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Cartoons kill: casualties in animated recreational theater in an objective observational new study of kids' introduction to loss of life.

Colman, I; Kingsbury, M; Weeks, M; Ataullahjan, A; Bélair, MA; Dykxhoorn, J; Hynes, K; ... Kirkbride, JB; + view all (2014) Cartoons kill: casualties in animated recreational theater in an objective observational new study of kids' introduction to loss of life. BMJ , 349 g7184 - ?. 10.1136/bmj.g7184. Green open access

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Abstract

Objectives To assess the risk of on-screen death of important characters in children’s animated films versus dramatic films for adults. Design Kaplan-Meier survival analysis with Cox regression comparing time to first on-screen death. Setting Authors’ television screens, with and without popcorn. Participants Important characters in 45 top grossing children’s animated films and a comparison group of 90 top grossing dramatic films for adults. Main outcome measures Time to first on-screen death. Results Important characters in children’s animated films were at an increased risk of death compared with characters in dramatic films for adults (hazard ratio 2.52, 95% confidence interval 1.30 to 4.90). Risk of on-screen murder of important characters was higher in children’s animated films than in comparison films (2.78, 1.02 to 7.58). Conclusions Rather than being the innocuous form of entertainment they are assumed to be, children’s animated films are rife with on-screen death and murder.

Type: Article
Title: Cartoons kill: casualties in animated recreational theater in an objective observational new study of kids' introduction to loss of life.
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1136/bmj.g7184
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7184
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work non-commercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited and the use is non-commercial. See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1465095
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