Kaput and Zosky

TV review by
Andrea Graham, Common Sense Media
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These little green guys want it all; tweens OK.

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

Positive Messages

These power-hungry, cowardly little aliens only care about destruction and conquering.

Violence

Lots of animated, sci-fi-style vaporizing. The main characters show little concern for other life forms and would cheerfully annihilate them to gain control of other planets.

Sex
Language

No swearing, but a fair amount of potty humor.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this cartoon based on the French comic by Lewis Trondheim is all about two aspiring alien overlords who want to pillage other planets. The show is full of potty humor and adult references and is fairly violent in a very callous way -- the main characters are always trying to annihilate citizens of different planets so that they can become the supreme rulers. Thankfully, they never succeed, since their egos and absent-mindedness always get in the way.

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What's the story?

KAPUT AND ZOSKY follows the adventures of two temperamental aliens named Kaput (voiced by Rick Jones) and Zosky (Mark Camacho) who cruise around the universe in search of planets to take over. Short, stocky Kaput is cranky, ruthless, and impulsive; partner in crime Zosky is the opposite -- cool, collected, and reasonable. Both of them have quite the Napoleon complex and dream of becoming supreme rulers. But no matter what their target takeover location -- whether it's a desert filled with invisible inhabitants or a planet full of vampires -- Kaput and Zosky's great schemes are foiled by their stupid antics, and they always end up cowardly running back to their space ship to escape.

Is it any good?

Kaput and Zosky offers plenty of laugh-out-loud moments for tweens, teens, and adults, but it's not the right fit for the younger set, who probably won't be able to see the sly, dark humor behind the duo's terrible deeds. For instance, they see other life forms as obstacles to be destroyed, which isn't exactly the kind of message you'd want young kids to absorb. And even though the show's violence isn't bloody (the wannabe conquerors simply choose to vaporize their victims), it's all presented in a very ironic, cold fashion.

Nonetheless, fans of characters like Ren and Stimpy and Animaniacs' diabolical Pinky and the Brain will feel right at home with this dastardly duo. Parents and older kids will likely enjoy the misadventures of Kaput and Zosky, but younger children should probably pass.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Kaput and Zosky don't make very good role models. Why are the pair's schemes always foiled? Do they ever learn from their mistakes? Why makes their actions funny, instead of just mean? Families can also discuss why different cartoons are appropriate for different age groups, from preschoolers on up to adults. Young children may simply assume that all cartoons are for kids; parents can help them understand the differences between the varying types of animated programs.

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