The one good thing of no cartoon in the late 80's/ early 90's

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  1. Rattrap Primal

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    Ok, I have come to realize that it's a good thing that the old G1 cartoon had ended and that G2 was just a remastered G1 show; we never had the late 80's/ early 90's Anti Drug Episodes/ shorts that almost every cartoon did back then ( not sure if MLP was even in production back then and they could have done it with MASK) Otherwise, we would have had either Daniel, Wheelie, or Hot Rod get hooked on some fictional drug, the Autobots of that time rally to stop the drug trade and the Decepticons going against character and allying with the Autobots (they used this plot in both the DIC GI JOE and COPS)
     
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    My daughter recently discovered The Littles on Netflix.
    I couldn't believe that even that show had an 'anti-drug' episode.

    LOL -nice.
     
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    What's wrong with an anti-drug episode?

    The "BraveStarr" one was very powerful, because the kid actually died at the end, and you even saw part of his corpse.

    Fat Albert had an anti-alcohol episode.
     
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    Well, Prime recently had a (very) thinly-veiled anti-steroid episode, though it wasn't quite as bad as those old Anti-Drug Episodes.

    Nothing wrong with the message, but the presentation is usually poorly-done and heavy-handed.
     
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    I think it's enough that we didn't have to see G2 toy color schemes rendered in glorious DIC/AKOM animation. (or that CGI they used for the commercials)
     
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    This, plus it was the time of the whole "Just say No" campaign which in itself was poorly done and heavyhanded.

    "Drug dealer? Slam-dunk him in a garbage can!" etc.

    Also, early 90's was the time of the mutant animals dealing with ecological issues. How do you think that would've been handled in the TF cartoon?
     
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    You mean you didn't like the Saved by the Bell episode where Jessie was hooked on caffeine pills?
     
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    To be fair, the episode ended with the note "This product needs more research and development before it's ready for widespread use."

    I thought it was a balanced approach to the drug issue, as it wasn't an outright villification of the substance. The result was it was treated with respect and acknowledged for its potential uses.
     
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    Most anti-drug episodes are fairly unrealistic. There is never the evil drug dealer. Normally it's one of your friends and normally they don't try to make you do things you don't want to. Otherwise it won't be you friend.
     
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    I seem to remember an episode where the Decepticons get drunk on Energon...
     
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    he man and shera is 80s
    each ep is good messigert about frienship and etc
     
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    I might be a little late to the party, but pretty much all 80s cartoons had anti-drug episodes or PSAs
     
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    There's a lot wrong with the messages. They LIE.
     
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    I hope you're not implying an error in Mr. T's correlation between not being a foo', and staying in schoo'.
     
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    Remember Ghostwriter from back in the day? The episode "What's up with Alex" is the best, most moving anti-drug episode EVAR. Did the Super Mario cartoon ever have an anti-drug episode? It would've been a little hypocritical with the mushroom thing and all. ;) 
     
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    Bravestarr approached it with a serious tone, as did C.O.P.S. , where Berserko fall into a crate of drugs (...of the future!) and ODs.

    In terms of 90s-fiying the franchise, at least G2 was the worst it got. Things never went EXTREEEEEME with extra 'attitude' like GI Joe, Ghostbusters, TMNT...
     
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    That would be the "poorly-done and heavy-handed" part I mentioned. Nothing wrong with the basic message of "don't take drugs, kids (except the ones your parents/teachers give you because they don't like your personality)", because there are any number of legitimate reasons to avoid taking illicit substances. But the problem is when that's followed by something like "...because if you get within a quarter mile radius of a doobie, you'll turn into a crazed maniac who'll go around stealing from your family, torturing puppies and eating California Cheeseburgers".
     

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