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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Designed to entertain, not educate.
Kids can be mischievous troublemakers, but that doesn't mean they are all bad. Dennis loves to stir up chaos, but he's also careful to watch out for his sister and has plenty of respect for his grandmother (who seems like something of a senior-citizen hellion herself).
Positive Role Models
It's hard to see Dennis as a great role model in a show that focuses on his ability to devise one elaborate prank after another. Fun? Oh yes. But not necessarily someone parents will want their kids to emulate.
Violence & Scariness
Some animated slapstick violence. Dennis is certainly a rascal who delights in mischief, but few of his pranks involve actual injuries or property damage.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this animated British series focus on the exploits of Dennis, a mischievous grade-school boy who specializes in stirring up trouble. Dennis, his faithful dog Gnasher and his pals come up with one impressive scheme after another, usually with only minimal property damage and little chance of injury. But he's not a hooligan -- he just wants to have some fun, and it's clear that he cares for his family, friends and, of course, his dog. It's simple, entertaining cartoon fare for kids.
Is It Any Good?
DENNIS AND GNASHER is not exactly ground-breaking -- a show for kids about a kid who likes to cause trouble and break rules. But it does seem like something of a departure from the current crop of animated series, which seem to involve plenty of explosions and heavy product tie-ins. This is simple, lighthearted fare, that's completely missing a certain edge that's so common today. Maybe it's the British sensibility that makes the show feel different. Even though Dennis is a hellion, the show is still, at it's core, sweet.
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