A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dude, That's My Ghost! is a wacky, fantasy-based cartoon about a friendship that develops between a teen boy and the ghost of a former pop star. The characters' antics often get them into scrapes, some of which result in unlikely injuries like dismemberment and elongation (in the case of the ghost). Expect some bullying between teens, with the school's "in" crowd tormenting classmates in various ways. On the upside, Spencer stands tall against the pressure to conform to his peers' privileged lifestyle, showing that he values his family and friends more than money and notoriety.
What's the story?
When Spencer Wright's (voiced by Rasmus Hardiker) family moves into the home of the late rock icon Billy Joe Cobra (Darren Foreman), Spencer is surprised to find it inhabited by Billy's ghost, whom he alone can see and hear thanks to a necklace of Billy's that he wears. As an aspiring filmmaker, his new Hollywood digs are just what he needs to inspire creativity for his zombie films, and Billy is eager to help him adjust to his new surroundings. Unfortunately, the fact that Spencer is neither rich nor famous makes him a bit of an outcast among his classmates, so Billy takes it upon himself to teach him about life among the Hollywood elite, which often leads the pair into more trouble as time passes.
Is it any good?
DUDE, THAT'S MY GHOST! doesn't try too hard to be more than what it is: a comical, carefree cartoon about friendship and fantasy. Billy is the ultimate imaginary friend, creating fun wherever he goes and giving Spencer some stability in his uncertain new surroundings. Their antics are outlandish and often misguided, but their intentions are never in question.
The show's most positive quality lies in how it portrays 14-year-old Spencer, who, as a newcomer, is a bit of a pariah among his privileged, bratty classmates who are entrenched in the Hollywood scene. That fact doesn't seem to bother him much, likely because of the support of a strong family unit and of his brother in arms, Billy. The fact that both give him the strength to stand up for himself against the school's bullies has some good messages about self-respect for kids.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how friendship helps you overcome adversity. Kids: Do you ever feel alone among your peers? How do your friends support you when you're down?
Kids: What different forms does bullying take among kids? Have you ever witnessed an incident of bullying? How can you stand up to peers who act this way?
Why are supernatural themes common in entertainment? Do you think there's any truth to the possibility of ghosts and spirits?
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