A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Presents basic STEM principles that are used to solve a variety of problems.
Science and engineering can help solve any problem if you work at it.
Positive Role Models
Dr. Contraptus is smart, and wants to solve problems with science. However, he exploits the loyal Basile to do it.
Violence & Scariness
Mishaps include dynamite sticks going off and blowing up the house, falls from several stories, getting shot into the air, burned, etc. There’s yelps of pain, but no one really gets hurt.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's some attraction to young women in the village, but nothing overtly sexual.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Contraptus is an animated series that uses humor to introduce kids to basic STEM principles. Originally from Belgium but dubbed into English, it also teaches problem-solving skills. There's some goofy fantasy violence that is reminiscent of some Tom & Jerry and Bugs Bunny/Road Runner cartoons, including big dynamite explosions (that destroy an entire house), and a character consistently falling from high places and being blown out chimneys and other spaces, but no one really gets hurt as a result.
Is It Any Good?
This lively maker-themed cartoon mixes humor with lots of creative thinking and building in order to problem solve. Each roughly 10-minute episode features a conflict or problem of some sort that Dr. Contraptus wants to resolve using scientific research and engineering principles. Despite being set in the Renaissance, much of what he builds, like vehicles, television-like screens, and robots, reflect today's technology. Granted, not everything works the way he expects it to, but Dr. Contraptus' willingness to refine his ideas and his machines underscores the process by which great inventions are created. Contraptus does have its fair share of fantasy violence that may not be appropriate for younger viewers. Nonetheless, it offers a fun and colorful way to teach kids basic STEM principles.
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