Dark Theories About TV Cartoons

Speculation about alternate meanings of cartoons dates back to the 1940s

Tim Gebhart

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Image from cover of original French-language version of The Black Smurfs (Source: Wikipedia)

Twenty-first century America feels saturated with fringe theories, even though they have a long history. These theories start for any number of reasons, such as to explain or make sense of perceived inconsistencies in events or other matters. They need not deal with major events, almost anything will do. Even television cartoons prompt conspiracy theories

Some are quite dark, especially one involving Rugrats, which ran in spurts on Nickelodeon from 1991 to 2006. The show was about four babies, one-year-old Tommy Pickles; his two-year-old friend, Chuckie Finster, and; one-year-old twins, Phil and Lil Deville. Also prominent was Tommy’s selfish and mean three-year-old cousin, Angelica Pickles. It was so successful three feature-length films were released between 1998 and 2003.

The core of the alternate interpretation is that all the babies are dead, except Tommy’s little brother Dil, who first appeared in 1998’s The Rugrats Movie. Instead, they are figments of drug-addicted, schizophrenic Angelica’s imagination. Chuckie and his mother died in childbirth, Tommy was stillborn, Phil and Lil’s mother had an abortion before knowing the baby’s sex so Angelica imagined twins. Angelica’s mother was a heroin addict so Angelica was…

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Tim Gebhart

Retired Lawyer. Book Addict. History Buff. Lifelong South Dakotan. Blog: prairieprogressive.com