What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this cartoon -- which was inspired by a much-more-innocent 1970s Hanna-Barbera show -- is meant for a mature audience. It includes edgy jokes about the overweight, people with mental illness, sex, criminal activity, radiation and cancer, drinking and drugs, and a host of other titillating subjects. Episodes often involve violence, such as when a monster attacks the compound and kills most of the crew. Most of the violence is off screen, but descriptions of blood and gore are vivid.
What's the story?
SPACE GHOST COAST TO COAST is a mock talk show starring Space Ghost, an animated 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon character. Space Ghost (voiced by George Lowe), sits behind a desk in an animated studio and interviews real, non-animated celebrities who appear on a TVscreen beside him. Joining Space Ghost on the show is his evil praying-mantis bandleader Zorak (C. Martin Croker), and the show's producer, Moltar (also Croker), a man made of lava. Both of them disdain Space Ghost; they regularly complain about him and often insult him directly. As for Space Ghost himself, he's not terribly bright, often arrogant, and rather oblivious to those around him -- he regularly ignores his guests, who don't usually seem to even notice.
Is it any good?
Though animated, Space Ghost Coast to Coast isn't intended for kids (it airs as part of the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim line up for a reason). Jokes about being depressed because of a failing marriage, constantly throwing around insults (which include jokes about being a "sissy" or "cream puff"), and references to being drunk or wanted for murder make this edgy show a better fit for teens and adults. The disjointed relationship between the animated and the real only adds to the show's bizarre, surreal humor.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about why children's cartoons are sometimes made for adults. Can you think of songs, other TV shows, or anything else that's been transformed from kid fare to grown-up material? How do you feel about these types of transformations?