esta weá igual tiene sus historias brígidas.
You know, I was thinking about this the other day. Another post went around with a picture of the TV-Y7 icon followed by this gif:
At first, I agreed. Legend of Korra, and a lot of other animated TV shows targeted at kids give us a lot of negative feels, if you will. I remember some really disturbing moments from shows I watched as a kid: ATLA (e.g. bloodbending, Iroh in prison, Aang dealing with maybe having to kill a person), Teen Titans (the episodes “Haunted”, “Fear Itself”, and “The End” pts. 1, 2, and 3—enough said). Pretty much anything DC has put out has some disturbing content in it, actually. Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker ends with a confrontation showing the Joker explicitly torturing Robin both physically and psychologically—not even kidding. Young Justice has one episode, “Failsafe”, where the five main characters are pretty much all given PTSD at once by a training exercise gone completely haywire. And there are plenty more where those came from.
But you know what? These shows are for kids. Kids are capable of more complex emotional understanding than we usually give them credit for, and I think the writers of these shows get that. The only real difference between adult and kids’ shows that I’ve ever noticed is the amount of energy in them. Kids generally need their media to have a lot of energy in it for their attention to be fixed, whereas as we get older, it’s not as necessary. For instance, Legend of Korra is a very energetic show. The Borgias is not. I love them both now, but I would never have been able to sit through The Borgias ten years ago.
Children are smart. They can definitely understand complex emotions and plotlines. Most can probably handle moderately disturbing content like we’ve seen in Legend of Korra and lots of other shows. They’re smarter than most people give them credit for; media just needs to be presented to them in the right way.