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Science and technology are central to the show, but it's mainly for entertainment purposes. The interactive nature of each episode allows viewers to think about the story and choose the direction in which plot will go.
Science and technology can be used for problem solving. Family is a theme.
Positive Role Models
The kids are trying to sneak in a better-tasting meatloaf to avoid eating their dad's meal, and they're willing to lie to their father about things he's seen (that they've created). The twins use Johnny as a guinea pig for their experiment. None of this is ideal behavior, but the siblings do care about each other, and in one storyline are concerned about their dad's feelings.
Shows young women interested in the sciences. The overall cast is White; there is a brief glimpse of a random character who is not.
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Violence & Scariness
Some plot lines feature monsters. There's stun rays and other devices designed to stop potential threats, but no one gets seriously hurt, and a lot of it's humorous. A monster falls down in pain because he's lactose intolerant.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Johnny Test: Ultimate Meatloaf Quest is an interactive episode in the Johnny Test franchise. There's some mild fear among the cast, and the appearance of monsters in some versions might be a little scary for very young viewers. There's also some fantasy violence (use of stun rays, for example). The interactive options are also easy to use.
Is It Any Good?
The fun special features all the lively, science-driven action that the franchise is known for, but with an interactive twist. As the narrative unfolds, viewers get to choose which direction it will go from a given set of options. Meanwhile, the twins create the sense that the viewer is part of the story world by noting (with concern) that "someone else" seems to be taking control of their experiment. Johnny Test: Ultimate Meatloaf Quest is entertaining, and young viewers (and some older ones) will delight in their ability to participate in the adventure.
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