KaBlam!

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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'90s animated sketch show has quirky characters, cool style.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate. 

Positive Messages

The stories don’t intend to teach lessons to viewers, but occasionally a character's behavior offers reminders of virtue, as when one admonishes his friend for trying to steal towels from a hotel. The show incorporates different animation styles for a unique look. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some characters demonstrate positive traits such as perseverance, honesty, and a thirst for justice. Other segments mine characters' negative behavior for laughs, as in the case of a hard-headed little sister who likes things her own way. 

Violence & Scariness

Cartoon-style action violence, particularly in the case of "Action League Now!" segments in which action figures are dismembered, run over, and melted only to reappear in one piece shortly thereafter.

Sexy Stuff

Thundergirl's strapless leotard accentuates her cleavage, and the Flesh is a naked action figure who's anatomically neutral. A recurring plot point follows Meltman's crush on her. 

Language

No cursing, but name-calling such as "nimrod," "moron," "idiot," and "stinky pits."

Consumerism

Two of the segments -- "Angela Anaconda" and "Action League Now!" -- yielded stand-alone shows. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that KaBlam! is an animated anthological series that features recurring comedy sketches. The show uses a variety of animation styles to create a unique visual experience that will appeal to kids and older viewers alike, but its razor-sharp humor is consistent throughout every skit. There's some name-calling ("moron," "idiot," and "nimrods," for instance), mild flirting, and plenty of comic-style crashes and dismemberment, specifically with regard to "Action League Now!" skits that feature accident-prone action figures. Because of the range of characters and plots, the content is somewhat unpredictable, but on the whole, this unique show is a fun and worry-free choice for kids.

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Adult Written bydanny 7000 August 29, 2017

Kablam! is not for little kids

Kablam! is a amazing show but its not for little kids because it has lots of Adult jokes stinky diver called the NSYNC tossers in a sniz and fondue skit fondue... Continue reading

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What's the story?

KABLAM! is a '90s animated sketch comedy series that blends aspects of comic books and cartoons. Hosts Henry (voiced by Noah Segan) and June (Julia McIlvaine) introduce each skit from atop or within the comic-book frames, often sharing their own adventures as they do so. During its four-year run, the show incorporated a variety of animation styles such as stop-motion, Claymation, and cutout animation into recurring skits such as "Sniz & Fondue," "Surprising Shorts," "Action League Now!," and "Prometheus and Bob," plus a number of one-time offerings. 

Is it any good?

KaBlam! deserves bonus points for creativity with its inclusive animation style that makes it a lot of fun to watch. Viewers, or "Kablamoids," as Henry and June call them, are sure to find favorites among the skits that present characters of every kind of oddity, from a genius alien's unrequited attempts to educate a simple caveman to a teen's lamentations about his younger sister's idiosyncrasies. The show even has fun with its likeness to a comic book, as the characters sometimes reference cartoon lingo (one mentions that it's time for the "bongo run" as his legs move at super speed to the thumping of a drum, for instance) and jump in and out of the book's frames.

One of the show's most memorable segments is "Action League Now!," a stop-motion production that hilariously chronicles the misadventures of four action figures: the Flesh (Jim Krenn), who's entirely naked and covered in muscles; Stinky Diver (Krenn again), who's usually seen swimming in a toilet; Thundergirl (Cris Winter), who fancies herself the leader of the group; and Meltman (Scott Paulsen), whose ability to melt proves worthless against most foes. "Action League Now!" and another segment called "Angela Anaconda" inspired spin-off series after KaBlam!'s conclusion in 2000. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about this show's appeal. Kids: How does it differ visually from the kinds of shows you typically watch? Did you find the characters funny? Which were your favorites, and why? 

  • How does a show's animation style affect how it's received? Would the cartoons your kids watch be more or less enjoyable if they were done in Claymation, for instance? Of the styles represented in KaBlam!, which was your kid's favorite?

  • Is there anything to be learned from this show? Were there examples of good or bad behavior? Is it important that entertainment also teach you something, or can it be just for fun?

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