Frozen, other on-screen deaths in animated films may upset young children

Frozen, other on-screen deaths in animated films may upset young children

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Elsa the Snow Queen from Frozen faced the death of her parents, which researchers say can be troubling for young children. (Disney/Associated Press)Children’s animated films such as Frozen and Finding Nemo are rife with murder, says an Ottawa researcher whose own young kids begged him to stop a video about cute cartoon dinosaurs.The study, titled Cartoons Kill, was published in the Christmas issue of the BMJ, which is devoted to tongue-in-cheek medical research.Ian Coleman, a mental health epidemiologist at the University of Ottawa, and his co-authors looked at the length of time it takes for key characters to die in top-grossing children’s cartoons ranging from Snow White in 1937 to Frozen in 2013. The kids' films were compared with top-grossing dramatic films for adults such as The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Pulp Fiction.

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