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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kids will pick up a lot of details about the trading card game that the show is tied into.
Strategy plays a large role in players' success, and they're very thoughtful in their team selections. They often explain their rationale for the viewers, showing viewers their thought process based on the opponent's team and the battle's geographic location.
Positive Role Models
Characters must often work together to defeat their enemies. "Bad guys" and "good guys" are clearly defined.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon violence is prevalent within the Chaotic game world and includes falling from heights and hurling fireballs, none of which results in lasting injury.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female game characters wear skimpy, tight outfits that accentuate their breasts and hips.
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Products & Purchases
The show is designed to promote a multimedia trading card game (and shows characters playing a similar version of the game using laptops and hand-held electronic devices).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this cartoon is intricately tied to (and designed to promote) the Chaotic Trading Card Game. The show's characters play a similar multimedia game using laptops and other high-tech gadgets. Some players are able to transform into the game characters and are transported to battle sites to engage in physical one-on-one and team battles, all of which may be frightening to the youngest viewers. Cartoon violence is prevalent, but much of it is exchanged at a distance -- like hurling fireballs at an enemy -- and it rarely results in lasting injury. There's little questionable material here (aside from the violence), but the show doesn't have many positive messages, either. The show's second season airs under the title Chaotic M'arillion Invasion.
Is It Any Good?
CHAOTIC is brimming with tween-friendly touches -- including techie gadgets, cyber-talk, realistic interpersonal relationships, and fantasy that's a cut above that of the typical kid cartoon. Although the battle scenes are, of course, marked by violence -- which rules this one out for the littlest viewers -- it's mostly innocuous, and no one ever suffers lasting injury. In fact, the battle scenes also offer viewers a step-by-step guidebook to the game's strategic moves, often including characters' explanations of why they opted for a certain warrior's strengths and how they were influenced by their opponent's team choices and the battle's location. Far from being tedious, this thought process actually encourages viewers to see the game strategically and -- who knows? -- it might even make them think as they watch.
Of course, it might also have them champing at the bit to play the real-life multimedia Chaotic Trading Card Game, to which Chaotic is intricately tied. That marketing relationship means that Chaotic could become a commercial juggernaut, so watch out.
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