A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this pointless cartoon totally misses the mark for kids. Kick lives in a fantasy world where responsibility and respect for authority take a backseat to danger and adventure, and his risky actions never result in any physical harm or discipline, as they would in real life. His older brother bullies him with name-calling and teasing, and Kick treats his best friend with similar disrespect. Potty humor abounds (not too surprising, considering that the show's title is Kick Buttowski...), and while there’s no traditionally iffy language, Kick uses some obvious pseudo-curse words on a regular basis (“oh, biscuits,” for instance).
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
Clarence “Kick” Buttowski (voiced by Charlie Schlatter) aspires to greatness, though not as a ball player or a dancer or any of the professions that usually entice youngsters. Instead Kick has his sights set on the noble career of daredevil -- and even at his young age, he’s dedicated to mastering the craft. Famous for turning every obstacle into an opportunity, Kick and his friend Gunther (Matt L. Jones) traverse their hometown in search of potential training grounds, tackling each new challenge with equal parts guts and gusto.
Is it any good?
Superficial at best, KICK BUTTOWSKI: SUBURBAN DAREDEVIL is barely more than a hollow shell of action and adventure that offers little substantial content to support its structure. The show is so unrealistic that kids probably won't even relate to Kick’s unlimited free time, absence of responsible authority figures, and superhuman ability to withstand extreme blunt-force trauma.
What’s more, they’re bound to pick up on the varying degrees of bullying the show presents as comedy, and the prevalent potty humor does little to offset any of this negative behavior. Sure, kids don’t necessarily seek out character or plot development in the cartoons they watch, but with so many choices for out there for them, there’s good reason to pass this one by.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can discuss coping with challenges. Kids: How do you respond when faced with difficult circumstances? Who do you turn to for guidance? How do you respond if you don’t succeed?
Kids: What do you think of the violence in this show? What might happen if someone tried Kick’s stunts in real life? Do cartoons send the wrong message about the repercussions of dangerous activities?
Kids: How does this series compare to some of your favorite cartoons? Did you like the characters and the story? Did you learn anything from watching?