Fanboy and Chum Chum

Common Sense Media says

Zany adventures are low on depth but high on imagination.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

This show's intent is to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive messages

The kids’ sole goal is to enjoy life to the max. When problems arise, they devise outlandish plans (switching brains with a robot in order to pass a test, for example) rather than dealing with them in a realistic manner.

Positive role models

The main characters often goof off in school. Chum Chum always follows Fanboy’s lead without question, even when his crazy ideas get them into a troubling situation. Adults are usually hard to come by, and those who are around aren’t particularly impressive models for the kids. A teacher is incapable of keeping order in his classroom, and the janitor is evil and vindictive toward the kids. All of this is played for humor, of course.

Violence & scariness

The duo’s over-the-top adventures result in plenty of comic-style collisions and tumbles -- and occasionally laser guns or sabers are used -- but no one is ever hurt.

Sexy stuff

Nothing sexy, but a young girl is infatuated with a male friend, whom she thinks is “adorable.”

Language

Intermittent use of marginal language like “butt.”  

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there’s little depth to this over-the-top show about two friends who fancy themselves superheroes, but their thrill-seeking adventures will appeal to young tweens with vivid imaginations of their own. Exaggerated, comic-style violence (mostly explosions, dramatic falls, and collisions) is a common result of the ridiculous scenarios the guys get themselves into, but none of it leads to lasting injury. Fanboy and Chum Chum are hardly strong role models for kids, as they spend most of their time -- even in school -- goofing off, and Chum Chum eagerly does Fanboy’s bidding without question. But for kids who can suspend their sense of reality, it’s a fun extension of the preteen set's wild imaginations.

Parents say

What's the story?

FANBOY AND CHUM CHUM follows the over-the-top adventures of best friends -- and self-described superheroes -- Fanboy (voiced by David Hornsby) and his trusty sidekick, Chum Chum (Nika Futterman). Although their green-and-purple supersuits belie any real powers, this comic book-loving, thrill-seeking duo sees each day as an opportunity to experience life to the maximum, whether that means swapping noses for school picture day or trying to teach the class pig the finer points of martial arts. When they’re not hanging out at the local comics shop or cooking up their latest off-the-wall scheme, the guys can often be found at the Frosty Mart, chugging Frosty Freezies to induce the world’s worst brain freeze.

Is it any good?

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If you're looking for deep content and lasting lessons, then this show isn’t for you -- or for your kids. Precious little of it can be applied to reality, especially when it comes to Fanboy and Chum Chum’s experiences at school, where they enjoy nearly free rein to goof off and hardly put effort into their work. Even the nature of their friendship may be troubling to some parents, since Fanboy’s control over his pal’s actions sometimes verges on bullying.

But there's no doubt that it's entertaining. So if your young tweens can check their sense of reality at the door, this silly show offers a fun depiction of the wild imagination that they probably share with the main characters. For younger kids, though, the blurry line between fiction and realistic lifestyles may be a little confusing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about bullying. Why is bullying a problem? Do you think the way Fanboy treats Chum Chum could be seen as bullying? Why or why not?

  • Do you think violence on TV is a problem? How does the type of violence -- fantasy vs. realistic -- affect its impact on viewers?

  • Who are some of your own heroes? Why do you look up to them? Do you admire any celebrities (actors, sports figures, etc.)? If so, who, and why?

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Written byAnonymous September 18, 2011
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17
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Oh. My. Gosh.

I was doing something in the living room and this was just playing in the background. I look over and there are floating, talking toilets/urinals and characters are being hit repeatedly with everything under the moon. The animations looks worse than anything I've ever seen, cheesy special effects in movies included. The two main characters are wearing underwear over their pants, for crying out loud! Is this really what America's TV shows are coming to?! If you'll excuse me, I'm going to dig up some Japanese animes to give my senses a break from this crap.
Parent Written byhgwqhge03 September 23, 2013
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2
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i put on for 2 because they are the only people dumb enough to find it funny

another show people say I should love but I don't, it is plain stupid, not creative and the characters are brain-dead morons, fan boys are as dumb as the fan boy on this show (see what I did there?) and what kind of a name is Chum-Chum, but I have to say I did enjoy it more than Regular Show... what's not to hate, annoying characters, 1-dimensional episode plots, cheesy animation, fart jokes and the fact that NOTHING MAKES SENSE...
Teen, 16 years old Written byAddictedtoComputers July 14, 2013
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6
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This is actually not bad.

OK, before I start my review, respect my opinion and i'll respect yours. If you disrespect my opinion, i'll disrespect yours. REVIEW STARTS HERE: Fanboy & Chum Chum is actually pretty funny. It's not as good as T.U.F.F. Puppy, but it's 1,000,000 times better than that stupid show named Marvin Marvin. The CGI is not half bad. It's pretty colorful. The theme song is catchy too.
Adult Written byEdnaK November 10, 2010
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17
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Not Even Recommended For Senior Citizens

Fanboy and Chum Chum is, by far, the dumbest cartoon show on any cable or television network today. They do not convey positive role models for children; nor should people at the other end of the age spectrum be seen watching this trash at their retirement homes. Fanboy is a ripoff of Bart Simpson's Bartman character while Chum Chum is merely a clone of Milhouse, only fatter. If Nick keeps putting out junk like this, they'll soon be defunct.
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Too much swearing

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