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 although Ginger Snaps looks sweet and innocent, the content is anything but. The kids treat each other and the adults around them like garbage, and violence is a frequently used tool. In the tradition of South Park, these are cartoon middle schoolers for whom no topic is off limits -- they act and speak like psychopathic adults, and make jokes about subjects like pedophilia, race, stalking, and murder.
What's the story?
The GINGER SNAPS are a middle school cookie-selling troop, not unlike the Girl Scouts -- if the Girl Scouts was a mafia organization run by lunatics. Their leader, Calista, will stoop to great depths (like exploiting a classmate with cancer to boost cookie sales) to keep her troop running like a well-oiled machine. She has a crew of sycophants and lackeys working under her to ensure their success, including her consigliere, Cree, and twin henchwomen Jenny and Penny, who bust kneecaps when cookie payments are late. There are power struggles and betrayals, and with time we learn more about the history of the troop and the relationships between the characters within it.
Is it any good?
Watching cutesy cartoon children talk like jaded -- and often criminal -- adults is a shtick that can get old fast, so it's nice that these episodes are shorter in length (most clock in at under or around 10 minutes). The show's visuals are extremely kid-friendly, which is in direct contrast to the utterly adult content, and therein lies the joke. It's good to see a female-centric cast, even if it's animated, and more diversity in general. Though the humor can be a bit one-note, Ginger Snaps is an enjoyable enough diversion for mature teens and adults who are not easily offended.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what the show is trying to say with its off-color humor. Is there any social commentary buried beneath the surface, or is the show just being crass?
Why was the show made to look like a kid's cartoon, when the content is clearly aimed at grown-ups? What are some other shows you can think of that are doing the same thing?
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