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 larger-than-life cartoon centers on an evil cat's attempts to annihilate a young boy, so exaggerated cartoon violence -- like boisterous physical brawls and explosions -- is common. None of this content will be new to the show's targeted audience of grade schoolers, but it's worth noting. The focus here is clearly on entertainment over reality and/or positive messages, but if you don't mind that, your kids will probably enjoy the duo's antics.
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What's the story?
When Coop's little sister Millie brings home a mysterious stray cat, \ he's sure it's not the friendly feline Millie insists it is. He's \ right: Soon Coop discovers the cat is actually a diabolical would-be \ assassin who's set his evil eye on Coop. Unfortunately no one in the \ family believes Coop's story; with no one to back him up, he's on his \ own to thwart the cat's repeated attempts to take him out.
Is it any good?
KID VS. KAT fits right in with zany cartoons like SpongeBob Squarepants, with a similar mix of outrageous comedy, unlikely scenarios, and over-the-top characters. If your kids are already familiar with this type of humor, little here will surprise them, and they'll probably enjoy the ridiculous nature of this curious spin on the cat-and-mouse game.
That said, if you're searching for a show with real substance, know that this isn't it. The name of the game here is pure comedic entertainment, so your kids won't be picking up any strong lessons from the stories or bits of wisdom from the characters. And it's probably a good idea to keep really little ones away altogether, since the cat in full attack mode could be frightening.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether cartoon violence has less of an impact than real-life violence. If so, why?
Why do you think so many kids' cartoons have such a high level of fighting and explosions? Kids: Would you watch a cartoon that didn't have them? Why or why not?
Do you have any pets? Do you consider them family members? How smart do you think animals are? How does their instinctive behavior compare to humans'?
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