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Old 02-03-2005, 07:21 PM   #1
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Animated Frog's Genitals Okay For TV?

What they said (whole article):

"Despite complaints from 60 people, Britain's advertising regulators said Wednesday there is nothing inappropriate about the genitals of an animated frog whose high-pitched squeals are sold as a mobile phone ringtone. Television adverts of the motorcycle-riding Crazy Frog, who is drawn with a broad smile and a tiny penis, run frequently on British television, amusing, baffling and annoying viewers.

"While unusual for an animated model of this type to be shown with genitalia, no sexual or inappropriate references were made about its anatomy," the UK's Advertising Standards Authority said.

Twenty-two people complained they were worried children might see the advertising, which also promotes screen savers and mobile videos. Five parents said they were embarrassed by questions their children had asked.

Other viewers simply found the commercial annoying and thought it was shown too often.

"We appreciate that the frequent broadcast of the same, or similar commercials can be annoying to some viewers," the ASA said. "However, it is for the advertiser and broadcaster to decide how often a particular advertisement is shown."

Because the ads contain a text number to place an order, they are barred from being shown during children's programs, and the ASA said there were no reports of children being concerned by the advert."


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Old 02-03-2005, 08:01 PM   #2
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Old 02-03-2005, 08:06 PM   #3
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I think we have a winner.
 
Old 02-03-2005, 08:21 PM   #4
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and now for something completely different...
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Old 02-03-2005, 08:30 PM   #5
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Frogs don't have genitals!

Well, a real frog (male or female) has a single opening called a cloaca. So if this 3D animated frog has something else, then it's not anatomically correct.

Those who make animations for US television are usually painfully aware about these kind of sensitivities. It borders on the bizarre, sometimes.

Scientific TV programs or medical TV programs often have models that are not anatomically correct, as the viewers may be shocked if they knew what correct anatomy looks like.

These things seem to be more of an issue in English speaking countries. In "continental" Europe they are more relaxed about it.

Anyone who wants to know what this silly animated frog looks like can click on the link below.
WARNING: The following link contains a nude frog! If you click on it, please don't complain that you didn't know what it is.
http://www.turboforce3d.com/annoying/index.htm
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Old 02-03-2005, 08:35 PM   #6
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I think this is what they're talking about??

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Old 02-03-2005, 08:35 PM   #7
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I live in the Cincinnati, OH area and they've been running that ad here fairly often. And with very little uproar...amazing considering this is the land of Larry Flynt's arch nemesis: uber-crook Charles Keating's "Citizens for Community Values".

Most people I've talked to thought the frog simply had an overly large "outtie" belly-button! It seems to have never occured to them that someone would have the audacity to put a penis on television.
 
Old 02-03-2005, 08:39 PM   #8
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Geez, horses, cows, and dogs have genitals. Better never leave the house.
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Old 02-03-2005, 08:45 PM   #9
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Geez, horses, cows, and dogs have genitals. Better never leave the house.
In England during Queen Victoria's time, they used cloth to cover the legs of dining tables, as all legs were considered indecent.

They also used to sprinkle talcum powder into the bath water so they wouldn't see themselves!
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Old 02-03-2005, 09:00 PM   #10
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I was surprised when I saw this on television. I saw postings of this animation a while back. Is the origional artist getting paid for these cell phone screens?
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Old 02-03-2005, 09:32 PM   #11
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Hehehehe. Yeah I wondered the same thing myself.
See his website. On the front page there is a notice saying he has an agreement with the company. Also that company has allegedly made over 10 million pounds on this animation ringtone so far.

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Old 02-03-2005, 09:43 PM   #12
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The same company contacted me about using Dumpy in their commercials.
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Old 02-03-2005, 10:19 PM   #13
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heres the fun part,

here in australia, on regular TV, the lower part of the grog has a nice big "CENSORED" over its parts...

but..

being on subscription/digital tv its not there, and you can just see the little thing, its not even really in view much, it just looks like a little tab or something.. lol

interesting how people can be put off by something so little like that :P

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After the Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction", the President was swift to voice his concern. Maybe someone should telephone the White House to let them know that this 3D animated frog is wearing no pants.
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Have they also removed the fart because its innapropriate?
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