What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sanjay and Craig is a frantically paced cartoon series about a boy, his talking snake, and their totally implausible misadventures in their town. Kids (and boys especially) are sure to enjoy the crude humor in the show that's rarely without mention of poop, snot, or butts and their noises. The characters' exploits often are at the expense of unsuspecting adults, and they never face consequences for behavior that would bring big penalties in the real world. There are some sweet moments of friendship between two very different main characters, but these are easily missed in the surrounding chaos. If your kids do watch, be sure they understand the difference between fantasy and reality as it relates to the characters' antics.
What's the story?
A providential trip to the pet store brought together 12-year-old Sanjay (voiced by Maulik Pancholy) and his talking snake, Craig (Chris Hardwick), and now the pair of best friends tear up their town on a quest for excitement and fun. Sure, Craig's distinctive appearance should turn heads in their favorite hangouts, but the fact that he's a master of disguise and can talk his way into any adventure -- and out of any jam -- means the sky's the limit on the kinds of mayhem these pals can cause.
Is it any good?
SANJAY AND CRAIG is the cartoon equivalent of a 5-year-old on a sugar rush; it's high-energy, unpredictable, and hard to contain until it comes to a crashing halt, sometimes with painful results. There's no slowing the pace of this chaotic show driven by an excitable tween and trusty sidekick who's up for anything, and the result is a series of hilarious, if completely ridiculous, adventures.
If you're looking for a show that's found a happy balance between absurd comedy and substantial content, then Sanjay and Craig isn't what you want. Its sole purpose is to elicit laughs, and it employs every gag in the book -- from bathing in bird poop to a bouncing, farting, disembodied butt -- to get those laughs from kids. There's no rhyme, reason, or reality to the characters' misadventures, which can be a fun departure from real life but at the same time doesn't give them anything positive to glean from the content.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about the characters' adventures. How would this same behavior be received in the real world? What would be the possible consequences?
Why are Sanjay and Craig such good friends? Do they share any positive qualities? How do they look past their differences to relate to each other?
Talk to your kids about the messages we get from the media. Did you learn anything positive from this show? Which others do you watch that leave you with a valuable lesson of sorts? Does entertainment always have to be a learning experience?