ChalkZone

Common Sense Media says

Imagination gone wild -- TOO wild for some kids.

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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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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Written byAnonymous November 3, 2013
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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Jeez

What's wrong with you! Theres nothing wrong with this show at all!
Adult Written byTommypezmaster June 5, 2009
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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. Chalkzone is horrible, appalling, whatever, with no redeeming qualities. The animation is pure creepy. It's jagged and The "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" of the standards that animation today. You know what, it makes Super Duper Sumos (wich was decent) look like the Mona Lisa! Yakkity Yak darn you! And that's saying something! I hate shows that make fun of Education nowadays. The only good educatinal shows left is Thomas & Friends, Word Girl and GoGoRiki, with maybey 2 or 3 others. And other greatly animated shows like Rocko's Modern Life, Catscratch and Chop Socky Chooks are cancelled, so that just leaves crap. The voice-acting is, appaling, & their wasting it. Jeff Bennett, Jess Harnell and Roger Bumpass are not ment for gross show like this, but it is zapped by this mindless excuse for a show. The writing is horrible and the jokes are appalling. And it's a complete ripoff of Ed, Edd, & Eddy! I loved Ed, Edd, & Eddy, but this is downright plagiarism! They are 3 idiots who do the weridest stuff, they have a smart one who wants to live normally and a dumb one who loves the weridst stuff. & A selfish leader who dosn't get any respect. Sounds like it, no? So don't waste your time on this poor excuse for a show, and save your mind for something else. Beacause, Chalkzone is about three extremely stupid kids with stereotypical personalities. When they are not protecting the citisen of Chalkzone., they do the most studipest thing that almost get them in trouble. There is a Teacher who's strict & hates cartoons, but He is next to useless. There is also a wise monster with 2 eyes who lives in a chalk mind, but he is also useless. The art, plot, and voice acting are bad. And to make things worse, it is meant for kids. For an teaching series, Chalkzone leaves a lot to be desired. I am glad nobody botherd to watch it.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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okay...

I think this show is okay.

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