Grojband

Common Sense Media says

Funny musical cartoon has iffy gender stereotypes.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show is hardly realistic, following teens who wile away hours hanging out, playing tunes, and getting into wild situations. Some characters are negatively stereotyped, especially girls who fall over themselves to be noticed by the guys they like. Potty humor is a hit, so expect burping, farting, and other bodily functions.

Positive role models

Corey's a forward thinker, always planning the band's next publicity move. However, he does steal his sister's thoughts and pass them off as his own song lyrics. Trina is the real concern, thanks to her undeterred obsession over a guy who rebuffs her over and over again. She's forever plotting schemes to kiss him, and she makes comments like, "Since when do guys like brains?" She also bullies her closest friend, dictating her actions and dismissing her feelings.

Violence

Some stories incorporate creepy characters like zombies, who turn people into other zombies by putting the victims' heads in their mouths. A character cracks open his head to show his brain in one scene. Cartoonish violence is flashy and loud (punching, crashing into large objects) but rarely causes any real harm.

Sex

A few teen girls harbor crushes on particular male counterparts, and they express their infatuation in ways that range from casual flirting to throwing themselves in the path of their intended. There's some kissing (mostly by trickery on a girl's part) and daydreams about romantic moments, even though the guys mostly dismiss the advances.

Language

No cursing, but terms like "stupid," "butt," and the implicative "What the what?" are used.

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

Parents need to know that Grojband is an animated series intended for tweens that centers on a group of teens who spend their days playing music, promoting their band, and getting themselves into absurd predicaments. Needless to say, it's hardly realistic, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun, especially because of its musical component. There is some potential worry to the fact that the main female character is prone to wild emotional outbursts and a fiery temper, especially when it comes to her unsuccessful attempts to win the affections of the boy she likes, and that other girls are written as fawning band groupies at the beck and call of their crushes. What's more, the main character violates his sister's trust when he repeatedly uses her diary entries as song lyrics, which raises the issue of privacy.

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Kids say

What's the story?

GROJBAND follows the antics of an amateur garage band looking to score its big break. The band is comprised of lead singer and manager Corey (voiced by Lyon Smith), twins Kin (Sergio DiZio) and Kon (Tim Beresford), and Laney (Bryn McAuley). Despite Corey's best-laid plans, Grojband isn't quite ready to hit the big time yet, especially given that there's not a talented lyricist in the bunch. But when Corey takes a peek inside his sister Trina's (Alyson Court) diary and finds it fairly oozing with teen angst, he taps it for lyrical inspiration, giving Grojband a much-needed boost. The trouble is, it takes a hefty dose of emotion from Trina to generate song-worthy diary entries.

Is it any good?

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From the team behind Total Drama Island comes another gag-filled comedy cartoon that will appeal to a tween crowd because of its slightly edgy content. Grojband follows Corey and the band's hard knocks on the way to stardom (though it's yet to be seen whether they actually succeed), but it's the way that it gets there that will give some parents pause. Not only does Corey invite himself to the contents of his sister's private thoughts for songs, he also sparks many of the volatile outbursts that generate her writings.

Perhaps the most bothersome aspect of the show is how it portrays teen relationships. One almost needs a Venn diagram to keep straight the swirling teen affections, but suffice it to say that viewers get the sense that lustful infatuation is a reasonable expression of romantic interest, despite what's commonly total disinterest on the part of the receiving party. Given that most of the obsessing is done by girls -- and there's one in particular who routinely ditches her self-respect to catch the eye of her crush -- this may not be the type of show you'll want imparting lessons on your kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about this show's stance on teen relationships. Are there any healthy romantic relationships at play in this story? Why is it important to be true to yourself even when you're in a partnership? What level of respect should you expect from your partner?

  • Why is it fun to escape reality in shows like this one? Does it appeal to your sense of adventure? What would you do if you had no rules or demands on your time?

  • Are stereotypes always harmful to viewers? Does our sensitivity to this type of content change as we get older and more mature? When, if at all, are stereotypes acceptable in entertainment?

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Kid, 8 years old July 18, 2013
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4
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Kid, 9 years old August 3, 2013
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9
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Eh.

Eh, it's ok, but unrealistic. ( ' - ' )
Adult Written byqwerty999 June 10, 2013
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8
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negative messages

There's one thing that bothers me about this show. From two first episodes i've seen only one character (Corey) in the band every seems to decide what the group does while the rest of the members comply. Even when the others have an idea it is often shut out and ignored. The three characters that are ignored are either nerdy looking, a girl or fat. In a way it seems like the show conveys that your voice doesn't matter if you're not the best looking, a male or thin.
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