Chop Socky Chooks

Common Sense Media says

Bizarre action 'toon mixes violence, stereotypes.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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).

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Characters often read comic books and play video games, and the show itself is set within a shopping mall.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Hidden away within the walls of his vast shopping mall, nefarious but mostly incompetent Dr. Wasabi (voiced by Paul Kaye) devises his plans for world domination and directs the moves of his primate sidekick, Bubba (Rupert Degas), and his minions, the Ninja Chimps. But, try as he may, this maniacal mutated fish always finds his efforts thwarted by a trio of talented kung fu chickens. Led by philosophical sensei Chuckie Chan (Rob Rackstraw), tenacious Chick P (Shelley Longworth), and powerhouse KO Joe (Paterson Joseph) use their martial arts skills to battle Dr. Wasabi's army and restore peace to the mall and its visitors.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how heroes are portrayed in different TV shows. Are heroic characters always good? Do they ever break rules to achieve their goals? Is it OK to lie or cheat if your overall aim is to help others? Who are some of your favorite TV heroes? Why do you like them? Families can also discuss other ways to resolve conflict besides violence or fighting. Why do you think that so many cartoon characters default to battles?

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Adult Written byTommypezmaster February 28, 2009
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10
QUALITY
 

Bring it Back

I really liked this show. This is definetely one of the best Cartoon Network shows ever made. This show is about 3 Kung Fu Chicken procting a mall from the evil Doctor Wasbi. Chuckie Chan, along with his best friends Chick P & KO Joe have many adventures in the Wasbi World mall. The humor in this show is good. Most of the jokes are really funny. My favorite episode was the one when The Chooks are framed from stealing a butt cheek from the Temple & Dr. Wasbi gets spanked. I thought that episode was really hilarious! Isn't it coool how you can have a Squid dress like a nun & Spank the villian at the end. That's really cool. The dialog in this show is awesome!! The funny moments with Chuckie Chan & The Ninja Chimps will keep you hooked on the series. The lines, and actions are child friendly, which is good. Overall, awesome show, great humor, awesome dialog, solid music, lovable characters. I just wish that this show is on Cartoon Network instead of crap still airing (CN only had a few). They don't rerun it anymore. Chop Socky Chooks in my mind, should replace horrible shows like Baby Looney Tunes, and Bleach. I miss this show alot!
Parent Written byhgwqhge03 September 21, 2013
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7
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another european show

and it is horrible it looks like it was drawn by elbow less 5-year olds, the characters are 1-dimensional and the jokes are not funny
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written byBigbillyboy September 21, 2012
AGE
7
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Heh CSC,you've never had a chance,and you're CANCELLED!

LETS PARTY! Plot:Four chicken-like freaks,work at a mall.Or something like that. Animation:Just sucks.It's just SOOOOOOOOOOO s**ty to look at! Art:Not good! It looks trashy! Aviod.Avoid.Avoid. Stories:BLAHH! They're bland and childish! Overall:0/10.Chop Socky Chooks is one of the worst cartoons ever.

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