I was watching an episode of “Duckman” on tape, and there was a scene near the beginning, where his [hated] sister-in-law…I forgot her name…was championing some video editing device. It changed a cigar that some old movie character was smoking into a carrot.
I bring this up because I just remembered that Cartoon Network was reportedly busy editing a cigarette out of some show. The thing about it was, you could still see the wiff of smoke eminating from the thin air. I’m not too sure, but Outlaw might be the show.
Anyway, my curiosity is where I wonder why people who’ve seen or owned the originals in some form take it as a personal insult if the show is edited…even just a little for television. Generally I’ve seen onlime missives about the bikini bathwear, missing innuendo, and alcoholic ‘tea’ from die-hard Tenchi fans. I just chuckle at the incongruity of the scene and the sometimes random praticioner at Broadcast Standards and Practices. I see that as less of an insult to my intellect than dropping episodes to adjust plot to get a different audience.
Of course you can ask if I don’t care, why does BS&P?
Anyway, in general I’m not militantly opposed to edits done to a show because of content (to get pas BS&P) or time. It’s done all the time to every show. Though I don’t see the problem in showing some skin, or having someone smoke onscreen (I’ve seen worse and lived) there are some whom are uncomfortable with that sort of thing. This is still daytime television on the “Cartoon Network”. However I’ll get upset if the edits help to in effect change the plot structure or story.
Anyway, a lot of people will get mad at the ‘stupid’ edits such as the cigarette, Serena’s nipples of Ryoko’s social drinking. I probably won’t. I can still go to AnimeFX and rent if (if I stop being so damn cheap). However if episodes 1-3 are cut just to make the thing more palatible to the boys, rewriting exposition in the process, well that’s stupid. I’ll just do a rewrite on The Color Purple because some of it is too touchy to deal with. Anyway,
I’m looking forward for its American television premire on Monday.