Making Fiends

TV review by
KJ Dell Antonia, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Edgy, wickedly funny 'toon based on Web series.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 25 reviews

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

Positive Messages

In every episode, Vendetta seeks to "destroy" Charlotte and makes fiends that she orders to eat or otherwise injure her. Charlotte's good nature always triumphs, and she often wins the fiends over -- but then Vendetta tends to destroy them. Because Vendetta is the main character and Charlotte is genuinely annoying, the whole "root for the bad guy knowing he'll never win" thing could be confusing for little kids.

Violence & Scariness

Vendetta makes fiends to destroy Charlotte. They eat other fiends and threaten to eat Charlotte. Vendetta and her pet fiend also hit other characters casually, and Vendetta has the entire town cowed by her fiend-making ability. She also keeps her parents shrunken in a cage. Fiends explode, rocketed into space,and ooze blood and gore -- but the animation is so primitive that it's hard to be frightened. The actual "people" are never more than bumped or bruised.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know although that the main character in this edgy cartoon is patently evil, speaks with an evil accent (apparently German is still a stand-in for evil), makes creatures called fiends with the intent to destroy another character, and keeps her parents in a cage, it's quite funny -- if you and your kids are up for this kind of humor. Expect some violence (though the primitive animation keeps it from being particularly scary) and iffy behavior -- as well as the potentially confusing (for kids) situation of rooting for the "bad" guy.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byParamoreFan09 December 16, 2014

Repetitive, dark, yet oddly charming

I watched this as a tween back when it aired on Nickelodeon and had long forgotten about it until recently! At age 11, I thought this show was really odd and wa... Continue reading
Adult Written byAntithesis June 3, 2012

Making Fiends, Making Fiends, Vendetta's always Making Fiends...

First of all I love this cartoon, although short lived It is one of the best examples of minimalist storytelling and animation aimed at children. Based on a web... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bySpacething7474 March 25, 2020

Actually pretty good.

I’ve finally given the show a fair chance, and it’s pretty good. The art style is great, one of my favorites in any Nicktoon (next to Robot and Monster, Fanboy... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 1, 2019

COOL SHOW!

I really like this show. I know Vendetta isn't a very good role model, bullying Charlotte and all, but this show is very funny. It's dark humour will... Continue reading

What's the story?

Vendetta (voiced by Aglaia Mortcheva) rules Clamburg in the way that the small boy from the old Twilight Zone episode ruled his town: fear, intimidation, and really weird powers. In Vendetta's case, she can mix up "fiends" in a pot using ingredients found around the house, a pack of Insta-Fiend, and an extrememly useful recipe book. The fiends are endowed with whatever powers she chooses -- touching them might make you bigger or smaller or cause a shock -- and most are ready to chow on other Clamburg inhabitants. Vendetta particularly wants to "destroy" Charlotte (Amy Winfrey), an annoyingly sunny, oblivious girl who can charm even the worst fiends that Vendetta cooks up.

Is it any good?

The dialogue is simple, the animation is intentionally scribbly and dark, and the color palette is limited. The whole thing looks like a kid's flip book. And yet it's funny -- funny for the kind of parents who think Dexter's Laboratory is funny, and funny for any kid old enough to handle the weirdness of rooting for a patently bad girl who will never win and with nothing but a secret, lingering fear of monsters under the bed.

The humor is mainly just the goofiness of watching the fiends fail -- they're too slow to catch their prey, or they accidently eat one another -- and the wobbly artwork (the show is based on a Web series created by Winfrey). It's not gross or political or even gory, and although it's dark -- and looks dark -- it's a beginner's sort of dark. Because no matter how cynical Vendetta's outlook or how random the results of her machinations seem, she'll never ever actually win.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why "bad guys" are sometimes more likable and sympathetic characters than "good guys." Is it wrong to hope that a "villain" will win? How often does that actually end up happening in most TV shows and movies? What about in real life? Families can also discuss the show's sheer absurdity. How do the show's art and animation make the fiends even funnier -- and the humor more universal? There aren't many shows that both a parent and a kid laugh at for the same reasons. What makes this one work?

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