Frisky Dingo



Not-so-funny animated series aimed at older teens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

No positive values associated with "fighting evil" are evident here; the focus is on humor. Both Killface and Crews are particularly disrespectful to women. Some characters of multiracial background, including Taqu'il the rapper and Sinn, one of Killface's "people." Also features a dysfunctional relationship between Killface and his son, Killface Jr.


Animated laser gun fights and blood splatters. Random killings and violent acts are depicted as humorous. (One particularly disturbing scene features Killface repeatedly punching a woman while she's speaking to him). A lot of the violence is carried out by the two main characters against their own staff.


Contains references to sexual acts, such as "dry hump." Some sexual behavior is visible, including Xander Crews' brief relationship with a prostitute.


Some strong language, including phrases like "dick around." Explicit words are bleeped out.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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?

TV details

Cast:Adam Reed, Christian Danley, Stuart Culpepper
Network:Cartoon Network
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

The Review lies.

I just made a account just to critize this review. For one thing they call the show not so funny. Dont they no the shows funny as hell. And another thing, judging from the review they only watched the first 5 episodes. Commonsensemedia need to start rating seasons instead of watching 5 episodes of a show. But the thing that pisses me off the most is what they call killfaces son. His name is not killface jr. Its simon and they would know if they actually paid attention to the show instead of finding all the offensive content. THis show is a great show and everyone should be allowed to watch it. Dont listen to commonsense listen to ME.
Adult Written bybloodybirdbrain November 16, 2008

Funny show CSM clearly dosen't understand.

Frisky Dingo is a hillarious off-beat cartoon.I couldn't stop laughing in the first episode and the rest of the series is just as good,first,its a show with continuty,which is rare for Adult Swim shows,so watching only a few eps like CSM has probaly done,and u wont get it,Second,all the humor is based on the problematic procedure of a typical world invasion vs superhero u dont see in other cartoons,which is very original.Funny show,go watch the spinoff The Xtacles,same stupid humor but its good.
Adult Written April 9, 2008


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