Axe Cop

 
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Absurdity rules in edgy animated series written by a kid.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Axe Cop is theoretically on the side of law and order, but since his main method of combating evil is to chop heads off or blow things up, this may not translate.

Positive role models

"I've got some bad guys to kill!" exults Axe Cop. "I will chop their heads off!" Yeah, not a great role model. Female main characters are rare in Axe Cop's macho world.

Violence

Cartoonish, absurd violence, and lots of it. Axe Cop brandishes and fires guns and chops off heads leaving a bloody neck stump. A starving and neglected pet is pictured with visible ribs. A dog snaps at a child's neck while she cries and begs for help. A character who looks like Hitler plays a villain.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Phrases like "What the heck?" and lots of coarse language, including body-humor jokes about poop and body parts.  

Consumerism

Axe Cop is also a web- and print comic; readers may want to check it out after viewing the animated series. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Axe Cop is an animated series about a police officer who uses an axe to vanquish evildoers. The main character frequently uses the axe to amputate heads, hands, and other body parts while blood squirts and flows. Characters are crushed, burned, shot, and blown up, all played for laughs. The titular character generally uses force to subdue anyone who opposes him; there are no consequences for violence. Axe Cop can also do things humans can't, such as jumping from one skyscraper roof to another, or riding a van into space. The violence is absurd and silly, but may still be disturbing to young children because some scenes are graphic or feature children in jeopardy. Viewers will hear plenty of body humor and see distasteful images such as "bad guys" who are piles of poop come to life.

What's the story?

Comic artist Ethan Nicolle found a great way to connect with his 5-year-old brother Malachai when the two began collaborating on AXE COP, written by Malachai and drawn by Ethan. First a web comic, next a print graphic novel, and now an animated network series, AXE COP follows the adventures of an officer (voiced by Nick Offerman) who prefers to wield an axe instead of a gun. He sleeps only minutes a day and spends every night battling bad guys like Telescope Gun Cop and Doctor Stinkyhead. Sometimes there are zombies. Sometimes space aliens. Sometimes giant chickens with human heads who command an army of drill-wielding chicks. But Axe Cop fears nothing and he and his mighty axe are always ready to battle the multifarious bad guys who threaten law, order, and Axe Cop's pals.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

In one episode of Axe Cop, the zombie who ate the world's smartest brain takes the world's smartest poop. It comes to life and becomes Dr. Doodoo, a villain who plans to travel to London, England to marry the Queen of England and take over the world. Part of Dr. Doodoo's plan involves making all the humans on earth poop themselves to death. If that strikes you as amusing, so will Axe Cop

The goofy goings on are comparable to other animated series: The Venture Bros. and South Park comes to mind. But since (most of) the plots were formulated by a small child with a small child's vivid imagination, passing fixations and a distinct lack of real-world logic, Axe Cop's happenings are a lot weirder. Cartman and Stan never went into space to visit the giant dinosaur horn store to vanquish the king of all bad guys, right? In another scene, Axe Cop stares at himself in the mirror, mentally trying on different hair and moustache styles. "I think you'd look best with a super curly beard and moustache with a robot ghost inside," says a friend. That's Axe Cop all over.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what audience Axe Cop is aimed at. Are the showrunners hoping to reach children? Adults? Teens? Twentysomethings? Senior citizens? What brings you to this conclusion? 

  • Are viewers supposed to find the character Axe Cop funny? Disturbing? Ridiculous? Is he presented as a character you can trust? 

  • Given that many of Axe Cop's situations were thought up by a very young child, how does the absurdity of the goings-on compare with other animated series such as The Venture Bros. or Archer

TV details

Cast:Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman
Network:Fox
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Superheroes
TV rating:TV-14

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Teen, 14 years old Written byDr. Zoigberg 97 August 3, 2013
 

Imaginative and funny

Axe Cop is great, it was written by a child(5 yr old boy). It reminds me if my youth and all the crazy stories you would make up(the shows main intention) It is also meant to be a parody of super hero cartoons ( superman batman etc.) hence the big muscles and cheesy lines. As a young child I recall creating stories and games where I was a superhero killing "bad guys", which is what the show was made to do. Since the show is written by a kid there is no reflection of reality , they go to space to the dinosaur horn store, one character can turn into a dog when he is ready to fight and there is a war against a giant chicken with a human head who has lazer eyes. Overall this show is pretty much ok for anyone, there is no language, sex, drugs and the violence is very childish and cartoony. So much imagination is put into this show, anyone over 7 or maybe younger can watch and will enjoy this ( unless you have no imagination)
Teen, 13 years old Written byDestroyer334545 August 9, 2013
 

great

Creative show, but Violent
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written bylucamations November 11, 2013
 

BEST SHOW ON FOX!!!

I think that this show is super creative and funny! There is no bad language, no drinking or drug references, or nothing inappropriate. There is quite a bit of violence, like heads getting chopped off in every episode, explosions, and disturbing creatures, like poop monsters, although there's never any blood.
What other families should know
Too much violence

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