Boomerang - Cartoons & Movies

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Classic cartoons fun but reflect old stereotypes/behavior.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

This app is intended to entertain, not educate.

Ease of Play

Easy to navigate.

Violence & Scariness

Older cartoons were known for their violence, including weapons (guns, dynamite, clubs), gags like pianos and anvils falling on characters, and malicious intent toward one another. Also plenty of spooky and scary monsters and other creatures. 

Sexy Stuff

Occasional innuendo, kissing, and starry-eyed couples falling in love.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters smoke pipes, cigars, and cigarettes, as well as drink what is typically implied to be alcohol. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Boomerang - Cartoons & Movies is the official app for the Boomerang TV network. The bulk of the content is drawn from classic cartoon TV shows and movies like Scooby Doo, Looney Tunes, and Tom and Jerry. As such, parents can expect cartoon violence (weapons, fighting), gender and racial/ethnic stereotypes, sexual innuendo and catcalling, and casual use of tobacco and alcohol. There are also spooky/scary storylines with monsters, ghosts, and "bad guys" that might frighten young kids. The app is free to use, but advanced features (including the option to download content) is for subscribers only. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

BOOMERANG - CARTOONS & MOVIES brings families back to the cartoon classics that started it all. Although there's some newer content worked in, the highlights of this subscription-based video collection are the cartoons of the 1960s, including Popeye, Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes, The Jetsons, and Scooby Doo. There are TV shows and movies, including holiday content. Kids can browse by TV show, movie, or curated playlists that may focus on a particular character (e.g., "Best of Yogi Bear") or theme (e.g., "Back to School"). Subscribers are able to download content to their device for offline watching.

Is it any good?

Those who grew up in the '70s and '80s will fondly remember these wacky characters, including Atom Ant and Magilla Gorilla. Boomerang - Cartoons & Movies is like a walk through the past in more ways than one. There's all the slapstick comedy you could want, but it also comes with some of the violence, stereotyping, and unhealthy behaviors we've chosen to leave behind in kids' programming. The app itself is easy to use, and kids will have no problem browsing for favorite characters and shows. These videos may not be the best choice for the littlest members of your household: Even without the violence, there are plenty of scary moments. But for families who want to share some nostalgic moments, Boomerang - Cartoons & Movies is the way to go.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between pretend and real. What elements of the cartoons in Boomerang - Cartoons & Movies are real? What are pretend? Could the pretend things happen in real life?

  • Talk about violence. What are your family expectations for behavior toward other people? How are the consequences for real-life violence different from those in the cartoons?

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