YouTube Kids Cartoons
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YouTube Kids Cartoons are unofficial terms for so-called "kid-friendly" videos created by various YouTube accounts (such as Fun Kids Smile, Simple Funs, Banana Cartoon, Beep Beep TV, Toys in Japan, Kids Toon TV and Big Cartoon) that actively rip off movie and cartoon characters. Along with Toy Channels, they're part of the ongoing controversy known as "Elsagate".
These videos started in 2014 by an unknown YouTuber, getting the concept of the Spider-Man and Elsa shipping from DisneyCarToys. In 2016, they exploded in popularity. They were rising in popularity as the concept of it is similar to toy channels, by simply putting famous cartoon and animated movie characters such as Hulk, Minions, Joker, Anna, and especially Spider-Man and Elsa in twisted cartoons.
Why Many of Them Suck
- Most of them are very cringy and lazily-made.
- Elsagate. That's all there is to say.
- Although some are innocent, many are disguised to be innocent and many children go down the rabbit hole by straying into utterly unsafe content such as blood and gore, sex, death, suicide, murder, flatulence, urine, fecal matter, injuries, pregnancy, fetishes, and dangerous or upsetting activities and situations.
- There can be one explainable reason: the people behind these videos can have shocking sexual fetishes.
- Even the non-sexual ones can feel perverted.
- The videos with licensed characters (examples include: Spiderman, Elsa, Venom, The Joker, Oggy, Joey, Marky, Dee Dee, Twilight Sparkle, The Powerpuff Girls, Peppa Pig, Tom and Jerry, Lightning McQueen, Mater, some bootleg Angry Birds, Mario, Sonic, The Minions, Teen Titans Go!, Trolls and even characters from teen/adult anime) are completely nonsensical: Gene and someone who looks like Smiler are in a relationship and have two children, the Minions have their own world and they get pregnant, Elsa and Spider-Man are somehow in a relationship as well, for some reason, the Trolls have fidget spinners, despite being too small in the movie, the Paw Patrol and Blaze and the Monster Machines characters are now fully anthropomorphic humanoids, like the Top Wing characters for some bizarre reason or another, and the same goes for the engines from Thomas and Friends.
- Most of them are clickbait. The channels can also be clickbait.
- For example, one thumbnail had Ghostface driving a chainsaw through Spider-Man. And that never happened in the video.
- Besides them being clickbait videos, they're usually compilations, which is something that the videos don't mention.
- The animation used is very cheap and limited, even for Flash standards. It is made in a few minutes or less, compared to much better animation taking weeks or even months to make. Plus, you can easily make the animation, or even better stuff, at your very own home, or on video makers like Vyond (Previously Goanimate) and Plotagon. iClone, Garry's Mod, Machinima, and other well-known types of animation software are used as well. Some of these videos are even made with the Rockstar Editor from [[mh:awesomegames:Grand Theft Auto V}}, which is an M-rated game. How far could they go?
- Tons of stock sound effects. The videos also steals sound clips from other movies, shows, games, and YouTubers. For example, a channel called SMILE KIDS TV used SAMTIME's voice in one of their videos, which is copyright infringement.
- When there are educational videos of this type, it's always the subject of colors. It gets very repetitive and annoying to the point that they don't even have a point at all.
- Many have bypassed YouTube's filtering system, with some even managing to sneak into the YouTube Kids app or Restricted Mode. This could mean children would get easy access to the cartoons as pointed out by many sources online.
- They are often rushed so that there are as many videos that get millions of views.
- The titles are in broken English (as most, if not all of them, are from foreign countries), so it seems as they were translated in English from a foreign language, like Chinglish. In addition, some titles even contain or translate to swear words, which is hypocritical because they're called "kids' channels", and they somehow contain profanity in them, which is completely inappropriate for children.
- Obnoxious thumbnails with gaudy backgrounds that are poorly made.
- The inappropriate content can sometimes be taken to the next level. In one video, Elsa is forced to be a sex slave and to dance in a strip club. Another video even shows the Minions drink pee and eat poop!
- One thumbnail even has Mickey Mouse literally ripping Minnie Mouse's hand off...with blood all over.
- The music plays over and over again. The most common examples are instrumental nursery rhymes, poorly sung "children's" songs, crappy, off-key "kids' music", and royalty-free stock music.
- Repetitive, cliché-like, gross, and just plain weird trends are used in many videos, such as farting on a character, a baby version of a character cutting a lady’s bikini off, a baby character crying after being left at an airport, getting giant bleeding lumps on their heads, failing an art contest, and even pooping in a bathtub filled with M&M's.
- Overused background music. One example is that some videos overplay the infamous "Finger Family" song. Some even use royalty-free music, especially the ones by Kevin MacLeod & the Green Orbs.
- On occasion, there are continuity errors, as in one video, Spider-Man's colors are switched, with red being black and black being red.
- The videos sometimes have no context whatsoever.
- They like to cash in on overrated (if not dead) trends and memes such as the "Dame Tu Cosita" dance, Fortnite, fidget spinners, and the 1000-degree knife.
- They commonly flood the YouTube site. Even if some are taken down, more are uploaded, day after day, year after year.
- The titles for these videos like to use random buzzwords (i.e "Finger Family", "Learn Colors", "Funny Kids Video", "Fun Toy Videos", etc.), which makes them more deceiving.
- Some of the people who upload these videos can't handle even the slightest bit of criticism. This happened once with Daniel T. Gaming, where he falsely got copyright strikes by DCTC Toy Club (now known as Sandaroo Kids) for using one of their videos in his "Disney Cringe 2" video. Thankfully, Daniel won the claim and got his video back.
- In January 2020, most of the gaming videos and other popular YouTube videos are being deleted or age-restricted because of these videos, meaning that they have to check if their content is “made for kids”.
- Even all of this gross out videos are deleted, videos about changing diaper to a baby version of a character that has fecal matter and it can be disturbing and even worse that the fecal matter shown in the thumbnail are not deleted yet! Not even the nurse videos that contains the patient character having nipples aren't deleted at all.
- Those type of videos always appeared and suggested in videos about cartoons aimed at toddlers such as Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny or Special Agent Oso. Not only appears in niche-audience TV shows but there are occasions that those videos are suggested even in cartoons that are not aimed at kids (such as South Park)
- The reason why they have a million or even a billion views is because they use bots and click farms.
- Some of those type of channels could hack into someone's YouTube channel and upload their content, just like what "Nursery Rhymes DisneyCars" did to Leeroy Jenkins.
- Around 2016-2017, YouTube has started deleting these kinds of videos. And thanks to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), YouTube will be fining even more of these videos in 2020.
- Although it's incredibly rare, some of them do not contain any type of inappropriate content, but they are overshadowed by the inappropriate ones mentioned above.
- YouTube Kids now has a lot tighter and sticter rules and guidelines about what content to post, due to these cartoons.
Tips To Protect Your Children
- First of all, the idea of not letting children on YouTube or the internet in general until they're at least 13. It's easy for them to get addicted and forsake other entertainment like TV shows and toys.
- Make a playlist of videos that you’ll approve for your children. That way, your kids can watch cartoons that don’t have this type of content.
- There are plenty of official channels that offer authentic episodes and clips; including WildBrain, Kabillion, Disney, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, NickRewind, PBS Kids, WB Kids, Treehouse Direct, Retro Rerun, Keep It Weird, Kids TV English, ZooMoo, Pinkfong, DreamWorks, Cartoon Network, Netflix Jr., Prime Video Kids, Animated Cartoons for Children (for Universal/DreamWorks cartoons), Hasbro, and Boomerang. Of course, check for equivalent channels on your territory if you're not from the USA.
- A few TV shows even have their own official channels, including Mickey Mouse, Thomas & Friends, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents, Curious George, Arthur, Peppa Pig, Pocoyo, Pokémon, My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, The Amazing World Of Gumball, Adventure Time, Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Test, Woody Woodpecker, Casper The Friendly Ghost, Maisy Mouse, Peter Rabbit (2012), Mofy, Miffy, Musti, LazyTown, Yo Gabba Gabba, Franklin, Little Bear, Blue’s Clues & You!, Barney & Friends, Sesame Street, The Muppets, Bob the Builder, The Powerpuff Girls, Garfield, Chuggington, Ben 10, VeggieTales, Peanuts, Superbook (2011), Let's Go Luna, Molly of Denali, Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, Steven Universe, The Loud House, Caillou, and The Casagrandes. Some shows, like The Owl House, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Nature Cat and Ready Jet Go, don't have their own YouTube channels, but you can still find clips or full episodes of them on Disney Channel, Peacock Kids, and PBS KIDS respectively.
- Or, if your family wanted to watch something they want, buy the official (VHS/DVD/Blu-Ray/iTunes etc.) releases of the shows.
- Supervise and watch said videos with children to check for inappropriate content.
- Report the videos, and if necessary, the channel, if it doesn't have child-friendly content.
- Use the filter “Restricted Mode”. Keep in mind that it is not completely accurate, though.
- Click the “Not Interested” button if any of these videos show up on a video that is not related to these cartoons.
- If these videos keep appearing on the related videos section, go to your watch history and remove the YouTube Kids Cartoons from your history by hovering over the video and clicking on the X button.
- Always analyze the video if it looks suspicious or if it has a weird title. Don't judge these videos just by the characters, channel name, description, thumbnail, and/or title. You might be fooled by trusting the content at first-sight.
- If your kids like these types of videos, check certain videos to see if any inappropriate content are in them, and save the clean ones in a playlist.
- YouTube Kids is ideal, but be careful, as some of these videos can pop up on there.
- Leave auto-play off, because the auto-play feature is incredibly useless.
- If you can, get the Safe-Vision app. It will ask for your child's age and it will give a good list of videos for your child to watch. You can even go to Parent Mode to select some good videos that are blocked to be unblocked.
- Inspect Element can help as well, as it can remove these videos from the recommended. But please note that it isn't permanent.
- If possible, download the YouTube Go app. You can save approved videos and watch them offline. However, if you have an iPhone, then you can't get the app, as it's not available on iOS yet.
- If you don't have cable or satelite television, but have YouTube and your kids want to watch cartoons, try finding some DVDs and/or Blu-Rays (if you have a DVD or a Blu-Ray player) at the stores such as Walmart, Target, Best Buy or any store that has any cartoon DVDs or Blu-Rays. If you can't find any, then you can find some on online stores, like eBay (beware of scalpers and scammers though) or Amazon.
- If you want, find children's videos on YouTube, but the ones that really want to teach something to children, that they can give them something productive and useful for their life and if it can be something beyond the colors (such as alphabet, math, multiplication tables, animals, shapes or a foreign language, such as Spanish).
Ever since the people behind the really weird and inappropriate “kids’ videos” knew about their popularity, they have also started resurfacing their content because of #ElsaGate which is fundamentally a subreddit full of people sharing all the info they have on all the explicit "kids' channels."
The "Welcome to #ElsaGate" paragraph shown on the right side of the subreddit reads:
#ElsaGate refers to a wave of videos being produced by different channels, containing pop culture characters (typically Western) that are shown doing bizarre and usually violent/sexual acts. The reasoning for the existence of these varies. For example - some believe, controversially, that it is a form of communication used by child pornographers; others believe that it is to appeal to children for maximum ad revenue. Others believe that it started as a project for maximum revenue, and has now derailed into bizarre competition. The majority of the live-action videos are made in Russia and the animations in India.
YouTube Kids Cartoons are videos on YouTube that are disguised as innocent children's videos that trick kids into watching animated characters do disgusting, sexual, and violent acts, or simply making kids waste their time and get dumb by watching cheap, idiotic, unfunny, and cringeworthy cartoons.