A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The characters' extremely stereotyped features include an oversized Afro adorned with a hair comb, the make-up and elaborate hairstyle of a geisha, and exaggerated accents. Potty humor like burping, vomiting, and discussions of bathroom topics (gas, the need for a plunger, etc.) is frequent. Fighting is the only means for resolving conflict, and characters often use violent terms like "crush" and "eliminate" when talking about their opponents. On a positive note, the main female character is the most level-headed of the bunch.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of violence with no resulting injuries. Martial arts battles include kicking, punching, and using small objects like folding fans as throwing weapons. Some scenes also include firepower (flying missiles, machine guns, and billowing explosions).
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Products & Purchases
Characters often read comic books and play video games, and the show itself is set within a shopping mall.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this action cartoon is heavy on violence and essentially void of any positive content for its intended grade-school viewers. Martial arts-style battles are the sole means of conflict resolution, and the bad guys often use missiles and machine guns in addition to hand-to-hand combat skills. Physical stereotyping (a black character sports a huge Afro, and an Asian girl has the look of a traditional Japanese geisha) is overt and bolstered by exaggerated accents. And don't look too hard for positive messages of any kind -- there's nothing like that in this visual equivalent of candy for kids.
Is It Any Good?
CHOP SOCKY CHOOKS takes bizarre to a new level with its very strange characters -- who, by the way, don't in any way resemble chickens or a fish, mutated or otherwise. While the basic premise of good vs. incompetent evil is a great plot starter when properly developed, this show loses most of its humor in an overdose of violence and overt racial stereotyping.
Kids might be drawn in by the show's action and outlandish storylines, but there's little redeeming quality to be found here. No attempt is made to put positive lessons into the plot, and the only message kids might pick up is that fighting is a reliable means of resolving conflict, making it an iffy choice for young viewers.
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