What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although it's a cartoon, Brickleberry is not appropriate for kids or teens. Rampant sexual content is at the heart of the show's comedy, including simulated sex (masturbation and oral sex, as well as the traditional kind); graphic and slang references to body parts like "d--k," "c--t," and "poontang;" partial nudity (sensitive areas are blurred, but butts are visible); and even talk of orgies, bestiality, and unusual fetishes. Characters are the brunt of jokes because of handicaps, a woman's sexual orientation is called into question because of her masculine appearance and tendencies, and racial stereotyping is extreme. Language is also big concern ("s--t," "a--hole," and "bitch" are audible; "f--k" is bleeped), as are scenes that show animals being shot and killed and some bloody violence toward people. Clearly this isn't a show that offers anything positive to kids of any age, but its irreverent content may garner laughs from adults who can put its shocking brand of humor in the right context.
What's the story?
BRICKLEBERRY is an animated comedy series set in the fictional Brickleberry National Park, where a team of inept rangers faces unemployment should tourist numbers continue to plummet. Enter Ethel (voiced by Kaitlin Olson), a granola-y forester from Yellowstone who's been brought in by Head Ranger Woody (Tom Kenny) to help shape up the park and save it from closure. Her arrival isn't welcomed by all of the staff members, especially Steve (Dave Herman), who sees it as a threat to his default title of Ranger of the Month. It will take all of Ethel's resolve to whip the park into shape -- not to mention the motley crew of rangers tasked with overseeing it.
Is it any good?
Simply put, the only thing that's not shocking about Brickleberry is its TV-MA rating. As far as the content goes, if you can imagine it, it probably has a place in the outrageous plot that attempts to find humor in alcoholism, racial profiling, and nontraditional sexual appetites. From the African-American ranger who's playing the affirmative-action card to collect a paycheck without an honest day's work to a masculine woman who drops hints about her bedroom tendencies and gets audibly aroused in the company of a certain attractive coworker, this is an office pool unlike any you've ever seen.
The show's anything-goes style undoubtedly will entertain some adults, but it's way too much for kids. While parents can reconcile its messages with how the real world works, teens won't be able to do the same because they lack the necessary life experiences, which means the messages they get will suggest something entirely different. Bottom line? Keep this extremely irreverent (and purposely offensive) show as your own guilty pleasure, if it's your thing, and find something that gives a better impression of adulthood for your impressionable teen.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about how the media reflects issues in our society. What does the content of Brickleberry say about how we relate to people? Does it have any valuable messages for viewers?
Does the humor in this show cross a line? Was there any content that you felt was inappropriate for viewers of any age? Which groups of people would find the stereotyping offensive?
How does animation affect the show's humor? What would it look like if it was live action?