Robots and humans team up against evil; fun for tweens.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive messages

The series celebrates the possibilities that exist when friendship and teamwork let people draw on their individual strengths. Humans and robots, girls and boys are on equal footing and play equal parts in the team’s success.

Positive role models

The humans show a real affection for their robots, and the robots are equipped with emotional processing capability, so the feelings are often mutual. The kids and their mechanical friends are always willing to put themselves in harm’s way to dismantle the evil work of their nemesis, Dr. K.

Violence & scariness

Each robot is equipped with special features that enable it to defend both itself and its human owner. Some shoot lasers, while others use brute force to crush their opponents, and still others can withstand the forces of fire or laser blasts. Mild peril is common during the physical clashes, but they’re limited to the robots and never involve the humans.  

Sexy stuff
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During its original run from 2001-2003, the show was accompanied by a line of toys and other merchandise and spawned a handful of video games.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Andy Rannells, Rachael Lillis, Veronica Taylor
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Adventures, Friendship, Robots
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 9 years old March 17, 2011

Could Get Little Mushy

Is Was Born in 2001 Its A Nice But Lacks Action-Robots 4 Everyone
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Teen, 16 years old Written byCharlieBundy February 18, 2012

Really soft show

I use to see this when I was a kid, and even then I thought it was too soft. I'm watching it right it now, and my maturity reassures me that "yeah, this is definitely a little kids show". there really is no need to worry for any concerned parents out there. the worst thing that can come out of it is an appreciation of bad cartoons and an antagonist who looks like a rip off of Dr. Wily. Seriously though, any softer and this would look like care bears mashed with transformers.
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