Monster Buster Club

 
Aliens + action, but tame enough for young tweens.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show's primary intent is to entertain, but kids may learn a little about interpersonal relationships.

Positive messages

There's no attempt to promote obviously positive messages, but the characters must often resolve interpersonal issues like feeling misunderstood by friends and balancing the need to be true to yourself with the need to fit into a group. On the downside, violence is the only means of conflict resolution, and the answer to any problem is to find a bigger weapon.

Positive role models

Female club members are on equal footing with their male peers and come across as more thoughtful and level-headed. The characters are diverse.

Violence & scariness

Club members use laser guns (which look more like toys than the real thing) against aliens and robots; if needed, the weapons can transform into more powerful laser and sonic cannons. Only the aliens ever suffer injury, and they mostly crumple into a heap, explode, or disintegrate. Some mild peril, but the kids never end up worse for the wear.

Sexy stuff

At least one reference to a kiss on the cheek. One character has an obvious crush on a classmate, who shows no interest in return.

Language

No cursing, but occasional use of "dumb," "butt," and the like.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that each episode of this action cartoon for tweens culminates in a battle between aliens and four 10-year-old heroes, who use hand-held laser guns (which look more like toys than anything real), laser cannons, and sonic blasters on their enemies. The kids are never injured, but most of the aliens bite the dust by exploding, falling into pieces, or disintegrating. Still, the show is clearly meant as fantasy, and the mood is kept so light -- and the antagonists so non-human -- that the animated violence isn't likely to bother any but the youngest kids. That said, the show is lean on overtly positive messages, so if you're after truly substantive shows, this one probably won't fit the bill.

What's the story?

In MONSTER BUSTER CLUB, a group of tweens wages war on invading alien life forms that attempt to hide out in their hometown. Using a tangle of secret tunnels to navigate the town unnoticed, Danny, Chris, and Sam join their good alien buddy, Cathy, on goodwill missions to stamp out the invaders. Meanwhile, when they're not battling their nemeses, the group often finds that getting along with each other requires as much skill and precision as alien-nabbing does.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This series is a good choice if your tween is at the transition point between bare-bones kids' cartoons and those with a little more action and fantasy. While it does broach the subject of aliens existing unnoticed alongside average civilians, the bright CG-animation style and confident tween characters keep the overall mood light and non-threatening. There's an element of comedy in nearly everything the heroes do, which leaves little time for kids to get scared about the idea of aliens.

That said, there's still a fair amount of violence in the show, and all four of the tween heroes use laser guns and cannons to blast away at their enemies, who eventually succumb in explosions or -- in the case of robotic foes -- dismemberment. The fact that the kids are never hurt is comforting, but, on the flip side, the show's fantasy nature does nothing to emphasize the consequences of such violence in the real world.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether all kids' TV shows should be educational -- or whether it's OK for some to be "just for fun." Kids: What shows do you like that fall into each category? Could some be in both?

  • Do you think it's likely that there's life in other parts of the galaxy? How do you think people would respond to proof of alien life? How would we treat an alien if one was discovered here?

  • How does the violence in this show compare to what you've seen in other shows?

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Parent of a 4 year old Written bySteelers_fan October 27, 2009
age 5+
 

Entertaining show for age 5 ish - as long as child is not afraid of it - my son loves it as well as other shows rated for 7+ (but I draw the line at naughty and innapproiate language and violence.

This show is great for my son who turns five on 11/28/09. I like it because it is an entertaining alternative from the educational shows which are aimed at preschoolers and kindergarteners.
Kid, 10 years old February 25, 2009
age 17+
 

i laghed

I really think monster buster club is very funny,appropiate,and well asome! this show is all about teamwork and haveing faith in yourself when with your buds! I really think more people should watch it here in there ofcourse not to damage your brain or anything! But still I watch it here and my rate on monster buster club 1-10 is 11!
Parent of a 2 and 4 year old Written byjulinana January 26, 2010
age 3+
 

monster buster club mad

will loves this programe , being a typical boy he cant get enough of the lazer guns and fighting aliens...he also really enjoys and seems to relate to the relationships between the four friends especially the two boys who he says always argue which he finds highly entertaining,definatly a winner and something that should be continued.
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