Franklin the Turtle goes XXX

People are always looking for subliminal messages in children’s cartoons. I’m not one of them. There are whole websites devoted to Out of Context Animation. This isn’t that place.

But how do I explain what the bunny and doggy are doing in this clip from a recent episode of Franklin?

(Thanks, Jay Melville)


  • http://www.maryctaylor.com Mary

    That’s hilarious!

    • Mike B

      This post would have fit better on reddit, not here.

  • http://markpudleiner.blogspot.com/ pudleiner

    ok … that’s too funny :-)

  • http://www.dittybox.co.nz gavin mouldey

    Well, whether it was intentional or not on the part of the animator, someone surely noticed it and let it slide. Good on them.

  • hahaa

    staging wise it does make the most sense to pose the dog in front of the rabbit however the “shaking” obviously put it over the top. that’s what happens when you have adults working on mindless condescending children’s entertainment.

    • Alison

      Yes, cause who else will work on children’s entertainment? Children themselves?

  • http://ramapithblog.blogspot.com David Gerstein

    “When directly viewed, everything is lewd.” —Tom Lehrer

    • Galen

      Actually “When *correctly* viewed, everything is lewd”…but, yeah!

  • http://www.fooksie.com Fooksie

    To paraphrase Freud, ‘sometimes a puppy and a bunny riding in a train car, is just a puppy and a bunny riding in a train car.’

    • TempleDog

      But if said puppy and bunny are riding in a train car to Dragon*con, then it’s yiffy-kay aye, muddafugga! (Sorry, carried away)

  • http://pitchbibles.blogspot.com Steve Schnier

    Ummm…. Yes… Well… errrr…. moving on!

    To misquote Dr. Sigmund Freud, “Sometimes a cigar is merely a cigar.”

  • bob

    recent episode, try mid 90′s….the 2D series has long ended

  • Jody Morgan

    I normally roll my eyes when someone claims that there’s an “adult” subtext in some kids’ animation, but this… great googly moogly, how did that get on the air?

  • Rob Yulfo

    WOW! that made my morning. hahaha

  • http://beesbuzz.biz/ fluffy

    Pretty much every animator I’ve ever known has been pretty perverted in some way, and this does nothing to challenge the resulting stereotype.

    • TempleDog

      Used to have a big bindle of drawings that some guys at Lacewood had of the characters from the Raccoons. Their was one involving a lumberjack and the girl raccoon…see, don’t have to describe it one bit, yer heads are already filled with stripe-tailed nastiness! Yep, we animators is poi-voits.

      • Ryoku

        Listening to this actually made it a bit more creepy than watching it.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        I can tell these were very bored animators!

    • let’s get a beer at benders

      Hey! I resemble that remark.

  • davidbfain

    And you were watching this to begin with… why?

  • TempleDog

    “But how do I explain what the bunny and doggy are doing in this clip from a recent episode of Franklin?”

    Uhh, that they’re stuffed animals in a super-innocent (and kinda boring) preschooler’s series? Honestly, Jerry, you got the sexy brains!

  • http://agoynamedjew.blogspot.com Anson J

    The dialogue was pretty suggestive, too.

  • ShouldBeWorkin’

    X-dissolve to the next sequence:
    Bunny and Puppy are smoking cigarettes. Bunny says he has to leave because he starts work early tomorrow but promises to call some time.

  • Jeff

    How could anyone animate that and not realize what it looks like?

    • http://909pop.com Mike

      I’m pretty sure the animator realized what was cracking and decided to leave it in.

  • http://nachosconcarne.cartoonsdammit.com Kitschensyngk

    I’m surprised they didn’t show that train going through a tunnel.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Well it goes through a bridge of sorts, that’s close enough!

  • Tom

    *Cough*VIACOM*Cough*

  • A Writer

    what’s next?

    NAFTA

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    Watching this and reading the comments certainly got me out of my current depression. I wonder when American animators are going to realise its ok to show a young male animal’s private parts in an animated kid’s programme? The Japanese animated kid’s show Shimajiro had an educational scene where the title character (a tiger cub) sat on the toilet and we briefly saw his genitalia.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I suppose we still got a long way ahead before even giving a baby tiny semicircles will ever happen!

  • http://carlocartun.blogspot.com/ Carlo Guillot

    Sybianimation.

  • Mister Twister

    This is… magnificent!

  • Stéphane Dumas

    There was an old episode of the Canadian cartoon Rocket Robin Hood where Little John mentionned to bend over. Here the exterpt.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NICNiQsqWXQ

    And that episode of Total Drama Island where Heather lost her shirt and got Harold eleminated from the competition by seeing Heather shirtless didn’t need any subliminal messages, one image said a 1000 words. ;)

  • Glowworm

    It reminds me a lot of this really funny commercial for speakers involving a stuffed bunny and a teddy bear while in a car. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGqr7vBpnl0&feature=related

    The only difference is that that commercial was clearly deliberate. I’m not quite sure how else you could animate a stuffed dog and bunny in a train without it looking perverted to be honest…

  • Kristjan Birnir

    I guess that Franklin and his bear friend secret. i.e gay love.

  • VIC JAURIQUI

    The animators/writers clearly knew what they were doing. I just can’t believe it got past the censors/network.. Still, it is pretty funny to see. What’s next? oral sex?

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    “When a toy bunny and a toy doggie love each other very much…”