A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Encouraging an interest in science appears to be one of the series' chief goals. At several points during each episode, the action is interrupted so that specific science and physics-related lessons can be explained in clear, simple terms.
Main characters are all "superheroes" attempting to help others. The show emphasizes the benefits of curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge.
Positive Role Models
The lead character demonstrates strong curiosity in learning more about the science behind the show's action; supporting characters provide encouragement and support for that curiosity.
Violence & Scariness
There's broad cartoon violence -- a robot character's head explodes off his body, for example. The main character also gets bullied and shoved in his locker, though this is treated comically.
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Very minor innuendo that will likely go over the head of the youngest kids (ex. "My nuts and bolts!").
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this clever animated comedy is designed to educate kids on the wonders of science and physics. Topics such as Einstein's famous E=MC2 equation and how the body transforms healthy foods into energy are demonstrated in the show's plots, then explained outside the action by the characters. There's a fair amount of cartoon violence, but it's meant solely for comedic effect.
Is It Any Good?
Originally aired in Germany, Cosmic Quantum Ray is the brainchild of an actual scientist who worked with writers to create a vehicle for teaching kids about quantum physics. A lofty goal, but somehow, Cosmic Quantum Ray manages to hit the mark, thanks largely to a broad sense of humor, a fast-paced tone, and clever plotting that ties the science lessons tightly into the stories being told.
It's not every cartoon that boasts pictures of Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein in its opening credits, and the shoebox containing the ninth dimension is a sly reference to the famous box where Schroedinger kept his cat. A pleasant surprise with an educational focus, Cosmic Quantum Ray wraps science lessons in a fun, appealing package for kids.
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