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Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Profane animated shorts offer ribald humor, few laughs.

Movie NR 2009 54 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+

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 action, there is tons of sexual content, loads of profanity and plenty of graphic cartoon violence, as well as graphic nudity. There are many sex scenes (straight sex, gay sex, human and machine sex and bestiality). There are also close up shots to animal genitalia. There is lots of swearing (many uses of f--k, sh-t, bitch, asshole, and lots more). There is also plenty of bloody cartoon violence, including roadrunner being crushed by a giant rock, resulting to a bloody mess, and lots more graphic violence. Besides all that, there is plenty of laughs!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 17+

NOT FOR ANYONE 0-9999999999


This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (9 ):

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.

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