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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Massive Monster Mayhem is a kid game show that revolves around fighting (fake) monsters by completing various challenges. It's got some fantasy violence, ranging from computer-animated monsters destroying a city to contestants dueling each other and destroying cardboard buildings. No one gets hurt, but kids may be compelled to emulate these events at home. There's also some bathroom humor, and the monsters are often subjected to mild insults by their evil warlord.
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What's the story?
MASSIVE MONSTER MAYHEM is a game show where kid contestants vye for the chance to save the Earth from space monsters. Each episode, which is hosted by Graham Conway and Devon Deshaun, features three kids competing against each other in futuristic obstacle courses (aka The Megalator) in hopes of making it to the final round. The winner advances to The Mashdown, chooses a fight suit, and must fight one of evil Master Mayhem's (Thomas Lorber) Monster Superstars. Whoever collects enough Power Pods to shoot the monster back into space in the allotted amount of time is declared the champion. If the Monster Superstar wins, the human player must sacrifice him- or herself in the Chamber of Doom to save the world from destruction.
Is it any good?
This energetic series mixes live action and green screen technology to create a unique but ultimately chaotic game show. The hosts' banter, and the conversations between Master Mayhem and the Monster Superstars (which sometimes includes fart jokes) will amuse some kids, and no matter who wins, the final contestant is still a hero.
It's all in good fun, and no one gets hurt. But the human vs. monster rounds sometimes resemble crazy wrestling matches, which younger kids may want to emulate. The insults hurled at the Monsters by their warlord are very mild (like calling one a loser) but aren't particularly nice, either. Overall, Massive Monster Mayhem may appeal to kids who like action-driven challenges, gaming-type characters, and lots of chaos. But it's not particularly smart, and there's not a lot to be learned from it.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the challenges of mixing CGI with live action in Massive Monster Mayhem. How is this done? Is it difficult to do? Does this make a program or movie more fun to watch?
What kind of impact can violence in the media have on those who watch, even if it isn't real or no one gets hurt?
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