A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Plenty of now-dated stereotypes: A sidekick character speaks in parody of a Mexican accent, women are always helpless victims, etc. (though that party is often tongue-in-cheek). The villains are always captured, but it's pretty clear that the triumph of good over evil (which often has an ironic twist, such the villain voluntarily going to jail for a supply of addictive dog treats) isn't really intended as a strong/obvious moral lesson.
Violence & Scariness
Quick Draw carries and uses a cartoon six-shooter -- which only singes its victims -- and hits people with a guitar when he's disguised as El Kabong.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
This cartoon was produced in the late '50s, and some characters may smoke.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that now-dated stereotypes abound in this late-'50s cartoon. Quick Draw's sidekick, burro Baba Looie, speaks with a parody of a Mexican accent and is subordinate to his horse partner despite being possibly more intelligent. Women are helpless victims (although that's usually presented in a very tongue-in-cheek way). There's some cartoon violence involving Quick Draw's gun, but no one is ever seriously or permanently hurt.
Is It Any Good?
Quick Draw McGraw is kind of funny. It's a part of cultural and cartoon history, it serves as a good introduction to the Westerns it parodies, and it certainly won't do kids any harm (unless they're likely to be strongly influenced by some now-dated '50s stereotypes). The art is so simple that you can almost see the flipping film stills. Bottom line? It's a good early classic cartoon.
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