Kenny the Shark

Common Sense Media says

Shark tale OK, but offers little splash for kids.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence & scariness

Some cartoony mayhem, but nothing major.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Lots of on-screen promotions for other shows.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that a young girl gets a huge shark as a pet and -- surprise, surprise -- mayhem ensues! The premise is so absurd that it's more weird than amusing. The shark is bumbling and insecure and constantly getting into trouble. The storyline, even for a cartoon, seems tired and overdone.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In KENNY THE SHARK, a young girl named Cat gets a shark for a pet. Apparently hers is a special shark that doesn't need to live in the water or to eat living creatures. Kenny the shark is also insecure and ends up getting into various scrapes from which he must be rescued by Cat.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The stories focus on the usual issues of young children's programming -- self-confidence, bullies, being proud of who you are -- but there's nothing original about the presentation, except that they feature a shark. There are tiny smidgens of information about sharks and other sea animals, but hardly enough to make the program educational.

Kenny the Shark is also marred by an almost constant stream of on-screen promotions for other shows. Altogether, a barely coherent and largely unpleasant viewing experience.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to deal with bullies and building up kids' self-confidence. What intrigues kids about this cartoon, compared to other, similar programs? Are the ridiculous situations over the top, even for an animated series?

TV details

Cast:Perry Wolberg
Network:Discovery Family Channel
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Adventures, Friendship, Ocean creatures
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 11 years old November 15, 2009
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

Great Cartoon

Parents need to know that this show gives good messages on friendship and kat's parents try hard for her.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bycheacky3 July 7, 2009
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

Educates kids 6 and up, and fun for kids.

It's not the best thing for young children because there humor does not relate to TV-Y. But it's still fun and educational. 6 year olds are not really older children yet. But there is nothing wrong with 6 year olds watching this. This show is also TV-Y7 because they teach it in a type of way that's not the best for young children including mayhem and stuff. But still GREAT AND FUNNY SHOW.
What other families should know
Educational value
Adult Written byThe JP Show May 25, 2009
AGE
4
QUALITY
 

Great job

I think the show should be TV-Y. The "Is it any good review is wrong". It is Educational

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