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The most political cartoon ever


This cartoon was just amazing. It taught kids about Worldwar 2, racism, apartheid, doping, AIDS and integration and refugees. We need more cartoonslike this one. Good clean fun but with a beautiful moral to it.

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when did this show talked or mantion something about aids?

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I don't remember it either, but I totally loved this cartoon!

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There was an episode about some virus, and Alfred went to fetch a violin from a clown who lived on the moon or something...and then he played it and the virus went away... That would be nice in real life... Anyway, this is such a great cartoon...I grew up with it and I have the idea I learned a lot from it, even though kids don't directly notice it's about politics...

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Tsja...schrijven is gevaarlijk. ~ Sindala

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Ooooow, that riiiight! Totally forgot...
Man, I could still hum that tune Alfred was playing.

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Actually, stormfront (the neonazi site) has opened a hate-alfred J. Kwak topic ... the little duck has made a lot of enemies :-p

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*Shrugs* Twas to be expected, was it not?

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I watched this series in my childhood and today there was an episode and there was a bird, that looks a little bit like Hitler. I´ve never mentioned that before.

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Yes, the crow Dolf (Adolf anyone?) became somewhat of an Hitler in actions AND appearance.

Great show, indeed.

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"People like to say they have the missing tape of me singing the entire score to 'Batman'" - Danny Elfman

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Actually, didn't Dolf look more like Napoleon than Hitler (but he did act like Hitler though)

And shame on the people who say anything bad about this show, it was the best children show I saw and it's mostly because it didn't treat children like idiots and if you say that that's a bad thing, you've got something wrong with you, bub.

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I totally don't remember any of those things you mention. But I remember Alfred visiting Atlantis and being forbidden to talk about it with anyone, even his girlfriend. And one episode was about chess, I believe.

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Alfred and his Stepfather (I forgot the name; I haven't watched this for so, so long...) often played Chess together.

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I don't agree. Cartoons for kids should in my opinion not be made for political correct reasons or to teach them about life. There is no lack of sources of that when a child grows up. What's wrong with just some harmless entertainment. Another reason is that those who are old enough to know what the cartoon is trying to say, already knows it. While those who don't know it, are in most cases too young to see anthing else than a talking duck and his friends on their adventures.

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>I don't agree. Cartoons for kids should in my opinion not be made for political correct reasons or to teach them about life. There is no lack of sources of that when a child grows up. What's wrong with just some harmless entertainment.

Oh, judging by how "adult" most adults are I'd there is a big lack of sources that teaches them about life. And while there's nothing wrong with harmless entertainment, I can't imagine what's wrong with good entertainment that actually teaches kids about something.

>Another reason is that those who are old enough to know what the cartoon is trying to say, already knows it. While those who don't know it, are in most cases too young to see anthing else than a talking duck and his friends on their adventures.

I disagree. Just because you're intelligent or mature enough to understand what's going on, doesn't mean you already know it. You actually have to be exposed to it. And yes, some, maybe most kids won't understand everything that's going on. They'll still be entertained though. The ones that do understand the messages will walk away with extra wisdom. Now, again, how can that be a bad thing?

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from this show i only remember I cried when Alfred's family dies in the 1st episode :(

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Hokusai I agree with you.

I think it's good for kids to learn about those things when they are young. It's not that the moral of the story is forced upon the kids. But the fact that it has a moral makes it a strong thing. Kids can learn from all of those things discussed in the show. Kids tend to pick up things quite easily so why not morals?

>Another reason is that those who are old enough to know what the cartoon is trying to say, already knows it.

It's not that they have to be exposed by the horrors of WOII, but it is a great thing when they know the dangers of an individual with absolute power wrapped in an entertaining kids friendly package. It's the moral the kids are exposed to, which is more then enough for them to know. Maybe a kid does not know what happened when a country is governed by a fascist regime, but they do understand it's wrong to take away the freedom of individuals. To miss the link with reallife does not matter at all.

>While those who don't know it, are in most cases too young to see anthing else than a talking duck and his friends on their adventures.
And the fact that the show can grow along with a person is a beautiful thing.

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I remember the episode when the crow (Dolf, yep..lookes like..) started his own party (in dutch de kraaienpartij) the crow party if you translate this directly.

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i only saw a handful of episodes and its funny how it goes back and forth from school days to the big adventures.

i remember watching re-runs in 1998 as a little kid when telekids was popular (do they still have that in holland?). moomins is familiar but i didn't find that much about it.

the good ol' days! :D

David

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I watched this show as a kid and I don't remember the details, only that it was great.

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