A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The multicultural cast includes two African-American characters in main roles. The lone parental figures are goofy and out of touch with both reality and their son. As a counselor at his son's junior high school, the dad enjoys good-naturedly mocking students and drawing attention to his son's lack of popularity.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional cartoon violence includes blows to the head and exaggerated falls, but there's no injury.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild flirting between two characters.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this follow-up series to the Cartoon Network's original movie Re-Animated continues the story of a tween who can see and communicate with cartoon characters. While the adult characters are still a bit detached (mom's always busy with her space travels, and dad is a junior high counselor so out of touch that he could use some counseling of his own), the main character is now slightly more confident and able to stand up against peer pressure. Parents may not buy into the far-fetched plot, but there's nothing here, content-wise, to keep tweens from tuning in.
Is It Any Good?
As if a constant barrage of cartoon personalities wasn't enough, Jimmy's family makes his animated friends look almost normal. His astronaut mom is in outer space (literally and figuratively), his adopted alien sister has little to do with him, and his dad (who's also a counselor at Jimmy's school) thinks the best way to resolve his son's popularity problems is by drawing maximum attention to them. To top it all off, Appleday's ne'er-do-well son Sonny (Matt Knudsen), who lives with the Roberts family, hasn't given up on forcibly extracting Jimmy's cartoon visions in his quest for success in the family business. With all this mayhem, it will be a wonder if Jimmy survives junior high in one piece.
Tweens who enjoyed Re-Animated will no doubt be glad to tune into Jimmy's continuing adventures. Aside from the outlandish plot and exaggerated characters (which account for much of the show's comedy), there's nothing here that's likely to concern parents; that said, the series is equally lacking in quality content -- it's just fun fluff. It is worth noting that the show is an improvement on the movie in terms of Jimmy's increased confidence and ability to fend off peer pressure, which is certainly a welcome change.
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