TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Imagination gone wild -- TOO wild for some kids.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 25 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Promotes imagination, but also raises the question: Is it better to check out of reality than to be involved?

Violence & Scariness

Cartoon violence and combat with scary monsters.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the main character is a kid with an active imagination. Although the show is wildly creative, some of its situations and creatures can be creepy, scary, or disgusting. No parents or adults are around to make sure that everything turns out all right; the main character (a child) is the one in control.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byTommypezmaster June 5, 2009

The worst Nicktoon mistake has got to STOP!!!!!!!!!!!

Maybe CatDog was the worst Nick show in the Past, but that has one redeeming quality, it's 2 people sharing the same body & getting into trouble. C... Continue reading
Adult Written byCosplaykat September 12, 2020
Teen, 17 years old Written byBlue-Bunny February 12, 2011

Horribly underrated...

Why so much hate? I love this show! Sure, it might not be the best cartoon out there, but it's not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. This is probably... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old October 8, 2020

this is a friendly show for me

i like it, and i think im all done with them

What's the story?

CHALKZONE centers on a young boy, Rudy Tabootie, and his active imagination. He can enter a secret portal through his chalkboard -- a world where children's erased drawings go to live. With a piece of magical chalk, Rudy navigates his way through this secret world, drawing whatever tools he may need. Friends also come in handy for the hero. For example, Rudy's friend Snap, whom he once drew in the ChalkZone, helps him with a quirky toughness that provides comic relief, and Rudy's real-world friend, Penny, is smart and quick on the draw (no pun intended).

Is it any good?

What makes this show interesting is that it acknowledges that worlds of imagination are available to all of us. But while it's true that we love to get lost in a story, for the young child, getting as lost in a world as Rudy does can be scary. At times, ChalkZone can feel like a nightmare -- the creatures and monsters are surreal and often unstoppable. And it's usually up to Rudy to foil their plans, which he generally seems capable of. However, rather than having a soothing effect on the child viewer, Rudy's confidence might be misleading -- if only because he depends on that magic piece of chalk.

The Tabootie parents seem to value family time with their son but are oblivious to his secret life. This premise might seem innocent enough, but the level of stress and trouble that it causes Rudy gives reason for pause.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how kids like to use their own imagination. How does it feel to venture as deeply into the imagination as Rudy does? Can a person come back to reality so easily? What is Rudy missing in the real world when he goes to the Zone? Why don't his parents know about it? What problems might arise from too much fantasy and too few boundaries?

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