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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Our Cartoon President is an animated show lampooning the administration of America's 45th President, Donald Trump (Jeff Bergman). Jokes tread into mature areas, such as when a speechwriter is shown hanging from hooks as if he's a masochist while writing, politicians joke about hot "young pieces of ass" and a character speaks approvingly of a "nice and trim" low approval rating, while an advisor agrees "With a firm ass." Language includes "s--t," "s--thole," "hell," and "ass." Some curse words, such as "f--k," are bleeped, and other words, like "ass" are sometimes bleeped. Characters are depicted stereotypically: Trump is boastful, Melania (Cody Lindquist) is grasping, sons Eric and Don Jr. (both voiced by Emily Lynne) are witless and greedy. Other characters mock members of various religions, women, the poor. Adults drink at parties and dinners and occasionally joke about needing more alcohol during difficult situations.
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What's the story?
Behind the White House doors, America's 45th presidential administration is in full swing -- and OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT gives viewers an animated all-access pass to the everyday headline-making hijinks of President Donald Trump, his family members, and his Cabinet and political advisors. Based on a recurring segment from late night talk show The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and co-created by Stephen Colbert and other news/comedy luminaries, Our Cartoon President presents a world in which no character -- or political viewpoint -- goes unskewered.
Is it any good?
This well-written comedy is hampered by two issues: many of the jokes are almost literally ripped from the headlines, and a real-life loose-cannon president isn't that funny. Thus, even though the gags are strong, the show is realistic enough that the whole endeavor comes off as slightly depressing -- or possibly offensive, depending on your political bent. Trump is characterized as boastful, witlessly optimistic, even quite dumb. "We are one year into my presidency and it's time to admit I'm absolutely crushing it," he says from beneath his hair swoop.
The more you pay attention to White House goings on, the funnier you're likelier to find Our Cartoon President -- non-followers of politics may have to scramble to understand why it's funny that Karen Pence admits her favorite designer is the "Cracker Barrel gift shop" or that Trump relates the triumphant story of his presidential election repeatedly in meetings. Still, just as Colbert (and before him Jon Stewart) helped fans cope with distressing daily news, so does this show make light of very heavy news stories. And in an era when the federal administration gives humorists plenty to work with, that may be something certain viewers will appreciate very much.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how media influences politics, and vice versa. How do you think the media views politics and politicians? How is that viewpoint conveyed, and how does it differ depending on who's offering an opinion?
Are the characterizations of President Trump in Our Cartoon President accurate or fair? Why or why not? Would your opinion change if you were a member of a different political party?
Families can talk about current events and what's going on in the world around them. How does Our Cartoon President use sarcasm to make their points? What are their points? Is the daily news truly that funny in real life? What makes it so?
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