What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Annoying Orange is based on a popular web series of the same name, so tweens and teens might already be familiar with it. The main character is an orange with a human mouth and eyes, which might be visually disturbing to sensitive viewers. He often interrupts others, makes bad jokes that are often rude and insensitive, and bookends every comment with a creepy laugh. There's some name calling, and one of the supporting characters is often called "midget." Fruit and veggie characters frequently meet their ends with a dramatic knife slice.
What's the story?
ANNOYING ORANGE (or The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange) follows the adventures of the aptly described Orange (voiced by series creator Dane Boedigheimer) and his friends from a grocery store fruit cart as they go on a variety of imaginative adventures in the store.
Is it any good?
Annoying Orange lives up to its promise and may very well be the most annoying character ever. The series is based on an ultra-popular web series where episodes are, thankfully, typically less than four minutes long. The TV series, by contrast, subjects viewers to nearly half an hour of bad puns, offensive humor, and creepy syncho-vox animation. Why the web series is so popular is one of the mysteries of the universe. Parents may want to turn away rather than watch lest their eyes fall out of their sockets from rolling so much.
That said, the scenes that don't contain the Annoying Orange are somewhat watchable thanks to the eccentric yet sensible supporting characters. The fruits' adventures are imaginative with unexpected twists. And the target audience of prepubescent boys will delight in the ridiculous stories and rude humor. Still, a great deal of the show is the Annoying Orange being annoying, rendering the show nearly unbearable for those who don't find the humor amusing.