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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this cartoon series, which originally aired from 2001-2003, is lighter on violence than many of its modern-day peers. Physical exchanges are typically left to the robots, with humans keeping a safe distance from the laser blasts and blunt impacts -- and any injuries that do occur to the robots are quickly remedied. The show pits good (a group of civic-minded kids) against evil (an addled scientist) and includes an intriguing subplot about the disappearance of Hela’s father, so it’s sure to draw tweens with a soft spot for adventure.
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What's the story?
CUBIX is set in a burg called Bubble Town in the year 2044, a time when the human population has been surpassed by that of a unique set of robots equipped with an Emotional Processing Unit (EPU), which gives them unique personalities. Connor (voiced by Andy Rannells), a young robot enthusiast, and his mechanical pal, Cubix, have joined forces with a handful of other kids to keep peace in their town and ward off the evil advances of Dr. K. (Madeleine Blaustein), who plans to use the robotics technology to dominate the population. Under the guidance of Hela (Rachael Lillis), an engineer who’s kept her father’s breakthrough robotics work alive at RobixCorp. since his mysterious disappearance, the kids and their robot friends have their work cut out for them.
Is it any good?
Cubix originally aired starting in 2001, and while it doesn’t feel ridiculously outdated, there are some subtle details that set it apart from its modern-day compatriots. The colors are a little duller, the animation’s not quite as sharp, and the pace is noticeably slower. If your tweens are used to the likes of Bakugan or Digimon, these differences might be a turn-off -- but if not, the less frantic pace and low-grade violence will be a welcome change from a parent’s standpoint.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how technology changes our lives. What aspects of your life are most influenced by technology? How different would your life have been 20, 30, or 40 years ago? Is technology always good?
What similarities exist between the show’s view of the future and the view we hold now? How are they different? What inventions would be most helpful in the future?
Tweens: How important is friendship to you? What role do your friends play in your life? Do you have friends who are very different from you? How does that variety improve or challenge your relationship?
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