, which will lead to an hour at Wiki, which will lead to an hour at digital comic museum and probably finishing off with some tijuana bibles.

I guess I'd better get started
2012-06-23 12:24:01 AM  
1 vote:
Yeah and people who watch Roadrunner are likely to run off cliffs in excitement, thinking that they will be back to buy ACME rocket skates.
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