Almost Naked Animals

Common Sense Media says

Skivvy-wearing animals' antics are zany fun for older kids.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Positive messages aren't central to the series, but viewers do see how a diverse group of characters must find ways to coexist for the sake of their own sanity and the continued existence of their shared home. Each character is comfortable in his or her own unique skin, and there's little judgment from peers about the qualities that set anyone apart from the rest.

Positive role models

As hotel manager, Howie has a duty to cater to his guests' odd whims, and he does his best to maintain decorum. All of the characters bring unique qualities to the group and strive to do their best at -- and take pride in -- their respective jobs.

Violence & scariness

Classic cartoon-style spills and gags. Characters are flattened by cars, crushed in collisions, burnt to a crisp in fires, and cause craters in the ground from long-distance falls. Nonetheless, few show lasting signs of injury.

Sexy stuff

Both male and female animals are shown in their underwear, and some female characters have prominent breasts (and in the case of a cow, udders) showing through their undershirts.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that cartoon-style crashes and spills are the most worrisome aspect of this funny Canadian cartoon about a bunch of underwear-clad animals. Characters tumble down cliffs, get squashed by cars, and withstand balls of fire, all without major injury (very young kids without a firm grasp on the line between fantasy and reality might have trouble with the content). Female animals' breasts protrude through their undershirts, but it's not intended to be sexual. For older kids, the show is a hilarious blend of offbeat characters and ridiculous predicaments, and there's enough wit that parents might find themselves entertained, too. While lessons are hardly central to the show's intent, there are some teachable moments to be found in the characters' attempts to overcome their differences and coexist with their unusual neighbors.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

ALMOST NAKED ANIMALS is a Canadian cartoon that tells the story of the offbeat adventures of a group of underwear-clad mammals, sea creatures, reptiles, and insects that migrates to the beachfront Banana Cabana hotel. Run by Howie the dog (voiced Robert Tinkler), the Banana Cabana is a haven for the unique personalities of its staff and guests, from the lounge-singing baritone Narwhal (Sean Cullen) to the sweet-talking activities planner, Bunny (Emilie-Claire Barlow). There's never a dull moment at this beachfront paradise, where boxers and briefs are the code of dress and hilarity is the name of the game.

Is it any good?

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Let's be honest. There's something undeniably funny about seeing animals in underwear, and this laugh-out-loud cartoon will further tickle viewers' funny bones with its wacky characters and witty humor. Kids will love the exaggerated animation style of the animals' ridiculous appearances, which complement their crazy personalities and unlikely predicaments. Sloths, butterflies, pigs, cows, and even a timid octopus inhabit this unusual beachfront hotel, and it's all that fearless leader Howie can do to keep the walls from caving in, especially since he's usually at the heart of the mayhem.

 

The show's style and content cater to elementary-aged kids; preschoolers may have trouble distinguishing between reality and the gag-style violence (long-distance falls, car accidents, fire, and electrocution, all without realistic injury) that abounds in each episode. Parents might take issue with the female characters' breasts protruding through their undershirts, but it's clear they’re not intended to be of a sexual nature. The show's writing is smart enough that adults will get some laughs right alongside their kids, so if you do watch with them, be sure to point out instances in which the characters' diversity encourages respect for differences and requires them to find common ground.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about relating to others. What qualities set these characters apart from each other? How do their differences make it hard for them to get along? How do they overcome these challenges?

  • Kids: What are some of your unique characteristics? What can you do better than other kids you know? How do these talents make you feel? Why is it important to respect people's differences?

  • Do you like this show’s animation style? How does having the characters walk around in their underwear add to the show? Does it make it funnier, or is it a distraction? How might you have drawn the characters differently?

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Teen, 13 years old Written bypartysmores July 16, 2011
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8
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Your IQ will drop.

How could CSM give this three stars?! It's about shaved naked animals (NUDITY!) and dumb jokes (BRAIN CELL KILLING!). Disgusting, horrifying, terrible. No one should have to watch this trash.

Parent Written byGood Mom June 19, 2011
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18
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Creepy

What's the idea of drawing kids in with a title that includes "naked?" Do we need to desensitize our kids to the idea of nudity on tv? Who does this benefit? There is too much sexualization of kids and kids media right now anyway. This is creepy.

What other families should know
Too much sex
Adult Written bynduns July 13, 2011
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8
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Embarrassing...

I'm embarrassed, simply embarrassed for my country. Most of the shows on CN that come from Canada are actually funny! This is just... irritating! I've seen shows try too hard to be funny before, but this one doesn't know when to quit. It's always loud, obnoxious and in-your-face, no quiet moments or anything! It's like the writers think all kids are too stupid to appreciate a few seconds of silence! This show isn't funny, the characters are annoying... don't watch this... just don't!

What other families should know
Too much violence

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