Almost Naked Animals
By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Skivvy-wearing animals' antics are zany fun for older kids.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Positive messages aren't central to the series, but viewers do see how a diverse group of characters must find ways to coexist for the sake of their own sanity and the continued existence of their shared home. Each character is comfortable in his or her own unique skin, and there's little judgment from peers about the qualities that set anyone apart from the rest.
Positive Role Models
As hotel manager, Howie has a duty to cater to his guests' odd whims, and he does his best to maintain decorum. All of the characters bring unique qualities to the group and strive to do their best at -- and take pride in -- their respective jobs.
Violence & Scariness
Classic cartoon-style spills and gags. Characters are flattened by cars, crushed in collisions, burnt to a crisp in fires, and cause craters in the ground from long-distance falls. Nonetheless, few show lasting signs of injury.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Both male and female animals are shown in their underwear, and some female characters have prominent breasts (and in the case of a cow, udders) showing through their undershirts.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that cartoon-style crashes and spills are the most worrisome aspect of this funny Canadian cartoon about a bunch of underwear-clad animals. Characters tumble down cliffs, get squashed by cars, and withstand balls of fire, all without major injury (very young kids without a firm grasp on the line between fantasy and reality might have trouble with the content). Female animals' breasts protrude through their undershirts, but it's not intended to be sexual. For older kids, the show is a hilarious blend of offbeat characters and ridiculous predicaments, and there's enough wit that parents might find themselves entertained, too. While lessons are hardly central to the show's intent, there are some teachable moments to be found in the characters' attempts to overcome their differences and coexist with their unusual neighbors.
Where to Watch
Based on 10 parent reviews
The best anime ever
Report this review
All I can say is that this show actually was a hit I would say the hunor in this show is those found in spongeSpo.
Report this review
What's the Story?
ALMOST NAKED ANIMALS is a Canadian cartoon that tells the story of the offbeat adventures of a group of underwear-clad mammals, sea creatures, reptiles, and insects that migrates to the beachfront Banana Cabana hotel. Run by Howie the dog (voiced Robert Tinkler), the Banana Cabana is a haven for the unique personalities of its staff and guests, from the lounge-singing baritone Narwhal (Sean Cullen) to the sweet-talking activities planner, Bunny (Emilie-Claire Barlow). There's never a dull moment at this beachfront paradise, where boxers and briefs are the code of dress and hilarity is the name of the game.
Is It Any Good?
Let's be honest. There's something undeniably funny about seeing animals in underwear, and this laugh-out-loud cartoon will further tickle viewers' funny bones with its wacky characters and witty humor. Kids will love the exaggerated animation style of the animals' ridiculous appearances, which complement their crazy personalities and unlikely predicaments. Sloths, butterflies, pigs, cows, and even a timid octopus inhabit this unusual beachfront hotel, and it's all that fearless leader Howie can do to keep the walls from caving in, especially since he's usually at the heart of the mayhem.
The show's style and content cater to elementary-aged kids; preschoolers may have trouble distinguishing between reality and the gag-style violence (long-distance falls, car accidents, fire, and electrocution, all without realistic injury) that abounds in each episode. Parents might take issue with the female characters' breasts protruding through their undershirts, but it's clear they're not intended to be of a sexual nature. The show's writing is smart enough that adults will get some laughs right alongside their kids, so if you do watch with them, be sure to point out instances in which the characters' diversity encourages respect for differences and requires them to find common ground.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about relating to others. What qualities set these characters apart from each other? How do their differences make it hard for them to get along? How do they overcome these challenges?
Kids: What are some of your unique characteristics? What can you do better than other kids you know? How do these talents make you feel? Why is it important to respect people's differences?
Do you like this show's animation style? How does having the characters walk around in their underwear add to the show? Does it make it funnier, or is it a distraction? How might you have drawn the characters differently?
- Premiere date: January 7, 2011
- Cast: Emilie-Claire Barlow, Robert Tinkler, Sean Cullen
- Network: Cartoon Network
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Ocean Creatures, Wild Animals
- TV rating: TV-Y7-FV
- Last updated: March 21, 2023
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Where to Watch
Our Editors Recommend
Best Cartoons for Kids
Offbeat Animated Movies
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate