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10+ Details In Cartoons Fans Only Noticed As Adults

Jordan Claes 29 Jun 2020

If you're anything like me, then the bulk of your childhood was spent parked in front of the TV watching cartoons. Oh, how magical those Saturday mornings truly were!

As an animation aficionado, I can tell you that there are a lot of jokes that went right over my head as a kid. Have a look and check out these 10+ details in cartoons fans only noticed as adults!

1. God is the only character on The Simpsons with five fingers.

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God makes a cameo appearance at various times throughout the series, but he usually appears to Homer in his dreams.

Take a look at his hand and you'll notice that he has an extra digit.

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2. Mr. Dink's last name is a reference to his expensive spending habits.

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Remember the Dinks from Doug? Well, DINK is actually an acronym. It stands for "Dual Income No Kids". If you'll remember, Mrs. and Mr. Dink lived alone.

Otherwise, he'd never have been able to afford his "very expensive" lifestyle.

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3. Daffy Duck is reading a very NSFW magazine.

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So not only are the animators referencing a pornographic magazine in a kids' cartoon but on top of that, they're advertising cigarettes?!

Oh the 90s, what a beautiful blissfully ignorant decade it was!

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4. Question: How does Two-Face take his coffee?

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Answer: Half & Half!

Don't you get it? I personally love a good pun and Batman The Animated Series is ripe with them. It's perfectly in-keeping with Two-Face's dastardly dichotomous character and a clever detail hiding in plain sight.

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5. Mark Hamill is the voice of The Joker in Batman The Animated Series.

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That's right! Luke Skywalker himself lent his vocals talents to The Clown Prince of Crime and has been doing so now for nearly three decades!

As impressive as that is, Mark actually voices another infamous comic book villain.

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He's also The Hobgoblin in Marvel's Spider-Man (1994).

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The Hobgoblin was is a recurring rogue both in the comics and in the series, as well as one of Spider-Man's deadliest foes.

I personally love them Mark's portrayal of both characters. But to me, he'll always be The Joker.

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6. Ms. Frizzle's prison number is significant.

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My musical buffs will likely know right away that prisoner #24601 is none other than Jean Valjean from Les Miserables.

It's fitting that 'The Friz' would have such a clever literary allusion embedded in her mugshot.

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7. Listening to Styx whilst floating on the River Styx in The Simpsons.

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The Simpsons retells the story of Odysseus.

One of his challenges in the epic, and in the episode, is that he must descend into Hades. He does this by traversing the River Styx.

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In Greek mythology, the River Styx transported you from the realm of the living to the land of the dead.

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Souls paid the boatman named Charon for passage. If you could not pay, then your soul would be stranded on the banks for eternity.

If you listen to the music that's playing in the background, there's a clever double entendre that's taking place.

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The song "Lady" by the band Styx is playing as Homer makes his way up the river!

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This show was brilliant in its prime. What makes the scene even better is when Homer yells in disdain "This truly is Hell!"

A reference to the fact that he's in both literal and figurative Hell!

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8. Circumcision jokes in Rugrats? You bet there are!

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If your Hebrew is lacking, like mine sure is, allow me to translate for you. The sign on the wall translates to "Mohel".

In the Jewish faith, a Mohel is a kind of holy doctor who's trained in the 'art' of circumcision. The "cut-rate" sign is self-explanatory.

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Also, was Tommy's grandpa watching adult-movies once he put the kids to bed?

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He explains how he bought two films that the kids would enjoy, but then he references a third with the not-so-subtle title Lonely Space Vixens.

As if it wasn't already obvious enough, he drives the point home by explaining that he'll be watching that only after the kids go to bed. Ugh. It's just creepy.

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9. Barney Rubble has a seriously dirty mind in The Flintstones.

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While out at a costume shop, Barney tells Fred that he wants to find something that will make him look taller. To which Fred replies that he'd need another head.

Barney crudely replies "Another one? What do I need three of them for?" There's even a laugh-track!

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10. In SpongeBob SquarePants the Krusty Krab is in the shape of a lobster trap!

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I actually can't believe I never noticed this before. Talk about your "glass shattering" moments of realization.

I watched this show all the time when I was a kid...when I was a teen...OK, I watched it last night...

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11. Bart Simpson is a girl.

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What I mean to say is that Nancy Cartwright has been voicing the ten-year-old Hellraiser since he first burst onto the Springfield scene.

Nancy even wrote a book about her experiences, titled "My Life as a 10-Year-Old Boy".

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