Guardian in the UK reports that Turner, the owners of the Tom and Jerry cartoons,
have decided to edit out images where characters are seen smoking.
follows complaints that two cartoons in particular, Texas Tom and Tennis
Chumps, in which characters are seen smoking, had been repeatedly shown on
the children's channel, Boomerang, this year.
is no news if Turner is to remove other possibly dangerous-to-young-kids sections
of the cartoons:
repeatedly runs into an upturned rake which smashes into his face
seen pouring ink onto a kitchen shelf, gets a stamp with a paw print on it and
then stamps the inked paw on the floor all the way over to a sleeping dog before
putting a roast chicken under his paw in an attempt to frame him for its theft.
seen filling up a room with water so that ducks can swim inside the house.
seen throwing tacks on the floor so that when you walk over them they stick in
your feet and hurt like hell.
sleeping King is seen with clothesline pegs on his nose and mouth which restrict
him breathing so much that it looks like his head is about to explode when he
gets a pair of scissors and cuts the tail off Tom.
steals a baby and puts it in a dog's kennel.