Jimmy Two Shoes

Common Sense Media says

Uninspiring cartoon looks for laughs in slapstick, misery.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show's central feelings are unpleasantness and misery; they're played for humor, but it's still kind of a downer. Many characters behave poorly to others, and conflict resolution leans toward violent methods.

Positive role models

Lucius Heinous
the Seventh's goal is to make life as miserable as possible for everyone. Jimmy's best friends are a devious girl named Heloise,
who seems happiest when playing mean tricks on others, and Lucius' son
Beezy, whose father sees him as something of a failure for his
inability to cause maximum misery. On the upside, Jimmy himself is an upbeat
guy who's determined to find fun and excitement.

Violence

A fair amount of cartoon-style slapstick violence.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cartoon is set in an unpleasant land that's run by a man whose mission is to make life as miserable as possible for everyone who lives there. He frequently berates his son for his ineptitude at causing said misery. The show's hero -- an irrepressible, happy-go-lucky spirit determined to find fun and excitement wherever he goes -- is the odd kid out in this foul town. The show includes a fair bit of cartoonish, slapstick violence, and, aside from Jimmy, there aren't many characters who can be considered role models.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

JIMMY TWO SHOES is the happiest person in Miseryville -- which makes him the odd kid out in this dreary, unhappy town. His best friends are deviously mischievous prankster Heloise and Beezy -- whose demonic father, Lucius Heinous the Seventh, rules the city and tries to spread misery and despair whenever possible. Lucius, a bombastic demon complete with red skin and horns, is often despondent over Beezy's sheer inability to uphold the family's "honor" by causing anguish ... though this "failing" makes Beezy a perfect partner in Jimmy's attempts to seek out fun and excitement.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Jimmy Two Shoes seems uncertain of its audience. The heavy emphasis on slapstick humor and simple plots may be aimed at young kids, but there's enough violence that the show isn't a good fit for very young children. And the whole concept -- a town ruled by demons who try to inflict despair, only to be perpetually foiled by a happy-go-lucky young boy's cheerful demeanor -- offers the kind of ironic humor that will be hard for kids to grasp.

The result is a jumbled stew of violent humor, overly arch wit, and broad jokes that may not be tough for kids to grasp (but may be too silly for grown-ups). Perhaps it's best for teens and young people who still have a juvenile sensibility.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether it's important for all kids' shows to have a message. Are "just for fun" shows OK, too?

  • Which group do you think this one falls into? Does it send kids any messages? If so, what are they?

  • What do you think of the values that Lucius is trying to teach Beezy?

  • Do you think that young kids will understand that Lucius' goal of

  • causing misery isn't OK in the real world?

TV details

Cast:Brian Froud, Sean Cullen
Network:Disney XD
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:Streaming

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Parent of a 7 and 9 year old Written bykdmaz December 19, 2009
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7
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Hello? This is Disney??!! It about a demons? Do we really need to a cartoon about demons on Disney? I'm not expecting them to run "Veggietales" but a cartoon about demons is too far in the other direction.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 12 years old Written byiloveferb34 June 13, 2010
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10
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Not too interesting

Not a show i would watch all the time. I would probably watch this if there's nothing else on. Sometimes i don't watch at all.

Parent of a 3 year old Written byStraub22 February 8, 2011
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2
QUALITY
 

Not for Christian Children.

WOW...Luci, the dad of Jimmys BFF is actually, Lucifer and thus makes Jimmys BFF, the antichrist. (This is a disturbing show for Christian children showing them that it is ok to be friends with demons and thus the AC because of where they live, Miseryville, ie. Hell).

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