Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy

Movie review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Profane animated shorts offer ribald humor, few laughs.
  • NR
  • 2009
  • 54 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

Parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

This collection of animated vignettes draws much of its humor from placing animated characters in situations that seen completely mundane, juxtaposing the wacky and the ordinary. Many of the characters talk and act much like real people, including dialogue laced with casual profanity, plenty of drinking, and lots of sex.

Violence

Only a handful of the vignettes include violence, but they can be quite graphic; when a massive boulder falls on a helpless animal, the onscreen result is an oozing bloody pulp, just like it would be in real life, but certainly not in most other cartoons.

Sex

Lots of animated sex, including straight sex, gay sex, and bestiality. There’s graphic nudity, including close-ups of animal genitalia, and plenty of sex scenes, generally under the covers but with vigorous, obvious thrusting, accompanied by lots of moaning and groaning. Some scatological humor as well.

Language

Very coarse, including “f-ck,” “sh-t,” “a—hole,” “boner” “getting wood” and much more.

Consumerism

Plenty of references to well-known pop culture characters, including the Muppets, Star Trek, the Roadrunner, and others.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Plenty of drinking and some drug references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this collection of animated comedy shorts is definitely not aimed at kids. Many of them start with well-known fairy tales, popular TV characters, and well-known pop-culture icons, and then creator Seth MacFarlane adds a generous dose of adult humor, including plenty of profanity, drinking, and lots of sex (including straight sex, gay sex, and bestiality). There's some cartoon nudity and some pretty explicit under-the-sheets action, with obvious thrusting and even more obvious moans and groans.

User Reviews

Adult Written bywallaceson August 28, 2009
Adult Written byhomealonefan123 June 22, 2014

A funny, enjoyable animated comedy, but absolutely not for kids!

Parents need to know that this movie is definitely not for kids! Although it offers children's themes such as fairy tales, talking animals and comical acti...
Teen, 13 years old Written bymannymateo10isback February 9, 2011
This is a bad example of watching this, this is not acceptable for anyone to watch this at all, its packed with lots of animated sex and lots of profanity, and...
Kid, 10 years old August 31, 2013

This is what you get when you mix The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, American Dad, and King of the Hill altogether.

Although this is "a cavalcade of cartoon comedy", it parodies other things like Robot Chicken does, including The Muppets, the Road Runner, and more.

What's the story?

SETH MACFARLANE'S CAVALCADE OF CARTOON COMEDY may look, to a casual observer, much like a collection of classic animated short films from days gone by. There's the Roadrunner and the Coyote; Star Trek characters make a few appearances; wise-cracking animals abound, and there are even some fractured fairy tales. But these cartoons are definitely not for kids; instead of slapstick hijinks, expect characters who are more interested in drinking and sex. And when there is violence, it's more likely to be realistic and gory. Put it this way: the Frog Prince asks the princess to give him a lot more than just a kiss, and when the speedy roadrunner is crushed under a boulder, the result is an unpleasant puddle of bloody grossness.

Is it any good?

Anyone familiar with MacFarlane's work (see The Family Guy, which is known for its adult take on the standard, family-oriented sit-com) will quickly recognize his unique sensibilities here. It's rude and crude, and in pushing the cartoon-shock value envelope can veer into territory that some viewers will probably find offensive (anyone up for graphic close-ups of animal genitalia?).

The main problem here isn't the raunch, however; it's the lack of laughs. McFarlane is trying so hard to be outrageous that the script just isn't that entertaining. His idea of humor is to start with a familiar situation and then tweak it by introducing a dose of realism, usually driven by lust or liquor, or both. Sometimes this works – after finally, amazingly, catching the Roadrunner, the Coyote finds he has no purpose in life. But many other sketches have little to sustain them – one short episode is based solely on the premise that Star Trek's Mr. Sulu probably sounds funny when he's having sex. He doesn't, and like too many of these animated shorts, it's not very funny to watch, either.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about coarse humor. The dialogue in these short films is often quite profane, but it also sounds very natural. The swearing is not there to shock, but reflects the way people communicate in informal settings. Do you think there is too much swearing, or do you think it makes sense, given the settings? Do you think the language and the overt sexuality makes the film funny, or does it get in the way of the jokes? Or is it not a factor at all?

Movie details

For kids who love comedies

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