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Chowder

Quirky 'toon serves up silly fun and potty humor.
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What parents need to know

Educational value

The show is intended to entertain rather than educate.

Positive messages

The show isn't really out to convey any concrete lessons/messages. Potty humor is common and includes allusions to body odor and gas (in at least one scene, Chowder vomits up an entire grocery order still intact -- fruits, veggies, and blocks of cheese). Rather than using names, Mung Daal calls all female characters "woman," as in "Woman, I can't see through walls!"

Positive role models

As an apprentice, Chowder tries hard but often gets distracted from his work, causing multiple kitchen disasters. His mentor never seems to mind, but that also makes him seem unrealistically patient.

Violence & scariness

Lots of goofy cartoon violence with no resulting injury: Chowder whacks Schnitzel on the head with a club, an anemone-like creature tries to suffocate a character, etc.

Sexy stuff

Chowder is hounded by a young girl who claims to be his girlfriend and tries to hold his hand and, occasionally, kiss him.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although there's nothing that iffy about this somewhat bizarre cartoon, there's not much overtly positive content, either. The three flawed main characters are a flighty cooking apprentice who never suffers repercussions from his constant kitchen mishaps (which result from his own rash actions), a supportive but unrealistically patient mentor, and an under-appreciated employee whose reliability is often taken for granted. A one-sided love interest depicts a young girl as pleading and desperate for attention from her crush, goofy cartoon violence doesn't result in lasting injury, and potty humor includes references to body odors and scenes of vomiting.

What's the story?

CHOWDER follows the misadventures of a young chef's apprentice whose enthusiasm for his work can't overcome his obvious ineptitude for the job. A resident of the colorful and bizarre city of Marzipan, Chowder (voiced by Nicky Jones) is living out his dream, working under the watchful eye of master chef Mung Daal (Dwight Schultz) at his bustling catering company. It's Chowder's excitement that stands in the way of culinary success; he tends to get ahead of himself -- and Mung's instructions -- and often ends up cooking up more trouble than food. From accidentally poisoning a popular dish to leading himself and Mung into unfamiliar territory on a delivery run, there's no shortage of misadventure when young Chowder is around.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

While Chowder offers plenty of tween-friendly silliness in its fantastical setting, outlandish characters, and surreal scenarios, it's clear that it aims strictly to entertain, not educate. Kids might not notice that there's little of substance here, but parents certainly will. The characters are shallow, the situations are unlikely, and there's impossibly little consequence to Chowder's constantly sub-par job performance. Plus, one young female character has an obsessive crush, and there's occasionally icky potty humor (body odor, vomiting, and the like).

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of doing a job well. Kids: What do you think of Chowder's performance in the kitchen? What often gets in the way of his doing a good job?

  • How does Chowder's mentor react when things get messed up? Does his reaction seem realistic?

  • Do any of the characters in this series act responsibly? Who are some of the most reliable people in your life? How does it feel to be able to rely on them?

TV details

Premiere date:November 2, 2007
Cast:Dwight Schultz, John DiMaggio, Nicky Jones
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Friendship
TV rating:TV-Y7-FV
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written byRainforestGal March 13, 2010

This Chouder has expired!

Makes NO sense it is not fit to be a tv show. . . in my book it aint fit anyways. . .
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Teen, 14 years old Written byInvader_Zib March 24, 2009

Funny, But not awesome...

Ok, Don't put any hexes on me, but the show is not THAT funny. Plain and simple, no caps in this one, Because I like CN. Since I ever started watching cartoons. Soooooo, point is, Not So Funny. And on The Ariel Godfrey SUPER AWESOME HILARITY SCALE(COPYRIGHT!) I give this show a 7. ( 1 being BORING! and 10 being HILARIOUS!!!!!!!)
Kid, 11 years old June 12, 2011

Great Show

I love this show, and they didn't cancel it because it was bad. It was because they needed room for more cartoons. A rabbit thing called Panini is a girl who has a crush on Chowder and chases him around trying to kiss him and stuff, but it's still a funny show. I like how they name all of the characters after food, and name their recipes after real dishes. P.S: Cartoon Network, what happened? Mostly all of your shows stink now, except for Regular Show, Adventure Time, and sometimes Robotomy. I like the old stuff better :( .
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex