A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show has good messages for tweens about cooperation, respect for differences, and positive self-image. Rex has a tough time defining himself without a memory of his past, but his friends help him to balance his personal and professional lives.
Positive Role Models
Rex struggles to balance the opposing forces in his life: first, his desire to uncover the mysteries of his past and be a normal teen, and second, his sense of responsibility to help Providence rid the world of evil E.V.O.s. At times he lets his ego and personal motivations lead him into trouble, but when push comes to shove, he always makes the right choice.
Violence & Scariness
The Providence team uses guns, swords, knives, and hand-to-hand violence against the monstrous E.V.O.s, but their goal is always to disarm the nanites’ control over the human victims they’ve enslaved rather than to kill. Lasers and massive explosions sometimes cause extensive damage to buildings, but no people are shown injured by them.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Rex often flirts with his attractive caretaker, Doctor Holiday, making insinuating comments like, “My bios spike every time I see you.” Leggy female characters are shown in skimpy bikinis.
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Occasional use of “butt,” but nothing stronger.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Generator Rex is a sci-fi/adventure cartoon is better suited for tweens than it is for kids due to a good deal of violence (guns, knives, and large explosions, for instance) with little real-world consequence and plenty of monsters of all shapes and sizes. What's more, the intricacies of Rex's struggles with his own identity and good decision-making are too weighty for kids to grasp. That said, the show is a rare find for tweens, blending a mature storyline about a teen's inner battle between his sense of responsibility and his very different personal desires with an enticing plot of mystery and adventure.
Is It Any Good?
If your tweens (especially boys) think they're too old for cartoons, this enjoyable showis up to the challenge of changing their minds. Generator Rex is full of adventure in an ongoing battle of good vs. evil, and the subplot surrounding Rex's questions about his past is a dangling-carrot mystery that will retain the interest of this more mature audience. True, much of the cartoon is doused in violent exchanges between Rex and a host of mutants, but even here the show's thoughtfulness is apparent, as rather than killing the monsters, Rex uses his powers to restore their humanity.
This content is all well and good for the tween set, but it's the very stuff that makes this an iffy choice for younger kids. An ever-changing cast of monsters, recurring villains with truly evil intentions, inner struggles with emotion, and an uncertain self-image may raise more questions than answers for youngsters, so better save this one until the littlest ones have gone to bed.
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