Apparently, Mickey Mouse once went on a binge of extended attempted suicide
. (I've saved the image files for when the inevitable C&D comes from an embarassed Disney). A lot people don't realize that Mickey, like most cartoon characters, was once not the hyper-santized creature we currently know and loathe; early humorists realized that humour comes from pain. Remove pain, and you don't have humour -- you have shmaltz.
It's sad we lack this freedom today -- not due to laws but to their pernicious offspring, lawyers. We live in a world where everything is either hyper-santized or is, in faux-rebellion, gross for the sake of being gross, without context or meaning besides ever-shrinking shock value.