What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this animated parody from the creators of Robot Chicken of early sci-fi kids' shows like Thunderbirds is aimed more at the adults who watched the original programs than at today's young viewers. Like the earlier shows, Titan Maximum centers on a group of daring heroes -- but in their down time, these heroes are rude, crude party animals. They drink to excess, swear like sailors, sleep around, and bicker with each other. Consequently, the show hass plenty of swearing, drinking, drugs, and sex, as well as some fairly explicit animated violence. It’s funny, but for grown-ups only.
What's the story?
Individually, the five daring members of the Titan team and their high-powered jet fighters are more than a match for most villains. But when the world is truly in danger, the quintet joins forces, merging their fighting machines into a single, unstoppable giant battle robot: TITAN MAXIMUM. If that sounds familiar, it should. Over the years, this basic formula has spawned countless sci-fi and anime series aimed at kids. But unlike the wholesome heroes on those shows, the Titan team members sure like to party when they’re off duty. This animated parody series from the creators of Robot Chicken focuses on the heroes’ debaucheries when they're not fighting other giant robots -- including plenty of swearing, casual sex, and lots of drinking.
Is it any good?
Power Rangers, Thunderbirds, G-Force, and many, many more TV shows have followed Titan Maximum's basic plot/theme, featuring noble teams of action heroes who work together to battle evil and spend their off-time ... talking about fighting evil some more. Didn’t any of those guys have lives? The Titan Maximum team certainly does. Much like the gang in the even raunchier movie Team America: World Police, they get wasted, get into fights, and try to reel in groupies. One of them even has a record contract (though her songs are pretty lame).
Many people who grew up watching the classic shows that this series spoofs will find Titan Maximum familiar and fun. The original shows might seem too wholesome for adults to really revisit, but this show features mature characters that will be both familiar and fun -- but only for mature viewers.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about satire. What makes something a satire? Are satires funny on their own merits or because they play on something else memorable? Where does this show deviate most from the shows it was inspired by, and where is it almost the same?
Why does cartoon violence make us laugh, when the same thing happening in real life would be terrifying?
How can you tell when an animated movie or TV show isn't meant for younger viewers?