What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this animated action-comedy series (part of Cartoon Network's late-night Adult Swim lineup) focuses on the lives of a superhero and a super villain, neither of whom are particularly likeable or exhibit any positive characteristics. That, plus the show's violence (including some disturbing scenes of violence against women), strong language, and sexual innuendo make it a very iffy choice for tweens and young teens.
What's the story?
FRISKY DINGO is an animated action-comedy series that puts a twist on the traditional superhero/super villain relationship, highlighting the corporate problems the arch enemies face as they try to destroy and save the world, respectively. When superhero Awesome X destroys all of the super villains, his obnoxious billionaire alter ego Xander Crews (voiced by Adam Reed) finds himself wondering how -- with no bad guys left for them to fight -- he's going to sell enough Awesome X action figures to maintain his playboy lifestyle. Meanwhile, evil thug Killface (also Reed) must find a way to keep his image as a super villain going so he can pay the expenses associated with propelling the planet into the sun to destroy it while at the same time making sure that his employees have health insurance. The pair's paths merge as each side attempts to fulfill their ultimate goals.
Is it any good?
While it clearly intends to be "all in good fun" for older teen viewers, Frisky Dingo really isn't very funny. Some of the dialogue is quick-witted, but most of the humor is supposed to come from the show's frequent gratuitous violence, which often comes as a result of Killface and Awesome X randomly hitting, maiming, or killing their own henchpeople. The show also contains its fair share of sexual references and activity -- suffice it to say, it's part of the Adult Swim lineup for a reason.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what it means to be a superhero. Is having special powers enough to make someone super? Can having a strong sense of ethics and values make someone a hero? Families can also talk about violence, including violence against women. What point (if any) is the show trying to make with its violence? Are some kinds of violence worse than others? Why? What non-violent ways can people use to express anger or displeasure?