Cartoon Crackdown: Our Favorite Characters Brush With The Law

zoidberg post Cartoon Crackdown: Our Favorite Characters Brush With The Law

Image Credit: Steve Stegelin

Quick raise of hands: Who here has a copy of Yogi Bear’s mug shot? We need it for our wall of fame. We have a great spot open right between Michael Jackson and Woody Harrelson.

For the past few weeks, cartoons from Adam Ant to Zoidberg have been at arms with the law. Our verdict? They’re mad that “Animation Domination” has been limited to only one day a week. Greedy little bastards.


11-year-old drawing

While we promise stories of cartoon characters going behind bars, this story just seems too crazy to pass up.

An 11-year-old Colorado boy was hand-cuffed, arrested, and hauled away for doodling in class. Of course his drawings seem inappropriate (a young boy holding a gun with the writing “music sucks”), but he was etching out his frustrations – something his therapist told him to do.

Now the kid is charged with third degree misdemeanor. He was put in a cell, fingerprinted, even had his mug shot taken.  According to the police report, the child explained he made the drawing to release anger and would never hurt teachers or anyone. A juvenile assessment even reports that he had never been in legal trouble and is therefore at low risk to reoffend… even so, we think it’s a slight overreaction to put an 11-year-old in a jail cell. His therapist agrees, saying this event could cause much more harm than good.

Why didn’t they just put the drawing in jail? After all, fictional characters can’t cause legal trouble… or can they?


Utah County Sheriff's Office Corrections Bureau

Utah County Sheriff's Office Corrections Bureau website

Guess we were wrong. It seems that everyone’s favorite picnic fanatic was arrested last week on accounts of…fishing without a license and an immigration charge? Say it ain’t so Yogi Bear!

The Hanna-Barbera cartoon was detained by the Utah County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Bureau, though now it looks like their website made a BIG mistake. Yogi’s evil twin was nothing more than an exercise used by the sheriff’s training department. Somehow his mug shot ended up on the public website. Honestly, we were surprised it wasn’t BooBoo after we saw this.

He may be a cartoon classic, but we don’t forgive easily. Yogi stole our lunch back in 1989 and we’ve never forgiven him for it. Justice served!


drunnk college campus city of charleston

Image Credit: Steve Stegelin

It was a typical night at the College of Charleston… students getting drunk, rocking out to [lastfm link_type=”similar_artist_radio”]Journey[/lastfm]’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” as the sun was setting. Friends encouraging one another to do typical college debauchery – beer chugging, fist pounding, streaking – and the brand new tradition of “doing the Zoidberg.”

Unfortunately for this student, making lobster noises and walking sideways was seen as incredibly offensive to the wrong person. According to the police report, the young man was acting like Zoidberg when he suddenly got punched in the face. The ruthless  suspect misinterpreted his silly imitation as a mockery – a mistake that ending with a fist to the face, a chipped tooth, and a broken nose.

The battered and broken lobster-man made his way to the police station. When the cops asked what had happened, Zoidberg replied:

“Hooray! People are paying attention to me!”



[Source: LNBS, The Smoking Gun, Charleston City Paper]


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