πŸ“‘ No Nunchucks

Bookmarked James Ferman: The British Film Censor Who Hated Nunchucks (Tedium: The Dull Side of the Internet.)

How the quirks of a conservative British censor led one of the most popular cartoons in history to appear in censored form during the height of its success.

A fascinating look by Ernie Smith into censorship and violence through Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The focus in the UK was on two aspects: ninja and the nunchucks. This is an interesting look at the impact of constraints on creative process. Interestingly, it touches on why The Toxic Avenger was renamed the Toxic Crusader:

Fred Wolf explained the studio’s approach as such: It would take edgy properties such as the Turtles and make them palatable to mass audiences, something that, at the time, the studio was trying to do with the Troma Entertainment property The Toxic Avenger, which it renamed Toxic Crusaders.

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